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.
MTV.com is currently running a poll for the "Best Metal Videos of 2004." Go here to vote and then tune into MTV2 for the premiere of Headbangers Ball Best of 2004 on Saturday December 25th at 10 p.m. EST to catch the winning videos.
Ministry frontman tells of writing material inspired by both Bush Sr and Bush Jr to Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Al Jourgensen likes to say that having a Republican in the White House is good for his band.
"There’s a Republican in the White House, and I only write good records when that’s happening," Ministry’s lead man says in the band’s latest biography. "I can’t wait for Jeb Bush to run so I can write my next platinum record!"
He’s joking about Jeb, of course, but not about Republican presidents coinciding with the band’s successes.
Ministry’s first platinum album, "Psalm 69," came out in 1992 following the senior George Bush’s term. Last year, Ministry released the record "Animositisomina" along with a DVD of the same name, in the middle of George W. Bush’s first term as president, earning good reviews.
Jourgensen has hit the jackpot again with the band’s latest record, "Houses of the Molé," which was released in June. The content is heavily inspired by the current Bush administration, and the record once again includes sound bites from the current president’s speeches.
Read the full article at Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Tapping the Vein is currently in a casual pre-production with renowned producer Neil Kernon(Nevermore, Queensryche, Cannibal Corpse). Upon hearing 2002's "The Damage," he contacted the band while they were in the middle of writing and expressed interest in producing the follow up.
An exclusive remix of a non-album track "The River (drowning mix)" can be heard on "Asleep By Dawn“ CD for Hot Topic that includes new & exclusive tracks by Paul Van Dyk, Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Cruxshadows & more.
Mudvayne's new track "Determined" will be featured on the upcoming Need for Speed Underground 2 video game, which will be released on November 15, 2004 by EA Games for the Playstation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, PC-CD and Game Boy Advance systems. The in-game soundtrack also includes Ministry, Helmet, Skindred, Snapcase, Queens of the Stone Age and X-zibit, among many others. Check out the complete track-listing and more here.
Check out the November Portfolio of the Month which features photos from the recent "Determined" video shoot in NYC.
According to Ocesa.com.mx, KORN, DEFTONES, MINISTRY, ILL NINO, SPARTA and PUYA will be teaming up for a special concert in Mexico City on December 12. More information is available at this location.
New York industrial band Hanzel Und Gretyl, now featuring former Drain STH bassist Anna Kjellberg, have been confirmed for the remainder of Ministry's "Evil DoER Tour".
"After only a few weeks of touring in the opening slot with Ministry and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Al Jorgensen has invited us on for the whole tour and kicking us up a notch to main support as of November 7!" Hanzel Und Gretyl write on their web site. "Tour will go until December."
Ministry's "Evil DoER Tour" with Hanzel Und Gretyl:
Nov. 01 - Atlanta, GA @ Earthlink Live
Nov. 02 - Nashville, TN @ James Robertson Theatre
Nov. 03 - Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
Nov. 05 - Lincoln, NE @ Royal Grove
Nov. 06 - Duluth, MN @ NorShor Theatre
Nov. 07 - Fargo, ND @ Playmaker's
Nov. 09 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
Nov. 11 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
Nov. 12 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy
Nov. 13 - Seattle, WA @ Fenix / Fenix Underground
Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Fenix / Fenix Underground
Nov. 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 16 - Eugene, OR @ The Jungle
Nov. 18 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Nov. 20 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Nov. 21 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Nov. 22 - Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie's
Nov. 23 - Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Nov. 24 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
Nov. 26 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
Nov. 27 - Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
Nov. 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero / Balcony Bar
Nov. 30 - Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
Dec. 02 - Guelph, ON @ Club Denim
Dec. 03 - Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall
Dec. 04 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
Dec. 05 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Dec. 07 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
Dec. 08 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Dec. 09 - Louisville, KY @ Jillian's
Dec. 10 - Lansing, MI @ Temple Club
Dec. 11 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Dec. 12 - Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Dec. 14 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Al Jorgensen of Ministry is responsible for the headlining soundtrack to Activision's highly anticipated PC game Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. Inspired by the dark, menacing undertones of the game, Ministry's track, "Bloodlines," is one of several popular songs that can be heard in the game, which takes fans into the sinister vampire underground society of modern day L.A.
