Ministry

Tapes of Wrath [Video/DVD]

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Greatest-hits compilations usually signal the end of a band, and Ministry appears to be no different. Tapes of Wrath taps into the rise and demise of this innovative and aggressive Chicago horde: from early aggro ("Over the Shoulder," "Flashback") to the top of the slag heap ("Burning Inside," "Jesus Built My Hotrod") into eclectic obscurity ("Lay Lady Lay," "Bad Blood"). Like most music video sets, Tapes doesn't exploit the extended DVD format, as many more hours of anything could be squeezed on. (A couple Revolting Cocks castoffs do round off the feisty festivities.) But aside from petty bickering, Tapes of Wrath is a decent visual document of this oft-ingenious duo and its insane circus of collaborators (William S. Burroughs, Timothy Leary), while also testament to the intensity of the Ministry movement.

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