The Land of Rape and Honey

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The Land of Rape and Honey
Studio album by Ministry
Released October 11, 1988
Recorded 1985 at Southern Studios, London ("Abortive")
1987–1988 at Chicago Trax Studios
Genre Industrial rock, industrial metal
Length 40:24
Label Sire/Warner Bros.
Producer Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan, Eddie Echo
Ministry chronology
Twelve Inch Singles (1981–1984)
(1987)Twelve Inch Singles (1981–1984)1987
The Land of Rape and Honey
The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
(1989)The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste1989
Singles from The Land of Rape and Honey
  1. "Stigmata"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[2]

The Land of Rape and Honey is the third studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 1988 on Sire Records. The first in a series of major departures from the bands previous two synthpop and EBM records, the band sought to expand immensely on elements their previous work Twitch had only touched upon. The less commercial, industrial-laced collection of tracks incorporate elements of metal such as fast electric guitar riffs, something that would become commonplace for the band, although only the second/third songs and the remix for "Stigmata"'s video use guitars extensively.[4] With TLoRaH came the inclusion of bassist Paul Barker, who would remain a member of the band until his departure in 2004. It also marked a dramatic shift in vocal cadence, as Al's faux British accent present since With Sympathy was dropped, though it remains (albeit distorted heavily) on the first track.

The resulting sound is often cited as a pioneering work in the industrial metal genre, and is considered by Jourgensen as ostensibly the "first" Ministry album, though he would experiment with this sound prior to its release under different names, such as 1000 Homo DJs.

The album title comes from the slogan of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, whose motto at that time was "The Land of Rape and Honey",[5] the local economy being based on the agricultural products rapeseed and honey.[6] The band chose the name after seeing the slogan on a souvenir mug.[7]

The album cover is an electronically processed image of a burned corpse in the Leipzig-Thekla subcamp of Buchenwald.[8] Jourgensen took a picture of the holocaust from a documentary on television and distorted the image himself. According to Jourgensen, it was originally rejected by the record label but they later changed their mind after Jourgensen presented a head of a roadkilled deer he had found on the road; he cut off the head, put it in his truck, drove from Austin to Los Angeles, went into the Sire Records building, threw the deer on the desk of the head of the art department and said, "here's your new fucking [album] cover."[9]

The track Stigmata is featured in Richard Stanley's 1990 science fiction thriller Hardware, although the band shown performing the track is actually Gwar. In his autobiography, Jourgensen said that Stigmata is his least favorite song in the Ministry catalogue for its simplistic songwriting. The song did not have any guitars on it but were all sampled; using only two chords in every riff and the second one was bent with a pitch shifter. He wrote Stigmata at the last minute after realizing he needed another song to complete the album.[10]

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in January 1996.[11] The album was out of print for a few years in the early 2000s, but was re-issued by Wounded Bird Records in 2007. This re-issue is misprinted, labeling the title track "The Land of Milk and Honey."

In 2016, Al Jourgensen cited The Land of Rape and Honey as his favorite Ministry album.[12] He added that he was inspired to create "word cut-ups" from the works of Allen Toussaint and William S. Burroughs. Bands like Fear Factory, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Nine Inch Nails cite this album as major influence.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Stigmata" (Jourgensen) 5:45
2. "The Missing" 2:55
3. "Deity" 3:20
4. "Golden Dawn" 5:42
5. "Destruction" 3:30
6. "Hizbollah" 3:58
7. "The Land of Rape and Honey" 5:10
8. "You Know What You Are" 4:43
9. "I Prefer" 2:15
10. "Flashback" 4:50
11. "Abortive" 4:23
  • Tracks 6 and 9 were bonus tracks on the CD release of the album.


  1. "Golden Dawn"
  2. "Hizbollah"
  3. "You Know What You Are"
  4. "Flashback"
    • "Now hold up, man!" "Do it," "Everybody's got to die sometime," "I'm hurtin' real bad inside" - Platoon
  5. "Abortive"
    • "T minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4; we've got the main engine start—we have main...", "America's first space shuttle!" "And the shuttle has cleared the tower." - NASA



Additional personnel[edit]

  • William Rieflin – drums, programming, keyboards, guitar, background vocals
  • Chris Connelly – background vocals (2 & 3), lead vocals (9)
  • Eddie Echo – production (11)
  • Steve Spapperi – engineer
  • Julian Herzfeld – engineer
  • Keith "Fluffy" Auerbach – engineer
  • "Dog" (a pseudonym of Al Jourgensen) – album cover
  • "Ill" – album cover
  • Brian Shanley – album cover

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
The Billboard 200[14] 164


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "The Land of Rape and Honey - Ministry". AllMusic. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Ministry". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004, pg. 544. Cited March 20, 2010
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ministry"., Retrieved on March 20, 2010.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Canola, golden beads"
  6. ^ Wolanski, Coreen (March 1, 2003). "Ministry - Nothing Exceeds Like Excess". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Tisdale, Saskatchewan". Find Target. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ Terich, Jeff. "10 Ambiguous Album Covers". Treblezine. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Jourgensen, Al; Wiederhorn, Jon (2013). Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen. Da Capo Press. p. 86. 
  10. ^ Jourgensen, Al; Wiederhorn, Jon. Ministry: The Lost Gospels. Da Capo Press. p. 86. 
  11. ^ "RIAA certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. 
  12. ^ Acharya, Kiran. "Revolting Lots: Al Jourgensen's Favourite Ministry Albums". The Quietus. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Chillingworth, Alec. "Every Ministry album, ranked from worst to best". TeamRock. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "The Land of Rape and Honey - Ministry". Billboard.