The complete lineup of songs for the game includes:
Aerial - "Pound"
Chiasm - "Isolated"
Daniel Ash - "Come Alive"
Darling Violetta - "Smaller God"
Die My Darling - "Needles Eye"
Genitorturers - "Lecher Bitch"
Lacuna Coil - "Swamped"
Ministry - "Bloodlines"
Tiamat - "Cain"
In Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, the famous White Wolf role-playing game world extends into an all-new interactive adventure, combining the rich character development and immersive storyline expected in a true RPG with the up-close-and-personal first-person immersion and action provided by SourceTM, the latest engine technology developed by Valve. Currently in development by Troika Games for the PC, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is yet to be rated and is expected to release this Autumn.
The track listing for Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (out Tuesday October 5, if you're into that sort of thing) has quite a number of metal bands on it.
Frank Sinatra - "That's Life"
The Doors - "Break On Through (To The Other Side)"
Johnny Cash - "Ring of Fire"
Ramones - "Rock â€˜N Roll High School"
Sugarhill Gang - "Rappers Delight"
Metallica - "Whiplash"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Power of Equality"
The Stooges - "1970"
X - "Los Angeles"
Violent Femmes - "Add It Up"
The D.O.C. - "Whirlwind Pyramid"
Jimmy Eat World - "Pain"
Rancid - "Fall Back Down"
The Explosion - "Here I Am"
Melvins - "Sweet Willy Rollbar"
Distillers - "Beat Your Heart Out"
Less Than Jake - "That's Why They Call It A Union"
Faith No More - "Mid Life Crisis"
Ween - "It's Gonna Be A Long Night"
Joy Division - "Warsaw"
Dead Boys - "Sonic Reducer"
Brand Nubian - "Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down"
Cut Chemist - "Drums of Fire"
The Germs - "Lexicon Devil"
Disturbed - "Liberate"
The Living End - "End of the World"
Fear - "I Love Livin In The City"
Audio Two - "Top Billin"
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - "Soul Brother #1"
Das Oath - "Awesome R***"
Libretto - "Volume"
Handsome Boy Modeling School - "Holy Calamity"
Zeke - "Long Train Running"
Lamb of God - "Black Label"
3 Inches of Blood - "Deadly Sinners"
The Hiss - "Back On The Radio"
25 Ta Life - "Over the Years"
Nebula - "So It Goes"
Aesop Rock - "No Jumper Cables"
Living Legends - "Night Prowler"
Atmosphere - "Trying To Find A Balance"
Suicide Machines - "High Anxiety"
The Casualties - "Unknown Soldier"
Diverse - "Certified"
Ultramagnetic MC's - "Ego Trippin"
Camaros - "Cheesecake"
Steele Pulse - "Born Fe Rebel"
Ministry - "No W"
Grand Puba - "I Like It"
Operatic - "Interested In Madness"
Mike V & the Rats - "Never Give Up"
Dead End Road - "Sin City"
Melbeatz feat. Kool Savas - "Grind On"
According to pollstar.com, Ministry has added a few more tour dates. The list of dates so far are as follows:
09/30/04 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/01/04 Edmonton, AB @ Red's
10/02/04 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
10/03/04 Saskatoon, SK @ PrairieLand Trade & Convention Ctr.
10/04/04 Regina, SK @ Doris Knight Hall
10/05/04 Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Th. For Perf. Arts
10/07/04 Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
10/08/04 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
10/09/04 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
10/10/04 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
10/12/04 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club
10/13/04 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
10/14/04 Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus (formerly Warehouse)
10/15/04 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Fun House/Theatre
10/16/04 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/17/04 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/19/04 New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
10/20/04 New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
10/21/04 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/22/04 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero / Balcony Bar
10/23/04 Baltimore, MD @ Thunderdome
10/25/04 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/26/04 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
10/27/04 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
10/29/04 Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Club
10/30/04 Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
10/31/04 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
11/01/04 Atlanta, GA @ Earthlink Live
11/02/04 Nashville, TN @ James Robertson Theatre
11/03/04 Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
11/05/04 Lincoln, NE @ Royal Grove
11/06/04 Duluth, MN @ NorShor Theatre
11/07/04 Fargo, ND @ Playmaker's
11/09/04 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
11/11/04 Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
11/12/04 Boise, ID @ Big Easy
11/13/04 Seattle, WA @ Fenix / Fenix Underground
11/14/04 Seattle, WA @ Fenix / Fenix Underground
11/15/04 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11/16/04 Eugene, OR @ The Jungle
11/18/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/20/04 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/21/04 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
11/22/04 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie's
11/23/04 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
11/24/04 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/26/04 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
11/27/04 Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
11/28/04 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero / Balcony Bar
You might notice something different about Ministry’s latest effort "Houses Of The Mole" (Sanctuary/EMI). It’s decidedly more aggressive and, dare we say — organic — than many of their past releases. Sure, it’s still incredibly industrial sounding, but thanks to a key personnel change (the departure of cohort Paul Barker) and a bit more anger at the world (as in, ranting for this whole damned interview about George W. Bush), "Houses Of The Mole" could very well be Ministry’s most influential, effective album to date.
