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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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Nita Strauss Premieres New Single

Having recently returned to Alice Cooper‘s touring band after a stint with Demi Lovato, guitarist Nita Strauss premieres her new solo track, “Winner Takes All“. That single features Cooper on guest vocals and is streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you now below.

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Siglos (Ex-Ministry) Premiere New Single & Video

Grammy-nominated guitarist Sin Quirin (ex-Ministry) has joined forces with frontman Pedro Sanchez (Transtorno) for a new band project named Siglos. The group premiere their new single "Morir Para Vivir" alongside an official music video streaming via YouTube for you now below.

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Ministry Holds Mass At The Fillmore New Orleans

The Fillmore was brimming with excitement. Though Corrosion of Conformity and The Melvins are fairly regular acts in New Orleans, Ministry is not. The industrial outfit’s last visit to the Crescent City was back in 2015. Though the Melvins were not able to make the show, we found out as COC was playing, the show was no less thrilling.

Corrosion of Conformity, complete with guitarist and vocalist Pepper Keenan, had the amazing skill of making that big venue and wide stage feel really small. We were transported to an old, small, smokey bar somewhere in the backwoods of the deep south as they started into their set that began with “Bottom Feeder,” “Paranoid Opioid,” and “Shake Like You.” Woody Weatherman was deep into his guitar and seemed not to even notice anyone else was in the room with him. Mike Dean would get on the mic to help emphasize Pepper’s vocals, but he was also deep in the groove with Woody.

“You guys want to hear some heavy shit.” Asked Pepper to which the audience enthusiastically responded. They ran through their slow, groovy, whiskey-drenched hits “The Door,” “Vote With a Bullet,” and “Wiseblood.” “How many of you guys like to boogie woogie.” Pepper said before launching into COC’s very popular bangers “Born Again for the Last Time,” “Albatross,” and “Clean My Wounds.” Corrosion of Conformity was able to play all of these great songs because The Melvins were not in attendance.

Before Ministry came out, a foreboding chain-link fence was brought out to the stage. It would separate the band from their audience for most of their show. The lights dropped out, and the colors of the Ukrainian flag splashed across the stage. Ministry made it clear that they stand with the brave people of Ukraine during this current onslaught.

Ministry on stage

The band powered onto the stage, seeming like wild animals thrown into a cage. They viciously launched into “Breathe,” “The Missing,” and “Deity.” Al Jourgensen spent very little time behind his glowing green cross-laden podium and instead menaced the audience from behind the fence. He would grab onto it and shake it, nearly toppling it at times.

Al also spoke about the band’s history between songs and explained why he wanted to revisit some of their early records for this tour. To explain one aspect of Ministry’s creation, they performed “Supernaut,” a Black Sabbath cover as spacey visuals illuminated them and a sound bite talked about how youths are doing acid. Two more non-Ministry songs came after, this time from the band Pailhead that Al played with in the 1980s: “Don’t Stand In Line” and “Man Should Surrender.”

Al finally picked up a guitar of his own for “N.W.O.” as visuals of flags from many nations flooded the stage. You could feel the floor tremble when people saw their favorite flag and would jump with joy upon seeing it.

Cesar Soto and Monte Pittman’s guitars were tight and precise. Razor sharp. Roy Mayorga’s drums were prominent and clean among the churning guitars. The juxtaposition of this precision with COC’s bluesy, soulful sound was so interesting. This was a lineup where you used both sides of your brain to take it in.

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Wednesday 13 Replaces 3Teeth On Ministry Tour

Industrial metal legends Ministry will be heading across the pond this Autumn for headlining run across Europe, including the UK. Joining them on the tour will be The 69 Eyes, however the other previously announced support act, 3Teeth, will no longer be a part of the package. Replacing them on the trek will be Wednesday 13, who in a statement, confirmed the cancellation of their own headlining UK tour. A message reads as follows:

"We are extremely excited to announce that we will be joining Ministry on the Ministry: Moral Hygiene European tour this Nov/ Dec along with The 69 Eyes

"Unfortunately our postponed UK tour from last year is going to have to officially be canceled. We could not secure the same venues and dates which made this postponed tour impossible to reschedule. Refunds for this available at ticket point of purchase. Look for a full headline UK tour coming early 2023."

