Ministry Debuts Third Single From ‘AmeriKKKANT’

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Ministry unveiled its latest single this week.

The band premiered ‘AmeriKKKA’ Sept. 18. The song, taken from the band’s recently released album AmeriKKKANT, was accompanied by a “visualizer” that is streaming online now here.

Musically, the song is a heavy, down-tempo piece that drives with the force of a sledgehammer while its lyrical content and visualizer present images of American patriotism to drive home the message of America’s current path under the current administration.

‘AmeriKKKA’ is the third single to be released from AmeriKKKANT.  The record has also spawned the singles ‘Antifa‘ and ‘Wargasm.’  A handful of videos featuring Ministry front man AL Jourgensen tackling subjects related to AmeriKKKANT have also been released.  They are noted below along with the links to the videos.

#1 – Al deconstructs the song ‘Antifa’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZormHXjp8M
#2 – Al about signing to Nuclear Blast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qwXgiDrtuw
#3 – Al’s political predictions for 2018: https://youtu.be/FzpnOKgyR1I
#4 – Al talks about sexual harassment:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnQuwU-bgSM
#5 – Al talks about the songwriting process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbYS9_8-swk
#6 – Why it is the right time for a Ministry album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToPyVcMeOk8
#7 – Should Trump be empeached or jailed? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUPLmk72b7w

Ministry will launch the next leg of its tour in support of AmeriKKKANT on Nov. 21 in San Francisco, CA.  That leg of its tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 21 in Los Angeles, CA.  The tour’s current schedule, which also features a performance in Asheville, NC on Dec. 10 is noted below.

Tickets on sale now via www.MinistryBand.com. Confirmed dates are as follows:

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11/21/2018 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
11/23/2018  – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/24/2018  – Denver, CO – Fillmore
11/27/2018  – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
11/29/2018 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/30/2018 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
12/01/2018 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
12/02/2018 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
12/04/2018 – Rochester, NY – Anthology
12/05/2018 – Washington, DC – Fillmore
12/06/2018 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/07/2018 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/08/2018 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12/10/2018 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
12/11/2018 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
12/12/2018 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
12/13/2018 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
12/14/2018 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
12/16/2018 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
12/18/2018 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
12/20/2018 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
12/21/2018 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda

More information on Ministry’s new single and video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.ministryband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WeAreMinistry

Twitter: http://twitter.com/WeAreMinistry

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Ministry Announces New Album Release, Tour Dates; Unveils Lead Single & Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Ministry returns next spring with its latest full-length studio recording.

The band announced Monday that it will release Amerikkkant March 9, 2018 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s 14th full-length studio recording, it will also be the band’s first for Nuclear Blast Records. Frontman and founder Al Jourgensen called the album a way for people to deal with the impact of Donald Trump’s rise to power.

“This album, Amerikkkant, will provide FEMA-like relief for the devastation Hurricane Cheeto has brought upon us,” Jourgensen said.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band has unveiled the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Antifa,’ which satirically comments on the alt-right as well as the antifa movement, making light of both sides’ wrong thought patterns. The video uses footage of atrocities carried out by both sides in order to illustrate that message. Audiences can view the video now here.

Amerikkkant was recorded at Caribou Studios in Burbank, CA between January and May of this year. Pre-orders are available now. The record’s track listing is noted below.

Ministry will tour in support of Amerikkkant beginning March 22 in Anaheim, CA. The band’s tour is currently set to run through April 28 in Austin, TX and also includes performances in Sacramento, CA; Chicago, IL; Huntington, NY and other cities including cities north of the border.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.  Tickets are available online here.

