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."

Ministry Discography Tracks


Ministry - BastardEYES album art Zilch Hello Hello Hello Goodbye Zilch - BastardEYES (Album) Cutting Edge Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Ministry - Join, Or Die album art Amen (2) Coma America (Ministry Mix) Amen (2) - Join, Or Die (Album, Comp) Refuse Music US 2003 Sell This Version
VR1024 Ministry - Aggro album art Testify Spoil (Wing Tip Mix) Testify - Aggro(CD, Comp) Van Richter VR1024 US 2006 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

BMCD29 Ministry - Bridge Benefit - An Acoustic Evening album art Pearl Jam Pearl Jam - Bridge Benefit - An Acoustic Evening(CD, Unofficial) Blue Moon Records BMCD29 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Ministry - The Matrix: Music From The Motion Picture album art Various Bad Blood Various - The Matrix: Music From The Motion Picture (Comp, Album) masterpiece Europe 1999 Sell This Version
RSHS016 Ministry - Special Rock US album art Various Jimmie Crack Rock Various - Special Rock US(CD, Smplr) Rock Sound RSHS016 France 2000 Sell This Version
TSRCD002 Ministry - How To Kill The DJ [Part One] album art Various I Wanted To Tell Her (Naom Gabo Edit) Various - How To Kill The DJ [Part One](CD, Mixed) Tigersushi TSRCD002 France 2003 Sell This Version
Ministry - Rio Grande Dub Ya album art Ministry Ministry - Rio Grande Dub Ya (Album) 13th Planet Records US 2007 Sell This Version
none Ministry - Keys To The City album art Ministry And Co-Conspirators Ministry And Co-Conspirators - Keys To The City(File, AAC, Single, 256) 13th Planet Records none 2008
none Ministry - It's Always Christmas Time album art Al Jourgensen And Mark Thwaite* What A Wonderful World (Christmas Mix) Al Jourgensen And Mark Thwaite* - It's Always Christmas Time(CD, Single, Ltd, Num) 13th Planet Records none US 2009 Sell This Version
020286133728 Ministry - The Last Dubber album art Ministry Ministry - The Last Dubber(CD, Album, MP) 13th Planet Records, Megaforce Records 020286133728 US 2009 Sell This Version
Ministry - Adios... Puta Madres album art Ministry Ministry - Adios... Puta Madres (Album) 13th Planet Records Europe 2009 Sell This Version
IDR 001 Ministry - I.D. Vol 1 album art Various Don't Remember What (Marcello Giordani Re Edit) Various - I.D. Vol 1(12", Unofficial) Italo Deviance Records IDR 001 UK 2009 Sell This Version
Ministry - Mixxxes Of The Molé album art Ministry Ministry - Mixxxes Of The Molé (Album) 13th Planet Records US 2010 Sell This Version
Ministry - Undercover album art Ministry And Co-Conspirators Ministry And Co-Conspirators - Undercover (Album) 13th Planet Records, Cleopatra UK 2010 Sell This Version
Ministry - Relapse album art Ministry Ministry - Relapse (Album) AFM Records Germany 2012 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

C 38033 Ministry - Work For Love album art Ministry Ministry - Work For Love(Cass, Album) Arista C 38033 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
Ministry - The Land Of Rape And Honey album art Ministry Ministry - The Land Of Rape And Honey (Album) Sire, Sire US 1988 Sell This Version
Ministry - Stigmata album art Ministry Ministry - Stigmata (Maxi) Sire, Sire US 1988 Sell This Version
0-21384, 9 21384-0 Ministry - Burning Inside album art Ministry Smothered Hope Ministry - Burning Inside(12", Maxi) Sire, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 0-21384, 9 21384-0 US 1989 Sell This Version
Ministry - In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live) album art Ministry Ministry - In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live) (Album) Sire, Warner Bros. Records US 1990 Sell This Version
SKX 50 Ministry - Hive EP album art The Fatima Mansions Stigmata The Fatima Mansions - Hive EP(12", EP) Kitchenware Records SKX 50 UK 1991 Sell This Version
LVD9104 Ministry - In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live) album art Ministry Ministry - In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live)(Laserdisc, 12", S/Sided, NTSC, CLV) Lumivision LVD9104 US 1991 Sell This Version
Ministry - N.W.O. album art Ministry Ministry - N.W.O. (Single) Sire US 1992 Sell This Version
Ministry - Tíma Mansió Dumps The Dead album art The Fatima Mansions Stigmata The Fatima Mansions - Tíma Mansió Dumps The Dead (Maxi, Single, Comp) Radioactive, Radioactive US 1992 Sell This Version

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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. :(


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!


November 19, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
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!


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!!!!


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'll get it.

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