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

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Ministry Update Tour Itinerary

MINISTRY, who will tour the world one final time, have announced two additional West Coast dates on their North American leg of their C U LaTouR. The tour is set to feature Ministry founder Al Jourgensen being joined onstage by guitarists Tommy Victor (PRONG) and Sin Quirin (REVOLTING COCKS), keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, FALSE ICONS), and
drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, ALICE COOPER). STATIC X's Tony Campos has recently stepped in to fulfill bass on behalf of the recently departed Ministry/KILLING JOKE bassist Paul Raven. Joining the Ministry clan as special featured artist will be FEAR FACTORY/ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS vocalist Burton C. Bell. Main support is Swedish experimental metal Meshuggah and opening act is the US-based Hemlock.

The updated tour itinerary is as follows:

March
25 - Big East - Spokane, WA
26 - The Whiskey - Calgary, AB
28 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
29 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
30 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR

April
1 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
2 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
5 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
6 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
7 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
8 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
9 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
11 - The Great Salt Air - Salt Lake City, UT
12 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
15 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
17 - Palladium - Dallas, TX
18 - Verizon Wireless Theatre - Houston, TX
19 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
22 - Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
23 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
24 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
25 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
26 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
27 - Palladium - Worcester, MA
29 - Fillmore at the TLA - Philadelphia, PA

May
1 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
2 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
3 - Metropolis, Montreal - QC
4 - Koolhaus - Toronto, ON
6 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
7 - Emerald Theatre - Detroit, MI
8 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL

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Apocalyptica Confirmed For Metalcamp 2008

The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.

The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.

Acts confirmed for the festival currently include: APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BRAINSTORM, CATAMENIA, CELTIC FROST, DARK FORTRESS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, HELLOWEEN, KATAKLYSM, MINISTRY, MYSTIC PROPHECY, PERSIHING MANKIND, RAGE, SKYFORGER, TANKARD, WINTERSUN.

More details to follow.

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Ministry Add More Dates To Final Tour

MINISTRY, who will tour the world one final time, announce that four more dates have been added to the North American leg of their C U LaTouR.

C U LaTouR will now kick off on March 26th in Calgary, Alberta, and then play Vancouver - which is just about sold out - on March 28th as previously announced. Also added to the C U LaTouR itinerary are concerts in Albuquerque, Ft. Lauderdale, and, with tickets for the May 8th concert in Chicago already sold out, a second Chicago show has been confirmed for May 9th.

The limited engagement 34-date C U LaTouR comes on the heels of Ministry's final studio release, The Last Sucker, which was released on September 18th. The North American leg will run through mid-May and will feature special guests Meshuggah and opening act HEMLOCK. Ministry then heads off to play the principal European festivals as well as choice club dates beginning late May stretching through to July - those dates will be announced shortly.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the second Chicago date (May 9th) will be on sale beginning today through December 19th through Music Today - http://www.ministry.tickets.musictoday.com/Ministry/calendar.aspx

Exclusive Special Limited Access VIP tickets will also be available for purchase via the pre-sale, offering advance doors, seating, meet & greets and souvenir 13th Planet gift bags. Special ticketing for C U LaTouR shows are available at Enter The Vault - www.enterthevault.com

The C U LaTouR touring line-up features Ministry's founder Al Jourgensen being joined onstage by guitarists Tommy Victor (PRONG) and Sin Quirin (REVOLTING COCKS), keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, AAOTW, FALSE ICONS), and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, ALICE COOPER).

STATIC X's Tony Campos has recently stepped in to fulfill bass on behalf of the recently departed MINISTRY/KILLING JOKE bassist Paul Raven. Joining the Ministry clan as special featured artist will be FEAR FACTORY/ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS vocalist Burton C. Bell. Main support is Swedish experimental metal MESHUGGAH and opening act is the US-based Hemlock.

To coincide with C U LaTouR, Jourgensen's indie imprint is scheduled to release Ministry & Co-Conspirators Cover Up, a 12-track covers release featuring artists from the 13th Planet Records family, as well as other special guests. Cover Up is scheduled for a late March/early April 2008 release.

For its spectacular two-and-a-half-hour C U LaTouR set, Ministry will perform tracks from The Last Sucker as well as songs that revisit the band's rich and provocative 30-year musical history. Archival Ministry videos plus other visual elements of alchemy, Christianity, politics and other topics aligned with Ministry will be incorporated into a special video presentation, produced by Wicked Lake director Zach Passero (with whom Jourgensen is collaborating on the soundtrack for the feature film) that will change night to night. And, as is expected from a Ministry show, you just never know what surprise guests will jump on stage for a song or two.

