Band Photo: Ministry (?)
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.
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...
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:
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Six Feet under
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:
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Six Feet under
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.
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:
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Six Feet under
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.
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:
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
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.
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...
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.
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).
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
The 52nd Grammy Awards will be held on January 31st of next year at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The nominees have been revealed for the Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance categories. The nominees are:
Best Hard Rock Performance:
AC/DC - "War Machine"
Alice In Chains - "Check My Brain"
Linkin Park - "What I've Done"
Metallica - "The Unforgiven III"
Nickelback - "Burn It To The Ground"
Best Metal Performance:
Judas Priest - "Dissident Aggressor"
Lamb Of God - "Set To Fail"
Megadeth - "Head Crusher"
Ministry - "Señor Peligro"
Slayer - "Hate Worldwide'"
"It's Always Christmas Time," a collaborative carol from Al Jourgensen and Mark Thwaite (Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Mob Research) will have its exclusive world broadcast debut on The Mancow Show. on November 6, 2009 at 8:35 AM CST. Jourgensen will join Mancow live during the premiere and will be taking calls during the broadcast.
A special limited edition hand-numbered and autographed CD of "It's Always Christmas Time" will be available exclusively through the 13th Planet Web Store soon with a download release to follow during the week of November 15th.
More details have come to light regarding the collaboration between Al Jourgensen and guitarist Mark Thwaite (Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Tricky, Mob Research) that was previously reported. Both long-time friends of and collaborators of the late Killing Joke/Ministry bassist Paul Raven, Jourgensen and Thwaite joined forces to create the song "It's Always Christmas Time."
This new track will be released in the near future as a digital download, but in honor of the memory of Paul Raven, 13th Planet will preview the entire track for one day only on October 20th, 2009, the second anniversary of Raven's death. You can listen to the track for 24 hours only on Ministry’s Myspace page.
A new video collage of Paul Raven’s life by long-time friend, Dean Karr has been posted on the Paul Raven Tribute page, 13th Planet Youtube and other related sites. In further tribute to our fallen comrade this video collage will be screened before RevCo’s performance October 20th in Jacksonville, FL on the LubricaTour.