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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 meta. 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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SA 3051 Ministry - Special FM...Special Club album art Various I Wanted To Tell Her Various - Special FM...Special Club(12", Promo) Arista SA 3051 France 1983 Sell This Version
UH 02 Ministry - Ultra Hot Razor Cuts Second Edition album art Various I Wanted To Tell Her (Cold Trax Mix) Various - Ultra Hot Razor Cuts Second Edition(12", Promo) Art Of Mix UH 02 US 1990 Sell This Version
FM-6 Ministry - Future Mix 6 album art Various Everyday Is Halloween Various - Future Mix 6(12", Cle) Future Mix FM-6 US 1993 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-9096-R Ministry - The Bridge School Concerts Vol. One album art Various Friend Of The Devil Various - The Bridge School Concerts Vol. One(CD, Single, Promo) Reprise Records PRO-CD-9096-R US 1997 Sell This Version
none Gynophobia Fucked (Gynophobia 2002 Remix) Gynophobia - Bitch Pre-Release EP(CDr, EP, Unofficial) Not On Label none Australia 2002 Sell This Version
TSR 006, TSR006 Ministry - How To Kill The DJ (Sampler) album art Various I Wanted To Tell Her (Tongue Tied Remix (Naum Gabo Edit)) and 1 more… Various - How To Kill The DJ (Sampler)(12", Smplr) Tigersushi, Tigersushi TSR 006, TSR006 France 2003 Sell This Version
ME-007 Ministry - Reflection Series #6 album art Various Halloween Various - Reflection Series #6(12", Promo, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Medusa Edits ME-007 US 2009 Sell This Version
Ministry - Issue N° Eight album art Fixmer* Same Old Madness Fixmer* - Issue N° Eight Jealous God UK 2015 Sell This Version
MONTY-2 Ministry - Club Bangers Vol. 2 album art Various Everyday (Is Halloween) (Remix) Various - Club Bangers Vol. 2(12", Unofficial) Not On Label (Michael Jackson), Not On Label (Whodini), Not On Label (Ministry) MONTY-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
FMC-1 Ministry - Future Mix Classics album art Various Everyday Is Halloween Various - Future Mix Classics(12") Future Mix FMC-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
RES-5 Ministry - Resurrection Volume 5 album art Various Everyday Is Halloween Various - Resurrection Volume 5(12") Powerhouse Records RES-5 US Unknown Sell This Version

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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 6 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 7 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 12 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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