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Ministry Announces New Album "From Beer To Eternity" Release

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Al Jourgensen will release his band Ministry's new studio album, "From Beer To Eternity," on September 6th via 13th Planet Records. This album will follow previous release "Relapse" (reviewed here) and pre-order info will be posted soon on Ministry's Facebook.

As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn't going to be another Ministry album, but as Jourgensen put it recently, "I had no choice."

Sessions for what would become "From Beer to Eternity" began last December at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX with Jourgensen (who produced the album, composed the music and wrote the lyrics for all 11 songs), guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Tony Campos.

Rough tracks for 18 songs were finished on December 19th, and three days later, the 47-year old Scaccia died from a heart attack he suffered onstage while playing a live show with his band Rigor Mortis in Dallas, TX. Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.

"We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before," states Jourgensen, "everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record." After returning from Scaccia's funeral in Dallas, and shouldering the weight of grief as well as the desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer and co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso for three excruciating months.

"There was no choice," Jourgensen says of the bittersweet production process. "During the tracking sessions, Mikey was smiling and going, 'You know what, Al? This is by far and away the best Ministry album we've ever done together. This is awesome.' I'm super proud of From Beer to Eternity because it's my tribute to Mikey's incredible talent, and I feel it honors him and all of the years we spent together making music."

From the schizophrenic opening cut, the sarcasm-dripping, sound effect-laden "Hail to his Majesty (Peasants)" to the thrash-punk riffs and booming bass reverberations of "Punch in the Face," to "Change of Luck," a song that Jourgensen wrote directly about Scaccia's death, "From Beer to Eternity" pulls no punches. The release also includes "Side F/X Include Mikey's Middle Finger / TV4," which old school Ministry fans will recognize as a continuum in a series of TV songs that began in the mid-1990s.

"PermaWar," the first single from "From Beer to Eternity," will drop digitally via iTunes in late July as a three-track maxi single. Ministry will support the album with a cavalcade of music videos, off-the-wall "making of..." digital clips, and an on-going "dog-blog" commentary by Jourgensen's two Labradors, Lemmy and Ozzy, who were present every step of the way during the recording process.

In addition to "From Beer to Eternity," coming in September, July 9th will see the release of Jourgensen's authorized biography, "Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen," penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn on DaCapo Books.

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1. the Dude writes:

who the balls are these guys. why would they make anarchy signs out of an m then make the y a piece symbol. Anarchy and piece are 2 entierly different things. this band looks lame.

# Jun 18, 2013 @ 11:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. sonictherapy writes:

That's not a peace sign. That is the rune tree of life, I do believe.

# Jun 19, 2013 @ 12:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Caveman1 writes:

who are ministry? umm youtube psalm 69 or jesus built my hotrod

# Jun 19, 2013 @ 12:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Borntomosh writes:

"The Dude" is a troll. Don't bite.

On topic, I'm excited to see Scaccia's swan song. Not a big Jourgensen fan (never have been), but I'll listen for Mike's sake.

# Jun 19, 2013 @ 1:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. WOLF7 writes:

I'm definitely a fan and looking forward to this one. Not overly excited but still.

It's just that 3 of their latest efforts have been average at best, their very latest having a one single good track (Double Tap).

Alright, enough with the whining. Bring it on, Al.

# Jun 19, 2013 @ 2:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Cynic writes:

Really Wolf? Damn I thought "Rio Grande Blood" was amazing and "The Last Sucker" was good too. Haven't heard "Relapse", but I just prefer their more metal stuff.

# Jun 19, 2013 @ 5:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. RememberMetal? writes:

Ministry hit an extended rough patch during the Clinton years but as Doug once pointed out, their best material comes when a Bush is in office... Perhaps the only reason to champion a Jeb Bush presidency is Jourgensen's muse would go into hypertensive overdrive.

Obama certainly hasn't and likely won't stifle their quality (shame the NSA stuff didn't come out while the band were writing, we might get another "NWO" out of that).

# Jun 19, 2013 @ 8:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Blindgreed1 writes:

"The dude" is a pickle chugger. New Ministry? I'm game. May have to hear a few before I'm a believer enough to buy though. Al's had a few stinkers.

# Jun 19, 2013 @ 10:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. WOLF7 writes:

Cynic, you know, you do have a good point on Rio Grande, it is a good album.
I think I got thrown off thinking about tracks like LiesLiesLies and Gangreen (ugh..).

Still, I've been a bit disappointed with their latest releases, both Sucker and Relapse being just "ok", IMO.

Oh well, let's see what Mr Jourgensen will come up this time around. Certainly up for it.

# Jun 19, 2013 @ 2:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Caveman1 writes:

After psalms i didn't get to into next 3... Then houses of the molé came out, hands down best ministry cd from start to end, lookin forward to beer to eternity for sure

# Jun 19, 2013 @ 2:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. WOLF7 writes:

Houses of the Mole is my fav Ministry album as well, Caveman, which is saying a lot in my case as I'd favored Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste since 1990.

And absolutely, Ministry was a wreck after Psalm69.
I do like Filthpig, Dark Side of the Spoon and the Animo-something but clearly they were focusing on something other than music during those albums (like heroin and other fun stuff).

Their latest release Relapse is my least favorite Ministry album, but it's Ministry, it can be great or crap, you never know.

# Jun 20, 2013 @ 4:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Blindgreed1 writes:

Just One More Fix. lol.

# Jun 20, 2013 @ 12:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. rey writes:

The real tribute to Mikey will be how much of the royalties Al will give to Mike's family. From past experience, I'm guessing none. The Real Al is a thief.

# Jun 21, 2013 @ 10:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^Bruce and the rest of Rigor Mortis and Warbeast are there for his family. They take care of their own.

# Jun 21, 2013 @ 10:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

Ministry is the sh**. Thought they were done for, but hey, I'm not complaining.

# Jun 24, 2013 @ 1:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. deathbringer writes:

Psalm 69 got me into Ministry and I think Rio Grande Blood was the best one since then. I never did check out Relapse - need to do that - but I found The Last Sucker just ok for a Ministry album.

# Jun 24, 2013 @ 2:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Persecution Mike writes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdEoRS7AV_w

# Jun 26, 2013 @ 8:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. WOLF7 writes:

BG1, Just one more fix, indeed. And another one. And another.

I honestly don't think Al can ever walk away from Ministry, and I'm certainly not complaining. I just hope this one'll be better than Relapse.

# Jul 3, 2013 @ 12:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. a nigger from the ghetto writes:

nooooooooo!

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