Rio Grande Blood

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Rio Grande Blood
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Studio album by Ministry
Released May 2, 2006 (2006-05-02)
Recorded 2005 at 13th Planet Studios, El Paso, Texas
Genre Industrial metal, thrash metal
Length51:18
Label 13th Planet, Megaforce
Producer Al Jourgensen
Ministry chronology
Rantology
(2005) Rantology2005
Rio Grande Blood
(2006)
Rio Grande Dub
(2007) Rio Grande Dub2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Pitchfork Media 6.4/10 [2]
PopMatters Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 [4]
Stylus B− [5]

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.

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

Overview

The album is the 2nd part of the band's anti-George W. Bush trilogy, preceded by 2004's Houses of the Molé and followed by 2007's The Last Sucker .

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The title of the album is a parody of the 1972 ZZ Top album Rio Grande Mud . [6] [7]

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Just like Houses of the Molé, Rio Grande Blood contains very political lyrics, making frequent allusions to the George W. Bush administration. The second track makes an explicit reference to Bush as Señor Peligro, which translates to "Mr. Danger" in Spanish. Some of the issues raised include the then-current Iraq War, U.S. immigration policy and U.S. military policy (particularly the US Marine Corps in the song "Gangreen"). The Halliburton corporation is also quoted and linked to the Bush administration.

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The album also contains allegations of the Bush administration complicity in the 9/11 attacks in the track "Lieslieslies," which contains audio samples from the conspiracy documentary Loose Change . [6] The song received a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards. [8] [6]

A remix of the song "The Great Satan" from Rantology appears on this album. Along with "LiesLiesLies", "The Great Satan" was also nominated for a Grammy. [8] [6]

<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.

Samples of genuine Bush soundbites are cut-and-pasted together at various points to satirical effect: for example, the title track begins with Bush stating "I have adopted sophisticated terrorist tactics and I'm a dangerous, dangerous man with dangerous, dangerous weapons."

The album was re-released in remixed form as Rio Grande Dub on July 10, 2007.

Jourgensen ranks Rio Grande Blood as his second most favorite Ministry album saying that not only he liked the songs but he had a good time working with Paul Raven and Tommy Victor. He was also proud that some of the songs were used in the 2008 Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker . [9]

Track listing

All tracks written by Al Jourgensen and Tommy Victor, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rio Grande Blood"Jourgensen4:24
2."Señor Peligro" 3:38
3."Gangreen" (feat. Sgt. Major) 6:00
4."Fear (Is Big Business)" 4:51
5."LiesLiesLies" 5:16
6."The Great Satan" (Remix)Jourgensen3:09
7."Yellow Cake"Jourgensen, Paul Raven 4:35
8."Palestina" 3:18
9."Ass Clown" (feat. Jello Biafra)Jourgensen, Raven6:42
10."Khyber Pass" (feat. Liz Constantine)Jourgensen, Raven, Victor7:31
11.Untitled (silent track) 0:04
12.Untitled (silent track) 0:06
13."Sgt. Major Redux" (feat. Sgt. Major) 1:45
Total length:51:18
Japan bonus track
No.TitleLength
11."LiesLiesLies" (Jungle Remixxx)9:34

Personnel

Ministry

Additional personnel

Chart positions

Chart (2006)Peak
position
German Albums Chart [13] 60
The Billboard 200 [14] 134
Independent Albums [14] 11
Tastemakers Albums [14] 12
Top Internet Albums [15] 134

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