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Filth Pig

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Ministry - Filth Pig - Cd

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Filth Pig arrived after an extended break that found Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker giving rural Texas life a try before retreating back to the chilled concrete of Chicago. But, despite the Lone Star roots of some of its songs and much talk of Jourgensen's budding taste for country music, Filth Pig isn't Ministry's Nashville Skyline. There may be more organic elements as guitars more to the fore at the expense of keyboards and samples, but Jourgensen and Barker's forte remains the bitter screed powered by insistent beats and pummeling riffs. Ministry may have some new tools these days (most notably standout drummer Rey Washam, formerly of Scratch Acid and Rapeman), but they're working on the same old chassis. --Steven Stolder
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 30, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: January 30, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MW9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If i have ever seen an album being criminally underrated and overlooked not so much by the professional critics but mostly by Ministry's very own fan base it has got to be this absolutely stunning masterpiece called "Filth Pig".
Having come after the album known widely as "Psalm 69" which was considered to be Ministry's peak and a definitive album of the 90s, "Filth Pig" was misunderstood on a vast scale exactly because the fans simply expected yet another "Psalm 69" or an album that sounded like it, and instead got something entirely different. The thing was, and is, that "Filth Pig" was not only a tremendous leap in creativity for Ministry that totally outdid "Psalm 69", but also a massive leap in contemporary music as a whole.
Does this all sound a bit over the top, you think? Well, the "problem" with 'Filth Pig' was that its brilliance demanded very experienced listeners to appreciate what it was, and beyond that it demanded listeners able to listen with an open mind. In the world defined as the "rock scene" where any sing-a-long good lil riff will do, and where lyrics associated with scaringly low IQs, that album was basically ahead of its time and ahead of its target group alltogether.
"Filth Pig" is a tremendous soundscape, unbelievably multilayered and yet as emotional as any album you could ever hope for. And then some more.
This is by a light year, Ministry's finest moment. Jourgensen sounds like he's singing from inside a war-zone with a voice towering high over the heart-thumping beats and the the genius guitar drives by Baker who also proves on this record that he's easily one of the best rock composers to be found.
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That may sound like me just back-slapping myself but its just the cold hard facts.

The people complaining about this album remind me of the scene in the film Amadeus where the king tells Mozart that his music has 'too many notes'.

Theres literally thousands and thousands of conventional albums that are 'easy listening'. I myself like them. But when I am in a certain frame of mind I 'get' this album.

Please believe me when I say this album totally rocks, it is difficult but it is very rewarding. Though I concede its not for everyone.

A total disinterest in appealing to the masses and a laser focus on their craft. To me thats art, very few musical albums attain that label, but this one does.
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This is their least popular album but easily my favorite. This really isn't an industrial album, its a rock album. But it still definitely sounds like Ministry. Their approach is still the same...repetitive grooves that give a hypnotic feel. But the difference is they combine this approach with a more organic sound via guitar, bass, and drums as opposed to samples. The drums on this album are awesome. Basically this record is just a big ugly slab of heaviness with a very dark and trippy feel. Not for everyone but I love it.
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I know that a majority of Ministry fans think this is the weakest and most off point Ministry album ever. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and mine begs to differ. To be honest, I wasn't all that impressed with the cd after the first listen, but the more I played it, the more I began to appreciate it. Just remember that this is all simply my personal opinion.

The fast paced and sometimes abstract guitar drilling of the earlier albums were traded in for a more concentrated and murky sound. The first track, "Reload," is the fastest song on the album and honestly one of Ministry's best songs ever. This album as a whole has more consistansy and substance than any other. There are no songs that are artsy collections of noise and samples. Every track is a real song, which is a good thing.

"Filth Pig" also has my favorite Ministry song ever... "The Fall." With it's ominous and epic guitars backed by the heart pounding drums. Not to mention Al's vocals that range from aggression, to apathy, and pure angst! And the piano chimes in masterfully at the perfect times. This is the most amazing construction Ministry has ever put forth.

I also like the revision of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay." It's the lightest Ministry song since "The Land of Rape and Honey" but it's filled with Al's trademark vocals and fits perfectly in this album. It's great to see a complete reworking of a song from a weak musical genre.

I don't give out 5 star reviews to any old album, so this is obviously a very accomplished album in my opinion.
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Another dark & disturbing piece of metal music & chemicall experimentation. People say the album missed it's mark,as did Spoon. I personally enjoy em,like any other album compared to Twitch or With Sympathy they would not sound the same as Rape & Honey,Mind,Psalm69 or any of the Bush inslired discs. The album starts with Reload,a fast paced assault on the senses to let u know what your in store for
Filth Pig the track is pretty cool,nice heavy bass and thick guitar work,it's really distorted. 1 of my favorite tracks ever,what sold me on the album was the song Lava because it is a mind bender. The industrial samples,the effects,bass and drums are killer. Another of my favorites is Crumbs,a super heavy hitting,dark and aggressive raw grinding mix. Useless slows things down a bit but it does not make it any less disturbing. Dead Guy picks up like Reload started,it is a great guitar fueled & distorted track with agonizing and sad lyrics
The mind of addicts think differently,creating new art. Game Show is a most definitley a weird shifted pace from fast to slow tempos. Strangled lyrics and stress & anxiety filled track great drum & guitar. The Fall is another 1 of my absolite favorite tracks,the thing is a slow grinding dirge that is beautifully tragic and melodic all in 1. Honest and true lyrics of a true miserable,drug & alcohol fueled sadness. Lay Lady Lay is a great cover off the Coverups album,i like the speed of it & the attitude it has. The album closer Brick Windows is another excellent track that is 1 of my favorites on the album,so heavy,so stop-start guitar & bass. The album kills,i don't care if people keep comparing it to Psalm or Mind or Land of Rape & Honey
Trust me if you are a loyal Ministry fan then you will enjoy this album of slow grinding,chaos inspired psychosis drug fused paranoia. Great album. 1 of my tol 5 Ministry ever !
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