Animositisomina

Last updated
Animositisomina
Ministry-animositisomina.jpg
Studio album by Ministry
ReleasedFebruary 17, 2003 (2003-02-17)
Recorded2002 at Sonic Ranch, El Paso, Texas
Genre Industrial metal
Length53:45
Label Sanctuary/BMG (06076-84568)
Producer Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan
Ministry chronology
Sphinctour
(2002)
Animositisomina
(2003)
Houses of the Molé
(2004)
Singles from Animositisomina
  1. "Piss"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Animosity"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 67/100 [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Alternative Press Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [1]
The Austin Chronicle Star full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Billboard favorable [4]
Blender Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Entertainment Weekly B [5]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [7]

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 .

Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music, typically employing repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Ministry, Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails.

Ministry (band) American industrial metal band

Ministry is an American rock band founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois. Originally a synth-pop outfit, Ministry's sound changed as they became one of the pioneers of industrial metal in the late 1980s. The band's lineup has frequently changed throughout its history, with the exception of Jourgensen who is the band's main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include Paul Barker, Martin Atkins, Bill Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Mike Scaccia, Rey Washam, Paul Raven, Tommy Victor, Roy Mayorga, John Bechdel, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos, Burton C. Bell and DJ Swamp.

Sanctuary Records british record label

Sanctuary Records Group Limited is a record label based in the United Kingdom and a subsidiary of BMG Rights Management. Until June 2007, it was the largest independent record label in the UK and the largest independent music management company in the world. It was also the world's largest independent owners of music intellectual property rights, with over 160,000 songs.

Contents

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.

A palindrome is a word, number, phrase, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward as forward, such as madam or racecar or the number 10801. Sentence-length palindromes may be written when allowances are made for adjustments to capital letters, punctuation, and word dividers, such as "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!", "Was it a car or a cat I saw?" or "No 'x' in Nixon".

<i>Aoxomoxoa</i> 1969 studio album by Grateful Dead

Aoxomoxoa is a 1969 album by the Grateful Dead. One of the first rock albums to be recorded using 16-track technology, fans and critics alike consider this era to be the band's experimental apex. The title is a meaningless palindrome, usually pronounced "ox-oh-mox-oh-ah".

Uranium was an American television program about heavy metal which aired on Fuse TV in the early 2000s (decade). After establishing herself as the host of MMUSA's Tastemakers program, Juliya Chernetsky, along with network producers, created Uranium as an outlet for the broad range of heavy metal subgenres. Debuting in 2002 and hosted by a 19-year-old Chernetsky, it served as Fuse TV's equivalent to MTV's Headbangers Ball, a long-canceled series that was revived shortly after Uranium's debut. With new episodes premiering Friday nights at 9pm ET, the program traditionally ran a half-hour featuring an interview with a band and music videos.

"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.

Magazine (band) English post-punk group

Magazine were an English post-punk band active from 1977 to 1981, then again from 2009 to 2011. The band was formed by Howard Devoto after leaving punk band Buzzcocks in early 1977. Devoto had decided to create a more progressive and less "traditional" rock band.

<i>Real Life</i> (Magazine album) 1978 studio album by Magazine

Real Life is the debut studio album by English rock band Magazine. It was released in June 1978 by record label Virgin. The album includes the band's debut single "Shot by Both Sides", and was also preceded by the non-album single "Touch and Go", a song from the album's recording sessions.

Animositisomina is notable for being the last album with Paul Barker, thus bringing the band's "Hypo Luxa/Hermes Pan" production duo to an unceremonious end. In addition, it is also the last album to feature Ministry performing in their traditional industrial metal style before switching to a more thrash-oriented sound on their next album, Houses of the Molé .

Paul Gordon Barker, also referred to as Hermes Pan, is the former bass guitarist, producer and engineer of the industrial metal band Ministry from 1986 to 2003. Prior to Ministry, Barker provided bass for the Seattle post-punk ensemble The Blackouts alongside future Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin and his brother, one-time Ministry touring keyboardist/saxophonist Roland Barker, from 1979 until 1985.

<i>Houses of the Molé</i> 2004 studio album by Ministry

Houses of the Molé is the ninth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on June 21, 2004 by Sanctuary Records. It is noteworthy for being the first Ministry album not to feature bassist and longtime collaborator Paul Barker since Twitch (1986). It was also the first album to feature Mike Scaccia on guitar since 1996's Filth Pig.

