Ministry

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Ministry is the brainchild of Al Jourgensen. Beginning in 1981 playing synth pop with a strong disco influence, they released their first 12" on Wax Trax! Records, before being signed to Arista and releasing their debut "With Sympathy" in 1983. After a falling out with the label and the direction of the project, Jourgensen returned to Wax Trax! Records to release a series of 12" Singles, including "All Day / Everyday (Is Halloween)" which became an instant club favorite and would go on to become one of the band's most popular songs.

Jourgensen then signed to Sire/Warner Bros. Records in 1985. Ministry's second album "Twitch" was produced by Adrian Sherwood and had a more menacing sound reflecting Jourgensen's interest in the international EBM (electronic body music) scene of the time. Ministry's third album, "The Land Of Rape And Honey" (1988,) was both a natural evolution of their aesthetic and a sharp break with previous pop tendencies and, with the arrival of Paul Barker and other new members, Ministry's sound developed into a crossover between EBM, industrial, and heavy metal. Their experimentation with heavy metal was then continued with the following "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste" (1990), where the guitar began to take on much more importance to their sound. Ministry's breakthrough album, "ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ" (1992), was a very dark, powerful, and violent album, that saw the band moving further into thrash metal while still retaining elements of industrial music and noise. The following records "Filth Pig" (1996) and "Dark Side Of The Spoon" (1999) showcased a much more straightforward heavy metal sound, to lower sales than previous records. The band released their first best of collection entitled "Greatest Fits" (2001) and were then dropped by Warner Bros. Records.

In 2003, the band then moved to Sanctuary Records and released "Animositisomina". Paul Barker left the band in January 2004, leaving Jourgensen to put together a new line-up for "Houses Of The Molé". After the 2004 Evil Doer Tour, there was yet another change in personnel with Prong founder Tommy Victor on guitar and Paul Raven (who had also played in Prong and in Killing Joke) on bass. In may, 2006, Ministry released "Rio Grande Blood" which was quickly followed by what was announced as their final album, "The Last Sucker", in 2007, and a collection of covers entitled "Cover Up" in 2008.

Despite Jourgensen's claim that the band was over, 2010 saw another collection, mixing covers and remixes, entitled "Undercover". Following a serious illness, Al Jourgensen decided to restart the band with Mike Scaccia and two new Ministry albums followed, "Relapse" in 2012 and "From Beer To Eternity" 2013. Scaccia's death in 2012 had apparently brought a final, definite end to the band with the 2013 album until early 2017 when Jourgensen began working on a new album, tentatively titled "AmeriKKKant."
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AL 6608 Ministry - With Sympathy album art Ministry With Sympathy (Album) Arista AL 6608 US 1983 Sell This Version
405 491 Ministry - Untitled album art Ministry Untitled(Cass, Promo, Smplr, Dol) Arista 405 491 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
92 53091 Ministry - Twitch album art Ministry Twitch (Album) Sire, Sire 92 53091 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
9 25799-4 Ministry - The Land Of Rape And Honey album art Ministry The Land Of Rape And Honey (Album) Sire, Sire 9 25799-4 US 1988 Sell This Version
W4-26004 Ministry - The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste album art Ministry The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste (Album) Sire, Warner Bros. Records W4-26004 US 1989 Sell This Version
7599-26266-2 Ministry - In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live) album art Ministry In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live) (Album, MiniAlbum) Sire, Warner Bros. Records 7599-26266-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
7599-26727-2 Ministry - ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ album art Ministry ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ (Album) Sire, Warner Bros. Records 7599-26727-2 Australasia 1992 Sell This Version
45838 Ministry - Filth Pig album art Ministry Filth Pig (Album) Warner Bros. Records 45838 US 1995 Sell This Version
PROP05041, 9362-47311-2 Ministry - Dark Side Of The Spoon album art Ministry Dark Side Of The Spoon (Album, Single) Warner Bros. Records PROP05041, 9362-47311-2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
none Ministry - Sphinctour album art Ministry Sphinctour (Album) Sanctuary Records none US 2001 Sell This Version
284543-2 Ministry - Animositisomina album art Ministry Animositisomina (Album) Sanctuary 284543-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
MYNCD023 Ministry - Houses Of The Molé album art Ministry Houses Of The Molé (Album) Sanctuary Records MYNCD023 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
DDCZ-1311 Ministry - Rio Grande Blood album art Ministry Rio Grande Blood (Album) 13th Planet Records, Megaforce Records DDCZ-1311 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
THPLI 005 Ministry - The Last Sucker album art Ministry The Last Sucker (Album) 13th Planet Records THPLI 005 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
DDCZ-1448 Ministry - Rio Grande Dub Ya album art Ministry Rio Grande Dub Ya (Album) 13th Planet Records DDCZ-1448 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
THP 008 Ministry - Cover Up album art Ministry And Co-Conspirators Ministry And Co-Conspirators - Cover Up (Album) 13th Planet Records THP 008 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
020286133728 Ministry - The Last Dubber album art Ministry The Last Dubber (Album) 13th Planet Records, Megaforce Records 020286133728 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Ministry - Adios... Puta Madres album art Ministry Adios... Puta Madres (Album) 13th Planet Records none US 2009 Sell This Version
020286154372 Ministry - Mixxxes Of The Molé album art Ministry Mixxxes Of The Molé (Album) 13th Planet Records 020286154372 US 2010 Sell This Version
EWO044CD Ministry - Undercover album art Ministry And Co-Conspirators Ministry And Co-Conspirators - Undercover (Album) 13th Planet Records, Cleopatra EWO044CD UK 2010 Sell This Version
none Ministry - Fix album art Ministry / Paul Barker Ministry / Paul Barker - Fix (Album) Gigantic Pictures none US 2012 Sell This Version
AFM 399-2 Ministry - Relapse album art Ministry Relapse (Album) AFM Records AFM 399-2 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
UDR 0236 PR, 5099961515390, 5099944485498, 5099944485429, 5099944485528, none Ministry - Enjoy The Quiet - Live At Wacken 2012 album art Ministry Enjoy The Quiet - Live At Wacken 2012 (Album) UDR, EMI UDR 0236 PR, 5099961515390, 5099944485498, 5099944485429, 5099944485528, none Germany 2013 Sell This Version
D.I. 310 Ministry - From Beer To Eternity album art Ministry From Beer To Eternity (Album) AFM Records, 13th Planet Records D.I. 310 Argentina 2013 Sell This Version
UDR 0350 2CD+DVD Ministry - Last Tangle In Paris Live 2012 album art Ministry Last Tangle In Paris Live 2012 (Album) UDR, 13th Planet Records UDR 0350 2CD+DVD Germany 2014 Sell This Version

