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

Latest Ministry News

Below is our complete Ministry news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Exodus To Play Welcome To Rockville

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville will celebrate its fifth anniversary at Jacksonville, Florida's Metropolitan Park on April 25th & 26th.

The Bay Area thrash pioneers in Exodus are along for the ride this year, joining a stacked rock line-up including Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack, along with Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Queensrÿche, Live, Hollywood Undead, In Flames, Motionless In White, Tremonti, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, All That Remains, The Devil Wears Prada, Hatebreed, Periphery, Fozzy, Nonpoint, Exodus, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Starset, We Are Harlot, Like A Storm, Upon A Burning Body, Beartooth, Islander, ’68, Stars In Stereo, Red Sun Rising, From Ashes To New, Sons Of Texas, World Gone, with more to be announced. More...

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"The Bridge" To Feature Al Jourgenson

The upcoming feature film "The Bridge" brings together a cast of iconic rock musicians, some of whom will make their film debut: Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Al Jourgensen of Ministry, Joey Santiago of the Pixies, Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister, Tiny Biuso of Doyle (ex-Misfit)/TSOL, Rick Warwick of Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy, and Sin Quirin of Ministry.

Director/writer Bobby Field, with producers Denise Bohdan and Jason Gurvitz, announce the launch of their campaign for the film on Indiegogo. You can contribute to the campaign at this location.

Driven by its powerful original soundtrack, and written by Bobby Field, a musician and actor in his own right, "The Bridge" tells the story of a small town musical prodigy who must free himself from the shadows of his past to find love, hope and friendship that could lead him to the musical expression he never thought possible.

The campaign will offer fans unique experiences like building their own Fender guitar at Fender Factory with Jourgensen, Quirin or Santiago, "Joe Elliott's Big Fat Package" featuring a Telecaster Guitar and other autographed memorabilia, or having Santiago make you his famous spaghetti in your home.

The campaign will also benefit The Fender Music Foundation, and Fender Musical Instruments Corporation's Entertainment Marketing division will be providing key products for the actual filming. More...

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Black Oil Posts Track With Tony Campos Guest Spot

Following the final preparations for the launch of the new album "Resist to Exist," Black Oil has released an advance song for streaming online.

The track "Callate" includes the participation of Tony Campos (Soulfly, Static-x) and Aaron Rossi (Ministry). Check it out below.

The band has announced that this third studio album titled "Exist To Resist” is being co-produced by the group along with Cristian Machado (Ill Nino), Logan Mader (Soulfly, Machine Head, Gojira) and Erik Reichers.

Other guests on the album include Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory) and Hector Guerra (Pachamama Crew. More...

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Ministry Announces "Last Tangle In Paris"

Ministry will release "Last Tangle in Paris," a CD/DVD package that documents the band's 2012 "DeFiBriLaTour," featuring live performances, in-studio, rehearsal and backstage footage, and one-on-one interviews.

"Last Tangle in Paris," an artistic collaboration between UDR Music and 13th Planet Records, Inc., is set for a July 8th North American release and will be available in a variety of configuraitons including; 2-CD and DVD digipak, BluRay and 2-CD Amaray, 2 X vinyl Gatefold 160 gram configurations, digital audio and video, and as a simple CD package.

"Last Tangle In Paris" was filmed on July 28th, 2012 at Paris' La Cigale, and features Jourgensen (lead vocal, guitar), Michael Scaccia and Sin Qurin (guitars), John Bechdel (keyboards and samplers), Aaron Rossi (drums), and Casey Orr (bass).

As a special bonus, the digipak version comprises a Ministry tour retrospective double audio album with live performances dating back to 2006. The full track listing for "Last Tangle In Paris" can be found below. More...

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Al Jourgensen Headed To Rehab

The Ministry Facebook page has been updated with the following announcement about Al Jourgensen heading to rehab:

"Dear Ministry fans: Uncle Al has made the decision to go to rehab to address his alcohol issues. We were really trying to keep this a private family affair and not a media frenzy; however, your crazy Uncle Al posted about it yesterday on his FB page, so now it's out.

"Of course we always want to let Ministry fans be the first to know about things, but this got away from us. We hope that you will join us and the entire 13th Planet family in wishing Al the very best and giving him your full support in his journey towards sobriety. We are all very, very proud of him."

Ministry is out now with latest full-length album "From Beer To Eternity." More...

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Al Jourgenson Discusses Memories Of Mike Scaccia

Footage has been posted online, courtesy of Metal Sanaz, of Al Jourgenson and Sin Quirin of Ministry discussing their memories of Mike Scaccia, who passed away one year ago. Check out the video in the player below.

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Ministry Posts 10th Making-Of Video

Ministry has now released the 10th and latest clip in the band's series of behind-the-scenes videos covering the creation of latest album "From Beer To Eternity."

