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Dark Side Of The Spoon |Warner Bros, 1999|

Supermaniac Soul, Whip and Chain, Bad Blood, Eureka Pile, Step, Nursing Home, Kaif, Vex & Silence, 10/10

Al Jourgensen (known as Hypo Luxa, Buck Satan lub Alien) who is the founder of Ministry band released his first album in 1983. The 80's were the great time for the dance music that's why With Sympathy has a dancey vibe too. Al has never been satisfied with this album so the next releases recorded with Paul Barker (aka Hermes Pan) contained more complex, sharpen and guitar driven music. Filth Pig released in 1996 was described by Al as "the slowest and the most aggressive album he has ever released so far".

The Dark Side of a Spoon contains songs with a complex body structure and a dense vibe. After two, much aggressive compositions there comes a song from Matrix 1 soundtrack called Bad Blood. The rhythm layer in Eureka Pile reminds me White Zombie ventures with their simple, groovy tempo and a deep repeating bassline. Al's voice recalls the Monster Magnet vibe in Step song

There are lots of trance, guitar driven and aggressive sounds on The Dark Side of... mingled with those complexed electronic compositions. After a heavy and gloomy Kaif recalling those toughest Joy Division songs, there is same stifling Vex & Silence with a bit more softer leading guitar riff. Instrumental suit called 10/10 is full of sound King Crimson-like with add-ons creating a bit chaotic atmosphere. I think it's the first time when Ministry used such instruments like ...saxophone and banjo.

Maybe Filth Pig is the slowest and the most aggressive album but The Dark Side of.. is the heaviest one with its stifling vibe which is present also at The Cure 'Pornography'. There is also lots of chaos similar to Discipline by King Crimson.

This album should be listen a few times to, because it's not a catchy release for sure. Those who got accustom to the previous Ministry music can feel disappointed. In a fact there is always something to discover on this album.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

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