Filth Pig

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Filth Pig
Filth Pig Ministry.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 30, 1996 (1996-01-30)
Recorded1989–95
Genre
Length54:24
Label Warner Bros.
Producer
Ministry chronology
Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs
(1992)
Filth Pig
(1996)
Dark Side of the Spoon
(1999)
Singles from Filth Pig
  1. "The Fall"
    Released: January 1996
  2. "Lay Lady Lay"
    Released: February 1996
  3. "Reload"
    Released: July 1996
  4. "Brick Windows"
    Released: January 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]
NME 7/10 [4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide C [5]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [7]
Spin 6/10 [8]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Cash Box favourable [10]

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. [11]

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 vocalists Nivek Ogre, Chris Connelly and Burton C. Bell, guitarists Mike Scaccia and Tommy Victor, bassists Paul Barker, Paul Raven, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos and Paul D'Amour, drummers Bill Rieflin, Martin Atkins, Rey Washam and Roy Mayorga, keyboardist John Bechdel, and rappers/producers DJ Swamp and Arabian Prince.

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Contents

Despite being the band's highest-charting album in the US, it was negatively received by reviewers, [12] [13] sharply divided the band's fanbase, and was a commercial failure.[ citation needed ] Despite poor sales, the album entered several charts, peaking at the highest positions Ministry has ever achieved. This would be the last Ministry album with Mike Scaccia on guitar until 2004's Houses of the Molé .

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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.

Background

Filth Pig marked a major shift artistically for the band from the previous album. Instead of continuing their thrash metal direction, Ministry chose to pursue a slower sludge and heavy metal sound instead. The album also marked a major reduction in the use of samples, which were frequently used in previous releases.

<i>Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs</i> 1992 studio album by Ministry

ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ is the fifth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on July 14, 1992 by Sire Records. It was produced by the band's official members, frontman Al Jourgensen and bassist Paul Barker, and was recorded from March 1991 to May 1992 in Chicago and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The album's title, initially intended to be The Tapes of Wrath, ended up being derived from Alister Crowley's The Book of Lies.

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Everyone hated [Filth Pig]. They all wanted Psalm 70, and I gave them an electronic-free record full of gun-in-mouth dirges of nothing but pain. Aside from the cover art, the humour was gone. All that was left was misery. And I still had to tour the fucking thing - which went down in history as the interminable, intolerable, absolutely depraved Sphinctour .

<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.

Al Jourgensen (2013) [14]

Despite his remarks, the 2001 live album Sphinctour was well received by critics. [15] [16]

Packaging

The album cover depicts a young man holding an American flag with raw meat dripping on his head and a badge on his chest that reads, "Don't blame me."

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Reload" Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker 2:25
2."Filth Pig"Jourgensen, Barker6:19
3."Lava"Jourgensen, Barker6:30
4."Crumbs"Jourgensen, Barker, Mike Scaccia, Louis Svitek, Rey Washam 4:15
5."Useless"Jourgensen, Barker, William Rieflin, Scaccia5:55
6."Dead Guy"Jourgensen, Barker, Washam5:14
7."Game Show"Jourgensen, Barker, Scaccia, Svitek, Washam7:45
8."The Fall"Jourgensen, Michael Balch4:54
9."Lay Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan cover) Bob Dylan 5:44
10."Brick Windows"Jourgensen, Barker5:23
Total length:54:24

Personnel

Ministry

Al Jourgensen musician

Allen David Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Closely related with 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. He has also 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.

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Additional personnel

Chart positions

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