Review: Music On Vinyl continues to serve up essential reissues of classic Ministry albums, with 1989's "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste" becoming the latest set to get the audiophile-friendly heavy vinyl treatment. The record is a little heavier and fuzzier than some of its predecessors, with greater use of rambunctious, mind-altering heavy metal guitar riffs and less reliance on the Fairlight CMI-driven arpeggio style basslines, oddball samples and bustling EBM rhythms. Of course, Al Jourgensen and company's trusty drum machines are still present and correct, with riff-laden songs being joined by occasional blasts of bass heavy post-punk style weightiness ("Cannibal Song"), rubbery mutant disco (the sample-laden stomp of "So What") and suitably dystopian industrial funk workouts ("Faith Collapsing").
Review: Music On Vinyl's Ministry reissue series continues via this heavyweight re-press of "The Land Of Rape And Honey" on orange and gold vinyl. On its initial release in 1988, the album was seen as something of a departure from the Al Jourgensen-helmed band's previous output, primarily because it mixed their previous EBM, industrial and experimental synth-pop influences with heavier guitar riffs, more stomping beats and the kind of growled vocals more prevalent in heavy metal. Listening back 31 years on, the album has lost none of its luster, with highlights including the low-slung dub-rock chug of "Golden Dawn", the ricocheting drums and dystopian screams of "Destruction", the EBM-rock throb of "You Know What You Are" and the 400 Blows style electro-dub funkiness of "Abortive".
Review: On its original 1986 release, Ministry's "Twitch" album - Al Jourgensen and company's second in total - was seen as something of a departure from their established new-wave synth-pop sound. These days, the Adrian Sherwood co-produced set is considered a vital release that helped to cement the growing global influence of industrial music and, more pertinently, electronic body music (EBM). As this timely reissue proves, it remains one of the band's greatest albums; a throbbing, synthesizer and drum machine driven romp through dark, macabre and muscular musical passions rich in dancefloor-friendly classics (see "We Believe", the surprisingly funky "All Day Remix", Cabaret Voltaire-esque "Over The Shoulder" and "Where You At Now?/Crash & Burn/Twitch", a paranoid and noisy suite of cuts that rounds off the album in breathless fashion.