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Studio album by Ministry
Released February 17, 2003 (2003-02-17)
Recorded 1998–1999
2002 at Sonic Ranch, El Paso, Texas
Genre Industrial metal
Length 53:45
Label Sanctuary/BMG (06076-84568)
Producer Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan
Ministry chronology
Houses of the Molé
(2004)Houses of the Molé2004
Singles from Animositisomina
  1. "Piss"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Animosity"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 1.5/5 stars[6]
Billboard favorable[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Animositisomina is the eighth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 2003. It is the group's first studio album and second overall release through Sanctuary Records, following the live album Sphinctour.

The title is a palindrome, made of the word "animosity" spelled without the final letter and both forward and backward. It is also very similar to Aoxomoxoa, which is an album by the Grateful Dead. According to an interview on Fuse's Uranium, Jourgensen was bored at the time he was coming up with an album title. It is also worth noting that it is Ministry's first album to feature lyrics in the album sleeve, in which prior albums did not provide.

"The Light Pours Out of Me" was written and originally recorded by Magazine for their Real Life album in 1978 and it is the only song in the album to have more than one word in the title. Ministry did perform the song several times in concerts in the late 1980s, but it was never released or recorded officially.

It is notable for being the last album with Paul Barker, thus unceremoniously ended the "Luxa/Pan production." In addition, Animositisomina marked the last by Ministry to play in their traditional industrial metal style before switching to a more thrash-oriented style with their next album, Houses of the Molé.

In April 2016, Jourgensen revealed that this is his least-favourite Ministry album (if taking With Sympathy out of the list), declaring it was "not fun to make" as he was forced to quit his heroin habits during the recording sessions. On top of that, he and Barker were not on good terms anymore, which prompted the latter to leave the band after the Animositisomina tour. "Leper," the last song of the album, was left instrumental as Jourgensen had left the studio earlier than scheduled and did not care to write the lyrics.[7] Al considers Animositisomina a "non-album" and left most of the recording responsibilities to Barker.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Animosity" Jourgensen, Barker, Brody, Grossman 4:36
2. "Unsung" Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam 3:11
3. "Piss" Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam 5:10
4. "Lockbox" Jourgensen, Barker, Brody, Svitek, Washam 4:45
5. "Broken" Jourgensen, Barker, Brody 4:52
6. "The Light Pours Out of Me" (Magazine cover) Devoto, Shelley, McGeoch 4:26
7. "Shove" Jourgensen, Barker, Brody 5:53
8. "Impossible" Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam, Kinslow 7:43
9. "Stolen" Jourgensen, Barker, Brody 4:09
10. "Leper" (instrumental) Jourgensen, Barker, Brody 9:00



Additional personnel[edit]

  • Max Brodydrums and percussion, programming (1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10), sax (9)
  • Adam Grossman – guitars (1)
  • Rey Washam – drums and percussion (2–4, 8)
  • Louis Svitek – guitars (2–4, 8)
  • Angela Lukacin-Jourgensen – background vocals (4)
  • Katherine Kinslow – chorus vocals (8)
  • Justin Leeah - engineer
  • Joey Cazares - assistant engineer
  • Bobby Torres - assistant engineer
  • Paul Elledge - art & direction
  • Leasha Elledge - art & direction
  • Tim Bruce - design
  • Tom Baker - mastering

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
The Billboard 200[9] 157
French Albums Chart[10] 125
German Albums Chart[11] 93
UK Albums Chart[12] 186


  1. ^ a b c "Critic Reviews for Animositisomina". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Animositisomina - Ministry". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ "Ministry: Animositisomina". Billboard. March 8, 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-03-01. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  4. ^ Greer, Jim (2003-03-07). "Animositisomina Review". Entertainment Weekly: 72. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  5. ^ Cherry, Robert (2003-02-11). "Ministry: Animositisomina : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  6. ^ Moser, Margaret (2003-02-21). "Review: Ministry (Animositisomina)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
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  8. ^ Chillingworth, Alec. "Every Ministry album, ranked from worst to best". TeamRock. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Animositisomina - Ministry". Billboard. 
  10. ^ "French chart positions" (in French). 
  11. ^ "German chart positions" (in German). 
  12. ^ "Chart Log UK: M - My Vitriol". Zobbel. 

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