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Rio Grande Blood

Wednesday, May 24 2006
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Leather-clad Al Jourgensen, the man who invented the faux-human-skull-lined-microphone-stand-on-wheels, is fuckin' pissed at our warmonger president. So much so that Ministry's new disc, Rio Grande Blood, is a virulently anti-Bush, anti-Iraq invasion song cycle. Now I don't deny that Jourgensen (who is Ministry) believes in what he's ranting 'n' raving about, but this record — from the cover art (a crucified Bush stuffed inside an oil drum) to the 10 tracks constituting the thing — is such a total caricature of nth-generation industrial rage that it's really nothing more than an implicit affirmation of the spectacle surrounding the very thing that this slab of political art is supposed to oppose: war. In other words, if our current state of affairs were some cliched, effects-laden action flick (which it is) directed by a hack director who felt his soundtrack needed "a little bit of that Hot Topic, black nail polish angst music for the teens," then Rio Grande Blood, with its rote jackhammer blast bleats, gratuitous number of electronically altered Dubya samples, and stereotypical wave-them-arms-in-the-air rap 'n' metal breakdowns, would be the ideal choice.

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