As stated in my classic review of Psalms 69, I’ve been a fan of Ministry since I was a kid. The abrasiveness of distorted vocals, aggressive guitars, and beats made me a lifelong fan from the start. Growing up in the 90s, there was no shortage of bands doing that sort of thing, but Ministry was different. Underneath all the ugliness was a thin layer of humor. Frontman Al Jourgensen always had his finger on the pulse of social commentary. He could take a stand on a political movement but still poke fun at himself. That character trait is what makes me love “Antifa”, Ministry’s latest single. An easy choice for my Record Of The Day.
Ahead of a new full-length album in the spring, Antifa is the perfect choice in today’s political climate.
It’s obvious Jourgensen works best with a Republican in the White House. I don’t want to make any sort of political statement in a music review but it’s been a vital part of Ministry’s music for nearly 30 years. Instead of taking the easy way out and taking digs at America’s current commander in chief, Ministry takes aim at the supporters.
Antifa is an angry, confident rollercoaster of grinding metal guitars and Jourgensen’s signature scowl. Between lyrics of what it means to be anti-Nazi in 2017, samples of spoken word backing up the claims. Sonically Antifa is similar to the industrial-meets-metal classic album The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste. That in of itself will make old-school Ministry fans rejoice.
Jourgensen’s wit is in full force as well. There are times when I’m not sure if he’s praising the Antifa movement or making fun of it. So not only is it textbook Ministry, it’s also classic Ministry!
Antifa is available for download now by pre-ordering the upcoming Ministry LP AmeriKKKant at Pledgemusic.com . If this single is a preview of what’s to come with that record, it’s clear we’re in for a treat. An ugly, scary, and tongue-firmly-in-cheek treat only Uncle Al can deliver.