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.
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.
Al Jourgensen (Ministry, etc.) has hooked up with guitarist Mark Thwaite (Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Tricky, Mob Research) in the studio, collaborating on several projects simultaneously. Jourgensen and Thwaite, both long-time friends of Killing Joke/Ministry bassist Paul Raven, who passed away October 20, 2007, joined forces recently at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in Texas on RevCo projects and another Jourgensen side project.
Thwaite collaborated with Ministry/RevCo guitarist Sin Quirin on "Filthy Senoritas," for the upcoming RevCo release slated for Spring 2010. But the crowning jewel of the Jourgensen/Thwaite collaboration is the newly penned as yet untitled Christmas Song to be released via digital download exclusively this Thanksgiving. To celebrate the memory of their "favorite pirate" Paul Raven 13th Planet will debut the track on October 20th, 2009 via Ministry's Myspace page.
Pre-orders for Ministry's upcoming remix album, "The Last Dubber," as well as a bundle are now being accepted. The Last Dubber features remixes by Clayton Worbeck (RevCo, Stayte), John Bechdel (False Icons, AotW, Fear Factory, Killing Joke) and DJ Hardware (ReVamp).
Additionally, Misinstry has posted two new songs, "Life Is Good" and "End Of Days Part II," from the upcoming remix album on their MySpace page.
Ministry, arguably the most influential industrial band to date, punctuated the close of their 30 year recording career with 2007’s "The Last Sucker." Now comes the remix album, "The Last Dubber," an appropriately beguiling album that dabbles in both trance and metal, due on Sepetember 15.
Following the release of "The Last Sucker," Jourgensen and company embarked on the C U LaTour, which wrapped around the globe with sold out shows at each stop and is documented in the recently released "Adios… Puta Madres" DVD/CD.
"The Last Dubber" track listing is as follows:
1. Let’s Go (La Fin Du Monde Mix)
2. Watch Yourself (The Clocks Strike Thirteen Mix)
3. Life is Good (Neuroplasticity Mix)
4. The Dick Song (Straight Outta Lincoln Mix)
5. The Last Sucker (Icke Mix)
6. No Glory (Sandpaper Condom Mix)
7. Death & Destruction (A Vote of Non-Confidence Mix)
8. Die In A Crash (Point of Impact Mix)
9. End Of Days Part 1 (One Less Sparrow Mix)
10. End Of Days Part 2 (Extreme Mayan Makeover Mix)
11. Let’s Go (Dawn of Oblivion Mix)
12. The Last Sucker (Hardware Revamp Mix)
All tracks were remixed by Clayton Workbeck of RevCo with the exception of “Let’s Go (Dawn of Oblivion Mix)” by John Bechdel (Killing Joke, Ministry, False Icons) and “The Last Sucker (Hardware Revamp Mix)” by DJ Hardware.
"The Last Dubber" is the fourth in a series of remix records from Jourgensen’s 13th Planet Records. The previous albums being: Prong’s "Power of Damn MiXXXer," RevCo’s "Cocktail MiXXX," Ministry’s "Rio Grande Dubya" and RevCo’s "Sex-O MiXXX-O" (which is set for a Sept. 29 release).
For the first time in over 20 years, RevCo (previously known as Revolting Cocks) will embark on a North American headline tour, The LuBriCaTouR in support of the band’s early 2009 release, "Sex-O Olympic-O," and the forthcoming remix record, "MiXXX-O Olympic-O" (more details coming soon).
Long known as the eclectic and tongue-in-cheek side project of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, the seven-week tour kicks off in Jourgensen’s hometown of El Paso, TX with a September 10 performance at Club 101. RevCo’s touring line-up for this trek includes: Josh Bradford (Stayte, Simple Shelter), Sin Quirin (Ministry), Clayton Worbeck (Stayte, Simple Shelter), Aaron Rossi (Ministry, Prong, John5) and Stevie Banch (Spyderbaby). Jourgensen is set to appear at a handful of outings as noted below.
Orchestrating the madness is a legendary master of the unceremonious who will be unveiled in mid-August. Appropriately enough, RevCo has invited Blownload as their special guest, as well as Canadian cyberpunks, Left Spine Down, to kick off the evening.
Here are the latest LuBriCaTouR dates: More...
Ministry has just posted the full track of "The Last Sucker - Live," taken from their 2009 release "Adios...Putas Madres" (double DVD and live album) in their Myspace Music Player.