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Deep in the heart of Hell Paso, Texas, Ministry s Al Jourgensen re-opened the doors of his industrial compound studio in Fall 2011 and invited his favorite co-conspirators, Mike Scaccia (Rigor Mortis), Tony Campos (Static X), Tommy Victor (Prong) and Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis/Gwar) to climb on board the Ministry pirate ship and de-construct and re-construct Jourgensen s monsterpiece, Relapse. Thirty years and 12 albums later, as well as a near-death experience in 2010, Jourgensen rises as a phoenix from the ashes with Relapse - still angry, still political and very, very pizzed off.

Relapsing back into the music industry after a four-year hiatus, Jourgensen launches his audio assault with Ghouldiggers, a no-holds-barred Metal bullet aimed directly at the pitfalls of the industry he has survived. Everything Jourgensen predicted on Houses of the Molé, Rio Grande Blood and The Last Sucker has transpired and as we approach the Mayan calendar of the End of Days in 2012, Jourgensen, re-invigorated by the global 99 Percenters and Occupy Wall Street movement, navigates through Relapse once again as a reluctant prophet accusing, dissecting, cajoling and exhorting greed, corruption and lies. Reaching back to his Punk roots, Jourgensen and his Ministry pirates cover S.O.D s United Forces a track written 20 years ago still relevant today as a call to arms for the unrighteous and to those who feel disenfranchised by the system as it stands today.

Sited as the driving force behind a cross-section of Metal genres, from Industrial to Thrash and Nu Metal and receiving six Grammy Nominations, Jourgensen returns with his greatest achievement to date with Relapse. Leave it to Jourgensen to make a comeback with a Relapse!

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ghouldiggers
  2. Double Tap
  3. FreeFall
  4. Kleptocracy
  5. United Forces
  6. 99 Percenters
  7. Relapse
  8. Weekend Warrior
  9. Git Up Get Out N Vote
  10. Bloodlust

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  • Vinyl (January 1, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: AFM Records
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Grigos on March 28, 2012
Format: Audio CD
OK, so some of the lyrics are full of cheese. I know some of you long for the old days, but honestly, looking back there was plenty of cheese to find there too. Just because you are nostalgic about being younger and listening to Ministry doesn't mean you should count this new album out. Al has been through a lot of changes over time, but some things remain consistant. He has always had left leaning political views, a hard edge even when it was just new wave, and then there's the drugs. All of that remains true on this album. Quite frankly considering the drug use Al has survived it's a wonder he can do anything. He is the true warrior. Sure, it's a lot easier to have our favorite rockstars die young and pure to the original image. However, to survive a career such as Al has, and still have ambition to come up with something new: can't be easy. So take this for what it is. The production is great, the guitar solos shred, and it's Ministry!
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. Harper on March 31, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It is always problematic to rate Ministry albums of late. To be more precise, let's just say every album since the release of 2003's Animositisomina. The underrated long player that was the last involving Al Jourgensen's partner in crime, Paul Barker, before he reached his limit with Uncle Al and left. Barker joined Jourgensen in the mid 80's and was integral in co-creating the band's best and most defining work including The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste and the vastly influential, Psalm 69 from 1992. Guitarists Mike Scaccia and Tommy Victor remain the only consistent members alongside Al since the split with the void filled by a handful of session and tour musicians that varies from almost album to album. Four long players have been put out without Barker and in his contributing absence, the first three ranged from average (The Last Sucker) to good (Houses of the Mole), but essentially inconsistent and certainly don't reach the heights of the legacy that Jourgensen and Barker shaped and are now forever judged against by long-time fans. Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, Relapse is no different.

All these albums - including Relapse - have redeeming features and some great songs, and Houses of the Mole even had fans handing the band "return to form" status, but primarily, without Barker's input, there is no denying the change in Ministry's sound and while Al has successfully reeled in a new core fan base with these releases (namely young metal fans), he's alienated his older ones to a degree by moving away from what made the band unique. Long-time fans (myself since 1994), will always be very critical, but then you generally are towards things you love.
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37 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Blosser on March 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Dear Al,

Honestly, sometimes I'm tempted to think perhaps you should go back ON harder drugs. If you've kicked the habit, it's not doing a bit of good. You described this in a recent interview as your "socio-political analogy, on record, of the current state of our government and our society." You've got to be kidding me -- this is frat-boy metal.

Sure, it's hard and heavy, reportedly "the heaviest album you've ever done" (please! what metal band hasn't boasted that about their latest effort?). Musically this sounds like nothing more than a re-hash of your past three efforts to out-thrash Slayer, each sounding more cookie-cutter play-by-numbers than the last.

The lyrics. The lyrics are mind-numbingly bad -- Beavis and Butthead sound intellectual in comparison. These songs would be tolerable as a PARODY of metal, and you were indeed CAPABLE OF PARODY at one point in your musical career -- but I can't get over the fact that you sound like you really mean it when you sing these elementary choruses:

"It's a matter of right, how do you sleep at night, it's time for us to fight ... "Kleptocracy, **** you!" (repeat x100)"

"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 99-percenter's - Hey, hey, HEY, HEY, HEY, hey,"
[congratulations -- you can count. Want a gold star?]

"How much to people need, to have to lie and cheat?
But the 99-percenters will not be beat"
[Ok, just how long did it take you to come up with that rhyme?]

"So make sure to register again. Our country's gone insane. Get up, get out and vote"
[slumming for a MTV 'get out and vote' television spot?]

Listening to the album in its entirety, I can't get over how simply MUNDANE it is.

Remember 'Breathe'? remember 'So What'? Remember 'Scarecrow'?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Concerned One on March 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I ordered this album directly from 13th Planet and recieved it three days ago (today is the day before the official US release date), so I have had plenty of time listen to this album several times and really digest it. I must say I really like this album. It has a healthy dose of political rehash like the last few albums (99 percenters and Double Tap (about Bin Laden) and get up get out n vote), but also has some self reflective elements to it (since Al's been doing music and drugs since the early 80's). The song Free Fall talks about his most recent battles with drugs and serious infections/complications from that, along with relapse being about his drug use. I really like the songs Double Tap (Ministry sound circa Psalm 69 era), Ghould Diggers, and Free Fall. As another reviewer said, in general the first five tracks are just blistering with energy. My absolute favorite track is the cover of United Forces originally done by S.O.D. It is just plain well done with a splash of MILK on the end. S.O.D. covered the Ministry songs Thieves and Stigmata on their "Live at Budakon" Album, so this is a nod back to S.O.D.

The version of the album I have is the Digipack version with Relapse (Defibrillator Mix) as a bonus 11th track, and I tunes is set to have a 11th track bonus of Bloodlust (Lust for Blood Remix). For serious collectors, the Japanese edition includes the Relapse (Defibrillator Mix) as well as the Double Tap (Dottkom & SY4E Trash Electro Remix)and Double Tap (Dottkom & SY4E Industrial Filth Remix), both available on the Double Tap single available as a download only in the US.
I really do like this album, and think most fans will not be dissapointed with it.
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