In April 2016, Jourgensen revealed Animositisomina to be his least-favourite Ministry album (ignoring the band's first synthpop album With Sympathy ), 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 on the album, was left as an instrumental as Jourgensen had left the studio earlier than scheduled and did not care to write any lyrics. [8] Al considers Animositisomina a "non-album" and left most of the recording responsibilities to Barker. [9]

<i>With Sympathy</i> 1983 studio album by Ministry

With Sympathy is the debut studio album by American rock band Ministry, released on February 10, 1983 by Arista Records. The group was formed in 1981 by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Al Jourgensen, with drummer Stephen George being the most notable member of its initial lineup.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Animosity"Jourgensen, Barker, Brody, Grossman4:36
2."Unsung"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam3:11
3."Piss"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam5:10
4."Lockbox"Jourgensen, Barker, Brody, Svitek, Washam4:45
5."Broken"Jourgensen, Barker, Brody4:52
6."The Light Pours Out of Me" (Magazine cover)Devoto, Shelley, McGeoch4:26
7."Shove"Jourgensen, Barker, Brody5:53
8."Impossible"Jourgensen, Barker, Svitek, Washam, Kinslow7:43
9."Stolen"Jourgensen, Barker, Brody4:09
10."Leper" (instrumental)Jourgensen, Barker, Brody9:00

Personnel

Ministry

Al Jourgensen musician

Allen David Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Closely related with scene surrounding the independent record label Wax Trax! Records, Jourgensen has an active musical career that spans four decades, and is best known as the frontman of the industrial rock band Ministry, which he founded in 1981 and of which he remains the only constant member. He was also primary musician of several Ministry-related projects, such as Revolting Cocks, Lard, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, and others. Aside from the aforementioned bands, he has produced and/or recorded with numerous other artists, including The Reverend Horton Heat, Prong, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, The Blackouts, Alan Vega, Iggy Pop, Adrian Sherwood, Jello Biafra and others. Jourgensen is regarded as being one of the most prominent figures of industrial music,</ref> influencing numerous other groups and musicians, both in alternative and industrial-associated acts.

Guitar fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Keyboard instrument class of musical instrument which is played using a musical keyboard

A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, a row of levers which are pressed by the fingers. The most common of these are the piano, organ, and various electronic keyboards, including synthesizers and digital pianos. Other keyboard instruments include celestas, which are struck idiophones operated by a keyboard, and carillons, which are usually housed in bell towers or belfries of churches or municipal buildings.

Additional personnel

Chart positions

Chart (2003)Peak
position
The Billboard 200 [10] 157
French Albums Chart [11] 125
German Albums Chart [12] 93
UK Albums Chart [13] 186

Related Research Articles

<i>The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste</i> 1989 studio album by Ministry

The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste is the fourth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on November 14, 1989 by Sire Records. The music took a more hardcore, aggressively guitar-driven direction, with Jourgensen inspired by Stormtroopers of Death and Rigor Mortis to add thrash metal guitars to the album and subsequent Ministry releases. As with most of Ministry's work, the album's lyrics deal mainly with political corruption, cultural violence, environmental degradation, nuclear war, drug addiction, and insanity.

<i>Dark Side of the Spoon</i> 1999 studio album by Ministry

Dark Side of the Spoon is the seventh studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on June 8, 1999 by Warner Bros. Records. "Bad Blood" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2000.

<i>The Land of Rape and Honey</i> 1988 studio album by Ministry

The Land of Rape and Honey is the third studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on October 11, 1988 by Sire Records. The album marked a departure from the band's previous two synthpop and EBM records, expanding on several elements introduced in their preceding album Twitch. The less-commercial, industrial-laced collection of tracks incorporates elements of heavy metal such as fast electric guitar riffs, although only the album's first three songs use guitars extensively.

<i>Filth Pig</i> 1996 studio album by Ministry

Filth Pig is the sixth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on January 30, 1996 by Warner Bros. Records. The title was allegedly derived from a statement made in the British Houses of Parliament, in which the band's leader Al Jourgensen was described as a "filthy pig" by MP Teddy Taylor for his onstage theatrics.

<i>Greatest Fits</i> 2001 greatest hits album by Ministry

Greatest Fits is a greatest hits album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on June 19, 2001 by Warner Bros. Records.

<i>Early Trax</i> album by Ministry

Early Trax is a compilation album by an American rock band Ministry, released on October 12, 2004 by Rykodisc.

<i>Twitch</i> (Ministry album) 1986 studio album by Ministry

Twitch is the second studio album by American rock band Ministry, released on March 12, 1986 by Sire Records. Recorded mostly in London and West Berlin during 1985, it was produced by the band's frontman Al Jourgensen and On-U Sound Records owner Adrian Sherwood. It stepped away from the synthpop-oriented form of their debut studio album With Sympathy (1983) and moved toward a darker, more aggressive sound, heavily influenced by industrial dance groups Cabaret Voltaire and Front 242.

<i>Rio Grande Blood</i> 2006 studio album by Ministry

Rio Grande Blood is the tenth studio album by an American industrial metal band Ministry, released in 2006. It is their first release through 13th Planet and Megaforce Records.

<i>Rantology</i> album by Ministry

Rantology is a compilation album by American industrial metal band Ministry. The album is made up of remixes of the band's singles and best known songs - with the exception of track 2 which was first released here and became a live staple.

<i>Sphinctour</i> 2002 live album by Ministry

Sphinctour is a live CD/DVD/VHS release by the industrial metal band Ministry released in 2002. It contains various tracks recorded on their 1996 world tour in support of the album Filth Pig. The album title is a play on the word sphincter.

<i>The Last Sucker</i> 2007 studio album by Ministry

The Last Sucker is the eleventh studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 2007 through 13th Planet Records. For three years until their reformation in 2011, it was the band's last studio album featuring new material.

