Houses of the Molé

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Houses of the Molé
Studio album by Ministry
Released June 21, 2004 (2004-06-21)
Recorded 2003–04 at Sonic Ranch, El Paso, Texas
Genre Industrial metal, thrash metal
Length 55:00
Label Sanctuary/BMG
Producer Al Jourgensen
Ministry chronology
Animositisomina
(2003)
Houses of the Molé
(2004)
Early Trax
(2004)
Singles from Houses of the Molé
  1. "No W"
    Released: 2004

Houses of the Molé is the ninth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry. The album was released on June 21, 2004, internationally, and a day later in the United States, through Sanctuary Records.

Background[edit]

The album is the first part of the band's anti-Bush trilogy, followed by Rio Grande Blood (2006) and The Last Sucker (2007). It was released in the run up to the 2004 American presidential elections, with George W. Bush being president at the time of its release. Nearly all songs start with the letter "W" in their title. The first track on the album, "No W", features numerous satirical samples of Bush's speeches, particularly samples in which he spoke of his war on terror.

The musical style of the album is more thrash metal-oriented than Ministry's previous releases.

Al Jourgensen has stated that the name Houses of the Molé is a tribute to the Houses of the Holy album, released by Led Zeppelin in 1973. Mole itself is a Mexican sauce made from chocolate that is nearly black in color, an image that Jourgensen believes represents crude oil.

This was the first and so far only Ministry studio album to not chart on the Billboard 200. Due to slow sales, the band left Sanctuary. Houses of the Molé is noteworthy for being the first Ministry LP not to feature longtime collaborator Paul Barker since Twitch in 1986. It is also the first album to use Ministry's new logo, as well as their first with Mike Scaccia on guitar since 1996's Filth Pig.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[3]
Billboard favourable[4]
Playlouder 4/5 stars[5]
Q 2/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard 10/10[6]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]

In 2005, Houses of the Molé was ranked No. 434 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "No W" – 3:24 (Al Jourgensen)
  2. "Waiting" – 5:02 (Al Jourgensen, Mike Scaccia, Max Brody)
  3. "Worthless" – 4:09 (Al Jourgensen)
  4. "Wrong" – 4:54 (Al Jourgensen, Mike Scaccia, Max Brody, John Monte)
  5. "Warp City" – 4:01 (Al Jourgensen, Mike Scaccia, John Monte, Mark Baker)
  6. "WTV" – 4:25 (Al Jourgensen, Mike Scaccia, Max Brody)
  7. "World" – 5:13 (Al Jourgensen)
  8. "WKYJ" – 5:14 (Al Jourgensen, Mike Scaccia, Max Brody)
  9. "Worm" – 9:11 (Al Jourgensen, Mike Scaccia, Max Brody)
  10. "Psalm 23" (bonus track) – 5:41 (Al Jourgensen)
  11. "Walrus" (bonus track) – 2:43 (Al Jourgensen)

"Walrus" is track 69. Dark Side of the Spoon, another Ministry album, features a hidden track called "Everybody" which is also track 69.

Personnel[edit]

Ministry[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Max Brody – programming (2, 6, 7, 9), drums (8), saxophone (9), background vocals (9)
  • Angie Jourgensen – background vocals (5, 9)
  • Odin Myers – background vocals (5)
  • Carl Wayne – background vocals (5)
  • Kol Marshall – B3 organ (8, 9)
  • Turner Vanblarcum – DJ voice (8)
  • Lawton Outlaw – original cover, inside tray art, art direction, design
  • Paul Elledge – photography
  • Rey Washam – drums (uncredited)[9]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[10] 162
UK Albums Chart[11] 135

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Houses of the Molé". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "House of the Molé - Ministry". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ Chamy, Michael (2004-09-03). "Ministry: Houses of the Molé". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Houses of the Molé". Billboard. July 24, 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-08-08. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  5. ^ Robb, John (2004-06-16). "Houses of the Molé". Playlouder. Archived from the original on 2004-07-12. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  6. ^ Mühlmann, Wolf-Rüdiger. "Rock Hard review". issue 206. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  7. ^ Hoard, Christian (2004-08-05). "Ministry: Houses Of The Molé : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  8. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 35. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  9. ^ Prindle, Mark (2005). "Rey Washam - 2005". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  10. ^ "French chart positions" (in French). lescharts.com. 
  11. ^ "Chart Log UK: M - My Vitriol". Zobbel. 

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