Relapse (Ministry album)

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Relapse
Studio album by Ministry
Released March 23, 2012 (2012-03-23)
Recorded September–December 2011
Genre Industrial metal, thrash metal
Length 50:07
Label 13th Planet
Producer Al Jourgensen, Samuel D'Ambruoso
Ministry chronology
Undercover
(2010)
Relapse
(2012)
From Beer to Eternity
(2013)
Singles from Relapse
  1. "99 Percenters"
    Released: December 23, 2011
  2. "Double Tap"
    Released: February 24, 2012

Relapse is the twelfth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, which was released on March 23, 2012[1] through 13th Planet Records.[2] It was recorded in the wake of their three year hiatus from November 2008 to August 2011 as well as Al Jourgensen's near-death experience in 2010.[3]

Background[edit]

Relapse is Ministry's first studio album featuring original material since 2007's The Last Sucker, marking the longest gap, to date, between their studio albums. The band previously broke up in 2008 and Jourgensen had since stated that a reunion would never happen. In the November 2008 issue of Hustler Magazine, Jourgensen said that the reason they were breaking up was that they "take up so much time" as well as the hassle of getting out new albums. He also said he was responsible for six other bands and can get seven albums done a year while not working on new Ministry material.

Ministry ended their hiatus on August 7, 2011, when it was announced that they were going to play at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2–4, 2012.[4] Later that month, Jourgensen told Metal Hammer that Ministry had begun work on Relapse, which they hope to release by Christmas. Regarding the sound of the new material, he explained, "We've only got five songs to go. I've been listening to it the last couple of weeks and I wasn't really in the mood, I was just taking it as a joke. Just to pass the time at first but [Mikey's] raving about it. It's like, dude c'mon, this is not about Bush, so… that parts over. The ulcers are gone and Bush is gone so it's time for something new. I think this is actually gonna wind up being the fastest and heaviest record I've ever done. Just because we did it as anti-therapy therapy against the country music we would just take days off and thrash faster than I've done in a long time, faster than Mikey's done in a long time. He just did a Rigor Mortis tour and said it was easy compared to this Ministry stuff so it's gonna be brutal and it's gonna freak a lot of people out."[5]

Ministry announced on their website that they entered the studio on September 1, 2011 with engineer Sammy D'Ambruoso to begin recording Relapse.[6]

The cover art was revealed on December 19, 2011. "99 Percenters" was released a single to promote Relapse. The band released it on iTunes on December 23, 2011, and two days later, began streaming it on their Facebook page.[7][8] On January 20, 2012, it was announced that "Double Tap" would be released as a maxi-single on February 24.[9]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[11]
Billboard favorable[3]
COMA Music Magazine favorable[12]
Consequence of Sound 2/5 stars[13]
Now 3/5 stars[14]
ReGen Magazine 4/5 stars[15]

Critical reception to Relapse has been mostly positive. At Metacritic, the album was given a score of 68 out of 100 based on "generally favorable reviews".[10] Allmusic reviewer David Jeffries called it "a harder and faster-than-usual album from the group, and yet there's also a heavier element of control throughout, as Jourgensen holds the reigns tighter, guiding this industrial-thrash monster down a speedy track without going over the edge".[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ghouldiggers" – 7:41 (Jourgensen, Scaccia, Orr)
  2. "Double Tap" – 4:06 (Jourgensen, Quirin)
  3. "FreeFall" – 4:36 (Jourgensen)
  4. "Kleptocracy" – 3:54 (Jourgensen, Victor)
  5. "United Forces" – 4:53 (Stormtroopers of Death cover) (Milano, Benante, Lilker, Ian)
  6. "99 Percenters" – 3:53 (Jourgensen, Victor, D'Ambruoso)
  7. "Relapse" – 5:49 (Jourgensen)
  8. "Weekend Warrior" – 5:43 (Jourgensen, Scaccia, D'Ambruoso)
  9. "Git Up Get Out 'n Vote" – 3:59 (Jourgensen, Victor)
  10. "Bloodlust" – 5:37 (Jourgensen, Victor)
  11. "Relapse (Defibrillator Mix)" – 7:06 (limited edition bonus track) (Jourgensen)

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Finnish Albums Charts[16] 45
German Albums Chart[17] 72
Swedish Albums Chart[18] 56
Swiss Albums Chart[19] 99
US Billboard 200[20] 193
Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart[20] 16
Billboard Independent Albums[20] 32
Billboard Rock Albums Chart[20] 46
Billboard Tastemakers Albums Chart[20] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://austriancharts.at/showitem.asp?interpret=Ministry&titel=Relapse&cat=a
  2. ^ http://legacy.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=171050
  3. ^ a b Mikael Wood (2 April 2012). "Album Review: Ministry, 'Relapse'". Billboard. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ministry Is Back! 2012 Wacken Open Air Festival Appearance Confirmed". Blabbermouth.net. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Al Jourgensen: Why I Decided To Bring Back Ministry". Blabbermouth.net. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ministry relapse coming 2012". thirteenthplanet.com. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ministry: 'Relapse' Cover Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ministry to Release Pro-Occupy Protest Song '99 Percenters', 'Relapse' Cover Art Revealed". loudwire.com. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ministry: 'Double Tap' Single Due Next Month". Blabbermouth.net. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Relapse". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  11. ^ a b David Jeffries. "Relapse - Ministry". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  12. ^ COMA Music Magazine review
  13. ^ David Buchanan (27 March 2012). "Album Review: Ministry - Relapse". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Benjamin Boles (April 5–12, 2012). "Ministry - Relapse". Now. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  15. ^ ReGen Magazine review
  16. ^ "Ministry - Relapse". finnishcharts.com. 
  17. ^ "German Album Charts for Ministry" (in German). musicline.de. 
  18. ^ "Ministry - Relapse". swedishcharts.com. 
  19. ^ "Ministry - Relapse". hitparade.ch. 
  20. ^ a b c d e "Relapse - Ministry". Billboard. 

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