The album is available now, and you can watch this latest video below. The previously posted 9th video update can also be found at this location.

New album "From Beer To Eternity" features the final studio recordings by long-time Ministry collaborator guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died in December from a heart attack suffered three days after rough tracks for the album had been completed.

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Ministry Posts More Album Making-Of Footage

Ministry's latest album "From Beer To Eternity" is out now, and the band has released another making-of episode showcasing the creation of the record. Check out this new clip below.

"PermaWar," a music video taken off the "From Beer To Eternity" album can also be seen at this location.

"From Beer To Eternity" features the final studio recordings by long-time Ministry collaborator guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died in December from a heart attack suffered three days after rough tracks for the album had been completed.

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Ministry Posts More Making-Of Footage

Ministry's upcoming album "From Beer To Eternity" is due out this coming September 6th worldwide via AFM.

The band has now released a second making-of clip for the album, which can be found below. You can also watch the previously posted first video in the series at this location.

"PermaWar," the first music video off "From Beer To Eternity," was also recently posted online and can be viewed at this location.

"From Beer To Eternity" features the final studio recordings by long-time Ministry collaborator guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died in December from a heart attack suffered three days after rough tracks for the album had been completed.

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Ministry Posts "PermaWar" Video

"PermaWar," the first music video from Ministry's upcoming studio album "From Beer To Eternity," is making its premiere online today. Watch it in the player below courtesy of Loudwire. The digital single is also currently available in the iTunes store. The following press release was issued about the clip:

"The 'PermaWar' video is a amalgamation of provocative news images culled from World War Two, Viet Nam, Afghanistan and Iraq, and a bad acid trip. Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen is featured in the video portraying three different personalities, representing three different points of view on America's repetition and persistence of war: the corrupt political leader, the predatory business man, and possibly most dangerous of all, the passive observer.

"The video was shot in July at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX, produced by Angelina Lukacin-Jourgensen and directed by filmmaker/animator Zach Passero whose credits include Ministry's 'Lieslieslies,' 'GhoulDiggers,' and '99 Percenters,' RevCo's 'Fire Engine,' and the feature film 'Wicked Lake.'"

Ministry's "From Beer To Eternity" is set for a September 10th release (AFM/13th Planet Records) and features the final studio recordings by long-time Ministry collaborator guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died in December from a heart attack suffered three days after rough tracks for the album had been completed. More...

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Ministry Posts New Album Making-Of Footage

Ministry will release "From Beer To Eternity" on September 6th worldwide via AFM. This album will follow previous release "Relapse" (reviewed here).

The first making-of webisode can be viewed below. You can also see what band mastermind Al Jourgenson had to say about the creation of the album at this location.

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Ministry Announces New Album Release

Al Jourgensen will release his band Ministry's new studio album, "From Beer To Eternity," on September 6th via 13th Planet Records. This album will follow previous release "Relapse" (reviewed here) and pre-order info will be posted soon on Ministry's Facebook.

As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn't going to be another Ministry album, but as Jourgensen put it recently, "I had no choice."

Sessions for what would become "From Beer to Eternity" began last December at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX with Jourgensen (who produced the album, composed the music and wrote the lyrics for all 11 songs), guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Tony Campos.

Rough tracks for 18 songs were finished on December 19th, and three days later, the 47-year old Scaccia died from a heart attack he suffered onstage while playing a live show with his band Rigor Mortis in Dallas, TX. Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.

"We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before," states Jourgensen, "everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record." After returning from Scaccia's funeral in Dallas, and shouldering the weight of grief as well as the desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer and co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso for three excruciating months. More...

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Ministry Frontman Speaks On Guitarist's Passing

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen has posted a message online paying tribute to his bandmate Mike Scaccia, who passed away in the early hours of December 23rd whilst performing on stage with Rigor Mortis. Jourgensen's message reads as follows:

"I just lost my lil' brother and my best friend. The 13th Planet compound is devastated, completely in shock and shattered. Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family — and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today. Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp — kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career... everything!

"Get to know his lead parts, for they are in the pantheon of music! Unfortunately, most of you didn't get to know Mikey's soul, which is in the pantheon of humanity. He is my hero, my friend and my idol. Mikey was always beside me - my right-hand man - through thick and thin, the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.

"Rest in peace my brother, my friend, my heart.

"Please pray for Mike Scaccia and Jenny, his wife and their children, and his family."

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AFM Records Releasing New Compilation

The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:

DVD
01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...

