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More behind-the-scenes footage from the making of MINISTRY‘s 13th studio album, “From Beer To Eternity”, can be seen below. The CD was released on September 6 via 13th Planet Records.

As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn’t going to be another MINISTRY album, but as mastermind Al 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, Texas, 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 19, 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, Texas. 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 andbooming 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, sounding at once familiar, yet completely fresh and inspired. 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, and underscores Scaccia‘s birthright as one of the greatest metal guitarists in the world.

“PermaWar”, the first single from “From Beer To Eternity”, dropped digitally via iTunes in late July as a three-track maxi single.

July 9 saw the release of Jourgensen‘s authorized biography, “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen”, penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn on DaCapo Press. “Ministry” is a memoir both ugly and captivating, revealing Jourgensen as a man who lived a hard life his own way without making compromises.

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Sepultura: returning veterans

Brazilian thrashers Sepultura have announced a UK tour!

Catch the guys on the following dates (ticket links provided):

1 Feb // PAVILLION, WEYMOUTH – buy tickets
2 Feb // THE LIBARY, BIRMINGHAM – buy tickets
3 Feb // THE FLEECE, BRISTOL – buy tickets
4 Feb // THE ACADEMY, DUBLIN – buy tickets
5 Feb // THE RITZ, MANCHESTER – buy tickets
6 Feb // O2 ACADEMY, LONDON ISLINGTON – buy tickets

New Seps album The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart is out October 28 via Nuclear Blast.

Track out first single The Age Of The Atheist below…

The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart Track Listing

01. Trauma Of War
02. The Vatican
03. Impending Doom
04. Manipulation Of Tragedy
05. Tsunami
06. The Bliss of Ignorants
07. Grief
08. The Age Of The Atheist
09. Obsessed
10. Da Lama ao Caos

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More behind-the-scenes footage from the making of MINISTRY‘s 13th studio album, “From Beer To Eternity”, can be seen below. The CD was released on September 6 via 13th Planet Records.

As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn’t going to be another MINISTRY album, but as mastermind Al 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, Texas, 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 19, 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, Texas. 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 andbooming 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, sounding at once familiar, yet completely fresh and inspired. 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, and underscores Scaccia‘s birthright as one of the greatest metal guitarists in the world.

“PermaWar”, the first single from “From Beer To Eternity”, dropped digitally via iTunes in late July as a three-track maxi single.

July 9 saw the release of Jourgensen‘s authorized biography, “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen”, penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn on DaCapo Press. “Ministry” is a memoir both ugly and captivating, revealing Jourgensen as a man who lived a hard life his own way without making compromises.









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Sepultura: returning veterans

We’ve got a brand new track from Brazilian thrash icons SepulturaThe Age Of The Atheist is taken from new Seps album The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, out October 28 via Nuclear Blast.

Get grooving:

The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart Track Listing

01. Trauma Of War
02. The Vatican
03. Impending Doom
04. Manipulation Of Tragedy
05. Tsunami
06. The Bliss of Ignorants
07. Grief
08. The Age Of The Atheist
09. Obsessed
10. Da Lama ao Caos

Pre-order the album here

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More behind-the-scenes footage from the making of MINISTRY‘s 13th studio album, “From Beer To Eternity”, can be seen below. The CD was released on September 6 via 13th Planet Records.

As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn’t going to be another MINISTRY album, but as mastermind Al 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, Texas, 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 19, 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, Texas. 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 andbooming 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, sounding at once familiar, yet completely fresh and inspired. 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, and underscores Scaccia‘s birthright as one of the greatest metal guitarists in the world.

“PermaWar”, the first single from “From Beer To Eternity”, dropped digitally via iTunes in late July as a three-track maxi single.

July 9 saw the release of Jourgensen‘s authorized biography, “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen”, penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn on DaCapo Press. “Ministry” is a memoir both ugly and captivating, revealing Jourgensen as a man who lived a hard life his own way without making compromises.








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Black Dogs: grim Northern hardcore

We love ourselves a bit of grim Northern hardcore, so imagine our delight when we stumbled across the metal-infused mayhem of Black Dogs!

We’re debuting their awesome new video Hellhole, taken from the band’s forthcoming album Grief, out November 5 via DSTRY EVRYTHNG.

Check it out:

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More behind-the-scenes footage from the making of MINISTRY‘s 13th studio album, “From Beer To Eternity”, can be seen below. The CD was released on September 6 via 13th Planet Records.

As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn’t going to be another MINISTRY album, but as mastermind Al 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, Texas, 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 19, 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, Texas. 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 andbooming 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, sounding at once familiar, yet completely fresh and inspired. 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, and underscores Scaccia‘s birthright as one of the greatest metal guitarists in the world.

“PermaWar”, the first single from “From Beer To Eternity”, dropped digitally via iTunes in late July as a three-track maxi single.

July 9 saw the release of Jourgensen‘s authorized biography, “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen”, penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn on DaCapo Press. “Ministry” is a memoir both ugly and captivating, revealing Jourgensen as a man who lived a hard life his own way without making compromises.







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Sepultura Mark 2013

Sepultura release new, ludicrously titled album The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart on October 25 via Nuclear Blast and have posted a new trailer plugging exactly that:

The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart track listing

01. Trauma Of War
02. The Vatican
03. Impending Doom
04. Manipulation Of Tragedy
05. Tsunami
06. The Bliss of Ignorants
07. Grief
08. The Age Of The Atheist
09. Obsessed
10. Da Lama ao Caos

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More behind-the-scenes footage from the making of MINISTRY‘s 13th studio album, “From Beer To Eternity”, can be seen below. The CD will be released on September 6 via 13th Planet Records.

As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn’t going to be another MINISTRY album, but as mastermind Al 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, Texas, 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 19, 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, Texas. 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 andbooming 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, sounding at once familiar, yet completely fresh and inspired. 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, and underscores Scaccia‘s birthright as one of the greatest metal guitarists in the world.

“PermaWar”, the first single from “From Beer To Eternity”, dropped digitally via iTunes in late July as a three-track maxi single.

July 9 saw the release of Jourgensen‘s authorized biography, “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen”, penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn on DaCapo Press. “Ministry” is a memoir both ugly and captivating, revealing Jourgensen as a man who lived a hard life his own way without making compromises.






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Cutter of Envision Radio Networks“Hangar 19” podcast recently conducted an interview with MINISTRY mastermind Al Jourgensen. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

MINISTRY‘s 13th studio album, “From Beer To Eternity”, will be released on September 6 via 13th Planet Records.

Sessions for what would become “From Beer To Eternity” began last December at Jourgensen‘s 13th Planet compound in El Paso, Texas, 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 19, 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, Texas. Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.

“We have never, in the history of MINISTRY, ever had a tracking session like that before,” stated 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 said 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.'”

Interview (audio):



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