This is the first Ministry album I’ve ever heard. It’s also the first industrial metal I think I’ve ever heard (at least as an adult) and I must say that it sounds pretty much exactly as what I imagined it would. That’s a good thing, I think.
This is pummeling but repetitive thrash metal that would be boring if it weren’t for all the samples and other “industrial” effects in use. It’s a unique sound that I believe Ministry initiated and may have perfected. I have a sinking suspicion that other Ministry albums sound a lot like this one, but I wouldn’t actually know.
I understand why some people view NIN has sort of “pop” industrial when compared to this stuff (or, especially, when compared to the original industrial music genre) as this is very much metal, that happens to use electronica production techniques, rather than being, say, alternative rock. But that seems like a silly thing to quibble about regardless.
Not my thing (I doubt I will listen to this much more) but I respect it a lot.