Sound — 9
Ministry has a very overpowering sound on this CD. On tracks such as "Senor Peligro", "Lieslieslies", "The Great Satan", "Palestina", and the title track, "Rio Grande Blood", they have a more Speed/Thrash metal feel than anything else, and they pull it off very well. As soon as you put the CD in and hit play, it's automatically in-your-face metal. Songs like "Gangreen" and "Fear (Is Big Business)" have a steady pace to them, but still maintain the metal feel throughout the songs. "Yellow Cake" has a more electronic, industrial metal feel to it, if anything else. "Ass Clown" is thrash metal, and the solo in the song is amazing. The last song, "Khyber Pass" is a slower, steadier song. It's actually the slowest song on the ambum. Ministry can pull off any sound that they want to, and not many metal bands can still do that.
Lyrics — 7
Al Jourgensen sings about Government and how corrupt this world is becoming. The lyrics fit in very well with the music that is being played throughout the songs. He usually screams in the songs, and you really get to feel just how angry at the Government this man truly is. The way that he incorportates the vocals is just amazing. He is one vocalist that shouldn't be overlooked, but often is.
Overall Impression — 8
Some of the most impressive songs on the album are "Lieslieslies", "The Great Satan", and "Ass Clown". They really show just how great of a metal band they really are. They've been around for about 20 years, and they still never cease to amaze me. It's one of their most impressive albums to date. The only albums by Ministry that you can compare it to are "Psalm 69" and "Houses of the Mole". Ministry did a great job with this album.