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

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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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Metal Nominees For The Grammys Announced

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'"

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Jourgensen and Thwaite's Song To Debut On Mancow

"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.

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Jourgesen Pays Tribute To Paul Raven w/ New Song

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.

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Al Jourgensen Collaborates With Mark Thwaite

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.

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Ministry Posts Remix Songs, Pre-order Online

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.

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Ministry Announces New Remix Album

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).

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Revolting Cocks Announces LuBriCaTouR Dates

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...

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Ministry Posts Live Version Of "The Last Sucker"

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.

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13th Planet Records Offering Free Sampler

13th Planet Records, the label helmed by Al Jourgensen of Ministry, has released a free digital EP for fans. Included in the download are unreleased songs, remixes, and videos from Ministry, Revolting cocks, Prong, Burton C. Bell’s Ascension of The Watchers, False Icons, and Stayte. The download is available here.

The track list is as follows:

1. Ministry – “Lielieslies (Known Unknown Lies Mix)”
2. Revolting Cocks – “Keys To The City (Barstow Bathroom Floor Mix)”
3. Prong – “3rd Option (Hold on Tight Mix)”
4. False Icons – “Trasform (Trance-formation Mix)”
5. Stayte – “Coming Apart”
6. Ministry – Adios Puta Madres Trailer (video)
7. Ascension of The Watchers (featuring Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory) – Residual Presence (video)

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Ministry Announces Double DVD Release

Now defunct industrial metal legends Ministry has announced that they will be releasing a double DVD in May entitled, "Adios...Puta Madres" to accompany their new live album of the same name which is released tomorrow in North America. The first disc will feature fifteen live performances and the second will feature a documentary about the bands final tour which includes interviews, backstage footage and more. The DVD will be released in North America on May 26th and on May 22nd in Europe.

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Ministry Announces Live Album

On March 31, 2009, Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen will release "Adios...Puta Madres," a 13-track live audio CD featuring performances from Ministry's Final World Tour, "C U LaTouR 2008," recorded over the course of the band's 75-city global farewell jaunt which kicked off March 25, 2008 in Spokane, WA and concluded with two final sell-out shows in Dublin, Ireland on July 19, 2008. "Adios...Puta Madres" features performances recorded in Serbia, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Chicago, Germany, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, to name a few.

"We had a blast on the final tour and this CD really captures the heart of Ministry live," said Jourgensen, who personally mixed the recordings last fall at 13th Planet Studios alongside his touring front-of-house engineer Michihiro Tanikawa, as well as engineer John Bilberry.

Ministry's all-star line-up for the 2008 "C U LaTouR" featured Ministry's founder Jourgensen joined onstage by guitarists Tommy Victor (Prong) and Sin Quirin (Revolting Cocks), keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, AoTW, False Icons), Static X's Tony Campos on bass, drummer AAron Rossi (Prong), and Fear Factory/Ascension of the Watchers vocalist Burton C. Bell as Special Featured Guest. Most of the performing musicians in the Ministry line-up for the final tour are also recording artists on Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records.

Jourgensen plans to release a follow-up Rocumetary of the tour entitled "Fuchi Requiem" later this year, featuring candid footage that follows the band from rehearsals throughout the entirety of its C U LaTouR, with additional on-camera interviews with the band and crew.

Ministry gems including "Khyber Pass," "Just One Fix," the Grammy-nominated "Lieslieslies," "Life is Good" and "Let's Go" will be included. A full CD track listing is as follows: More...

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Horrorfest Soundtrack Details Revealed

Primary Wave Special Markets has announced the Horrorfest Soundtrack "8 Songs To Die For" featuring Ministry, Bleeding Through, Walls Of Jericho, Too Pure To Die, and more. The album was released on January 5th, 2009 on Amazon.com.

Debuting in 2006, Horrorfest, originally billed as 8 Films to Die For, is a one-week national film festival that celebrates all areas of the horror genre. In its first year, Horrorfest became the first film festival in history to break into the Top 10 at the national box office, grossing over $2.5 million with the film An American Haunting.

Based on the highly successful 8 Films To Die For series, Primary Wave will be releasing 8 Songs To Die For featuring songs inspired by the bloodcurdling movies that make up Horrorfest 2009 - the biggest horror film festival in the USA. The digital releases will include some of the best of metal and hardcore bands such as Clutch ("Mob Goes Wild"), Walls of Jericho ("The Prey"), Bleeding Through ("Death Anxiety"), Ministry ("Let's Go"), and Revolting Cocks ("Keys to the City"), among others.

The songs on the two soundtracks, were selected by Primary Wave's Jonathan Platt and Jonathan Miller who also produced by the successful Saw soundtracks.

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Al Jourgensen To Remain With Revolting Cocks

Following the release of 2006's star-studded "Cocked and Loaded," the Revolting Cocks (RevCo) will be releasing "Sex-O Olympic-O" on March 3rd, 2009. RevCo founding member Al Jourgensen is clearing up, once and for all, the rumors surrounding the band's future. "Much like Menudo does or the Blue Man Group, I was going to hand the band over to this younger generation of RevCo's, to Sin [Quirin/guitars], Josh [Bradford/vocals] and Clayton [Worbeck/keyboards], kind of franchise it out. I think that these three knuckleheads capture the true essence and spirit of being 'a Revolting Cock,' if you will. But, this album turned out so damned good, I think I'm going to stick around for a while."

