I love Ministry. Here are three brilliant examples of their work from their golden era.
Ministry – Stigmata (Land Of Rape And Honey, 1988)
Ministry – Burning Inside (The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste, 1989)
Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod (Red Line/White Line Version), 12″ Single, 1991
The album version of this song is on Psalm 69 (1992)
Front Line Assembly are remarkably prolific so you would be forgiven if you wondered where in their back catalogue you should start. My favourite period has to be pre- Tactical Neural Implant (1992) when they had a much more basic and direct sound. Here are a couple of pre-TNI tracks that I think are just superb.
You could argue that I’m giving more space to Rhythmic Noise than it warrants, it was after all a relatively short lived niche subgenre in an already niche subculture. I really like it though and remember it as a real breath of fresh air in the stagnating goth/industrial scene of the late 90s. Think of it as a return-to-source movement that takes Esplendor Geométrico, SPK and their like as inspiration but making music in a post-Techno world. Anyway, here are some more great rhythmic noise albums.
||Iszoloscope – Au Seuil Du Néant (2003)
With albums alternating between dark ambient and furious rhythmic assault, Au Seuil Du Néant (2003) is one of the later. It’s all very hectic with songs sounding fairly similar to each other with short ambient interludes between them. I prefer this to their much more varied The Audient Void (2005).
||Converter + Asche + Morgenstern – Erode (2001)
Brilliant collaboration album. Dark moody and furiously aggressive at times. Monster is the stand out club hit but the rest of the album is of equal quality.
||Morgenstern – Cold (2000)
Hypnotic and pretty lo-fi sounding. I want to say that it leans towards ambient but if it does then it is a passive aggressive sort of ambient.
||Axiome – Rictus (1999)
Excellent stripped down rhythmic noise that at times pulls off a relaxed-ish atmosphere at odds with the percussion.
||Synapscape – Act! (2005)
Excellent album although I still have a soft spot for the track 7th Sect from So What (1999).
By the power of youtube here are a couple of DAF classics
I know I don’t have to say it but go buy the albums…
This is a fan video to accompany the song but what a great video.
By the wonder of youtube here are some classic pre-Microphonies (1984) CV tracks.
Do buy the albums because they are brilliant.
Good article on Laibach, their art and politics
Laibach‘s album Opus Dei (1987) compared stadium rock concerts with the hysteria of Nazi rallies of the 1930s highlighting how a nation might be seduced by fascism. The video below is Laibach‘s brilliantly satirical cover of the Austrian stadium rock band Opus’ Life Is Life. The German language version is better but doesn’t have this excellent video crammed with indirect fascist imagery to go with it. I guess that not everyone speaks German and if they want to put their antifascist message across to a wider audience they have to sing in English.
Video from ppesho
Context is everything and the lyrics to Queen‘s One Vision take on a scary new significance when covered as a Wagneresque fascist anthem.
Ein wahrer Glaube
Eine Rasse und ein Traum
Ein starker Wille
Scary stuff. “Get me a light beer!”
Video from odysee