Al Jourgensen said some time ago that he was done with Ministry. He said that he had no intention of releasing anymore Ministry albums after the release of the band’s last album, Relapse (2012). As he stated himself, “I had no choice.” But like a heavyweight that just can’t stay out of the ring, Jourgensen is returning to the metal ring this Fall with another new Ministry album. The upcoming album, the thirteenth from Jourgensen under the Ministry moniker, is titled From Beer to Eternity. It is currently scheduled to be released September 6th via 13th Planet Records.
Work on From Beer to Eternity started in December 2012 with band mates Mike Scaccia (guitars), Sin Quirin (guitars), Aaron Rossi (drums), and Tony Campos (bass) at Jourgensen’s 13th Planet studios in El Paso, Texas. Jourgensen wrote the music and lyrics for all eleven of the album’s songs and produced it, too. Sadly, Scaccia—then 47 years old—died before the record was finished after suffering a heart attack on stage with his band, Rigor Mortis. Jourgensen commented on Scaccia’s death, expressing the band’s sadness at his passing and how it helped push this new record forward. “We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before,” Jourgensen said. “Everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record.” He went into more detail, explaining that because of Scaccia’s death and his excitement over the record that he had to push on. “There was no choice,” he said. “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.” There is even a track on the new album dedicated to Scaccia titled, ‘Change of Luck.’
Other songs that fans will want to hear from this highly anticipated album include, ‘Punch in the Face’, and the album’s high energy, sarcastic, sound-effect heavy, ‘Hail to his Majesty (Peasants)’ and the album’s first single, ‘PermaWar.’ The single will be released digitally via iTunes late this month as a three-track maxi-single. Along with the new album’s standard edition, 13th Planet Records will be releasing it in a special thirteen-track digipack, a FanBox edition, and a vinyl and limited edition 12” picture discs.
The release of From Beer to Eternity is reason for Ministry fans to be excited. It’s not the only reason they have to be excited. Jourgensen will also be releasing his autobiography, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen next Tuesday, July 9th. The autobiography was penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn. It will be published by Da Capo Press. Making fans even happier, those fans that attend this year’s already sold-out Wacken Open Air Festival will get to purchase the band’s new double-disc DVD, Ministry: Enjoy the Quiet – Live at Wacken 2012. That release will debut at the annual three-day festival in Germany. It was filmed at Ministry’s performance at the 2012 Wacken Open Air Festival. That performance was one of the band’s final shows of its 2012 tour. The concert, performed in front of seventy-five thousand fans, includes hits such as: ‘New World Order’, ’99 Percenters’, ‘Ghouldiggers’, ‘Psalm 69’, ‘Thieves’, ‘Just One Fix’, and ‘Khyber Pass.’
Pre-orders for Ministry’s new album will be posted to the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/Ministry soon. Fans can “Like” the page to keep up with the pre-order news, tour dates, and more.
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