This 2003 release is definitely not the best Ministry album. It has some great tracks, in particular 'Lockbox', but overall it gets pretty monotonous. I also found the production a bit tinny.
The International Noise Conspiracy- A New Morning
If you can get past the band's Marxist views not a bad album. Sort of a mix of Punk, Pop and Jazz with the Communist Manifesto thrown in for good measure. Stand out tracks 'A Northwest Passage' and 'Capitalism Stole my Virginity'.
Paul Di'Anno- Nomad
Paul Di'Anno's post Iron Madien efforts have always been a disappointment and this 2002 realease is no exception. Maybe I am expecting too much because he was always my favorite Iron Maiden singer. I suppose Nomad is a solid Metal album just not very original or relevant.
Neurosis- Times of Grace
Another brilliant slab of spacey sludge from one of the most interesting bands active today. Their music is weird, unsettling and follows no conventions.
Bruce Dickinson- Skunkworks
I thought this was a really good album. When it came out I remember it recieving bad reviews so I avoided it. It turns out to be an excellent hard rock album with interesting, thoughtful lyrics. Maybe it wasn't Maiden enough for the critics. Stand out tracks 'I Will Not Accept the Truth and 'Inside the Machine'.