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Ministry Announces European Tour Dates

Today, industrial metal legend Al Jourgensen is pleased to announce Ministry’s long awaited Moral Hygiene European Tour 2022, throughout which the band will present their new album Moral Hygiene, released last year via Nuclear Blast. On the run of dates, which includes headlining Damnation Festival, Ministry will be accompanied by two special guests - Finnish goth rockers The 69 Eyes and American industrial metallers 3Teeth.

Tickets will go on-sale on this Friday 25th March @ 10am GMT.

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Siglos (Ex-Ministry) Premiere Single & Music Video

Guitarist Sin Quirin (ex-Ministry) has joined forces with singer Pedro Sanchez (Transtorno) for a new project named Siglos. The band premiere their debut single and music video "Por Los Siglos". The track was produced, mixed, and mastered by Alex Crescioni at Stygian Sound.

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Ministry Releases New Video With Jello Biafra

One of the most incendiary and popular tracks on Ministry’s latest album "Moral Hygiene" is undoubtedly "Sabotage Is Sex," the blistering collaboration between the one-and-only Al Jourgensen and his oft-collaborator Jello Biafra, of course the great mind behind the Dead Kennedys. The two famously kickstarted their side project LARD in the late ‘80s, a fusion of industrial and punk, and this latest collaboration may be a hint of things yet to come.

While "Sabotage Is Sex" has been pleasing ears since Moral Hygiene was released on October 1st via Nuclear Blast Records, fans now have even more to feast on with the powerhouse new video – featuring both music icons and marking the first time Biafra has ever appeared in a music video.

Created by director Joel Smith of Mad Minute Productions (previous work includes Activision, Audi, Black Eyed Peas, U2, X Games), the gritty, black-and-white video makes a number of bold statements as only Jourgensen and Biafra can about the state of society in 2022, focusing on the corruption of the powers that be, racial injustice and the infringement on the rights of Americans. More...

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Ministry Posts New Music Video Online

Just weeks after Ministry’s latest album Moral Hygiene was added to many “best of 2021” year-end lists, including Loudwire, Consequence Of Sound, Punk News and XS Rock (where it was ranked the #1 album of the year), Al Jourgensen and co. are sharing the latest taste of the record with the new track "Believe Me" alongside a warped, psychedelic video that will have viewers questioning just what to think or feel (a clear nod to the times we are living in now).

The video is a departure from the two previously released professional videos from the album and became a total DIY effort, with each of the band members (also including drummer Roy Mayora, guitarists Cesar Soto and Monte Pittman, bassist Paul D’Amour and keyboardist John Bechdel) gearing up for their upcoming tour at home and purchasing an inexpensive green screen to contribute their parts to the performance footage, that was then melded together. Ministry hopes to encourage other artists to do the same during these difficult times when budgets are tight, and still have fun with the creative process. More...

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Ministry Shares "Disinformation" Music Video

In celebration of the release of brand new album "Moral Hygiene" – out today via Nuclear Blast – Ministry releases the explosive new music video for their latest single "Disinformation," about the slippery slope we find ourselves in when consuming mass media without critical thinking. You can check it out below.

"Moral Hygiene" is Ministry’s 15th studio album and features some of the project’s strongest and most inspired material to date. It features the creative masterwork of founder and creator Al Jourgensen who spent the pandemic pause in 2020 ruminating on the new world we as a society have found ourselves in – while pondering just what we are going to do about it. More...

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Ministry Reschedules North American Tour Dates

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the band, fans and venue staff, Ministry’s upcoming tour – scheduled to kick off in October – has been moved to March and April 2022.

The Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity will now appear on all show dates as the tour’s special guests.

Each show date will celebrate 30 years of Ministry’s landmark album The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste as well as debut new songs from the forthcoming 15th studio album Moral Hygiene, out October 1 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Tickets are on sale now with the exception of the St Paul, Montclair and Huntington dates that will go on sale at 10 am local time on Friday, October 1.

Due to scheduling changes, some of the original show dates have regrettably been canceled as some venues are not available for this updated time period; as well, some new show dates have been added. All tickets will be transferred to the new dates. More show dates will be added to this tour and announced soon.

The full rundown of updated tour dates are as follows:
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Ministry Premiere New Single "Good Trouble"

After incubating for the larger part of 2020 – at a time when creative mastermind Al Jourgensen was able to ruminate on the new world we as a society have found ourselves in – the time has finally come for Ministry to unleash their much-anticipated 15th studio album.

Aptly titled "Moral Hygiene," the album will be released via Nuclear Blast Records on October 1st. With some of Ministry’s strongest and most inspired material to date, the 10 tracks are a follow-up to 2018’s lauded "AmeriKKKant" and put forth Jourgensen’s societal manifesto and plea for civilization to get back to a set of standards that lives up to and embraces our humanity.

