Fans Will “Enjoy” Ministry’s Latest Live Recording

Courtesy: UDR/EMI/Wacken Records/Thirteenth Planet Records

Courtesy: UDR/EMI/Wacken Records/Thirteenth Planet Records

Ministry’s new live recording, Enjoy The Quiet – Live at Wacken 2012, is a recording that any fan of this stalwart industrial metal band will want to own.  It is the last live recording featuring the band’s longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia before his surprising and sudden death later that year.  The band’s hardcore fans have been rewarded for their loyalty with this recording as it has been released both as a standalone Blu-ray and a DVD/2-CD combo pack.  Sweetening the deal even more for fans, both the Blu-ray and triple disc DVD/CD combo pack offer fans both the band’s performance from the 2012 Wacken Open Air Festival and its performance from the 2006 Festival.  While not every one of the band’s extensive catalogue of albums is represented across the two performances, fans will appreciate that the band takes them as far back as 1992’s groundbreaking Psalm 69 and as recent as 2012’s Relapse.  Those handling the audio and video for the 2012 performance handled it expertly.  Together with the set list and the extensive presentation means, it proves even more to be a recording that any Ministry fan will want to add to their collection.

Ministry’s fans should applaud both the band and the people at UDR, EMI, Wacken Records, and Thirteenth Planet Records for Enjoy The Quiet – Live at Wacken 2012.  The reason for that is that it has been presented in multiple formats.  On the surface, this would not necessarily be a good thing.  But a closer look shows that it is indeed something good.  That’s because instead of being presented on three totally separate formats, it has been presented on two.  The first is a standalone Blu-ray presenting both the band’s 2012 performance and its performance from the 2006 Wacken Open Air Festival.  The second is a triple disc DVD/2-CD combo pack.  It would have been just as easy for the record labels involved to split this combo pack into two separate platforms.  But they didn’t.  They combined them, knowing that while Blu-ray is popular, more people still use DVD format.  So in combining the two platforms into one, the record labels involved have given fans a full concert experience.  It will allow them to take the concert with them in their cars and in their homes (or homes of friends).  So kudos are in order for this rather important factor being given attention.

Just as important as the concert’s packaging to consider is its set list.  It would be improper to consider the combination of the 2012 and 2006 performances to be career spanning. But the two performances do collectively present some of the band’s biggest hits.  Fans are taken all the way back to 1989’s A Mind is a Terrible Thing To Waste and all the way up to 2012’s Relapse with songs such as ‘Thieves’, ‘Ghouldiggers’, ’99 Percenters’, and ‘Relapse’ just to name a handful of songs.  The band’s breakout 1992 album Psalm 69 is also represented in these performances through the likes of ‘Grace’, ‘N.W.O.’ and the album’s title track.  There are even more songs from albums in between.  And fans will each have their own favorites when they pick up this live release for themselves.

The combined set list from the band’s performance at the 2012 and 2006 Wacken is extensive enough to impress any of the band’s longtime fans.  And that it has been presented on both a standalone Blu-ray and DVD/2-CD combo pack is even more worthy of praise.  One more factor to be considered in this release is its audio and video mix.  Those handling the audio and video mix in the 2012 performance are to be applauded.  Any live recording from any musical act can be muddied.  This has happened with various live recordings across the musical spectrum across time.  The band’s 2012 performance however didn’t fall victim to that pitfall.  And because of that, it stands even more as a live recording that any Ministry fan will want to add to their own Ministry collection.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other releases from Ministry is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ministry and http://www.thirteenthplanet.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

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