The Land of Rape and Honey

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The Land of Rape and Honey
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 11, 1988 (1988-10-11)
Recorded1985–88
Studio
Genre
Length40:18
Label Sire
Producer
Ministry chronology
Twelve Inch Singles (1981–1984)
(1987)
The Land of Rape and Honey
(1988)
The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
(1989)
Singles from The Land of Rape and Honey
  1. "Stigmata"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
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AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [2]
MusicHound Rock Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [3]
Robert Christgau B+ [4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8 / 10 [6]

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. [1]

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.

Sire Records is an American record label that is owned by Warner Music Group and distributed by Warner Records.

Contents

This was the first Ministry album to include bassist Paul Barker, who would remain a member until his departure in 2004. It also marked a shift in vocal cadence, as Al Jourgensen's faux British accent present since With Sympathy was dropped, though it remains (albeit distorted heavily) on the first track. The resulting sound is often cited as a pioneering work in the industrial metal genre, and is considered by Jourgensen as ostensibly the "first true" Ministry album, though he would experiment with this sound prior to its release under different names, such as 1000 Homo DJs.[ citation needed ] The album title comes from the slogan of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, whose motto at that time was "The Land of Rape and Honey", [7] the local economy being based on the agricultural products rapeseed and honey. [8] The band chose the name after seeing the slogan on a souvenir mug. [9]

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.

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.

<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.

The album was certified gold by the RIAA in January 1996, [10] but was out of print for a few years in the early 2000s until it was re-issued by Wounded Bird Records in 2007. In 2016, Al Jourgensen cited The Land of Rape and Honey as his favorite Ministry album. [11] He added that he was inspired to create "word cut-ups" from the works of Allen Toussaint and William S. Burroughs. Bands like Fear Factory, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Nine Inch Nails have cited this album as a major influence. [12]

Wounded Bird Records is a compact disc only, re-issue record label, that was founded in 1998 in Guilderland, New York.

Allen Toussaint American musician, composer and record producer

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William S. Burroughs American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer

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Artwork

The album cover is an electronically processed image of a burned corpse in the Leipzig-Thekla subcamp of Buchenwald. [13] Jourgensen took a photograph while watching a Holocaust documentary on television and distorted the image himself. According to Jourgensen, it was originally rejected by the record label, but they later changed their mind after Jourgensen cut off the head of a roadkilled deer, put it in his truck, drove from Austin to Los Angeles, went into the Sire Records building, threw the head on the desk of the head of the art department and said, "Here's your new fucking [album] cover." [14]

Buchenwald concentration camp nazi concentration camp

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Roadkill animal or animals that have been struck and killed by motor vehicles

Roadkill is an animal or animals that have been struck and killed by motor vehicles on highways. It has increasingly become the topic of academic research to understand the causes, and how it can be mitigated. Some roadkill can also be eaten.

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>Hardware</i> (film) 1990 film by Richard Stanley

Hardware is a 1990 British science fiction horror film starring Dylan McDermott and Stacey Travis. The film, which was written and directed by Richard Stanley, also features cameos from Iggy Pop and Lemmy. Since its release, it has become a cult film. The film is about a self-repairing robot that goes on a rampage in a post-apocalyptic slum. Fleetway Comics sued the film-makers over the screenplay because it plagiarised a short story entitled "SHOK!" that appeared in 1980 in the Judge Dredd Annual 1981, a spin-off publication of the popular British weekly anthology comic 2000 AD.

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Track listing

All tracks written by Al Jourgensen except where noted [16] .

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Stigmata" 5:45
2."The Missing" 2:55
3."Deity" 3:20
4."Golden Dawn"Jourgensen, Barker5:42
5."Destruction"Jourgensen, Barker3:30
6."Hizbollah" 3:58
7."The Land Of Rape And Honey"Jourgensen, Barker5:10
8."You Know What You Are?"Jourgensen, Barker4:43
9."I Prefer" 2:15
10."Flashback" 4:50
11."Abortive" 4:23

Samples

  1. "Golden Dawn"
  2. "Hizbollah"
  3. "You Know What You Are?"
  4. "Flashback"
    • "Now hold up, man!" "Do it," "Everybody's got to die sometime," "I'm hurtin' real bad inside" - Platoon
  5. "Abortive"
    • "T minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4; we've got the main engine start—we have main...", "America's first space shuttle!" "And the shuttle has cleared the tower." - NASA

Trivia

Personnel

Ministry

Additional personnel

Chart positions

Chart (1988)Peak
position
The Billboard 200 [18] 164

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