"A Ministry tour is a traveling circus," states Jourgensen. "When we roll into town, everyone hides their daughters, but the freaks roll out the red carpet and a friend or two pops up on stage to add some spice and mayhem to the show. We never know who's gonna walk through the dressing room door at sound check. We rehearse a bunch of 'extra' songs just in case so-and-so shows up..."

Confirmed dates for Ministry's 2008 C U LaTouR are as follows:

March
26 - The Whiskey - Calgary, AB
28 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
29 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
30 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR

April
1 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
2 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
5 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
6 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
7 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
8 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
9 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
11 - The Great Salt Air - Salt Lake City, UT
12 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
13 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
15 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
17 - Palladium - Dallas, TX
18 - Verizon Wireless Theatre - Houston, TX
19 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
21 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
22 - Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
23 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
24 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
25 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
26 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
27 - Palladium - Worcester, MA
29 - Fillmore at the TLA - Philadelphia, PA

May
1 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
2 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
3 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
4 - Koolhaus - Toronto, ON
6 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
7 - Emerald Theatre - Detroit, MI
8 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
9 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ANATHEMA
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ANGRA
AT THE GATES
BENIGHTED
BORN FROM PAIN
CARCASS
CULT OF LUNA
ELUVEITIE
FORBIDDEN
GHOST BRIGADE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MESHUGGAH
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
PARADISE LOST
SEPTIC FLESH
SHINING
SICK OF IT ALL
SONATA ARCTICA
TESTAMENT
THE OLD DEAD TREE

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Bands Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON, CARCASS and AT THE GATES are among the bands that have been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

JUDAS PRIEST (UK) (Headliner)
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT (US)
SAXON (UK)
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (UK)
TESLA (US)
AT THE GATES (S)
DERRINGER BAND (US)
HAVANA BLACK (FIN)
THE BLUES BAND (UK)
MINISTRY (US)
CARCASS (UK)
COHEED & CAMBRIA (US)
HENSLEY/LAWTON & LIVE FIRE (UK)
DARE (UK)
ULI JON ROTH (S)
SHAKIN' STREET (FR)
GOTTHARD (CH)
MUSTASCH (S)
SABATON (S)
BONAFIDE (S)
LIZZY BORDEN (US)
AXEWITCH (S)
ASTRAL DOORS (S)
AVATAR (S)
VOLBEAT (DK)
NEGATIVE (FIN)

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Ministry and Meshuggah Release Tour Dates

More dates have been announced for MINISTRY’s farewell “C U LaTouR” tour with MESHUGGAH and HEMLOCK:

March 28 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 29 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
March 30 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
April 1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 2 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
April 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
April 7 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
April 8 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 9 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
April 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
April 12 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
April 15 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
April 17 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium
April 18 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
April 19 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
April 22 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
April 23 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
April 24 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
April 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 26 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 27 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Fillmore Theatre
May 1 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 2 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 3 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
May 4 - Toronto, ON @ Koolhaus
May 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
May 7 - Detroit, MI @ Emerald Theatre
May 8 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

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Ministry, Behemoth And Others On Metalcamp Fest

MINISTRY, BEHEMOTH, RAGE and KATAKLYSM are among the newly confirmed bands for the Metalcamp festival, set to take place July 3-9, 2008 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

CELTIC FROST
MINISTRY
BEHEMOTH
RAGE
KATAKLYSM
WINTERSUN
TANKARD
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
BRAINSTORM
SKYFORGER
CATAMENIA
DARK FORTRESS
PERSIHING MANKIND

For more information, visit www.metalcamp.com.

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Amen Dedicates UK Tour To Paul Raven

AMEN frontman Casey Chaos has issued the following statement:

"Paul Raven [legendary bassist for such bands as MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH and MOB RESEARCH] was someone I looked up to as a child, for his music, his unique style, inspiration, and I was fortunate enough to call him one of my best friends over the last 10 years. If not for Paul Raven, AMEN would probably not even exist. Paul was the first person to put his money where is mouth was and produce the first AMEN album, and even take AMEN out on tour to open for KILLING JOKE in America in 2004.

"To commemorate Paul's life, AMEN will be dedicating our Halloween appearance at London's Underworld [tomorrow night] (Wednesday, October 31) and the remaining dates of our impromptu UK tour to him, in celebration of a punk legend. More...

