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The Last Sucker: Limited Edition - Ministry

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Industrial / Artist: Ministry / Limited Edition / Audio CD released 2007-09-25 at 13th Planet

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      17.03.2010 15:46
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      Released in 2007, 'The Last Sucker' continues the anti-bush assault of predecessor 'Rio Grande Blood' whist also retaining the same stripped down, thrashy industrial metal sound, as well as incorporating enderaingly clunky samples and repetitive mechanical mid-paced riffs that feel on the verge of falling apart at the beginning of opener 'Let's Go' for example. This track is one of the best on the album, consisting lyrically of an all-out attack on the gung-ho nature of the US-UK "Coalition"'s invasion of Iraq, with al Jourgsen's sardonic militarist adovcations and protests against political myopia (culminating in cries of "Lets go insane!!") working brilliantly against the grinding, endlessly repetitive and in-your-face riffs.

      Elsewhere in the album the tracks take a more mid-paced turn whist still remaining for the most part clinically sharp, and 'Watch Yourself' includes a somewhat euphoric bridge with a distinct Devin Townsend ring to it, although there are also a good few more furiously up tempo songs to be found, including a blistering cover of the Doors's 'Roadhouse Blues' (complete with ecstatic harmonica soloing) and the excellent 'Death and Destruction', which opens with samples of a blustering, blundering Bush over some drum and bass before breaking into yet more thundering razor sharp industrial riffs, interspersed throughout with the title of the song repeated over and over by bush in between a warped and demonic-sounding sample of him laughing and bellowed lyrics like "Stuck in the middle of a civil war/Well what the f*ck do you expect? Our occupation/ of other nations /Is bound to have a f*ckin' violent effect " coutesy of Jourgsen.

      The Last Sucker is perhaps not as consistently strong as its predecessor, but its still a gratifying and immensely p*ssed off slab of modern industrial metal all the same. The cover of the special edition, which consists of a smiling picture of Bush whose face transforms into a grimacing-gill covered David Icke-style Lizard Man when slowly rotated is damn cool as well.

      Tracklisting-

      1. Let's Go 04:52
      2. Watch Yourself 05:28
      3. Life is Good 04:15
      4. The Dick Song 05:50
      5. The Last Sucker 05:59
      6. No Glory 03:41
      7. Death & Destruction 03:31
      8. Roadhouse Blues (Doors cover) 04:26
      9. Die in a Crash 04:03 [view lyrics]
      10. End of Days Part One 03:22
      11. End of Days Part Two 10:26

      Total playing time 55:53

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