MINISTRY — Psalm 69 (review)

MINISTRY — Psalm 69 album cover Album · 1992 · Industrial Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
1/5 ·
SilentScream213
A lot of really good ideas and unique aspects to this album that were groundbreaking at the time. Probably most later Industrial Metal bands used this thing as a blueprint. The speedy, riff-focused parts of this are great, like Tv 2 and Hero, which rip along at chainsaw shredding speed. Al usually sounds good, which a very gruff yet nasally yell that is no doubt processed with some distortion.

What really ruins this album for me is the insane repetitiveness, especially in the annoying samples. Most of the songs here have parts where some vocal sample is repeated about 16 times, and it’s abundant with random shout or spoken samples that are thrown in at the rate of a snare drum. On the same note, even when the guitar riffs and rhythm section are good, it quickly goes stale after the same measure has been repeated about 32 times. There’s very little variety to each track, making each one more or less based around one repetitive section.

The title track is an example that almost uses samples well, specifically the choir vocals that add an epic touch to it, but then the rest of the track falls into the same habit of throwing in voices and what not so much that it just becomes annoying. Despite the abundance of interesting and unique ideas here, it’s something I have no desire to revisit because of how annoying it can be.
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UMUR wrote:
46 days ago
Yep agree I think I´ll probably rate this one 5 stars when I get to it.
Vim Fuego wrote:
46 days ago
The repetitive thing is part of industrial metal. To me this is a 5/5 every day of the week.
Tupan wrote:
46 days ago
For me, it's their best album, and the repetitiveness is well made and part of it!
Tupan wrote:
46 days ago
For me, it's their best album, and the repetitiveness is well made and part of it!
UMUR wrote:
47 days ago
I absolutely love this album. It took some time to learn to appreciate the repetitive nature of the music, but I´ve come to love the hypnotic way of the album. Plus there are loads of great riffs and a cold industrial atmospere, which is both raw, brutal, and eerie.

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