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Land of Rape & Honey Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 1999)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sire Records
  • ASIN: B000008II6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Question: What album made metalheads, punk rockers and dance-fiends recoil in horror upon its debut? Answer: Ministry's "The Land Of Rape And Honey." I hate to sound redundant... but the previous reviewers summed it best: "The Land Of Rape And Honey" is as essential as it gets--not just for Ministry and industrial fans, but for fans of music in general. I (finally) got my grubby mitts on the Australian version of the CD since I couldn't find the out-of-print-for-ages domestic release, so if there's a difference between the two, I apologize beforehand (Adam Naworal, one of the previous reveiwers, said "Hizbollah" and "I Prefer" aren't on the domestic release, for example). The first time I saw "Stigmata" on video I was shocked: the song, like the video, wasn't quite like anything I've heard before... or since. Its obnoxious, wailing guitars and ultra-obnoxious "vocals" (read: skull-shattering screams) topped over an absolutely relentless machine-like rhythm that could easily have been named "Audio Napalm" left my jaw on the floor. To this day, it remains my favorite Ministry song. Thankfully, Al and the boys had more than a few other great songs to serve up on this groundbreaking classic. Both "The Missing" and "Deity" rage with thrash-metal fury to them and make bands like Spineshank and Filter look even more pale in comparison. "Hizbollah" has a slight Arabic-tinge to it and might be my second favorite song here just for that reason, while "You Know What You Are" is one of the craziest songs I've ever heard: an angry dance song with the HARSHEST vocals I ever heard, putting that guy from Cradle Of Filth (I think his name's Dani) to absolute shame... genius.Read more ›
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This was my second Ministry album, my first being Psalm 69 way back in '92. I can't believe this album is out of print, seeing how so many people consider it to be Ministry's masterpiece. Even if it's not my favorite Ministry album, I can't deny its status as such. This is a brilliant album. While there are only about three songs that feature heavy guitar riffs, the entire album manages to sound aggressive. Even the slower songs like "Golden Dawn" and "Hizbollah" have an undercurrent of doom running through them. Then, of course, there's "You Know What You Are" and "Flashback," which are two of the most violent sounding songs ever recorded, with nary a guitar to be heard (except for a brief solo in "Flashback.") And then there's "I Prefer," which manages to be almost speed metal without the metal.
Every Ministry album has been different from all those that preceeded it, (until "Animositisomina" which is, I feel, the first Ministry album not to break much new ground. Though it's still a good album) and this is one of the most important albums in Ministry's evolution. This is the direct link from "Twitch" to the industrial metal they became known for. It's as strong an album as they've ever released, and there really hasn't been anything like it before or since. Essential listening.
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I remember a friend of mine getting this CD when it came out. I was just starting to get into the industrial music scene, having just purchased some Front 242. When she started it up and Stigmata came on, I knew I had to get it for myself. From the opening scream of Stigmata, this starts hard and fast and never lets up. If you have A Mind... and Psalm 69, you can tell that Al and friends increased the guitar usage on each album. Well there are fewer guitars on this album, but that doesn't make it any less sinister or dark. I won't go into each track-the previous reviews have done an excellent job already. I would say that anyone who likes industrial music MUST have this essential recording of the genre.
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30 seconds of a curious ticking noise, followed by a shriek so extremely distorted and chaotic as to destroy speakers at high volume. Such is the beginning of Ministry's "Land of Rape and Honey". It's funny imagining what fans of the synth pop and subdued electro records "With Sympathy" and "Twitch" faces looked like when they pushed play for the first time. Whatever the reason, this album marks the abrupt transition into the Ministry we know and love today.

"The Land of Rape and Honey" is violent, about as violent as any album can be. One gets the impression that the walls of endlessly looping distorted drum machines and screams contained herein were really more meant to beat the listener senseless than hypnotize into some sort of trance like the heroin induced ramblings of later albums.

This album makes it on attitude alone. There is little to no melody or musicality in any of these tracks. Some of the rhythms can even be classified as inane, such as the simple alternate snare and bass throughout the whole of "The Missing". Guitar work is redundant and simple.

Al's vocals follow little structure, one scream after another, occasionally avoiding even rhythm ("Stigmata"), but they get the point across- anger. A hell of a lot of it.

"Stigmata" (10/10) An industrial classic if there ever was one. Grinding synth sounds combined with a 2 chord main riff, then alternated with totally insane verses ("Choke on glass"). The chant "You have empty eyes" is both the finale and the highlight.

"The Missing" (9/10) A metal oriented tune with great riffs and some fantastic harmonizing leads in the chorus. Very epic and very fast. Short and sweet. The drum parts are lacking in groove and complexity.
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