N.W.O. (song) 1992 single by Ministry

"N.W.O." is a song by American rock band Ministry, released as the opening track and second single from their fifth studio album, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992). An industrial metal song, it was co-written and co-produced by the band’s frontman Al Jourgensen and bassist Paul Barker, and is widely regarded as a protest against then-President George H. W. Bush, featuring samples from his speeches. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award under the Best Metal Performance category in 1993, and was featured in the soundtrack album of Ralph Bakshi’s 1992 flim Cool World. In 2015, "N.W.O." was ranked #10 in the VH1 "Top 10 Hardest Hitting Heavy Metal Political Anthems" list.

Jesus Built My Hotrod 1991 single by Ministry

"Jesus Built My Hotrod" is a song by American industrial metal band Ministry, released as the first single from their fifth studio album, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs. It was written by the band's frontman Al Jourgensen, bassist Paul Barker, drummer Bill Rieflin, session keyboardist Michael Balch, and the Butthole Surfers lead singer Gibby Haynes, and was co-produced by Jourgensen and Barker. An industrial metal track, it features elements of rockabilly and psychobilly, and is influenced by the Trashmen 1963 hit "Surfin' Bird", and Flannery O'Connor's novel Wise Blood; the song's instrumentation is defined by its polyrhythmic structure.

Stigmata (song) Ministry song

"Stigmata" is a song by American industrial metal band Ministry. Written by Al Jourgensen, it is the opening track and the only single released from their third studio album, 1988’s The Land of Rape and Honey. The song features distorted vocals, guitars and compressed drum machine loops. The song was an underground hit. The music video—which was said to get a regular airing on MTV—features gritty black and white machinery, gears, symbols, the band playing live, Paul Barker on a motorcycle, strobe-like montages of eyes, and what appear to be neo-Nazi skinheads. The song was said to be Ministry's "finest moment until 1992".

<i>Live! You Goddamned Son of a Bitch</i> 1988 live album by Revolting Cocks

Live! You Goddamned Son of a Bitch is a concert album and video by the Revolting Cocks, consisting of live material recorded at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago, on September 4, 1987. However Al Jourgensen has claimed in his autobiography, that the whole concert was re-recorded in Trax studio in Chicago afterwards. According to Jourgensen both Paul Barker and Chris Connelly thought the live record sounded horrible and they refused to release the original audio recording of the show. Jourgensen thought the recording was perfect but later agreed with Barker and Connelly. It is their second LP release following Big Sexy Land.

<i>Undercover</i> (Ministry album) 2010 compilation album by Ministry & Co-Conspirators

Undercover is an album of cover versions and remixes by Ministry & Co-Conspirators released on December 6, 2010 by Al Jourgensen's record label 13th Planet Records. The album includes remixes and re-recorded versions of previously released songs such as "N.W.O.", "Stigmata", and "Jesus Built My Hotrod", among others. Every Day Is Halloween: The Anthology, which was released October 5th by Cleopatra Records, features almost all of the same songs with the exception of their cover of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", which is only available on this album.

<i>Relapse</i> (Ministry album) 2012 studio album by Ministry

Relapse is the twelfth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, which was released on March 23, 2012 through 13th Planet Records. It was recorded in the wake of their three-year hiatus from November 2008 to August 2011 and Al Jourgensen's near-death experience in 2010. Relapse is also the last Ministry album released during guitarist Mike Scaccia's lifetime, although he appeared posthumously on the band's next album, From Beer to Eternity.

<i>From Beer to Eternity</i> 2013 studio album by Ministry

From Beer to Eternity is the thirteenth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on September 6, 2013 by 13th Planet Records. Although frontman Al Jourgensen had previously stated that this was going to be Ministry's final album, a follow-up album, AmeriKKKant, was released in 2018. From Beer to Eternity was also the first Ministry album since Houses of the Molé (2004) not to feature Tommy Victor on guitar or bass.

References

  1. 1 2 3 "Critic Reviews for Animositisomina". Metacritic . Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  2. Bush, John. "Animositisomina - Ministry". Allmusic.
  3. Moser, Margaret (2003-02-21). "Review: Ministry (Animositisomina)". The Austin Chronicle . Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  4. "Ministry: Animositisomina". Billboard . March 8, 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-03-01. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  5. Greer, Jim (2003-03-07). "Animositisomina Review". Entertainment Weekly : 72. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  6. Cherry, Robert (2003-02-11). "Ministry: Animositisomina : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone . Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  7. Cross, Charles R. (2004). "Ministry". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 544–5. ISBN   0-7432-0169-8.
  8. http://thequietus.com/articles/20135-al-jourgensen-favourite-ministry-albums-interview?page=14
  9. Chillingworth, Alec. "Every Ministry album, ranked from worst to best". TeamRock. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  10. "Animositisomina - Ministry". Billboard .
  11. "French chart positions" (in French). lescharts.com.
  12. "German chart positions" (in German). musicline.de.
  13. "Chart Log UK: M - My Vitriol". Zobbel.