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AlgorithmicWreckords

AlgorithmicWreckords

June 21, 2020
Ministry rocks... Al rocks... if you don't like it, don't listen]:-)>
Andrew_Lawson

Andrew_Lawson

August 27, 2019
Frankly I wouldn't recommend any album after Paul Barker left in 2003/4, it all goes downhill after that..
PulledToBits

PulledToBits

May 20, 2019
I don't get everyone saying/insisting Al should stop doing what hes always done. I'm a fan from the early days and am not really into the more recent releases either, but...None of you have to pay any attention to what he's doing. If no one was interested - I doubt he would do it. Some out there are interested, and clearly, get enjoyment out of what he puts out, and he has the right to continue his career as an artist/musician. Why this bothers any of you is beyond me. Guess its cool to publicly trash those you once looked up to because he did what? Put out music you no longer liked? If you liked what he did up until year X, then be thankful for how it enhanced your life and move on to other things. All this bitching is beyond me - go live your life. Better yet - go put out "better" music instead of bitching about other artists output. Its fine to have opinions. I think a whole ton of music is total shit - and I have become disinterested in artists I was once in love with, but somehow I feel zero desire to go on a public forum where fans of said music may gather, and proclaim it to a bunch of strangers, never mind call for an artist to stop being an artist. Weird, that so many here feel so inclined.
Shir-Khan

Shir-Khan

February 16, 2018
Unfortunately Uncle Al went mad somewhere around 2012... While a big fan of even his then-recent work, I would consider anything starting from Relapse the work of another Ministry, one that sucks... How the mighty are fallen. :(
dalekim23

dalekim23

December 13, 2017
Uncle Al and crew continue to pump out albums and tour the world. AmeriKKKant and tour coming March 2018. Never stop, you can rest when you're dead. Ministry fan for life!
heidelbaer

heidelbaer

November 19, 2012
edited over 8 years ago
Well...
Al Jourgensen, one of my greatest musical heros of all time who once used to be a blessed songwriter, would definitely have been better off with finally staying retired.
Instead he's once again coming back with another pointless record and even penetrates us with another tour.
But it is just painful to see that old physical wreck crawling on stage and you sincerely hope that his nurse will show up soon and bring him to bed or at least someone would get him a weeled walker. And then you get frightened anytime the bowed old man is breaking safe contact to the microphone stand and tries to overcome the distance to where his glass of wine is standing.
Oh my...
Come on Al! Face it! Time is over!
You should seriously consider moving to a nice and safe nursing home. Sad but true.

And regarding the Relapse album, oh well....
There was some reviewer from the Quietus who summed it up pretty well actually:
"I skipped ahead, listened, shuddered, and skipped ahead again. Rather than waste words, I’ll just say that the remainder of the record is painted in various shades of worse."

Nuff said!
omniman6

omniman6

January 21, 2010
edited over 10 years ago
Best Band EVER!!! Al Jourgensen & Paul Baker gave to the Industrial and electronic music a sense of power & passion for music, together with Revco, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly & NiN....the rest is history...WAX TRAX!!!!
noizyme

noizyme

March 2, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
I will continue to recommend this band to new people just starting to listen to industrial. Even if the rock element is left-of-snob for the industrial crowd, Alain J. has the brashish vocals (great design on the vocals BTW), craziest, hardest drums you'll ever hear without being picky to the metal genre, and they're open to using samplers, synths, original freeflow time signatures and breaks. Pick up Psalm 69, Land Of Rape and Honey, or The Mind is a Beautiful Thing to Taste today...you'll get it.

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