Limited 180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing including insert. Dark Side Of The Spoon was the seventh studio album by Industrial Metal band Ministry, released in 1999. The song 'Bad Blood' was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2000. There are two theories behind the title (which occurs in the lyrics of the opening track), the first being a simple play on words, referencing Pink Floyd's record The Dark Side Of The Moon. The second is a reference to the blackened or dark side of a spoon when heated to dissolve heroin, as the band allegedly suffered from addiction to said substance at the time.
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Well, I'm definitely in the minority with this opinion, but I think Spoon is one of Ministry's best albums. From the jaw-shattering opening that is Supermanic Soul, to the extreme blood-curdling and deviating sound of the amazing Vex & Siolence, Spoon really showcases a more eerie and Wraithy side of Ministry. This isn't the typical, hard-hitting, aggressive Ministry album we've already heard a hundred times before. Spoon is darkly tricky, but at the same time, preserves that clotting Ministry sound we're all familiar with. Their slower, more bleak side in an entire CD. This album just BLEEDS enmity. But it's executed in a suttle, and sometimes funny way. I love the melancholy that spews out of songs like Nursing Home (a trippy and tweaky track) and Eureka Pile. The acrid sound of Kaif... and of course, the disarraying backdrop of 10/10, Whip & Chain and Bad Blood... and the jazzy exterior of Step (which samples one of my favorite movies). Most people rejected Spoon's unique...
First off, fans need to drop the train of thought that artists make CD's for them. Filth Pig makes me think of something the guys from Paradise Lost said of alienating their fans. To paraphrase, "We didn't have fans before our first album, so so what?" Think of all those disappointed synth-poppers back when Twitch came out. And then, think of all the sad electronica fans that bought Land of Rape & Honey! Well now there's a new breed of Ministry fans, those that think each album should be Psalms 69. Thankfully, Ministry proves with Dark Side of The Spoon, they can shake things up with the best of them. With it's sardonic, assumingly personal, lyrics -- and those text-book machine beats that made most of their college radio listening fans during Psalms, DSoTS delivers. One really has to delve into certain bands' background and other projects to appreciate certain CD's, and perhaps this is one of them. One has to wonder if that's...
Not as dismal or noisy as the previous "Filth Pig", Dark Side of the Spoon has a lot more groove and plenty of psychedlic hypnotic feel, just as much atmosphere as its predecessor. If you're one of the fans who loved Filth Pig, it's a good chance this album is for you. It's definitely the newer style of Ministry- different instrumental sounds and composition style, still very very good. The guitars and bass grind loudly, as opposed to the controlled distorted tone on "Mind", "Psalm" and "Land". The drums sound like REAL drums run through some distortion and booming reverb.
This album has excellent distorted bass lines synched perfectly to pounding rhythms, much like "Cannibal Song" from Mind, but there's more variation and more 'fun' to it. There are a few rockers like "Reload" from Filth Pig, like "Supermanic Soul", and "Bad Blood". These songs have the anthemic quality of old Ministry and seem to be the ones the fans tolerate the most.
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