Count Ministry among the acts that are ticked off at President Bush.
Count Ministry among the acts that are ticked off at President Bush. The evolving lineup led by Alien Jourgensen is as nihilistic and hostile as ever on "Houses of the Molé." The band targets the commander in chief in "No W" and "Wrong." Speech snippets (about terrorism) from Bush intersperse both, with "No W" incorporating the dramatic opening of "Carmina Burana" into the track's speed-metal aggression. The anti-war stance of the lyrics explains the pounding, militant feel of the Metallica-inflected "Waiting," with the cry "ramming speed!" from the movie "Ben-Hur" tossed into the mix for added flavor. Ministry also employs its fondness for samples on "WTV," a furious assault filled with chatter from TV programs and commercials. "Molé" goes full throttle until "World" and "WKYJ"; here, the band leans toward the industrial and melodic. Final track "Worm" verges into dance territory. Although it refers to suicide, despair and a phone call to a crisis hotline, its harmonica-filled loop is bluesy and stimulating.—CLT