"The good thing about literally taking a year off from any social activity or touring is that you really get to sit back and get an overview of things as they are happening, as opposed to being caught up in the moment. And what I saw with how we handled several public crises - from the pandemic to racial injustice to who we vote in to lead our country - is that times are changing, and society needed to change to get away from the idea that has permeated us of take care of yourself, fuck everything else. Now more than ever we need moral hygiene," says Jourgensen of the new album. "It consumed me as I wrote this album. It’s not some pious term. It’s what we have to return to in order to function as the human species on this planet. And I'm proud to have had such great guests on this album to help cement that message like Billy Morrison, Jello Biafra and Arabian Prince."

In conjunction with today’s album announcement, the latest track 'Good Trouble' has also been released. The song, inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the activist work of the late US Congressman John Lewis, is accompanied by a new video that includes sampling from last year’s demonstrations in Los Angeles as captured by Jourgensen and his partner Liz Walton. More...

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Ministry Postpones U.S. Tour

Ministry will be moving forward with the much anticipated Industrial Strength Tour, today announcing that the previously announced spring dates have now been moved to October and November 2021 to allow additional time for COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted as the country nears towards more normalcy this fall.

The new dates will kick off October 3, 2021 in Albuquerque and run through November 3, 2021 in Seattle, hitting all the previously announced markets except Pittsburgh, PA and Missoula, MT which unfortunately have been canceled and Baltimore, MD which will be postponed for a later date. The Buffalo, NY show has moved to a new venue and previous ticket purchases will be honored. And an additional show date has been added for Charlotte, NC that will go on sale Monday, March 22 at 10 am ET.

The tour’s special guests Front Line Assembly remain on the lineup for this one-of-a-kind celebration alongside newly announced support act Helmet. This special tour honors not only the 40th anniversary of Ministry in 2021 but also the 30th anniversary of revolutionary album The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste and will also include brand-new material from Ministry’s upcoming 15th studio album. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 protocols for visas, travel and vaccine distribution in Germany as well as immigration uncertainty, KMFDM will regrettably not be taking part in this tour.

Says Ministry founder Al Jourgensen, "With current COVID-19 restrictions, we are forced to again move our scheduled March/April 2021 U.S. tour to October/November 2021 and hoping normalcy returns by then. With vaccinations and better care happening, we all feel the fall is realistic. We can’t wait to get out there and play not only The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste material for you all but some stuff off our new album as well. Stay safe and see you in the fall!" More...

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Ministry Reschedules Tour Dates With KMFDM

Due to ongoing restrictions regarding social gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ministry will be rescheduling the July and August dates of the upcoming Industrial Strength Tour, originally scheduled to begin July 1. The new dates will kick off March 31, 2021 in Seattle and run through May 1, 2021 in San Francisco, hitting all the previously announced markets with an additional date added for Salt Lake City (on sale date TBA).

The tour’s special guests KMFDM and Front Line Assembly remain on the lineup for this one-of-a-kind celebration that honours the 30th anniversary of Ministry’s revolutionary album, The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste.

Original tickets will be honoured for the new show dates in 2021; or, ticket holders can receive refunds at the point of purchase. For the Dallas show date only, original ticket holders have been automatically refunded and will need to repurchase tickets for the new 2021 date, starting today, here. More...

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Ministry Posts New Single Online

With a new US election on the horizon and America still on the brink, Ministry’s Al Jourgensen has re-entered the studio to create his missives that will become material for a to-be-announced new album on Nuclear Blast Records. The first taste comes today with bold new track "Alert Level" accompanied by a provocative lyric video, created by Agent Ogden.

See the "Alert Level" lyric video below.

The song is the first new material from Jourgensen in two years and has a timely message as America—and the global population—face epidemics, environmental crises, political corruption and one of the biggest US elections of our lifetimes.

Regarding "Alert Level" Jourgensen says:
“We finished the song in January and it sounded great during rehearsals for our Australia/Japan tour dates, before we went into quarantine. The original plan was to finish the new record before the July ‘Industrial Strength’ US tour so we could have an Election Day release, but in lieu of the circumstances—and how relevant the song feels for these bizarre times—we decided to release ‘Alert Level’ now. Considering that this song features the question ‘How concerned are you?’ I’ll be interested to see how folks answer it themselves.”

