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Live At Wacken 2012 (DVD)
October 2013
Released: 2013, UDR Music
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Ministry; Industrial Metal or just Metal?

To me they are Metal, plain and simple. I don’t really get into sub-genre’s much but do recognize the basic ones like Black, Death, Glam and Industrial as well as others. Where does Ministry fall? Yes they have an Industrial aspect to them but they have the killer dual guitars of Sin Quirin and the late Mike Scaccia. Whichever label you give them they still a part of the Metal family.

LIVE AT WACKEN 2012 is a document of the final show of the RELAPSE Tour. This show lets us, the viewer witness the killer dual guitars that I mentioned above. Mikey and Sin are amazing guitarists and this show lets us see that. Without them Ministry would not be the Metal band they are. It was Scaccia that helped give Al that Metal edge to it back when they were a totally different band. Since early on there was always that programming and keyboard aspect to them but once you strip that away they are a Metal band with Drums, Bass, Guitar and Vocals. This intense concert proves that ten fold. The sound and video on the DVD of this CD/DVD package are very well done. They look and sound great and it definitely needs to be turned up load. Personally I am looking forward to my order of the Blu-Ray with improved sound and picture. That should be a real treat.

There is a bonus of a 2006 Ministry at Wacken disc which is a nice treat as we get to see a different era in Al’s career. Very similar to the main 2012 show with a slightly different set-list. An enjoyable watch as well.

This is a no-brainer for any Ministry fan, even a casual one. If you are just getting into the band then you may want to start here as it has songs from most era’s of the bands discography. Surprisingly “Jesus Built My Hot Rod” is omitted. You’d think it would be a staple in their show as this is where many first heard the band. Other than that, this is a highly recommended release.

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