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Ministry Bassists' Brother Talks Of Passing

Daniel Jon Raven has issued the following statement regarding the passing of his brother, legendary bassist Paul Raven (MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH, MOB RESEARCH):

"The expression 'one of a kind' has lost its value but my beautiful brother, Paul Vincent Raven, redefined it. He was a one-man army, as intelligent, funny, loving and singularly angry a man as I have ever known. His life was truly his own, from its beginning to this awful, tragic end. He was a born saint and an unbelievable asshole.

"This family's heart is bleeding and it will never stop. To know that we will never hear his voice and see his face again is a wound that nothing will heal.

"We would like to thank Paul's friends and comrades for their invaluable support at this impossible time."

Paul Raven was found dead on Saturday (October 20) in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border after suffering an apparent heart attack. Raven was in Geneva working with French recording artists TREPONEM PAL on their new release alongside drummer Ted Parsons (PRONG) and members of THE YOUNG GODS.

Born in Wolverhampton, UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial act KILLING JOKE after he replaced the band's original bassist in 1982, recording and touring with the group throughout its most commercially successful period, performing on "Fire Dances", "Night Time" and "Brighter than a Thousand Suns". Throughout his extensive career, Raven participated in other collaborations, including PRONG, MURDER, INC., PIGFACE and GODFLESH. Most recently, Raven was nominated for a 2006 Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" for his work with MINISTRY's Al Jourgensen, with whom he had begun collaborating in late 2005 on the MINISTRY release "Rio Grande Blood". After a 2006 world tour with the group, Raven helped Jourgensen and PRONG's Tommy Victor pen the latest MINISTRY CD, "The Last Sucker", which is also the band's final studio release.

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Society 1 Frontman Comments On Paul Raven's Death

SOCIETY 1 frontman Matt Zane has issued the following statement regarding the passing of legendary bassist Paul Raven (MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH, MOB RESEARCH):

"Paul Raven was the most stand-up guy I ever had the pleasure to work with. The thing about Raven is that after working together he made an effort in the following years to stay in touch even if it was just to drop you a quick message to let you know he was keeping an eye on you. That was the coolest thing about him. He respected you and made it a point to let you know that.

"With everything he has done with his career he didn't have to stay in contact or even admit his involvement with me and my band but that's what separated him in my eyes from all the other musicians I've had dealings with over the years. More...

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Ministry Bassist Paul Raven Found Dead at 46

Ministry's bassist Paul Raven was found dead today [October 20th] in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border. Initial reports indicate Raven's passing was due to a heart attack. Raven (known also for his work with Killing Joke, Prong) was in Geneva working with French recording artists Treponem Pal on their new release, with Marco Neves, Ted Parsons (Prong) and members of The Young Gods.

Born in Wolverhampton UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial group Killing Joke when, in 1982 he replaced the original bassist for the band, recording and touring with the group throughout its most commercially successful period, performing on Fire Dances, Night Time and Brighter than a Thousand Suns. Throughout his extensive career, Raven participated in other collaborations including Prong, Murder, Inc., Pigface, Godflesh. More...

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Ministry, A7X And More To Be On Saw 4 Soundtrack

MINISTRY, SIXX: A.M., DROWNING POOL, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, EVERY TIME I DIE, THE RED CHORD and FUELED BY FIRE are among the bands that are featured on the "Saw IV" original soundtrack, due on October 23 via on Artists' Addiction Records (an extended digital release will follow in November).

"When we were choosing songs for the 'Saw IV' soundtrack, we asked ourselves, 'What kind of music would the 'Saw' characters Jigsaw and Amanda listen to?'" reveals Jonathan Scott Miller, principal of Artists' Addiction Records. Miller served as soundtrack producer alongside Artists' Addiction principals Jonathan Platt and Jonathan McHugh ("Saw IV" producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg are executive soundtrack producers).

Aside from occupying a certain punishing position on the sonic spectrum, many of these acts also have in common an abiding love for all things "Saw". Attests Miller: "A lot of these artists are huge fans of the franchise, and their music really relates to it." He points out that SOLIDIUM ("Trapped") are also devotees of modern horror films in general and that OXYGEN is so enamored of the "Saw" series that their contribution to "Saw IV" original soundtrack, "Do You Want to Play a Game", takes its title and thematic thrust directly from the films. Moreover, "Saw IV" original soundtrack is itself an "inspired by" collection. Aside from "Just Begun", an excerpt form Charlie Clouser's score, the songs comprising this companion piece are not heard in the film; instead, their selection was inspired by the film.