"This is the best RevCo album I've ever done," Al continued. "As a matter of fact, I think this is the best album - including Ministry, Pailhead, Lard - anything I've ever done, period. Production-wise, song-wise, I'm really, really happy with this record. It's the first CD I've ever gotten back from the mastering studio that I didn't have anything to bitch about. No complaints. I listened to the whole thing and just went, 'OK, that's a wrap. Let's go'!" More...

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Ministry Frontman Comments On Grammy Nomination

Ministry has been nominated in the Grammy Awards and are in the category for Best Metal Performance for their cover of the Rolling Stones classic, "Under My Thumb." Ministry frontman Al Jourgenson laughs, "I'm becoming the Susan Lucci or Martin Scorsese of metal. I'm starting to feel like Michael Corleone in 'The Godfather,'" he mused. "Every time I try and get out...they keep pulling me back in!" The song featured the vocal contributions of Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell who says: "Of all the mind-bending albums I have been a part of, it took a version of a Rolling Stones song to get noticed. Who would have thought?"

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Metallica, Slipknot And More Nominated For Grammys

The shortlists have been announced for the 2009 Grammy Awards which will be held at the Staples Centre In Los Angeles, California. The nominees and categories are as follows:

Best Hard Rock Performance

Disturbed - "Inside The Fire"
Judas Priest - "Visions"
The Mars Volta - "Wax Simulacra"
Motley Crue - "Saints Of Los Angeles"
Rob Zombie - "Lords Of Salem"

Best Metal Performance

Dragonforce - "Heroes Of Our Time"
Judas Priest - "Nostradamus"
Metallica - "My Apocalypse"
Ministry - "Under My Thumb"
Slipknot - "Psychosocial"

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

David Gilmour - "Castellorizon"
Metallica - "Suicide & Redemption"
Nine Inch Nails - "34 Ghost I-IV"
Rush - "Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)"
Zappa Plays Zappa - "Peaches En Regalia"

Best Rock Album

Coldplay - "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends"
Kid Rock - "Rock And Roll Jesus"
Kings Of Leon - "Only By Night"
Metallica - "Death Magnetic"
The Raconteurs - "Consolers Of The Lonely"

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Ministry Mainman Discusses His Future Plans

Ministry mainman Al Jourgenson recently spoke with Artisan News about his role with 13th Planet Records, producing new albums, the end of Ministry and much more. A few excerpts from the chat is as follows:

"I mean yeah, it's torturous because look, that's the whole thing I hate about live and that's the whole thing I hate about being in a band because you spend all your time obsessing and focusing on one thing and it takes up two years of your life. Every release there's months of press, a year in the studio, six months or eight months of touring and the next thing you know you're still on Ministry and you have to do another one and it's two years later. God it's so boring."

Jourgensen also talked about settling into his role as producer for bands like Revolting Cocks and Prong, who both are under the umbrella of Al's 13th Planet Records.

"That's why I'm so over this. This is done! I have so many other projects. I can't wait until I start twirling buttons on a Prong record or twirling buttons on a Cocks record. I hate the fact that you made us come here and talk to you. I hate you for this because this is a waste of my time. I'd rather be in the studio working with people I know and love and doing really progressive stuff."

So what did Al hate most about touring? More...

Read the full article at ArtisanNews.

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Ministry Mainman To Stick With Revolting Cocks

Ministry/Revolting Cocks mainman Al Jourgensen has posted the following message online regarding the new Revolting Cocks album, "Sex-O Olympic-O":

“Much like Menudo does or the Blue Man Group, I was going to hand the band over to this younger generation of RevCo’s, to Sin [Quirin/guitars], Josh [Bradford/vocals] and Clayton [Worbeck/keyboards], kind of franchise it out. I think that these three knuckleheads capture the true essence and spirit of being ‘a Revolting Cock,’ if you will. But, this album turned out so damned good, I think I’m going to stick around for a while.”

“This is the best RevCo album I’ve ever done,” Al continued. “As a matter of fact, I think this is the best album - including Ministry, Pailhead, Lard - anything I’ve ever done, period. Production-wise, song-wise, I’m really, really happy with this record. It’s the first CD I’ve ever gotten back from the mastering studio that I didn’t have anything to bitch about. No complaints. I listened to the whole thing and just went, ‘OK, that’s a wrap. Let’s go’!”

The album is scheduled for a September 13th release.

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Al Jourgensen Discusses The End Of Ministry

Ministry mainman Al Jourgensen recently sat down for a lengthy video interview with MP3.com. Filmed in Al's hotel room on the eve of the band's final performance in San Francisco, the chat centers on the end of Jourgensen's long-running band, and what, exactly, he plans to fill his time with post-Ministry. Aside from a cameo from Al's dogs, Ozzy and Lemmy, the interview features some typically candid Bush bashing, and plenty of discussion about Jourgensen and company's recently released Cover Up collection, and the forthcoming Revolting Cocks record.

Ministry's final ever world tour - the appropriately-dubbed C U LaTouR - is winding down, propelling Al and his band toward their final gig ever, on May 10th at the House of Blues in Chicago. Along for the ride are Swedish tech metal behemoth Meshuggah and Hemlock.

Video: Al Jourgensen Interview with MP3.com More...

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Ministry Rocks Seattle One Last Time

The night was cold and wet. Perfect weather for Meshuggah to feel right at home. Oddly enough we also were blessed with a healthy clap of thunder and a strike of lightning, giving me the impression that the night was going to be interesting. Upon arriving at the venue, the early birds endured the cold and wet weather for about an hour and a half before being separated into two lines: one for the men and the other women. The search was easy and despite my skull belt was let in with no troubles. More...

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