Filth Pig

Filth Pig
Filth Pig Ministry.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 30, 1996 (1996-01-30)
LabelWarner Bros.
Ministry chronology
Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs
Filth Pig
Dark Side of the Spoon
Singles from Filth Pig
  1. "The Fall"
    Released: January 1996
  2. "Lay Lady Lay"
    Released: February 1996
  3. "Reload"
    Released: July 1996
  4. "Brick Windows"
    Released: January 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer GuideC[5]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[9]
Cash Boxfavourable[10]

Filth Pig is the sixth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on January 30, 1996 by Warner Bros. Records. The title was allegedly derived from a statement made in the British Houses of Parliament, in which the band's leader Al Jourgensen was described as a "filthy pig" by MP Teddy Taylor for his onstage theatrics.[11]

Despite being the band's highest-charting album in the US, it was negatively received by reviewers,[12][13] sharply divided the band's fanbase, and was a commercial failure.[citation needed] Despite poor sales, the album entered several charts, peaking at the highest positions Ministry has ever achieved. This would be the last Ministry album with Mike Scaccia on guitar until 2004's Houses of the Molé.


Filth Pig marked a major shift artistically for the band from the previous album. Instead of continuing their thrash metal direction, Ministry chose to pursue a slower sludge and heavy metal sound instead. The album also marked a major reduction in the use of samples, which were frequently used in previous releases.

Everyone hated [Filth Pig]. They all wanted Psalm 70, and I gave them an electronic-free record full of gun-in-mouth dirges of nothing but pain. Aside from the cover art, the humour was gone. All that was left was misery. And I still had to tour the fucking thing - which went down in history as the interminable, intolerable, absolutely depraved Sphinctour.

— Al Jourgensen (2013)[14]

Despite his remarks, the 2001 live album Sphinctour was well received by critics.[15][16]

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