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Matt Zane Comments On Ex-Society 1 Bandmates

With the recent release of the final MINISTRY album, Matt Zane would like people to take notice that 1/3 of the current lineup was once an integral part of the industrial metal band Society 1. Both Sin and Paul Raven played on SOCIETY 1’s “Exit Through Fear” released in 2003 and are both listed in the album liner notes. The pair also toured in support of that album as seen on the “In Our Own Images” DVD that was released as part of “Years of Spiritual Dissent” via Crash Music. After a few months of touring, Raven left SOCIETY 1 and joined up with GODFLESH. “Raven left Society 1 after a short stint of touring to go on the road with GODFLESH” states Matt Zane. “I understood he needed to pay the bills and this was before Society 1 was touring full time for Earache.”

Ex-SOCIETY 1 guitarist Sin Quirin left the band to join THE REVOLTING COCKS in 2006. At the time both Ministry and Society 1 shared the same touring agent, John Finberg. When the band was dropped from Earache Records, Sin contacted John Finberg, owner of First Row Talent asking for a favor. A mutual agreement was made between both Sin and John Finberg which put Sin into THE REVOLTING COCKS without an audition. "All I know is that some deal was put in place between the two of them. It must have been an amazing situation that was worked out because Sin didn't even have to audition. A few phone calls were made and he was in the band" stated Zane.

Some time later, Zane was presented with the news and to his surprise, was shocked. “I get a call from Sin” says Matt Zane. “He says he is going to do the Rev Co tour but if SOCIETY 1 gets a new deal he would cancel the tour and stay to record the new album. Well we get signed to Crash Music and the day the contract comes, Sin leaves on a plane for Texas. He didn't even sign the deal. From that point, he just became harder and harder to get a hold of until he just vanished.”

The deal that Sin and First Row Talent struck to get Sin into Rev Co broke down and was never fulfilled by Sin although John lived up to his end by getting Sin into THE REVOLTING COCKS. As Sin was still considered a member of SOCIETY 1, this caused a strain on the relationship between Finberg and SOCIETY 1 causing the band to miss out on numerous concerts and tours for close to two years. More...

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Ministry Frontman: 'We're Going Out With Class!'

While some of us don't even know what we'll be doing next week, Al Jourgensen has the next two years of his life all mapped out.

Last week, Ministry's final studio opus, The Last Sucker, the scathing third installment in Jourgensen's trilogy of LPs attacking President Bush's administration, landed in record stores. In March, he'll hit the road for the last time with Ministry, the band he's fronted since he formed it in 1981, for a tour that will last five months. But before that, he has to hit the studio and record Got Co--?, the studio-album swan song from his side project the Revolting Co--s. In October, the Co--s will head out on what will be their goodbye tour, with openers Prong and Mob Research, the latest signing to Jourgensen's label, 13th Planet Records.

"I am systematically going through and putting all of my side projects to bed over the next couple of years, and then, I'll strictly concentrate on production, running the label and doing soundtracks and a lot of other weird stuff," Jourgensen said, adding that there will be future, all-culminating collections from Lard and Pailhead too. "Then I'll do Buck Satan & the 666 Shooters, a country record I've been talking about for 20 years — once you see the Buck Satan album come out, then you know I'm completely done recording."

After that, Jourgensen said he'll finally get a chance to relax.

"I'm an all-or-nothing guy," he explained. "When I'm working, I work, work, work, work, work, and when I'm not, I'm the laziest sloth this planet has ever provided us. In about two or three years, I'll go full guns, but then I'll sit on my porch with a shotgun and my hound dog and chase kids off my lawn. I'll just sit back, in my 'Sopranos' bathrobe and slippers, going out to the mailbox, picking up checks and kicking back."

But why put Ministry on the slab after all these years? Well, Jourgensen doesn't think the Republicans stand a chance in the upcoming elections, and when there's a Democrat in power, "I think we suck," he admitted. But much more than that, he wanted out before he was dragged out.

Read the full article at MTV News.

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Hear Full Album Streams From Ministry and H.I.M.

