Ministry @ O2 Ritz
Mikk Scarlett sees Ministry at the O2 Ritz in Manchester and thinks they are one hell of a live band, simply outstanding!
Support is from Californian’s DevilDriver are aband that really rock although they take a couple of songs to warm up to get to their best. There is some nice double lead playing from Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tieman on Not All Who Wander Are Lost, Daybreak and I Could Care Less. Their frontman Dez Fafara is superb too, a great vocalist.
The drum kit is way too big and personally I think they are taking the piss a bit with it although there is some incredible off beat drumming from Austin D'Amond on Mr Night Sky and their true ability is now coming through. The 10 song, 50 minute set ends with Ruthless and Meet The Wretched and a massive mosh pit is the audiences retort.
Ministry's intro is seriously impressive with film footage and graphics.
Hail To His Majesty features some seriously thumping bass and Permawar some interesting war graphics on the large screen. RioGrande Blood is up next and is out this world quickly followed by features some brilliant keyboard and synth work from John Bethdel on Señor Peligro.
“Don't listen to anything because they are LiesLiesLies” continued the trend and Waiting featured some superb guitar playing from Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto.
With Psalm 69 singer Al Jourgensen nailed the audience to the proverbial cross during the first encore which also featured So What and Khyber Pass. More interestingly, the second and well deserved encore is a cover of Devo's Gates Of Steel.
I was blown away by the musical abilities of the members of the band and the whole stage production and sound just finished it off perfectly with a great selection of songs, quite simply one of the best concerts I have been to this year.