With the release of "Alert Level" fans are asked to be a part of the larger conversation by answering the question posed by the song’s central message, “How concerned are you?” Fans should upload videos, 30 seconds or less, to their social media profiles with the hashtag #MinistryAlertLevel. All the members of Ministry will be watching from home and selecting the videos most meaningful to them, which will be later shared. More...

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Slayer Announces Final Run Of Tour Dates

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Slayer - Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Gary Holt/guitars, and Paul Bostaph/drums - will set off on The Final Campaign, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour. This last hurrah will start at the ExploreAsheville Arena in Asheville, NC, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on Saturday, November 30. Accompanying Slayer for this last ride are Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing a vulgar display of Pantera, who will support on all dates. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12 at 10AM local; limited VIP packages will be available.

Slayer's Final World Tour began on May 10, 2018 with the band's intention to play as many places as possible, to make it easy for the fans to see one last Slayer show and say goodbye. By the time the 18-month trek wraps on November 30, the band will have completed seven tour legs plus a series of one-off major summer festivals, performing more than 140 shows in 30-countries and 40 U.S. states. More...

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Nova Rock: Timetable And Festival App Revealed

Austrias' biggest rock and metal summer festival Nova Rock is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. This year's edition will once again take place in the Pannonia Fields nearby the small village of Nickelsdorf, from June 13th through June 16th 2019.

The recently revealed timetable can be seen HERE

Also available now is the official Nova Rock festival app for iOS and Android.

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Slipknot, Slayer, Etc. Confirmed For Nova Rock

Austrias' biggest rock and metal summer festival Nova Rock is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. 2019's edition will once again take place in the Pannonia Fields nearby the small village of Nickelsdorf, from June 13th through June 16th 2019, including the following so far confirmed metal related bands:

Slipknot, Slayer (final show in Austria), Amon Amarth, In Flames, Behemoth, Testament, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, Rob Zombie, Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy, Sabaton, Godsmack, I Prevail, Amaranth, The Amity Affliction, Ministry, Within Temptation, Powerwolf, While She Sleeps, Bad Wolves, Dropkick Murphys, Trivium, Beartooth, Tesseract, Fever 333, Puddle Of Mudd, Papa Roach, All Faces Down, Infected Rain, Inglorious.

Tickets for the four days lasting festival can be ordered online HERE.

New this year for a safe and comfy stay at the camp ground: The "Grrrls Camping Area" which is only accessible for girls. Free registrations for this area are now open HERE.

Some festival trailers for the event can be streamed below:


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Ministry Announces European Tour Dates

Industrial metal legends Ministry will continue to support their critically acclaimed album "AmeriKKKant" and have announced an extensive tour which includes four UK dates, and a stretch throughout mainland Europe.

Catch the band's politically-charged live set on one of the below dates:

MINISTRY - EU/UK Summer 2019
16.06. AT Nickelsdorf - Novarock
17.06. DE Lindau - Club Vaudeville
18.06. FR Strasbourg - Laiterie
20.06. FR Clisson - Hellfest / Knotfest
22.06. BE Dessel - Graspop
23.06. NL Nijmegen - Doornroosje
25.06. NO Oslo - Vulkan Arena
26.06. DK Aarhus - Voxhall
27.06. DE Hannover - Pavillon
30.06. DE Berlin - Huxleys
02.07. UK Bristol - SWX
03.07. UK Glasgow - SWG3
04.07. UK Birmingham - O2 Institute
06.07. UK London - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
07.07. FR Paris - La Machine du Moulin Rouge
09.07. DE Bochum @ Matrix
10.07. CZ Prague - Roxy
11.07. HU Budapest - A38
12.07. RO Timisoara - Rock la Mures
13.07. SK Kosice - Collosseum Club
15.07. LVA Riga - Melna Piektdiena w/ Dying Fetus
16.07. ES Tallinn - Rock Cafe w/ Dying Fetus
17.07. FI Tampere - Pakkahuone w/ Dying Fetus
19.07. SE Gävle - Gefle Metal Festival

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Ministry Posts Visualizer Video Online

Industrial-metal legends Ministry will continue to support their critically acclaimed album "AmeriKKKant" with a full U.S. tour later this November, supported by synth-wave sensations Carpenter Brut. In anticipation of the trek the band has released a visualiser for the track "We're Tired Of It," below.

Produced by Al Jourgensen, recorded at Caribou Studios in Burbank, CA 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 US 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.

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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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