Band Photo: Ministry (?)
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.
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)
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.
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...
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.
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...
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?"
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"
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.
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.
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...
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...
Read the full article at MP3.com.
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...
Fear Factory and Ascension Of The Watchers frontman Burton C. Bell speaks about involvement in Ministry's latest album "The Last Sucker" and in the upcoming covers collection "Cover Up":
'It was last January , I was talking to a friend, and my friend goes, 'Yeah, MINISTRY is in the studio recording their last record." I was like, 'Their last record?' 'Yeah, it's their very last record.' 'Really?!' And I was thinking to myself, 'Man, if I want to get involved with this, this is the time.' So what did I do? The very next day I called up Al [Jourgensen, MINISTRY mainman]. I was like, 'Al, this is Burton. I met you (at your last New York City show), I know you're doing your last record. I would love to offer my services. I'm there, if you want me I'm there.' He called me like a week later, 'We want you on our record. Come on down.' So he flew me down. I was down there for two weeks. We did 'End Of Days', 'Die In A Crash'. I did another song, it's not on the record, I don't know what happened to it. I started doing those cover songs. It was just like, 'Yeah, this is cool.'"
With the April 1st release of Ministry and Co-Conspirators' "Cover Up" on the horizon, Al Jourgensen and company are giving fans a chance to preview the album before release date. A lengthy track featuring 30 second samples of every song on Cover Up is currently available at the official Ministry Myspace page. Loaded with contributions from Revolting Cocks' Sin Quirin and Josh Bradford, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, Prong's Thomas Victor, and the late, great Paul Raven, "Cover Up" is a star-studded collection of vintage rock covers. Everyone from Deep Purple, to ZZ Top, to the Stones get a classic Ministry send-up.
Ministry's final world tour, the C U LaTouR, kicked off in Spokene, WA at the Big Easy. The 38-date trek features Special Guests Meshuggah and opening act Hemlock, and winds down in mid-May with multiple-nights in Ministry front man Al Jourgensen's home town of Chicago.
Here is the complete "Cover Up" Tracklist:
1. Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones Cover)
2. Bang A Gong (T Rex Cover)
3. Radar Love (Golden Earing Cover)
4. Space Truckin' (Deep Purple Cover)
5. Black Betty (Ram Jam Cover)
6. Mississippi Queen (Mountain Cover)
7. Just Got Paid (ZZ Top Cover)
8. Roadhouse Blues (The Doors Cover)
9. Supernaut (Black Sabbath Cover)
10. Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan Cover)
11. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong Cover)
12. What A Wonderful World (Short Slow Version)
13. What A Wonderful World (Short Fast Version)
14. Willie Stigmata
Here are the latest tour dates on the C U LaTour: More...
The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.
The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.
"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.
Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.
The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.
Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.
Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.
The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.
Saturday April 12th will see a special gig remembering with fondness Paul Raven, bassist from Killing Joke, Ministry Prong, etc who died in October of last year. The special line-up features three bands that all have a close association with Paul. None more so that Gundogs who feature Paul’s brother Dan on bass. Dan said of the event “'I hope that this show and the love that underpins its spirit, will be loud enough to reach Paul at the right hand of God. He would be proud to see so many of his great friends come together in this way.'
Also featured on the bill are October File who many will have seen on recent Killing Joke tours and Headcount who had their 2004 album, "Die Monkey Die," produced by Paul. Headcount singer Rob Moss said of Paul “What better way to remember Paul than an evening of floor to floor rock n roll. He'd have been first up there, kicking it up!” Steve Beatty of October File added " We shall endeavor to honor and salute Paul as best and as fitting as we can. We hope he is attending in spirit."
October File’s acclaimed new album, "Holy Armour From the Jaws of God," is available now from Candlelight Records.
Ministry kicks off their C U LaTouR this Tuesday, March 25 and They filmed their rehearsals out at The Ranch near El Paso and posted a clip on YouTube, also embedded below.
Here are the latest tour date on the C U LaTouR, featuring Ministry, Meshuggah and Hemlock: More...
Candlelight Records reports:
Saturday, April 12th will see a special gig remembering with fondness Paul Raven, bassist from KILLING JOKE, MINISTRY, PRONG, etc., who died in October of last year.
The special line-up features three bands that all have a close association with Paul.
None more so than GUNDOGS who feature Paul’s brother Dan on bass. Dan said of the event “I hope that this show and the love that underpins its spirit, will be loud enough to reach Paul at the right hand of God. He would be proud to see so many of his great friends come together in this way."
Also featuring on the bill are OCTOBER FILE who many will have seen on recent Killing Joke tours and HEADCOUNT who had their 2004 album Die Monkey Die produced by Paul.
Headcount singer Rob Moss said of Paul, “What better way to remember Paul than an evening of floor to floor rock n roll. He’d have been first up there, kicking it up!” Steve Beatty of October File added, "We shall endeavor to honour and salute Paul as best and as fitting as we can. We hope he is attending in spirit."
October File’s new album, Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God, is available now from Candlelight Records.
Another new HEMLOCK track, entitled "No Time For Sorrow," has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song is the title cut of the Las Vegas, Nevada-based metallers' upcoming album, which is scheduled for release on March 18 on Blind Prophecy Records. The CD was recorded with engineer Eddy Garcia (PISSING RAZORS).
HEMLOCK will play several headlining shows before joining MINISTRY and MESHUGGAH on the C-U-La-Tour from late March to May.
ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.