Ministry release Houses of the Molé
Houses of the Molé is the ninth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry.
The album was released on June 21, 2004 internationally and a day later in the United States through Sanctuary Records.
The album is the 1st part of the band's anti-Bush trilogy, followed by 2006's Rio Grande Blood and 2007's The Last Sucker. It was released in the run up to the 2004 American presidential elections, with George W. Bush being president at the time of its release. All songs start or contain the letter "W" in their title. The first track on the album, "No W", features numerous satirical samples of Bush's speeches, particularly samples in which he spoke of his war on terror.
The musical style of the album is more speed metal-oriented than Ministry's previous releases.
Al Jourgensen has stated that the name Houses of the Molé is a tribute to the Houses of the Holy album, released by Led Zeppelin in 1973. Molé itself is a Mexican sauce made from chocolate that is nearly black in color, an image that Jourgensen believes represents crude oil.
This was the first and so far only Ministry studio album to not chart on the Billboard 200. Due to slow sales, the band left Sanctuary.
Houses of the Mole is also noteworthy for being the first Ministry LP not to feature longtime collaborator Paul Barker since Twitch in 1986. It is also the first album to use Ministry's new logo.