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Formed: 1981
From: El Paso, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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Ministry Brings Madness And Mayhem To Bristol

With over thirty years of music, drugs and resistance under their belts, industrial pioneers Ministry, led by charismatic and enigmatic frontman Al Jourgensen, have accumilated a catalogue of a quality the likes of which most bands would kill for. They have never been one to rest on their laurels however and their live shows are very much in the moment, both in terms of their music and the general climate the world finds itself in. With their first album in six years, "AmeriKKKant" out now, the band once again has a lot to say. Donald Trump fans, stop reading now!

Opening the initial shows on their trek across the United Kingdom is singer songwriter, Chelsea Wolfe. I had heard much about her but not her music, which was introduced to me with the visceral opening number, "Carrion Flowers." Wolfe's music is powerful, haunting, reminiscent of several but all of its own.

Cloaked in darkness, Chelsea and her band continued to promote latest album, "Hiss Spun" by performing such new songs as "Spun," "Vex" and "16 Psyche," they received a very warm reception from a crowd who expect to see the unexpected and unconventional, given the headliners. Some older compositions such as "Dragged Out," "Demons" and "Feral Love" were also brought out, before closing with another song from the latest release, this time, "Scrape." Chelsea Wolfe is a law unto herself, stirring up images of Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush and Bjork, trapped together in an iron maiden. A true artist who must be heard to be believed. More...

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Monument Of Misanthropy To Open Brutal Assault 23

Monument Of Misanthropy announce they will be performing with Suicidal Tendencies at the warm-up party of this year's edition of Brutal Assault Festival in Jaroměř, Czech Republic. The warm-up party will take place on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Root, Gride and Beast Within The Sound will join them as support acts.

Time schedule for Tuesday August 7: More...

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Ministry Announce North American Tour

Ministry announce the dates for a fall U.S. tour together with Carpenter Brut and Igorrr as support acts. Below's where the trek will hit:

11/21 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
11/23 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/24 Denver, CO – Fillmore
11/27 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
11/29 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/30 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
12/01 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
12/02 Toronto, ON – Rebel
12/04 Rochester, NY – Anthology
12/05 Washington, DC – Fillmore
12/06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/07 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/08 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12/10 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
12/11 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
12/12 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
12/13 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
12/14 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
12/16 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
12/18 San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
12/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
12/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda

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Ministry Premiere New Music Video “Twilight Zone”


Ministry premiere a music video for their newly released single “Twilight Zone“. Chris Roth produced the clip. The group are gearing up for the March 09th release of their new effort “AmeriKKKant” on Nuclear Blast.

States Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen:

“We are in completely uncharted territory now, witnessing the unraveling of what was once a functional democracy. Our government is under attack. Our planet is under attack. It’s time for a major reboot.”

Ministry will soon be out on this headlining tour with Chelsea Wolfe: More...

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Ministry Premiere New Song & Video "Wargasm"

A brand new Ministry track entitled “Wargasm” can he streamed below. The song features a guest spot from Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory. You can find it on Ministry‘s upcoming album, “AmeriKKKant“, out March 09th via Nuclear Blast.

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Ministry Discusses New Album Songwriting

On November 9, 2016, Ministry's Al Jourgensen woke up and said, "It's time to make a f*cking album."

When six-time Grammy-nominated Jourgensen had released the final album of his blistering Bush-era trilogy - Houses of the Mole, Rio Grande Blood, and The Last Sucker - where he just railled against George Dubya, he realized that it's not about the candidate. "I always knew this, but on that album it really hit home that we're all suckers."

With the upcoming, politically-charged "AmeriKKKant," he wanted to focus on why we would elect someone like Donald Trump, rather than have the songs be about the current administration. "That's more interesting than who the fuck's in charge," he adds, "Even the ruling class overlords don't know who's in charge. As a society, we're not pulling our weight. Our value and morality systems are completely out the window, it's become all about a monetary system, what every action is based on. You make bad mistakes as a human being when you're chasing the green dragon, the almighty dollar. When that's the motivating factor in our actions, we end up with someone like Trump. And that's what I wanted to comment on with this record." More...

