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Ministry – Psalm 69 (1992)

February 18, 2020

[Album 725/1001]

“You will never understand it ’cause it happens too fast…What is it? It’s it”
– Faith No More, Epic

Six years after reviewing Faith No More’s The Real Thing, I’m still not sure how to classify it.

But to borrow another line from Epic, If I can’t, then it doesn’t matter anyway.

And I was reminded of the above quote when listening to Ministry’s Psalm 69 this week.

In this case, the genre classification isn’t the challenge (I think most would file a Ministry recording somewhere under the terms industrial &/or metal).

Instead, the challenge lies in describing why I’m drawn to the recording.


What is the attraction?

What is it?

I’m not sure. But it’s it.

There isn’t a lot of time for reflection when listening either. The tempos are flying, the percussion is relentless, the lead guitar shreds. And good luck keeping up with/deciphering the lyrics on the Gibby Haynes guest vocal track, Jesus Built My Hotrod!

Therefore, I don’t think I will ever understand it because it happens too fast.

And if I can’t describe the dark allure of this album in a succinct manner, maybe that doesn’t matter anyway.

So until I can, there’s an “it” to this recording.

And if/when I figure out just what “it” is, I’ll let you know.


Verbalize the Positive

A tip of the hat to my friend Jeff for lending me his Ministry CD – it’s been a good selection to have playing in the car on the weekly drive to/from ball hockey!


From → 1990s

  1. A good Adrenalin booster tune I’m sure!

    • Most definitely, Deke – I found it worked well on my drive to hockey, I guess like a pre-game pump up!

  2. jprobichaud permalink

    I‘m with Deke here. If this one doesn’t get your blood flowing, I don’t know what will. I played this one on my disc man a tonne back in the day.

    • You would have needed the ‘sport’ discman with skip protection, as it would be tough to stand/sit still while listening!

  3. This might be a good disc for the car. I might have to give it a shot. I like a little industrial sounding metal as the next guy.

    • I found it worked quite well on solo drives – perhaps good wake up music for the morning commute!

  4. Yes, it is fast. Yes, it is noisy. But it’s got hooks and grooves. That what it gets right for me!

  5. A top album that shakes you by the lapels. I still have my vinyl copy. Definitely has the ‘it’ factor.

  6. I still haven’t heard this one. It’s been on the list for a while!

    • Jesus built my Hotrod is a good individual track to check out first – I still don’t have the foggiest idea what he’s saying in the lyrics!

      • Haha! Calls for a Google search…

  7. I speak from experience that this is a dangerous LP to run to … far too fast!

    • I can imagine it being perfect in the home stretch of a long run – and an absolutely terrible choice to pace yourself at the start a run!

  8. Jim permalink

    Cool review!
    I just recently read about how the band was more or less daring the record company not to release this given the material they were sending them. But, once, inexplicably, Jesus built my hotrod, got to be a huuuuge hit, they had to double down, give the band more money and put the thing out.

    • Cheers, Jim – and that’s funny, I hadn’t heard that story. The unexpected / unintentional hit!

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