Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It


Rio Grande Blood

Wednesday, May 24 2006
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.

About The Author

Justin F. Farrar


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"