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The Land of Rape and Honey

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Released  October 11, 1988
Artist  Ministry
Label  Sire Records
Length  40:24
Release date  11 October 1988
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Recorded  1985 at Southern Studios, London ("Abortive") 1987–1988 at Chicago Trax Studios
The Land of Rape and Honey (1988)  The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989)
Genres  Industrial music, Industrial metal, Industrial rock
Producers  Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, Adrian Sherwood
Similar  Ministry albums, Industrial music albums

The Land of Rape and Honey is the third studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 1988 on Sire Records. This album is the band's first attempt at mixing industrial with rock, as opposed to more electronically influenced previous albums, although only the first three tracks use guitars extensively. This also marks the inclusion of bassist Paul Barker, who would remain in Ministry as a member alongside Al Jourgensen until his departure in 2004.


The album title comes from the slogan of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, whose motto at that time was "The Land of Rape and Honey", the local economy being based on the agricultural products rapeseed and honey. The band chose the name after seeing the slogan on a souvenir mug.

The album cover is an electronically processed image of a burned corpse in the Leipzig-Thekla subcamp of Buchenwald. Jourgensen took a picture of the holocaust from a 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 presented a head of a roadkilled deer he had found on the road; he cut off the head, put it in his truck, drove from Austin to Los Angeles, went into the Sire Records building, threw the deer on the desk of the head of the art department and said, "here's your new fucking [album] cover."

The track "Stigmata" is featured in Richard Stanley's 1990 science fiction thriller Hardware, although the band shown performing the track is actually Gwar.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in January 1996. The album was out of print for a few years in the early 2000s, but was re-issued by Wounded Bird Records in 2007. This re-issue is misprinted, labeling the title track "The Land of Milk and Honey."

In 2016, Al Jourgensen cited The Land of Rape and Honey as his favorite Ministry album. 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 cite this album as major influence.

Track listing

All tracks written by Ministry.

  • Tracks 6 and 9 were bonus tracks on the CD release of the album.
  • Samples

    1. "Golden Dawn"
    2. "You are being found guilty of covenants with the devil," "State your confession," "Confess! Confess!" "The Anti-Christ" - The Devils
    3. [chanting] - Aleister Crowley, from his "Call of the First Aethyr"
    4. [chanting] - Israel Regardie, quoting the English translation of the First Enochian Key.
    5. "Hizbollah"
    6. "Kad Ataka" - Fairuz
    7. "You Know What You Are"
    8. "You know what you are" - closing dialog by Tuco from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    9. [Macabre Laugh] - A Fistful of Dollars
    10. "Die, Motherfucker!" - Aliens
    11. "C'mon, motherfuckers!" "Dance, motherfucker!" - Platoon
    12. "Flashback"
    13. "Now hold up, man!" "Do it," "Everybody's got to die sometime," "I'm hurtin' real bad inside" - Platoon
    14. "Abortive"
    15. "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


  • Al Jourgensen – vocals (1-3, 7-10), guitar, programming, production (1-10), engineer
  • Paul Barker – bass, keyboards, programming, production (1-10), engineer
  • Additional personnel

  • William Rieflin – programming, keyboards, guitar, background vocals
  • Chris Connelly – background vocals (2 & 3), lead vocals (9)
  • 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
  • Songs

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