The Land of Rape and Honey

The Land of Rape and Honey is the third studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on October 11, 1988 by Sire Records. The album marked a departure from the band's previous two synthpop and EBM records, expanding on several elements introduced in their preceding album Twitch. The less-commercial, industrial-laced collection of tracks incorporates elements of heavy metal such as fast electric guitar riffs, although only the album's first three songs use guitars extensively.[3]

The Land of Rape and Honey
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 11, 1988 (1988-10-11)
Ministry chronology
Twelve Inch Singles (1981–1984)
The Land of Rape and Honey
The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
Singles from The Land of Rape and Honey
  1. "Stigmata"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
MusicHound Rock4.5/5 stars[5]
Robert ChristgauB+[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8 / 10[8]

This was the first Ministry album to include bassist Paul Barker, who would remain a member until his departure in 2004. It also marked a shift in vocal cadence, as Al Jourgensen's faux British accent present since With Sympathy was dropped, though it remains (albeit distorted heavily) on the first track. The resulting sound is often cited as a pioneering work in the industrial metal genre, and is considered by Jourgensen as ostensibly the "first true" Ministry album, though he would experiment with this sound prior to its release under different names, such as 1000 Homo DJs.[citation needed] The album title comes from the slogan of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, whose motto at that time was "The Land of Rape and Honey",[9] the local economy being based on the agricultural products rapeseed and honey.[10] The band chose the name after seeing the slogan on a souvenir mug.[11]

The album was certified gold by the RIAA in January 1996,[12] but was out of print for a few years in the early 2000s until it was re-issued by Wounded Bird Records in 2007. In 2016, Al Jourgensen cited The Land of Rape and Honey as his favorite Ministry album.[13] He added that he was inspired to create "word cut-ups" from the works of Allen Toussaint and William S. Burroughs. Bands like Fear Factory, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Nine Inch Nails have cited this album as a major influence.[14]


The album cover is an electronically processed image of a burned corpse in the Leipzig-Thekla subcamp of Buchenwald.[15] Jourgensen took a photograph while watching a Holocaust documentary on television and distorted the image himself. According to Jourgensen, it was originally rejected by the record label, but they later changed their mind after Jourgensen cut off the head of a roadkilled deer, put it in his truck, drove from Austin to Los Angeles, went into the Sire Records building, threw the head on the desk of the head of the art department and said, "Here's your new fucking [album] cover."[16]

In popular cultureEdit

  • The track "Stigmata" is featured in Richard Stanley's 1990 science fiction thriller Hardware, although the band shown performing the track is actually Gwar. In his autobiography, Jourgensen said that "Stigmata" is his least favorite song in the Ministry catalogue for its simplistic songwriting. The song does not have any actual guitars on it; the two chord riff, altered with a pitch shifter, was sampled. He wrote "Stigmata" at the last minute after realizing he needed another song to complete the album.[16]
  • "Stigmata" is featured on the soundtrack of the film Atomic Blonde, with this version of the track being covered by Marilyn Manson.[17]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Al Jourgensen except where noted [18].

1."Stigmata" 5:45
2."The Missing" 2:55
3."Deity" 3:20
4."Golden Dawn"Jourgensen, Barker5:42
5."Destruction"Jourgensen, Barker3:30
6."Hizbollah" 3:58
7."The Land Of Rape And Honey"Jourgensen, Barker5:10
8."You Know What You Are?"Jourgensen, Barker4:43
9."I Prefer" 2:15
10."Flashback" 4:50
11."Abortive" 4:23
  • Tracks 6 and 9 were bonus tracks on the CD release of the album.


  1. "Golden Dawn"
  2. "Hizbollah"
  3. "You Know What You Are?"
  4. "Flashback"
    • "Now hold up, man!" "Do it," "Everybody's got to die sometime," "I'm hurtin' real bad inside" - Platoon
  5. "Abortive"
    • "T minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4; we've got the main engine start—we have main...", "America's first space shuttle!" "And the shuttle has cleared the tower." - NASA


  • Ministry have performed track 6, "Hizbollah" from at least 1984 prior to recording and releasing it on this album.[19]
  • An early demo of the album featured tracks such as "Ingrate," "I'm Sick" and "Apathy" with the latter possibly being a rework of the 1000 Homo DJs release. Other unknown tracks were found on the b-side of the demo that have never been officially released and it is possible many of these tracks had been renamed for the final release.[20]



Additional personnelEdit

  • William Rieflin – drums, programming, keyboards, guitar, background vocals
  • Chris Connelly – background vocals (2 & 3), lead vocals (9), keyboards
  • Eddie Echo – production (11)
  • Steve Spapperi – engineer
  • Julian Herzfeld – engineer
  • Keith "Fluffy" Auerbach – engineer
  • "Dog" (a pseudonym of Al Jourgensen) – album cover
  • "Ill" – album cover
  • Brian Shanley – album cover

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1988) Peak
The Billboard 200[21] 164


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