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Lard is a hardcore punk/industrial band founded in 1988 as a side project by Jello Biafra (vocals), Al Jourgensen (guitar), Paul Barker (bass), and Jeff Ward (drums). Biafra is perhaps best known as the former frontman of the punk rock band Dead Kennedys. Jourgensen is the founder and only continuous member of industrial metal band Ministry, of which Barker was an official member between 1986 and 2004, and Ward was also once a touring member. Over the years, several other members of Ministry played with Lard, namely Bill Rieflin, Mike Scaccia, and Rey Washam. Like most of Biafra's work, Lard's songs are angrily political (the War on Drugs is a particularly common theme) but often have a tinge of humour.
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LARD The Last Temptation of Reid album cover 3.67 | 2 ratings
The Last Temptation of Reid
Industrial Metal 1990
LARD Pure Chewing Satisfaction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pure Chewing Satisfaction
Industrial Metal 1997

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LARD The Power Of Lard album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Power Of Lard
Industrial Metal 1989
LARD 70's Rock Must Die album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
70's Rock Must Die
Industrial Metal 2000

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LARD The Last Temptation of Reid

Album · 1990 · Industrial Metal
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Oof, this one is really something. Lard, as you might suspect from the name, are a crazy, sarcastic, quirky, and humorously aggressive mess of a beast. Vocalist Jello offers manic, almost parody-like commentary on real life going-ons in a bizarre but endearing vocal delivery. The band is pretty great, and despite being repetitive and simple, they create some awesome beats and razor cutting riffs that you don’t mind hearing looped. The album is delicious in the same way an excessively greasy, heart attack inducing burger might be. And thus the name fits…

Unfortunately, there’s way too much time here devoted to gimmick songs (Literally half the record time) that it can’t be great. When they do straightforward rocking, it’s awesome. When they do avant-garde novelty stuff, it’s just… bad.

LARD The Last Temptation of Reid

Album · 1990 · Industrial Metal
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Jello Biafra and Al Jourgensen have both created so many worthwhile musical projects. Biafra fronted the Dead Kennedys, one of the most influential US punk bands of all time, and has involved himself with a number of other musical and non-musical projects. Jourgensen is the twisted genius behind Ministry, Revolting Cocks, 1000 Homo DJs and who knows what else. With such a record behind them, it made perfect sense for the two to combine, as they do flawlessly here.

This album just reels off one great song after another. Yes, it sounds a bit like Ministry, but it’s definitely not a Ministry album. “Forkboy”, “Pineapple Face”, “Bozo Skeleton”, “Mate, Spawn & Die” all motor along in a straightforward thrash fashion. A cover of “They're Coming To Take Me Away” bounces along cheerfully, as an ode to the brighter side of mental illness, only to have the whimsical mood ground into the dirt by the relentless plodding of “I Am Your Clock”.

As ever with Jello Biafra, there is a dark lyrical bent throughout the album. “Drug Raid at 4am” covers the lack of respect shown for innocent people in the war on drugs. “Can God Fill Teeth?” takes a humorous swipe at conspiracy theorists and Big Brother. The music backs off enough to let Jello flow on one of his legendary rants, about everything and nothing, before kicking into a manic electric drill frenzy. “I Am Your Clock” is another Big Brother song, this time analysing modern society and it's controls on the common man.

Only Jello Biafra could have written a song like “Sylvestre Matuschka”, a true story of a psychopath who gained sexual gratification from blowing up trains.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this album is that it was recorded in 1990, but still sounds fresh. This is an album most metal fans can enjoy, without realising quite how twisted it is. By then though, it doesn’t really matter, because you’re hooked.

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