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Ministry Frontman Discusses Sexual Harassment

In the latest in a series of videos posted online by Nuclear Blast, Ministry frontman and founder Al Jourgensen has weighed in on the high profile claims of sexual harassment. Like former U.S. Senator Al Franken, Jourgensen admits he's done things that he's not proud of. "But you grow, you learn, you listen," he says. Jourgensen has taken an objective look at some of his actions from the past that he didn't consider sexist at the time, but, today's raised awareness has given him a fresh perspective.

"Now it's time for the men to buck up and start thinking," he says. "We've slated our society to be exploitative and men have been rewarded by this system, but now, we're starting to think.

"It's not going to be an overnight thing, but at least start thinking. 'Ok, I remember this party back, maybe 10 years ago where I did...yeah...I see that that was weird, I can see where I could have possibly weirded someone out...' just that is a step forward. Just for a man to think 'you know what? That was fucked up.' That's a step forward and that's where we need to be and that's what these discussions that are happening right now are doing...hopefully." More...

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Ministry Frontman Makes 2018 Predictions

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen has been featured in a new video, wherein he makes predictions for the new year. For 2018, Jourgensen forecasts giant political upheaval and geopolitical stress which has been set up in 2017 by the "orange shitgibbon" himself. According to Jourgensen, 2016 and 2017 were similar to having a puss-filled boil or pimple on the country. "We have to get 2017 and 2016 off of us," he states, "and 2018 is going to be the popping of the pimple. It's going to be a rough year, but it's going to be a necessary year for the progression of the human race.

"The majority should rule the democracy and right now, the majority does not rule."

Also happening in 2018 will be Ministry's new album, "AmeriKKKant," the psychedelic, politically influenced album rooted in Jourgensen's unadulterated anger for what's happening in America today. (March 9, Nuclear Blast Records.) More...

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Ministry Frontman Explains "Antifa" Track

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen has posted a video online describing the band's controversial new single, "Antifa." You can check it out below. The single will feature on the group's upcoming new album, "AmeriKKKant," which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on March 9th and will be promoted by a lengthy tour of North America with Chelsea Wolfe, which you can find below.

AmeriKKKant tracklist:
1. I Know Words
2. Twilight Zone
3. Victims of a Clown
4. TV5/4Chan
5. We’re Tired of It
6. Wargasm
7. Antifa
8. Game Over
9. AmeriKKKa More...

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Ministry Posts New Music Video Online

Hot off the heels of today's announcement that their new album, "Amerikkkant" will be released on March 9th 2018 and that a full North American tour with Chelsea Wolfe will take place in March, industrial metal legends Ministry has posted a new music video online for the song, "Antifa." You can check it out below. The song has been played throughout the band's tours this year, including at European festival appearances such as Graspop Metal Meeting and Resurrection Fest.

The track listing for "Amerikkkant" is as follows:

1. I Know Words
2. Twilight Zone
3. Victims of a Dlown
4. TV5/4Chan
5. We’re Tired of It
6. Wargasm
7. Antifa
8. Game Over
9. AmeriKKKa More...

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Ministry Reveals New Album Details

Industrial metal legends Ministry has announced that their brand new studio album, "Amerikkant," their first since 2013's, "From Beer To Eternity," will be released on March 9 through Nuclear Blast Records.

"This album, ‘AmeriKKKant,’" said Jourgensen, "will provide FEMA-type relief for the devastation ‘Hurricane Cheeto’ has brought upon us."

Produced by Al Jourgensen, recorded at Caribou Studios in Burbank, CA between January and May this year, and with striking artwork created by Mister Sam Shearon, the psychedelic, politically influenced and very much in-your-face AmeriKKKant’s nine tracks are rooted in Jourgensen’s unadulterated anger for what’s happening in America today - the waning respect for the U.S. Constitution, the growing acceptance of one’s opinions replacing facts, the decline of our leaders’ sense of morals, ethics and personal responsibility to the country and to their constituents, and the mad man in the White House.

AmeriKKKant track listing:

1. I Know Words
2. Twilight Zone
3. Victims of a Dlown
4. TV5/4Chan
5. We’re Tired of It
6. Wargasm
7. Antifa
8. Game Over
9. AmeriKKKa More...

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Ministry Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Ground-breaking industrial metal pioneers, Ministry, has signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band recently wrapped up recording the new album "AmeriKKKant," which is tentatively scheduled for release during the first quarter of 2018. More details to be announced shortly.

