April 6, 2005

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Revolting Cocks, Cocked and Loaded
Megaforce Records, 2006

The last time Ministry’s Al Jourgensen put out an all-points for potential Revolting Cocks, he butterfly-netted Chris Connelly and Phildo Owen into it for 1993’s Beers, Steers and Queers, a red-state-bashing premonition of Bush beatings yet to come. This decade’s version is a red-carpet list of cameo players who have all run the table on their respective genres at one point or another: Gibby Haynes from the Buttholes, Jello Biafra, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and the Cheap Trick tag-team of Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen. Accordingly, the results are acid-washed industrial lowbrowisms loosely akin to Gibby hijacking Priest’s British Steel LP. The Iggy/Al-written Raveonettes-squasher “Fire Truck” rolls things out, followed by Gibby rubbing chill-hip-hop’s face into the playground dirt with “10 Million Ways to Die,” Jourgensen punctuating here and there with Smashing Pumpkins caterwauling. There’s plenty of bullhorned vocals, Rob Zombie chainsaw distortion and incoherent druggie-skank ranting. If what you seek are people playing with full decks, you will not find your quarry here. A-
— Eric W. Saeger


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