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<table width=90% border=0><tr><td> We live in a culture that celebrates the mundane and ordinary, as if tying one’s shoes were an act of epic proportions deserving of a reward. The truth is that the world has gotten much more dangerous. As a result, art needs to follow suit. The music scene needs Ministry now more than ever, and on Animositisomina, the band throw down the gauntlet.</td></tr></table>

Animositisomnia
The Album
I have no idea how to describe this type of music. I’d probably just put it in the “metal” pigeon hole. however I am sure the fans would come up with some highly specific term like “Nu Rock Thrash” or something equally meaningless to me. Whatever it’s called, this is loud. The first thing that struck me about this album was the surround mix. This is probably the best surround sound mix I have heard from Silverline, I was definitely impressed. The spread into surround happens instantly at the beginning of the first track, and it doesn’t let up. The music is that which has a constant rumble throughout of bass and vicious guitars making the noise level incredibly consistent, and this definitely is not something this reviewer would generally listen to. Saying that however, I didn’t turn it off until I had a headache, and that was only because I was listening to it so loudly.

The first track Animosity as I mentioned, from the offset lets you know this is going to be a surround track with the guitar and percussion immediately going to the rear speakers, building up to the songs opening which explodes at a volume level I have never experienced before on a DVD-Audio. All the tracks on the album have masses of bass which will undoubtedly give you sub woofer a hearty workout. The guitar rifts are surprisingly complex at times and their eight or so albums are a testament to the staying power of this band. Full of angst this album should be a definite hit with angry teenagers the world over, as well as the more established long term fans. A point of note –this was released simultaneously with the CD album which only serves to further the ever increasing momentum DVD-Audio is gaining.

On the whole I found this album not to my liking. That is not to say it is bad – the music is well crafted and is performed fluidly however, I found a lot of the tracks sounding very similar to the last and to top it all off, that low ever present rumble of industrial music does not inspire me in the slightest. While it creates a power and energy that perhaps I might not find on a less heavy album

Animositisomnia
Extras
The Devil in the Details is a behind the scenes video look at the band opening to the tune Animosity. A couple of short interviews with band members ensue making this run in at four and a half minutes. Heavily produced, this short is shot with highly enhanced red colours and a red gel over most of the footage. Many effects have been applied to it to making it in itself perhaps a short piece of art or a music video. Ministry: Past, Present and … is a nine page biography and interview with the band. Lots of rude words are used so keep your kids away from this section! As with all Silverline DVD-Audio discs included is a section About DVD-Audio, a section about Speaker Setup and the albums Credits.

Animositisomnia
Overall
I’d imagine the band and the record company are both very pleased with the result of this album on DVD-Audio. The sound is both crisp and very well mixed into surround which works well in this environment of loud yet different sounding instruments. The only thing that is a slight shame is that most teenagers do not have a 5.1 set up so they will miss out in this case, however since the band has such a dedicated older generation of followers I think they in particular will relish in this new found depth, definition and variation to what once was stereo and who knows, now more popular and newer titles are starting to be released, things are definitely looking up.


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