I don’t know about you but I like industrial music even if Al Jourgensen dislikes the label. Truthfully, you could call Ministry a hybrid of a manic flow of industrial and the harshness of hard-core metal. Al Jourgensen is hanging up the Ministry guitars after a whopping 28 years and 10 albums. His last album of originals is The Last Sucker, and was released in September of 2007, but the last bit of Ministry noise will be heard on Cover Up, an album of 11 fascinating cover songs wrapped in metal. What a send-off.
The covers found on this album begins with an excellent version of “Under My Thumb” by The Rolling Stones. Just as you get settled into that song, the guys launch into a heated metal version of “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” that is hard to not find pleasing. Who is Power Station with their cover of this song when you have a definitive cover right here; absolutely worth the download.
Jourgensen and Ministry literally chainsaw through more memorable classics like “Radar Love” (Golden Earring); “Space Truckin’” (Deep Purple); “Black Betty” (RamTam); “Mississippi Queen” (Mountain); “Just Got Paid” (ZZ Top); “Roadhouse Blues” (Doors); and “Supernaut” (Black Sabbath). But things get real interesting when they interpret two traditionally softer tunes with “Lay Lady Lay” (Bob Dylan), and the well-known Louis Armstrong classic, “What a Wonderful World.” Jourgensen does “What a Wonderful World” as if he truly respects the underlying concept of the song. He creates a genuine collectible with a version that clocks in at 7 minutes. (Note: Hang tight for a continuation of “What a Wonderful World;” it re-emerges for a bonus cut edit of the original song that trims off the metal portion heard on the second half of the album track. Further on, there is a live track of the metal only version of the song. However, it is the short, ‘off the cuff’ vocal track of “Stigmata” from The Land of Rape and Honey that closes the album).
What a way to end a legacy.