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

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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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Sick Of It All Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2012

American hardcore legends Sick Of It All have been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which will take place in Wacken, Germany from August 2nd - 4th. The band will be releasing a new record entitled, "Nonstop" on November 1st, which will consist of twenty re-recorded songs.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Dark Funeral
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Scorpions
Sick Of It All
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Napalm Death Confirmed For Wacken 2012

British grindcore legends Napalm Death has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which will take place in Wacken, Germany from August 2nd - August 4th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Dark Funeral
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Dark Funeral Added To Wacken Open Air

Swedish black metal outfit Dark Funeral has been confirmed as the latest act for next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, the largest heavy metal festival in Germany. The event will take place between August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany and features the following bands:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Dark Funeral
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Paradise Lost
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Former Biohazard Singer Reveals New Band

Former Biohazard frontman Evan Seinfeld has revealed that he has formed a new band named Attika7. You can check out a video of Seinfeld announcing a group at a recent Down show below. Attika7 will be making their live debut on November 10th at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California.

The group's lineup is as follows:

- Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) - vocals
- Rusty Coones - guitar
- Tony Campos (Ministry, Soulfly, former Static-X) - bass
- Dustin Shoenhofer (Walls Of Jericho) - drums More...

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Paradise Lost Confirmed For Wacken 2012

British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of Germany's biggest heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air. The event will take place in Wacken, Germany from August 2nd - 4th.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Paradise Lost
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Watain Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2012

The organizers of Wacken Open Air, the largest heavy metal festival in Germany, have announced that Swedish black metal outfit Watain has been confirmed as the latest addition to next year's edition of the festival which is set to take place August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Ministry Announces 2012 Relapse Tour Dates

After confirming the band's return for Wacken Open Air 2012 and then a new album, Ministry has announced a short run of U.S. tour dates next year.

Tickets for Ministry’s 2012 Relapse U.S. Tour go on Pre-Sale to Ministry Facebook fans and e-store customers September 16th, 2011 at 10AM venue time, one week prior to the public on-sale September 23rd. You do not have to join a Fan Club or pay Fan Club access for this pre-sale. Here is the official U.S. Tour date and venue schedule:

June 17, 2012 Denver Ogden Theatre
June 21, 2012 Los Angeles Club Nokia
June 23, 2012 New York Best Buy Nokia
June 28, 2012 Chicago The Vic Theatre*
June 29, 2012 Chicago The Vic Theatre*
(Both Chicago shows will go on-sale simultaneously)

Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are the only US cities in which Ministry will be performing in 2012. They will not be adding any more cities to the Relapse 2012 Tour, as the band is scheduled to perform in Europe July 1st, 2012 (later announcement on city and venue).

Click here for more info and to buy tickets.

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Six Feet Under And Endstille Confirmed For Wacken

The organisers of Germany's biggest heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air, has announced that American death metal veterans Six Feet Under and German black metal outfit Endstille are the latest acts to be confirmed for next year's edition of the festival, which will take place in Wacken, germany from August 2nd - 4th.

The 2012 lineup is as shaping as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Ministry
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.

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Al Jourgensen Confirms New Ministry Album

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen was recently interviewed by British metal publication Metal Hammer, during which, he revealed why he decided to bring Ministry back from retirement after three years, as well as some revelations regarding a new album from the group. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:

So how did the resurrection of Ministry come about?

“While I was working on [the Buck Satan record], me and Mike Scaccia from Rigor Mortis fucked around to pass the time and we had like, 5,6,7 songs and I didn’t really want to do anything with them but Mikey was like, “dude these songs are awesome.” They weren’t country, they were more like Ministry. So he’s coming by in September and Tommy Victor’s coming by in October with Tony Campos and we’re gona finish up and put out another Ministry album by Christmas called ‘Relapse.’”

Interesting title for a record…

“Well, I’m clean living but it’s like I’m relapsing back into the world of Ministry.”

So what are your immediate plans for touring?

