Relapse (Ministry album)

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Relapse
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 23, 2012 (2012-03-23)
RecordedSeptember–December 2011
Genre Industrial metal, thrash metal
Length50:07
Label 13th Planet
Producer Al Jourgensen, Samuel D'Ambruoso
Ministry chronology
Undercover
(2010)
Relapse
(2012)
From Beer to Eternity
(2013)
Singles from Relapse
  1. "99 Percenters"
    Released: December 23, 2011
  2. "Double Tap"
    Released: February 24, 2012

Relapse is the twelfth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, which was released on March 23, 2012 [1] through 13th Planet Records. [2] 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. [3] 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 .

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.

13th Planet Records

13th Planet Records is an American record label founded by Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen in October 2005. In addition to its function as an artist-run, artist-friendly independent label, 13th Planet encompasses several realms of the music industry including artist management, touring, music publishing as well as a full-scale rehearsal and recording studio.

Contents

Background

Relapse is Ministry's first studio album featuring original material since 2007's The Last Sucker , marking the longest gap, to date, between their studio albums. The band previously broke up in 2008 and Jourgensen had since stated that a reunion would never happen. In the November 2008 issue of Hustler Magazine , Jourgensen said that the reason they were breaking up was that they "take up so much time" as well as the hassle of getting out new albums. He also said he was responsible for six other bands and can get seven albums done a year while not working on new Ministry material.

<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.

<i>Hustler</i> magazine

Hustler is a monthly pornographic magazine published by Larry Flynt in the United States. Introduced in 1974, it was a step forward from the Hustler Newsletter, originally conceived as cheap advertising for his strip club businesses at the time. The magazine grew from a shaky start to a peak circulation of around 3 million; it has since dropped to approximately 500,000. It shows explicit views of the female genitalia, becoming one of the first major US-based magazines to do so, in contrast with relatively modest publications like Playboy.

Ministry ended their hiatus on August 7, 2011, when it was announced that they were going to play at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2–4, 2012. [4] Later that month, Jourgensen told Metal Hammer that Ministry had begun work on Relapse, which they hope to release by Christmas. Regarding the sound of the new material, he explained, "We've only got five songs to go. I've been listening to it the last couple of weeks and I wasn't really in the mood, I was just taking it as a joke. Just to pass the time at first but [Mikey's] raving about it. It's like, dude c'mon, this is not about Bush, so… that parts over. The ulcers are gone and Bush is gone so it's time for something new. I think this is actually gonna wind up being the fastest and heaviest record I've ever done. Just because we did it as anti-therapy therapy against the country music we would just take days off and thrash faster than I've done in a long time, faster than Mikey's done in a long time. He just did a Rigor Mortis tour and said it was easy compared to this Ministry stuff so it's gonna be brutal and it's gonna freak a lot of people out." [5]

Wacken Open Air German heavy metal music festival

Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is an open-air heavy metal music festival. It takes place annually in summer in the village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany, 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Hamburg.

<i>Metal Hammer</i> periodical literature

Metal Hammer is a monthly heavy metal and rock music magazine, published in the United Kingdom by Future and in several other countries by different publishers. Metal Hammer articles feature both mainstream bands and more unusual acts from the whole spectrum of heavy metal music.

Rigor Mortis (band) American thrash metal band

Rigor Mortis was a thrash/speed metal band that formed in 1983 in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metroplex. Two schoolmates, Harden Harrison (drums) and Casey Orr (bass), formed the band when they met Mike Scaccia (guitar). The three young men shared an interest in horror/gore films and very heavy music. With Bruce Corbitt on vocals, they created some of the heaviest thrash metal at the time often flirting with death metal. They were also one of the only major thrash bands from Texas and virtually created the underground metal scene there. The band was signed by Capitol Records in 1987.

Ministry announced on their website that they entered the studio on September 1, 2011 with engineer Sammy D'Ambruoso to begin recording Relapse. [6] The song "Ghouldiggers" explains Al Jourgensen's belief on the way the music industry capitalizes on a musician's death.

The cover art was revealed on December 19, 2011. "99 Percenters" was released a single to promote Relapse. The band released it on iTunes on December 23, 2011, and two days later, began streaming it on their Facebook page. [7] [8] On January 20, 2012, it was announced that "Double Tap" would be released as a maxi-single on February 24. [9]

99 Percenters 2011 single by Ministry

"99 Percenters" is a single by industrial metal band Ministry. It is about the Occupy movement and is the first single from their 2012 album, Relapse, their first since their three-year split from November 2008 to August 2011. The band released it on iTunes on December 23, 2011, and two days later, began streaming it on their Facebook page. The working title of the song was "99%".

iTunes media player and library software

iTunes is a media player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It was announced on January 9, 2001. It is used to play, download, and organize digital multimedia files, including music and video, on personal computers running the macOS and Windows operating systems. Content must be purchased through the iTunes Store, whereas iTunes is the software letting users manage their purchases.

Double Tap (Ministry song) 2012 single by Ministry

"Double Tap" is a single by industrial metal band Ministry. It was the second single from the album Relapse, released on February 24, 2012. The song is about "Operation Geronimo". It is fast-paced, like many other Ministry songs.

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 68/100 [10]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [11]
Billboard favorable [3]
COMA Music Magazinefavorable [12]
Consequence of Sound Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [13]
Now Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [14]
ReGen MagazineStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [15]

Critical reception to Relapse has been mostly positive. At Metacritic, the album was given a score of 68 out of 100 based on "generally favorable reviews". [10] Allmusic reviewer David Jeffries called it "a harder and faster-than-usual album from the group, and yet there's also a heavier element of control throughout, as Jourgensen holds the reigns tighter, guiding this industrial-thrash monster down a speedy track without going over the edge". [11]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ghouldiggers"Jourgensen, Scaccia, Orr7:41
2."Double Tap"Jourgensen, Quirin4:06
3."FreeFall"Jourgensen4:36
4."Kleptocracy"Jourgensen, Victor3:54
5."United Forces" (Stormtroopers of Death cover) Milano, Benante, Lilker, Ian 4:53
6."99 Percenters"Jourgensen, Victor, D'Ambruoso3:53
7."Relapse"Jourgensen5:49
8."Weekend Warrior"Jourgensen, Scaccia, D'Ambruoso5:43
9."Git Up Get Out 'n Vote"Jourgensen, Victor3:59
10."Bloodlust"Jourgensen, Victor5:37
Relapse - Reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
11."Relapse (Defibrillator Mix)"7:06
12."Double Tap (Dottkom & Sy4e Trash Electro Remix)"5:51
13."Double Tap (Dottkom & Sy4e Industrial Filth Remix)"4:51

Personnel

Chart positions

Chart (2012)Peak
position
Finnish Albums Charts [16] 45
German Albums Chart [17] 72
Swedish Albums Chart [18] 56
Swiss Albums Chart [19] 99
US Billboard 200 [20] 193
Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart [20] 16
Billboard Independent Albums [20] 32
Billboard Rock Albums Chart [20] 46
Billboard Tastemakers Albums Chart [20] 20

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