As I previously wrote in my article “Ministry Al Jourgensen The First 15 Years”, I was first introduced to this band via cassette in 1996 (I was blessed with cool uncles) by way of their album “October Rust” which had come out earlier that year. We will get to that album later, because this is the first installment of a multi-part article about this awesome band’s entire catalog. It would be impossible (if not irresponsible) to write an article about Type O Negative without at least a brief mention of bassist/Vocalist Peter Steele’s earlier work with the 80’s Thrash/crossover group Carnivore. Carnivore, quite simply put, is a band that never in a million years would get a record deal in today’s pussy-whipped politically correct musical and social landscape. Carnivore had song titles like “Jesus Hitler”, “God is Dead”, “Race War”, as well as the fun-for-whole-family track “Suck My Dick”.
With her earnings reaching $64 million, according to Forbes, in 2014 the five-time Grammy award winner, Taylor swiftly climbed the ranks of rich musicians. No heiress of any massive fortune Taylor Swift, since she started producing music in 2006, has earned all her wealth along with her place as queen of pop on billboard charts. However, there is a hot debate about how, in making her way to all this fame and fortune, Taylor Swift lost sight of music and her personality. It’s a popular opinion these days that Taylor Swift has turned into a complete sellout. Although, it’s not our place to label others as sellouts but, quite frankly, everything that Swift has been doing for the past few years and all her choices point towards the possibility that she actually has sold out and her only focus is to maintain a steady revenue.
With sympathy for the dark side of the spoon.
A short article about the first 15 years of Ministry.
I was introduced to the music of ministry in 1996, by way of a cassette copy of their album “Filth pig” which came out earlier that year. From the first seconds of “reload” to the last notes of “brick windows” I was mesmerized. The only thing I had heard that was remotely similar at that point was Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, but this was a completely different animal. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this was the most “un-industrial” release in the bands catalog before OR since. It wasn’t long before I was gratefully digging through the rest of this band’s releases, finding very little disappointment in the process. In the rest of this article I’m going to touch a little bit on each of those releases, as well as throw in a few fascinating and sometimes ugly facts about the band and their de facto leader Al Jourgensen.
Metal is the most diverse genre when it comes to music, although it is not designed to be liked by a mass audience but still it has the most listeners across the world and metal bands have the most loyal fans. Metal defines itself by exclusion which can makes it relate to any good subculture and this is exactly why metal is not just looked at as a mere genre but is worshiped and taken up by fans as a culture. Metal is the complete opposite of all genres, instead of short and predictably structured songs, metal songs are long, complex, and unpredictable making them more relate-able to how life is. The fact that metal defies most of the conventional aspects that make music pleasant yet it is the most admired genre testifies to its supremacy itself.
Varg is a guitarist from a Norwegian black metal band who has earned fame more from the murder allegations rather than his own music. Before we dive into the depths of those allegations, let’s shed some light on the band itself.
Burzum was a music initiative that began back in 1991, by Norwegian writer and musician, Varg Vikernes. It was more of a one man black metal band. It instantly became a part of the early times Norwegian black metal scene and therefore, gained momentum and influence from thereon.
I picked up couple of boxes of 78s from a moving sale several years ago. I’m not really a Rare Blues 78 RPM record collector so they went back on a shelf in my area down stairs where I do all my secret record work. Several years passed until a local record fiend like my self was over looking through a batch of 45s that I had recently gotten in. He looked through the 78s and pulled out two that were on the same label by the same artist in excellent condition with the original Melotone sleeve. The artist was Pinewood Tom and they were blues titles like; Bed Springs Blues, Tweet Tweet Mama Blues, Sissy Man and Cherry Picker. When I saw that they were blues titles and a name like Pinewood Tom it peeked my interest so I looked them up and saw they were quite desirable.
These are the lyrics from one song; Are You Dead
Watch me as I die, I’m already Broken. I keep asking why my emotions are fading slowly. Evil in mind, I can feel it has changed me. Whisper words of lies, thoughts are speaking evil to me. If we’re getting back together, then I need you, I need you to get better.If your dead inside, there is no life for you and I. Are you getting past your sorrow? Are you dead? Are we one? Nothings easy. Where do we belong? Are you dead? Or are we one? Are you dead? Are you dead?