This is a curious Ministry release. It’s made up from a number of ‘alternate versions’, a couple of non-album rarities, plus some previously-released album and live tracks. It’s labelled ‘The Definitive Collection’, which is a little wide of the mark to say the least. The alternate versions are mainly of trivial interest, changing some of the key samples and tweaking some of the mixes (not necessarily for the best), but leaving the songs largely intact. The only notable changes are the addition of more choral parts to ‘No W’ and bagpipes to ‘Unsung’.
The album version ‘waiting’ and ‘Animosity’ serve as no more than padding – both tracks are already likely to be in any Ministry fans collection, whilst the three live tracks are all generally weaker than their recorded counterparts. Of the two new songs, ‘The Great Satan’ is a fairly straightforward industrial metal blast, whilst ‘Bloodlines’ is at least distinctive – a ‘So What’ variant recorded for the Activision ‘Vampire: The Masquerade’ game, it tends further towards a post-punk/gothic rock sound than anything heard from the Ministry camp to date.