“The doctors told me to keep it light so we’re doing four shows in the States next June. The Nokia theatre in LA, the Vic theatre in Chicago – we’ll add second shows if those sell out – Denver at the Ogden Theatre, and one night at the Nokia theatre in New York and that’s our whole American tour. That’s it. And then we go to Europe and I’m gonna do a couple of festivals and club shows. We’re gona do a limited tour, it’ll be like 5/6 weeks. Maybe 20, 21 shows and just see how it works.”

Read the full article at Metal Hammer.

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Wacken 2012

The organisers of Wacken Open Air, one of the biggest heavy metal festivals in Germany, has announced the addition of two more bands for next year's edition of the event. Bay Area thrash metal veterans Forbidden will be performing, as will German guitar virtuoso Axel Rudi Pell. The event will take place in Wacken from August 2nd - 4th 2012 and thus far includes the following bands:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Ministry
Scorpions
U.D.O.

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Headline News

Ministry To Reunite For Wacken 2012

The organizers of Germany's most famous heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air, have announced the first batch of names for next year's edition of the event, the most surprising of which is Ministry, the American industrial metal band which disbanded 2008.

More information on Ministry's return will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Also confirmed for next year's Wacken festival are German hard rock legends, Scorpions, as well as Amon Amarth, Cradle Of Filth, Hammerfall, Gamma Ray and U.D.O. The festival will take place from August 2nd - August 4th.

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Column

Sunday Old School: Ministry

More often than not with heavy metal bands, many fans will say how much they preferred a band’s early work, often saying the first album was the best and that the band changed their style too much later on. The latter is certainly true of Chicago’s, Ministry, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a Ministry fan who’s favourite album was “With Sympathy.” This album was the first from the band, who formed in 1981 from the ashes of Special Affect, which also featured Groovy Mann, later of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, and unlike their later work which heavy metal fans are more familiar with, was a synthpop record, much more in the vein of such bands as Depeche Mode or the melodic pop stylings of Spandau Ballet. The album was a slow seller but nevertheless was able to reach the 90s position in the Billboard album charts.

After parting ways with band member Stephen George, Ministry founder Al Jourgensen performed more or less as a solo artist for the next Ministry record, “Twitch.” While it was still an electronic record, the album contained a heavier and darker tone and once again placed Ministry in the Billboard album charts, though only just this time, reaching a peak position of 194. Following, “Twitch,” Jourgensen began to become interested once again in playing the electric guitar and brought in Paul Barker and William Rieflen of The Blackouts for the next album, “The Land of Rape and Honey.” The record was a huge critical success and featured one of Ministry’s most popular songs, “Stigmata,” which was featured in 1990 film, Hardware. The use of electric guitars on the album made for a more metal approach to their music, which continued and was embellished on the next record, “The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste.” The album fared a little better than “…Rape and Honey,” earning it the number 163 spot on the Billboard album charts, one place higher than it’s predecessor More...

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Soulfly Reveals New Bass Player

Tribal metal outfit Soulfly has announced that the group has recruited former Static-X, Prong, and Ministry bass player Tony Campos into the band, replacing former bassist Bobby Burns, who left the group in July of last year.

Campos will be performing his first show with Soulfly at a Belgian festival on July 31st. Stay tuned for further information.

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Al Jourgensen of Ministry Clarifies Chicago Event

Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, Ministry and KMFDM will not be appearing at the Wax Trax! Records "Retrospectacle" in Chicago on April 15 and 16. The joint statement by Al Jourgensen And Sascha Konietzko (of KMFDM) is as follows:


This statement is being released in an effort to clarify the many concerns that have been expressed directly to us by our friends, fans, supporters and the media in regards to the Wax Trax! Records "Retrospectacle" being held in Chicago, IL, at the Metro on April 15 and 16, 2011.

We both wish to avoid any misunderstandings, miscommunication and misrepresentations regarding this event. To that effect we formally announce that the bands Ministry, KMFDM and Revolting Cocks will NOT be attending or performing at this event. Al Jourgensen was NEVER asked to participate, and Sascha Konietzko's (and KMFDM's) desire to participate and perform was DECLINED by the event organizers.

