Houses of the Molé

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Houses of the Molé
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 21, 2004 (2004-06-21)
Recorded2003–04
StudioSonic Ranch, El Paso
Genre
Length55:00
Label Sanctuary
Producer Al Jourgensen
Ministry chronology
Animositisomina
(2003)
Houses of the Molé
(2004)
Early Trax
(2004)
Singles from Houses of the Molé
  1. "No W"
    Released: 2004

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 .

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.

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

Overview

The album is the first part of the band's anti-Bush trilogy, followed by Rio Grande Blood (2006) and The Last Sucker (2007). It was released in the run up to the 2004 American presidential elections, in the last few months of Bush's first term as president. Nearly all songs start with the letter "W" in their title, except for "No W" and the hidden track "Psalm 23". The first track on the album, "No W", features numerous satirical samples of Bush's speeches, particularly samples in which he spoke of his war on terror. Compared to its subsequent follow-ups, the musical style of the album is more thrash metal-oriented.

George W. Bush 43rd president of the United States

George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He had previously served as the 46th governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

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

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

<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.

Jourgensen describes Houses of the Molé as a "rebirth" album as he started Ministry anew without long time collaborator Paul Barker who left after the Animositisomina tour due to a falling-out. [1] In his autobiography, Jourgensen describes that he wrote "Walrus" as a way to "celebrate" Barker's departure. In it, it has the words "Paul is no longer with us" played backwards on repeat. [2]

<i>Animositisomina</i> 2003 studio album by Ministry

Animositisomina is the eighth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on February 17, 2003 by Sanctuary Records.

Jourgensen has stated that the name Houses of the Molé is a tribute to Led Zeppelin's 1973 album Houses of the Holy . [2] Mole itself is a Mexican sauce made from chocolate that is nearly black in color, an image that Jourgensen believes represents crude oil.

Led Zeppelin English rock band

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Along with Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, the band's heavy, guitar-driven sound has led them to be cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal. Their style drew from a wide variety of influences, including blues, psychedelia and folk music.

<i>Houses of the Holy</i> 1973 studio album by Led Zeppelin

Houses of the Holy is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released on 28 March 1973 by Atlantic Records.

Mole sauce Mexican sauces containing a fruit, chili pepper, nuts, and such spices as black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, and chocolate

Mole is a traditional sauce originally used in Mexican cuisine, as well as for dishes based on these sauces. Outside Mexico, it often refers specifically to mole poblano. In contemporary Mexico, the term is used for a number of sauces, some quite dissimilar, including black, red / colorado, yellow, green, almendrado, de olla, huaxmole, guacamole, and pipián. Generally, a mole sauce contains a fruit, chili pepper, nut, and such spices as black pepper, cinnamon, cumin.

Former drummer Rey Washam criticized Houses of the Molé, claiming to have worked on the album which he received no credit for. He called Jourgensen a "liar" and "full of shit," which prompted him to sever ties with him. In addition, he said "Houses of the Molé" was "the worst [album] title in the world." [3]

Rey Washam is a drummer who has been performing for more than 35 years. He has collaborated with many bands, the most notable of which include: Scratch Acid, Rapeman, Ministry, the Big Boys, Helios Creed, the Didjits, Lard, and Tad and Butthole Surfers offshoot Daddy Longhead. When Jason Schwartzman of Phantom Planet left that band, Washam was hired to fill in on drums for a tour which never materialized. Washam also played jazz with a band, Euripides Pants, that recorded an unreleased album.

This was the first Ministry studio album to not chart on the Billboard 200. Due to slow sales, the band left Sanctuary.

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 75/100 [4]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [5]
The Austin Chronicle Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [6]
Billboard favourable [7]
Playlouder Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [8]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Rock Hard10/10 [9]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [11]

In 2005, Houses of the Molé was ranked No. 434 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time. [12]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."No W" Al Jourgensen 3:24
2."Waiting"5:02
3."Worthless"
  • Jourgensen
  • Scaccia
  • Brody
4:09
4."Wrong"
4:54
5."Warp City"
  • Jourgensen
  • Scaccia
  • Brody
  • Monte
4:01
6."WTV"
  • Jourgensen
  • Scaccia
  • Brody
4:35
7."World"Jourgensen5:13
8."WKYJ"
  • Jourgensen
  • Scaccia
  • Brody
5:14
9."Worm"
  • Jourgensen
  • Scaccia
  • Brody
9:11
23."Psalm 23" (hidden track)Jourgensen4:41
69."Walrus" (hidden track)Jourgensen2:43
Total length:55:00

Original printings of Houses of the Molé featured "Psalm 23", an alternate version of "No W". Later versions feature a similar version of this song as "No W", and instead feature a 13th (hidden) track titled "Bloodlines". [13]

"Walrus" is track 69. Dark Side of the Spoon , another Ministry album, features a hidden track called "Everybody" which is also track 69.

*Note: Every track on the album starts with or contains the letter W, except for the hidden track "Psalm 23".

Personnel

Ministry

Additional personnel

Chart positions

Chart (2004)Peak
position
French Albums Chart [14] 162
UK Albums Chart [15] 135

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