“This album, ‘AmeriKKKant’," stated mastermind Al Jourgensen. "Will provide FEMA type relief for the devastation 'Hurricane Cheeto' has brought upon us.”

For decades, the powerhouse of psychotic sound that is Ministry has won over millions with releases such as "Filth Pig," "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste," "Psalm 69," "From Beer To Eternity," and a flood of others. Since the 80s, founder Al Jourgensen has been combining elements of synth pop, punk, metal and even dub in a way that is instantly recognizable and has influenced many other bands.

With timeless classics such as "Just One Fix," "Thieves" and "Jesus Built My Hotrod," Ministry is a one of a kind musical pioneer.

Ministry has some USA tour dates scheduled across the autumn with Death Grips. See them live at these venues: More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2017: Day Two

After one hell of an opening day and a second night of camping, those attending this year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival had by now settled into the routine and were ready for another day. Once again, the day promised a mix of legendary names, young blood and cult favourites (or perhaps in the case of one Norwegian act, that should be "kvlt" favourites.)

Following a delay and miscomunication, I was unfortunately unable to catch Axel Rudi Pell and so my second full day at Graspop opened with a trip to Main Stage 2, which was being graced by Devildriver. Though they're not the biggest metal band of recent memory, performing at ten past one in the afternoon was something of a surprise. This did not deter the group from playing with full force and intensity and getting so many rockers' Saturday off to a great start. Frontman Dez Fafara was able to interact very well with the crowd and the high energy the group displayed at the very least impressed those in the audience who are not fans of Devildriver and delighted those who came to see them intentionally. More...

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Ministry Debuts New Song "Antifa" Live

Ministry debuted a new song called "Antifa" live during the band's appearance this past weekend at the Blackest Of The Black Fest, which took place May 26-27 at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California.

The track is taken from the band's upcoming new album "AmeriKKKant," which will tentatively arrive this fall.

Check out new live clip "Antifa" below.

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Blackest Of The Black 2017 Lineup Revealed

This year marks the first Blackest Of The Black destination festival. The brainchild of Glenn Danzig, the event not only serves as a music festival, but as a cultural experience.

Coming to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA in Orange County on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th, Blackest Of The Black will host two music stages curated by Danzig, with performances by Danzig, Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Atreyu, Vamps, and many more.

The festival will be hosted by Full Metal Jackie and will feature camping, along with a number of sinister attractions including Castle Danzig -- a fully immersive walkthrough experience of agony, ecstasy and more, all based on the music and graphic novels of Glenn Danzig. Information on tickets, VIP packages, camping and more can be found at this location.

Glenn Danzig comments: “I first started Blackest in the early 2000s and finally my full vision is being realized. Get ready for sensory overload, from films to comics to Castle Danzig. This is going to be the real Blackest Of The Black."

The music lineup for Blackest Of The Black is as follows:

Friday, May 26: Suicidal Tendencies, Corrosion of Conformity, Suicide Silence, Discharge, Belphegor, Butcher Babies, 3 Teeth, and more to be announced!

Saturday, May 27: Danzig, Ministry, Vamps, Atreyu, Venom Inc, DevilDriver, Fear Factory, Marduk, Combichrist, Ghoul, Ritual, and more to be announced! More...

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Wacken Open Air Live Stream Available

This weekend, you can stream portions of the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air live via Arte.tv. Some of the top bands offered for streaming: Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Saxon, Testament, Eluveitie and Ministry (among others).

The live stream can be accessed at this location.

The schedule for streaming can be found below (note: all times are CET):

Thursday, August 4th:

16h50-17h35 Henry Rollins
17h40-18h05 Hämatom
18h10-19h25 Saxon
19h30-20h30 Panzerballett
20h35-21h25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21h30-23h30 Iron Maiden
23h35-00h15 Therapy?
00h15-00h45 (tba)
00h45-01h00 Born to Lose, Lived To Win (A Farewell to Lemmy Kilmister)

Friday, August 5:

16h20 17h20 Entombed A.D.
17h25-18h25 Axel Rudi Pell
18h30-19h45 Eluveitie
19h50-21h05 Bullet For My Valentine
21h10-22h25 Tarja
22h30-00h00 Blind Guardian
00h15-01h30 Ministry
01h45-03h00 Testament

Saturday, August 6th:

15h40-16h55 Borknagar
17h00-18h10 Metal Church
18h15-19h30 Therion
19h35-20h50 Steel Panther
20h55-22h10 Clutch
22h15-23h30 Triptykon
23h35-00h35 (tba)
00h40-01h55 Parkway Drive
01h55-03h10 Arch Enemy More...

