'Psalm 69' is the fifth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry. Every sub-genre of metal usually has a defining 'classic' of the genre. While for thrash it may be 'Master of Puppets', or for death it may be 'Symbolic', whatever genre it may be, there usually is a definitive album. For industrial, most fans agree that Ministry's 'Psalm 69' is a perfect contender for a definitive classic of industrial metal.
The previous album 'The Mind', showed Ministry at one of their most varied moments featuring aggressive tracks like 'Thieves' and dark brooding songs like 'Cannibal Song'. 'Psalm 69' takes the aggressiveness of 'The Mind' and amps it up with even more crushing riffs and barrages of mechanical drums. The album opens up with one of Ministry's most well-known songs, 'N.W.O.' with it's strong political lyrics, pounding drums, crushing guitar, and Al Jourgensen's raspy vocals. This album has no shortage of Ministry classics, with the thrashing 'Just One Fix', 'N.W.O.', and one of my personal favorites 'Hero'. Also featured is the humorous and catchy 'Jesus Built My Hotrod'. This song really captures the weirdness of some industrial metal bands, it doesn't get much better then a guy loving his car with passages like 'Ding dang a dong bong bing bong'. These lyrics wouldn't be too out of place on a Primus album.
It is true that 'The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste' has more variety, but 'Psalm 69' has something 'The Mind' didn't and that is guitar solos. Previously guitar solos weren't featured in industrial metal much, however Ministry really makes the guitar solos feel right at home on this album. The guitar solo on 'N.W.O.' is especially awesome, grinding perfectly along with the mechanical atmosphere. Speaking of grinding, one of my favorite songs is the title track which goes from haunting choir to grinding and thrashing riffs.
Overall, this album is a masterpiece beginning to end. Like I said, if there is one industrial metal album that everyone should have in their collection it should probably be this one. This album and 'The Mind' really show Ministry and industrial metal at it's very best. Hope you found this review helpful.
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