ChartAttack: People are saying this is your strongest album in years. To what do you attribute that?
Al Jourgensen: The computers left with Paul. It was time to split up and we both knew it. Now I can get back to jamming out songs. It wasn’t that much of a difference aside from losing the computers. We got wasted, puked and came out with a record.
ChartAttack: Every song here starts off with "W." Something on your mind?
Al Jourgensen: George W. Bush is everywhere, so we figured we'd start out with "No W" and let him get all of the rest. I’m sick of Dubya, that’s all. The song "Wrong," "W T.V." is about this culture under George W’s stewardship. There’s plenty of railing against our government on this album.
ChartAttack: Do you like being the only industrial-tinged band on a punk compilation?
Al Jourgensen: I don’t care if it’s that or country and western; I’ll put time, money and energy into making sure this cowboy doesn’t get back into power. And his cronies… they’re cockroaches. You spray and spray, but they keep coming back. Hopefully we’ll call the right exterminator and get rid of ‘em forever.
Read the full article at Chart Attack.
More confirmed dates for the EViL DoER tour with Ministry, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and Hanzel Und Gretyl has been posted at pollstar.com.
The list of confirmed dates are: More...
Ministry will launch their "EViL DoER" North America Tour in Las Vegas September 7 with very special guests My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. Featured guest artists will be announced for specific cities throughout the tour, as they are confirmed. The "EViL DoER" N. America Tour is being routed until the November 22, 2004.
"EViL DoER" tour dates:
Sep. 07 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Sep. 08 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
Sep. 10 - El Paso, TX @ Club Xcape
Sep. 11 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
Sep. 13 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Sep. 14 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Sep. 16 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
Sep. 17 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
Sep. 18 - Fort Collins, CO @ Apple Theater
Sep. 19 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Bricks
Sep. 21 - San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
Sep. 22 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Sep. 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Sep. 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Sep. 26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Grand
Sep. 28 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
Sep. 29 - Seattle, WA @ Fenix Underground
Sep. 30 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Oct. 01 - Edmonton, AB @ Red's
Oct. 02 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Oct. 03 - Saskatoon, SK @ Prairieland
Oct. 05 - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theater
Oct. 06 - Regina, SK @ Doris Knight Hall
Oct. 08 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
Oct. 10 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
Oct. 19 - New York, NY @ BB Kings
Oct. 20 - New York, NY @ BB Kings
Oct. 21 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
MINISTRY's video for the track "No W" has been posted online at this location (courtesy of RollingStone.com).
"No W" comes off the band's latest CD, "Houses of the Molé", available now on Sanctuary Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina" was recorded at El Paso's Sonic Ranch studios and marks the group's first release since the departure of longtime bassist Paul Barker.
MINISTRY's current lineup consists of mainman Al Jourgensen alongside Bryan Kehoe (guitar, M.I.R.V., JERRY CANTRELL, THE LES CLAYPOOL FROG BRIGADE), Mike Scaccia (guitars, ex-RIGOR MORTIS), John Monte (bass, ex-M.O.D., MIND FUNK, DRAGPIPE), Mark Baker (drums, ex-FEAR), Darryl James (keyboards) and Buck Satan (vox, guitars, etc).
Bassist Paul Barker has left MINISTRY after 18 years with the industrial-metal pioneers, according to MTV.com. Barker says his decision to leave the band was cemented by the death of his father on the final night of MINISTRY's summer European tour.
"Last summer Al was extremely enthusiastic about the possibilities of what the band could do, and I wasn't as excited. I thought, 'What are we going to do and what am I going to get out of it?' and I realized that now would be the perfect time to bow out," Barker told MTV.com.
Barker also said he plans to produce other groups and write music on his own:
"I wanna make big, ugly, heavy music because that's what I love," he said. "But it's pop music. It has verses and choruses. It's not abstract and experimental."
MINISTRY have hired John Monte (ex-MIND FUNK, M.O.D.) to replace Barker, and they're in the studio in Tornillo, Texas, working on the follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina", titled "Houses of the Molé". A late spring release through Sanctuary Records is expected.