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Rio Grande Blood

Rio Grande Blood
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 2, 2006 (2006-05-02)
Recorded2005 at 13th Planet Studios, El Paso, Texas
GenreIndustrial metal, thrash metal
Label13th Planet, Megaforce
ProducerAl Jourgensen
Ministry chronology
Rio Grande Blood
Rio Grande Dub
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media6.4/10[2]
PopMatters8/10 stars[3]

Rio Grande Blood is the tenth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released in 2006. It is their first release through 13th Planet and Megaforce Records.


The album is the 2nd part of the band's anti-George W. Bush trilogy, preceded by 2004's Houses of the Molé and followed by 2007's The Last Sucker.

The title of the album is a parody of the 1972 ZZ Top album Rio Grande Mud.[6][7]

Just like Houses of the Molé, Rio Grande Blood contains very political lyrics, making frequent allusions to the George W. Bush administration. The second track makes an explicit reference to Bush as Señor Peligro, which translates to "Mr. Danger" in Spanish. Some of the issues raised include the then-current Iraq War, U.S. immigration policy and U.S. military policy (particularly the US Marine Corps in the song "Gangreen"). The Halliburton corporation is also quoted and linked to the Bush administration.

The album also contains allegations of the Bush administration complicity in the 9/11 attacks in the track "Lieslieslies," which contains audio samples from the conspiracy documentary Loose Change.[6] The song received a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards.[8][6]

A remix of the song "The Great Satan" from Rantology appears on this album. Along with "LiesLiesLies", "The Great Satan" was also nominated for a Grammy.[8][6]

Samples of genuine Bush soundbites are cut-and-pasted together at various points to satirical effect: for example, the title track begins with Bush stating "I have adopted sophisticated terrorist tactics and I'm a dangerous, dangerous man with dangerous, dangerous weapons."

The album was re-released in remixed form as Rio Grande Dub on July 10, 2007.

Jourgensen ranks Rio Grande Blood as his second favorite Ministry album saying that not only he liked the songs but he had a good time working with Paul Raven and Tommy Victor. He was also proud that some of the songs were used in the 2008 Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker.[9]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Al Jourgensen and Tommy Victor, except where noted.

1."Rio Grande Blood"Jourgensen4:24
2."Señor Peligro" 3:38
3."Gangreen" (feat. Sgt. Major) 6:00
4."Fear (Is Big Business)" 4:51
5."LiesLiesLies" 5:16
6."The Great Satan" (Remix)Jourgensen3:09
7."Yellow Cake"Jourgensen, Paul Raven4:35
8."Palestina" 3:18
9."Ass Clown" (feat. Jello Biafra)Jourgensen, Raven6:42
10."Khyber Pass" (feat. Liz Constantine)Jourgensen, Raven, Victor7:31
11.Untitled (silent track) 0:04
12.Untitled (silent track) 0:06
13."Sgt. Major Redux" (feat. Sgt. Major) 1:45
Total length:51:18
Japan bonus track
11."LiesLiesLies" (Jungle Remixxx)9:34



Additional personnel

  • Isaias Martinez - Latin vocals (2)
  • Freddie Macias - background vocals (2, 3)
  • Sgt. Major - drill instructor vocals (3, 14)
  • Bobby Torres - background vocals (3)
  • Jim Ward - background vocals (3)
  • Justin Leeah - drum programming (4), engineering
  • Mike Scaccia - lead guitar (6)
  • Jello Biafra - intro vocals (9)
  • Liz Constantine - additional vocals (10)
  • John Gray - engineering
  • John Bilberry - assistant engineering
  • Dave Donnelly - mastering
  • Lawton Outlaw - art direction, design, layout

In popular culture

Chart positions

Chart (2006) Peak
German Albums Chart[13] 60
The Billboard 200[14] 134
Independent Albums[14] 11
Tastemakers Albums[14] 12
Top Internet Albums[15] 134


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  2. ^ Byrom, Cody D. (April 30, 2006). "Ministry: Rio Grande Blood". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Friedman, Lou (June 7, 2006). "Ministry: Rio Grande Blood". PopMatters. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Stagno, Mike (October 20, 2006). "Ministry - Rio Grande Blood (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  5. ^ Lee, Cosmo (June 6, 2006). "Ministry - Rio Grande Blood - Review". Stylus. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d Jourgensen & Wiederhorn 2013, p. 240.
  7. ^ Daniels, Neil (2014). Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers: A ZZ Top Guide. Soundcheck Books. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-9571442-7-9 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ a b "Ministry Mainman Comments On Fifth Grammy Nomination". October 15, 2018.
  9. ^ Acharya, Kiran. "Revolting Lots: Al Jourgensen's Favourite Ministry Albums". The Quietus. p. 3. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  10. ^ O’Brien, Wesley J. (2012). "Heroes Without a Cause: Scoring Practice and the Devolution of Combat Film Heroism in the Wake of Vietnam". Music in American Combat Films: A Critical Study. McFarland. pp. 120–121, 127–129, 132. ISBN 978-0-7864-6343-5 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ "The Hurt Locker (2008) - Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database.
  12. ^ Jourgensen & Wiederhorn 2013, pp. 240–241.
  13. ^ "German chart positions" (in German).
  14. ^ a b c "Rio Grande Blood - Ministry". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Ministry - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums". Allmusic.