Category: Industrial / Metal
Album: Last Tangle in Paris: Live 2012
Blurb: While offering little more than the last live release, the sheer force of MINISTRY’s influence on modern music can be felt in this fitting epitaph to the godfathers of industrial/metal.
Despite his longstanding and highly publicized bouts with substance abuse, Al Jourgensen has proven time and again that the one addiction he can’t and is perhaps unwilling to break is music. While MINISTRY may no longer be in regular activity after the death of guitarist and Jourgensen’s best friend and right hand man Mike Scaccia, there is still much to offer fans of the industrial/metal powerhouse in the way of remixes and live recordings. The Enjoy the Quiet: Live at Wacken 2012 release was perhaps the most fitting tribute MINISTRY could pay to its fallen comrade, showcasing Scaccia in his element at what was perhaps his finest hour with the band. As such, the new CD/DVD collection of Last Tangle in Paris: Live 2012 is less a follow-up to Enjoy the Quiet and more a curtain call to remind audiences just what made this band so noteworthy in the annals of underground music.
Strangely enough, the DVD portion of Last Tangle in Paris was not, in fact, recorded during the band’s performance in Paris, but rather over the two days MINISTRY graced the Vic Theatre in the band’s once hometown of Chicago; still from the DeFiBRilLaTouR, but a different performance than the album’s title suggests nonetheless. Some might say a veritable, “WTF?” at such an obvious misrepresentation, but this is understandable given that the Paris performance was infamous for being an unfinished show due to Jourgensen’s health issues finally getting the better of him and prefacing his subsequent stints in the ICU and rehab. Along with the liner notes telling the colorful story of just what happened during those US and European shows on the DeFiBRilLaTouR, Last Tangle in Paris serves as a reminder to all that this may at last and finally be the end of MINISTRY lest Jourgensen ultimately take leave of this mortal coil, demonstrating the extent of the heavy toll the band has paid to become one so revered and reviled.
With a similar set list – give or take a couple of songs – to that featured on Enjoy the Quiet, fans pretty much know what to expect with this collection as the godfathers of industrial/metal unleash the furious thrashing assault of such newer songs as “Ghouldiggers,” “Relapse,” and “LiesLiesLies,” juxtaposed with classics like “Psalm 69,” “Just One Fix,” and “Thieves.” With the brutal precision of a well oiled machine, guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin along with drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Casey Orr deliver vicious blast beats, chugging riffs, and scorching solos, while John Bechdel helms the keys and samples to add to the industrial atmosphere, all topped off by Uncle Al’s signature distorted roars and rasps. There’s no way that video can adequately capture the full vitriolic energy of a MINISTRY show, but short of attending the actual performance, DVDs such as this are the next best thing, especially when interspersed with backstage interviews and rehearsal footage on which various members reminisce about Scaccia’s impact on the music and their lives, along with a few snippets of the man himself recording in the studio with his band mates and clearly enjoying life on the Thirteenth Planet.
Along with two audio CDs of various performances spanning back to 2006, featuring several of the distinguished guest performers and rotating members that have come and gone over the years like the late Paul Raven, Joey Jordison of Slipknot, Prong’s Tommy Victor, and Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, Last Tangle in Paris serves as a roaring epitaph to MINISTRY during its final years. Throughout the various performances captured across these three discs, the sheer force of MINISTRY’s influence on the world of modern music can be felt, and while Last Tangle in Paris may not offer much more than any other live collection, it works as a fitting farewell to and for the fans, as well as perhaps Jourgensen’s farewell to performing live in what has been stated to be his favorite city in the world, MINISTRY is dead; long live MINISTRY!
DVD: Live 2012
CD 1: Retro Live
CD 2: Retro Live
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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)