AOL Music/Spinner (on AOL) have a couple of full-album streams for new releases this week:

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Skumlove Solidifies Lineup, Plans New Releases

Los Angeles based industrial metal band Skumlove has solidified his new line up. This time Skum Love searched locally for young "unknown" musicians to help further a more new and heavier sound. With Rattan(drums) & DB(bass) from Heroes of the F.E.D.E.R.A.T.I.O.N, Skitch on Guitar and Gina on Lead Guitar, the band is writing a full length album titled "Songs of Lust and Corrosion" to be released early 2008 on their own label Devils Union Records as well as a split E.P. with electro/industrial band Acetylene Haze covering songs by Prong, T-Rex, Ministry, Thrill Kill Kult and more to be released on Future Wax Records.

They will also be flying out to select cities and countries to headline shows starting with Toronto Canada on November 9th and Montreal Canada on November 10th with a full U.S. tour in the spring.

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Ministry Frontmans Cover Album To Surface In April

Al Jourgensen's band MINISTRY may be releasing their final studio album — "The Last Sucker" — on September 18 on 13th Planet/Megaforce Records, but that doesn't mean Jourgensen is saying good-bye to the inside of a recording studio. As a matter of fact, Jourgensen plans to spend significantly more time in the studio doing what he loves best — collaborating. And collaboration is at the root of "Cover Up", a soon-to-be-released album of some of Al's personal favorite songs being recorded by MINISTRY & CO-CONSPIRATORS in his El Paso, TX compound, 13th Planet Studios. MINISTRY & CO-CONSPIRATORS' "Cover Up" is expected to street in April 2008.

In addition to core MINISTRY members guitarist Sin Quirin (REVOLTING COCKS) and bassist Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE, PRONG, MOB RESEARCH), Jourgensen enlisted an impressive group of co-conspirators for "Cover Up" — FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell (also of ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS) sings on THE ROLLING STONES' "Under My Thumb", Tony Campos (bass) and Wayne Static (vocals) from STATIC-X are on THE BEATLES' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", and PRONG's Tommy Victor (vocals) and MOUNTAIN's Leslie West (guitar) do justice to MOUNTAIN's classic "Mississippi Queen". "Cover Up" will also include MINISTRY's cover of THE DOORS' "Roadhouse Blues" (which can also be found on "The Last Sucker"), as well as RAM JAM's "Black Betty", DEEP PURPLE's "Space Truckin'", LOUIS ARMSTRONG's "Wonderful World" and "Radar Love" by GOLDEN EARRING. Additional featured artists, including CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander (vocals) and Rick Nielsen (guitar), and tracks are in the works.

"It's a work in progress," states Jourgensen, "based on who's on tour and comin' through town. It keeps everything spontaneous. By now, everyone knows if they're droppin' by the studio, I'm gonna put them to work. I've got a few more surprises up my sleeve for this one.

"I'm just waiting on a few more return calls," laughs Jourgensen, "Seems like lately if you visit the 13th Planet compound, you'll end up on 'Cover Up' or I'll end up signing you to my label — or both," sites Jourgensen in reference to 13th Planet Records recent signing of Victor's PRONG and Bell's ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS).

After 10 albums and 27 years (including a 2006 Grammy nomination for "Lieslieslies" from the "Rio Grande Blood" album, and a Grammy nod in 2005 for "The Great Satan" from "Rantology", Jourgensen has decided that the MINISTRY garage is ready to close its doors, but the revolving 13th Planet Studio doors remain open for Jourgensen's collaborations and also for upcoming new signings for his 13th Planet imprint. "The Last Sucker" is MINISTRY's 11th — and absolutely final — studio offering. "The Last Sucker" is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical CD trilogy aimed at exposing the plethora of foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the George W. Bush administration.

"The Last Sucker" was produced and recorded this past spring by Jourgensen at his 13th Planet compound and sees the return of "Rio Grande Blood" musicians Victor on guitars, Raven on bass, with newcomer guitarist Quirin. Jourgensen and his engineer John "Bixby" Bilberry handled all the drum programming. In addition, Bell makes a vocal appearance on "Die In A Crash", as well as the album's final two songs, "End of Days" Parts One and Two.

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Ministry Frontman To Score Horror Film

Headbanger's Blog reports that movie director Zack Passero has recruited MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen to create the score and soundtrack for the upcoming Fever Dreams horror film "Wicked Lake", which is tentatively scheduled for release next spring. Passero previously directed MINISTRY's 2006 video for "Lies Lies Lies" and REVOLTING COCKS' clip for "Fire Engine", as well as the movies "The Big, Weird Normal" and "Motel: Glimpse".