However, while we are both in no way associated with this event, we want to make it clear that we DO support the good works of the charity involved and honor the memory of Wax Trax! founders Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher.

Sincerely, AL JOURGENSEN, Founder & Leader of Ministry/RevCo (Revolting Cocks) and SASCHA KONIETZKO, Founder & Leader of KMFDM

Additionally please NOTE: The announcement that the film FIX: The Ministry Movie will be screened at the Chicago Music & Film Festival during the same time period as Retrospectacle is pre-mature and potentially false. Neither the proposed film nor the deals surrounding it have been finalized. For all official announcements and updates regarding FIX please refer to the 13th Planet Records Website (www.thirteenthplanet.com) or the Official Ministry Website (www.ministrymusic.org).

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Rock Band Adds More Metal Tracks This Week

The end of the week means its time to dust off that plastic controller and bust out the sexy guitar straps to show of your gaming skills. This week the Rock Band Network has added new tracks from bands such as Ministry and Asking Alexandria, while the PS3 edition will be getting Job For A Cowboy and Texas in July on August 17th. The complete list of new songs added to the network, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Charlie Drown - "Crazy X"
Social Code - "Satisfied"
Ministry - "Thieves"
Ministry - "Stigmata"
Ministry - "Jesus Built My Hotrod"
The Guild feat. Felicia Day - "(Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar"
Asking Alexandria - "A Prophecy"
The Bungles - "Hey Satomi (feat. Justin Skyers)"
Songs To Wear Pants To - "Shoot The Zombies"
Grammatrain - "The Last Sound"
Sleater-Kinney - "Jumpers"
Graveyard BBQ - "Cheat on the Church"
Alien Downlink - "Heavy Plastic"
Kingsize - "Rabbits"
rathergood.com - "We Like The Moon"
The Shazam - "On the Airwaves" More...

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Stream The High Confessions Entire Debut Album

THE HIGH CONFESSIONS, the newly formed band featuring Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG, STEREOLAB, JIM O’ROURKE), are streaming their debut album "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" online now via Stereogum.com.

"Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" was recorded in Chicago, IL with Parker and Lemos engineering. The album will see its North American release on Tuesday, July 20th. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will be hosting a record release party on Monday, July 19th at The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton Ave.) in Chicago, IL in support of the album. The entire band will be in attendance, DJ-ing the night. Complete event details can be found here.

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The High Confessions Signs To Relapse Records

Newly formed metal band THE HIGH CONFESSIONS has announced their signing to Relapse Records. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS features Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and noted recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG and STEREOLAB).

THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will release their Relapse debut, "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions," this summer.

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Judas Priest And AC/DC Win Grammy Awards

Two of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal walked away with Grammy awards last night as British metal legends Judas Priest picked up the award for Best Metal Performance, beating Lamb Of God, Megadeth, Ministry and Slayer, with their song "Dissident Aggressor," taken from their live album, "A Touch Of Evil: Live." Australian based hard rockers AC/DC also scooped the prize for Best Hard Rock Performance for their song "War Machine," which appears on their most recent studio album, "Black Ice" and the forthcoming "Iron Man 2" soundtrack. They were able to beat Metallica, Alice In Chains, Nickelback and Linkin Park in their category.

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Ministry Movie On The Way

American industrial metal legends Ministry have a film coming. It's called "Fix: The Ministry Movie". According to the publicity blurb, this is: "One of the most shocking, disturbing, and exposing looks into the world of six-time Grammy-nominated band Ministry in its most influential, controversial, and drug-induced years." The movie is expected to be released sometime in the summer of next year and features interviews with members of Motorhead, Korn, Dead Kennedys, Nine Inch Nails among many others. You can view a trailer for the movie below. More...

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Al Jourgensen Posts Christmas Message and Video

Al Jourgensen has released a video of "It's Always Christmas Time" with a special message to start it off. Jourgensen and Mark Thwait (Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Mob Research), collaborated on "It's Always Christmas Time," a tribute to friend and band mate Paul Raven (Ministry, Killing Joke, Mob Research) on the two-year anniversary of his passing in 2007. Check out the video below.

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