Al Jourgensen, headmaster for industrial metal kings Ministry, has become a self-parody in recent years, and has all but alienated most of his past co-conspirators. But damned if this new project isn't the best stuff he's done in some time.
As his long-promised country and western band, Buck Satan is a rollicking good-time joyride, full of songs about drinkin', fightin', and general rabble-rousin'. Forget the powder-puff, pretty-boy country icons of today, Al and company are channeling the spirits of Hank Sr., Buck Owens, and the like. This isn't parody, but sincere homage.
"Medication Nation" proves that Al can still pen a catchy tune. "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" is a Gram Parsons cover, and is as silly as it sounds. Buck Satan's songs are hard-luck, tough-living anthems for a generation that has lost touch with it's country roots. My sole complaint is that the drum programming seems out of place. Nonetheless, a "Bikers Welcome" is a surprisingly fun record. (13th Planet)