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Ministry and Co-Conspirators, ‘Cover Up’ (13th Planet/Megaforce)

Al Jourgenson and his Prong/ Revolting Cocks/etc. buddies have excellent taste in classic-rock hits. Here, they cover a steaming pile, from ZZ Top and Mountain to T. Rex and Ram Jam, occasionally locating some proto-industrial locomotion in the originals’ buffalo-burger beat. But invariably the Ministry guys’ rhythm is stiffer, and their gratuitous vocal shtick — wrestler grunts, horror hushes — drains power on contact. Long before they mellow out with Dylan and Satchmo ballads tacked on at the end, they’ve proven miles more quaint than the biker boogie they’re spoofing.



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