Review: Mike Patton's mischievous first band had grown from the stuff of teenage tomfoolery to a band taken seriously as cross-genre pioneers and modern day progressive titans by the time they released this third album proper in 1999. Moreover, this proved to be yet another curveball, being by far the most melodic and pop-influenced thing the band had committed to wax. This being Mr. Bungle however, 'California' also took in movie-scores, doo-wop, Hawaiian music, circus themes and a good dozen other genres besides, confounding the listener even as it offered tunes your milkman could whistle, making for a fitting epitaph for a unique band.
Review: Music On Vinyl's Ministry reissue series continues via this heavyweight re-press of "The Land Of Rape And Honey" on orange and gold vinyl. On its initial release in 1988, the album was seen as something of a departure from the Al Jourgensen-helmed band's previous output, primarily because it mixed their previous EBM, industrial and experimental synth-pop influences with heavier guitar riffs, more stomping beats and the kind of growled vocals more prevalent in heavy metal. Listening back 31 years on, the album has lost none of its luster, with highlights including the low-slung dub-rock chug of "Golden Dawn", the ricocheting drums and dystopian screams of "Destruction", the EBM-rock throb of "You Know What You Are" and the 400 Blows style electro-dub funkiness of "Abortive".