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Al Jourgensen Collapses On Stage

Ministry has posted the following message online about Al Jourgensen being hospitalized after an on-stage incident:

"Ministry Front man Al Jourgensen collapsed on-stage during the live Ministry performance and was rushed to hospital via ambulance where he was examined by numerous physicians and diagnosed to have had a full-system collapse due to extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion intensified by the lack of ventilation on stage at the venue. Doctors confirm via blood tests conducted that Jourgensen’s alcohol blood levels were well below normal and no narcotics were found in his system. As a result, Ministry has cancelled today’s appearance at the L’Etaples France Rock en Stock Festival in order to allow Mr. Jourgensen a few days rest to recuperate and receive additional medical attention in Switzerland. Jourgensen fully intends to complete the remaining shows on the Ministry DeFiBriLlaTouR European leg."

Jourgensen extends his most sincere apologies to his devoted Parisian fans who displayed so much love, respect and concern for him before and after the Ministry show. Says Jourgensen: “I will make it up to you, somehow. I love Paris, I love the Parisian people. I’m so sorry …but, shit happens and the shit hit the fan for me last night.”

Ministry has been performing in support of new album "Relapse" (reviewed here), and you can also check out our show report of the band playing at the Tuska Open Air Festival.

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012, Day 3

Day three was upon us, and the only thing that banished the gloomy weather was knowing that the day held a few favorites in store. For me at least due to a stubborn illness I caught only the biggest acts. With a healthy mix of folk metal, deathcore, and even some classically inspired loveliness Day three promised to be another rousing adventure in Helsinki for everyone who came out to enjoy.

Suicide Silence was the first act of the day. The energetic Americans started the day off with some epic stage presence and brutal death core that prepared our ears for what was to come this day. Usually I’m not into this genre, but these guys have the kind of energy that is contagious. Singer Mitch is unusually acrobatic for a front man and has the audience frantically headbanging and moshing as he seemingly defies gravity while singing.

Next up was everyone’s favorits cellists, Apocalyptica. There’s something about this band that just pleases everyone, form pretentious purists to the most brutal metal fans; these guys have a very wide fan base. Always impressive is the fact that these well trained musicians can get a clean sound from their strings, even despite the humid weather and rain which usually wreak havoc on acoustic instruments. It’s hard not to enjoy the enthusiastic act on stage when the music can go from lovely, to rageful from one beat to the next. Though I wouldn’t have dreamt it doable these guys run around, headbang and essentially violate their cellos with bows that drop horse hair all over the stage; all while emitting music that permeates the festival grounds with its torment. More...

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Ministry Posts New Music Video For "Ghouldiggers"

Ministry posted up a new music video for the track "Ghouldiggers." The song appears on the band's new LP "Relapse," which is available now through AFM Records. Metal Underground's full review of the release can be found at this location.

The band previously released the video for "99 Percenters," which can be viewed at this location.

Check out "Gouldiggers" here:

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Golden Gods Heavy Metal Curators Interviewed

Jamie of Hardrockchick.com interviewed the curators of the Golden Gods' History of Heavy Metal exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown LA. You can watch the interview below.

She also spoke with a number of artists on the black carpet about items they have featured in the GRAMMY Museum's History of Heavy Metal exhibit (or what of theirs should be in there). Interviews include: Machine Head, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Ministry, Motorhead, Hatebreed, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Halestorm, Dethklok, Adrenaline Mob, Evanescence, and Korn.

HardRockChick's GRAMMY Museum Black Carpet Interviews:

More interviews from the black carpet are also available from Metal Injection here.

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Ministry Posts New "Relapse" Studio Video

Ministry has posted the 11th installment online in the making-of video series for the band's newly released album "Relapse." You can check out the new video below. Ministry also commented on the video:

"Dateline Fall 2011 El Paso, TX: Deep in the heart of Texas, videographer Omar Mena treks Uncle Al and the boys as they put the finishing touches on tracking the new Ministry and descend into their own personal hell."

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"Fix: The Ministry Movie" To See Release In April

"Fix: The Ministry Movie" will be released on April 10th, 2012. The following press release was issued about the movie:

"Raw and uncompromising, FIX is the story of the rock band Ministry -- hard living in the fastest lane, told for every fan, or merely the morbidly curious, whomsoever wished that just for a few nights they might have an all access pass into the belly of the rock beast --a chance to go behind that locked door at the back of the bus, and hang out one-on-one with whatever's lurking there.

"Embedded during Ministry's entire SPHINCTOUR in 1996, director Doug Freel and a single camera captured the band poised to take on popular music's title of 'Next big coolest, hardest, most bad-ass, thing,' but Al Jourgensen's legendary drug abuse had him teetering at the very edge of insanity, all the while still at the helm and steering both the Ministry ship, and his own physical and mental health, straight into the rocks.

"What started as a commitment of filming for a few days turned into the shooting of fifty-two successive shows in thirteen different countries. Within the first few minutes of the finished piece, we see why the filmmakers felt compelled to stay on the tour as we too are drawn into the mayhem and the anarchic drama of life on the road with Ministry. It's like watching a car wreck in slow motion... It's hard to look away. More...

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