"Wicked Lake" starts shooting September 9 in Las Cruses, New Mexico and, while Passero will film on weekdays, he plans to work with Jourgensen on weekends. "This is perfect for me because Zach is one of my best friends and we are going to make this something really special musically," Jourgensen says. "I've been getting offers to work on horror films for years, and I've always turned them down because I was too busy or things just weren't right. Usually, you don't even meet the director, you just mail in some songs. This is gonna be totally hands-on and totally cool."

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Prong's Final Track Listing Confirmed

Los Angeles-based industrial metallers PRONG will release their new album, Power Of The Damager, on October 2nd through 13th Planet Records.

The band check in with the following update:

"There is a price to pay for being the first at anything. Prong has been forging their own brutal route since their inception only to see their sound borrowed, perverted or outright stolen. Power Of The Damager is not so much a return to form as it is an aggressive "Call To Arms". A battle cry in which Prong takes on all comers and reclaims their rightful seat at the head of the table.

The latest incarnation of Prong seems to have given new life to Tommy Victor, who rips into every track with the ferocity of a man who has nothing left to prove.

Words drip with an intensity conjured from the depths of the soul, when wisdom and life experience are of little comfort in a world of indifference and suffering. Guitars viciously slice like a razor's edge carving through your insides. There is a sense of focus and intensity on Power Of The Damager solidifying who is the "Student" and who is the "Master".

Monte Pittman (bass) and Aaron Rossi (drums) rise to the occasion and deliver the most punishing rhythm section to ever record under the Prong moniker.

Prong has returned to doing what they do best, and yet somehow it feels like something brand new all over again.

The new album will be out October 2nd, 2007 on 13th Planet - Megaforce Records.

The tracklist for Power Of The Damager is as follows: 'Looking For Them', 'No Justice', 'Third Option', 'Pure Ether', 'Power Of The Damager', 'The Banishment', 'Worst Of It', 'Spirit Guide', 'Messages Inside Of Me', 'Can't Stop The Bleeding', 'Bad Fall', 'Changing Ending Troubling Times'.

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Ministry To Be Joined By Megadeth Members

MINISTRY mastermind and industrial metal pioneer Al Jourgensen has revealed the band's lineup for its final tour, which is expected to kick off early next year. It is as follows:

Al Jourgensen - Vocals
Jimmy DeGrasso (MEGADETH, Y&T, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) - Drums
David Ellefson (MEGADETH, F5, TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY) - Bass
Tommy Victor (PRONG) - Guitar
Sin Quirin (THE REVOLTING COCKS) - Guitar
John Bechdel (FEAR FACTORY, KILLING JOKE) - Keyboards

In a recent interview with Germany's Rock Hard magazine, Jourgensen said, "We're tourng pretty extensively – we're doing like the CHER farewell tour. [Laughs] It's gonna be, like, 20 weeks of mayhem around the world, and then we're done."

After 27 years, 11 studio albums, four Grammy nominations, and plenty of pain, MINISTRY will release its final album, "The Last Sucker", on September 18. This will give Jourgensen plenty of time to devote himself to expanding his borderland compound, 13th Planet Records.

"I've got a lot of side-projects and new projects I want to focus on," explained Jourgensen. "We have our our own label, 13th Planet Records, we're building, and I want to sign, produce and collaborate with other artists. Being in the studio writing, recording and collaborating is my favorite part of this snake-oil industry. I'd rather be behind the console than behind the mic. Plus, I kinda like the synchronicity of Dubya and MINISTRY riding off into the sunset hand in hand."

"The Last Sucker" is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical trilogy aimed at exposing the foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the George W. Bush administration. The CD, which follows 2004's "Houses of the Molé" and last year's "Rio Grande Blood", is the final nail in the Dubya coffin. The album was produced and recorded by Jourgensen himself at his 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX, with musicians Thomas Victor (PRONG) on guitars, Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE, PRONG) on bass and guitarist Sin Quirin (THE REVOLTING COCKS). In addition, Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY) makes a vocal appearance on "Die In A Crash", as well as the album's final two songs, "End of Days" parts One and Two.

"The Last Sucker" track listing:

01. Let's Go
02. Watch Yourself
03. Life Is Good
04. The Dick Song
05. The Last Sucker
06. No Glory
07. Death & Destruction
08. Roadhouse Blues
09. Die In a Crash
10. End of Days (Pt. 1)
11. End of Days (Pt. 2)

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