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Chicago Open Air Day One

I've never been to an open air music festival. Mostly since most music fests have only one or two artists who I like and try to jam as many different styles of music into one festival as possible to the point where they have no target audience anymore. Lollapalooza is perhaps the biggest offender in that regard to he point where it appeals to both everyone and nobody simultaneously. But thankfully Chicago finally got a metal festival of its own to compensate for a lot of the directionless festivals that the city is known for that have kept me at bay for so long.

Milwaukee Metalfest closed up around a decade ago so Chicago getting a heavy metal festival was (literally) music to my ears. The Rust Belt had nothing in the way of metal festivals and the only other big metal fests have been Rocklahoma, Maryland Deathfest, New England Metal and Hardcore Fest and 70,000 Tons of Metal. As somebody who doesn't live within driving distance from Oklahoma, Maryland, Massachusetts or Florida, I was incredibly excited for something to hit the Midwest as it was long overdue.

But the part that got me most excited was the potential for the future. Specifically a future where artists who only do festivals and mini-tours can finally hit a big outdoor stage and do so in my hometown. Think Anaal Nathrakh, Samael, Ihsahn, Pig Destroyer and Zardonic being able to not only play a real festival show in the Midwest but also be introduced to a whole new audience who would be coming for the far more mainstream headliner. At the very least, the fest could use some less obscure second stage openers and some more foreign bands who haven't come to America for years like Primordial, Vreid or Orphaned Land. But for a brand new festival, the lineup wasn't bad by any means, particularly when it came to headliners. It's a possible future outlet for all the cool stuff that I would never otherwise get to see in coming years which is what got me psyched more than anything else.

I waited in the mother of all lines upon arriving on Friday for a full 90 minutes. Everyone wanted to be in early to catch the opening band on the opening day of the inaugural festival. And the person in front of me was the evil doppelganger of a friend of mine from college. Same body. Same haircut. Same facial features. Same teeth. It was just completely uncanny, especially since one of them lives in west Iowa and the other in east Nebraska. More...

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AFM Records Announces 20 Year Compilation

2016 marks the 20th anniversary for Germany-based metal label AFM Records. Being in the business for two decades now and working with the “who's who” of the scene, the company is proud to present a special compilation of highlights and new tracks titled “20 Years - Metal Addiction."

Of course all the big names who were (and are) crucial for the label’s evolution during the years are featured here: Doro, U.D.O., Fear Factory, Evergrey, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire, Danzig, Leaves’ Eyes, Edguy, Destruction, Masterplan, D-A-D, Ministry and many more.

Two brand new, previously unreleased songs by Iron Mask and Eden’s Curse perfectly round off this extensive release, which comes up with a total of 52 tracks on 3 CDs. More...

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Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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Soulstorm Releases Covers Album

The early 90s saw some exciting innovations within extreme music, and Toronto's Soulstorm was at the forefront of some genre-defining and defying times.

Band mainman, Nick Sagias, having disbanded Overthrow - as well as honing his chops within the ranks of the mighty Pestilence - threw caution to the wind and helped pioneer a musical movement that fused death metal with industrial overtones, sounding like a cross between Ministry, Swans, Godflesh, Celtic Frost and Obituary.

Soulstorm has now returned with "Devils Music (Part 1)," a precursor to a forthcoming all original full-length, paying tribute to many of the bands that have influenced Soulstorm through the course of its storied career. "Devil's Music (Part 1)" includes covers from Celtic Frost, Godflesh, Swans, Ministry, Paradise Lost and many more. You can stream the album below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Return To The Eve (Celtic Frost)
2. Cold World (Godflesh)
3. Eternal (Paradise Lost)
4. Stay Here (Swans)
5. Yu Gung (Einstuerzende Neubauten)
6. Breathe (Ministry)
7. Inflammator (Pitchshifter)
8. Primal (2015)
9. Nothingness (Dub)
10. Endless Human Failure (Dub)
11. Stranglehold (Dub)
12. Pulp (Bonus Track)
13. Stranglehold (Erosion Cycle Noise Mix - Bonus Track) More...

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