MARCH 2018
22  House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
23  Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA
24  Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
26  Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
28  Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
29  Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC  CANADA
31  Union Hall, Edmonton, AB  CANADA
APRIL
 1  Palace Theatre, Calgary, AB  CANADA
 3  Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
 5  Boubon Theatre, Lincoln, NE
 7  Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
 8  Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
10  Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
11  20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
12  Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
14  Opera House, Toronto, ON  CANADA
15  MTelus, Montreal, QC  CANADA
17  Royale, Boston, MA
18  Aura, Portland, ME
19  Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY
21  Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
22  Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
23  Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
25  Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
26  Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28  Levitation Festival, Austin, TX

More information on Ministry’s forthcoming album is available online now along with all of its latest news and more at:

Website: http://ministryband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WeAreMinistry

Twitter: http://twitter.com/WeAreMinistry

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Ellefson Partners With Pro Tone Pedals To Release New Pedal

Courtesy: Pro Tone Pedals

Courtesy: Pro Tone Pedals

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson does not rest easily on his laurels.

The musician turned entrepreneur announced this week a new partnership with Pro Tone Pedals to create a new guitar pedal.  The pedal, dubbed the “Dawn Patrol Chorus,” came to being after Pro Tone Pedals representatives approached Ellefson and proposed the idea.

Ellefson stressed the new, signature pedal will be a welcome addition to any bassist’s resources, adding he already used the company’s “Chorus” pedals when the organization’s representatives came to him with the idea.

“When Pro Tone approached me with the idea of making some signature pedals,as a bass player, Chorus is one of my go-to effects live, an ace weapon in my arsenal, and in many regards, helped me transition to my signature tone from studio to live on classics like ‘Dawn Patrol,’ Ellefson said.  “So the idea of developing a great chorus pedal was really a no brainer.  Dennis and the Pro Tone team are technical wizards and developed the Dawn Patrol to my exact specifications, and together we’ve developed a high quality, hand-built stompbox pedal that I’m positive will find a special place in any bassist’s rig.”

Ellefson’s new partnership with Pro Tone Pedals makes him just the latest name to make the company live up to its name.  Animals as Leaders bassist Tosin Abasi and Reeves Gabrels use the company’s signature pedals.  Jeff Loomis, Fear Factory, Alice in Chains, Prong, Deftones, Living Colour, Overkill, 30 Seconds to Mars and many others also use the company’s products.

Pro Tone Pedals was founded in 2004.  The company, now based in Charleston, South Carolina, has developed its reputation from making custom designed pedals.  Its employees’ dedication to customer service has garnered it affiliations with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Arch Enemy, Whitechapel, the Cure, Fear Factory, Ministry, Prong, Overkill and others.

The Dawn Patrol Chorus will be available at an introductory price of $189.99.  More information on the new pedal is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.protonepedals.com/ellefson

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/protonefans

 

 

 

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Houston Open Air Festival Lineup Announced

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media/Danny Wimmer Presents

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media/Danny Wimmer Presents

The lineup for the 2016 Houston Open Air Festival has officially been announced.

Organizers with the Houston Open Air Festival have revealed the lineup for the 2016 Houston Open Air Festival.  The lineup will feature 35 bands over two days.  That list includes: Deftones, Slayer,Chevelle, The Cult, Ministry, Alter Bridge, Ghost, Anthrax, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Sevendust, Baroness, Hellyeah, Chevy Metal, Buckcherry, Nothing More, The Amity Affliction, Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots, Avatar, letlive., Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Texas Hippie Coalition, Young Guns, Starset, Sick Puppies, Skindred, Neck Deep, Sons Of Texas, KYNG, Twelve Foot Ninja, Gemini Syndrome, The Word Alive, Dinosaur Pile Up, September Mourning, and more.  Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains have been named as the festival’s headliners.

A rolling discounted Early Bird pre-sale for Weekend General Admission tickets begins this Tuesday, May 17th at 12pm CDT/1pm EDT.  A very limited quantity of tickets will be available during this pre-sale.  They can be purchased online at http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com and will only be available while supplies last.  Their prices are noted below.

 

Early Bird #1: $89.50

Early Bird #2: $99.50

 

VIP weekend tickets will also be available at a cost of $234.50.

Public on-sale tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20th at 12pm CDT/1pm EDT.  They will also be available for purchase online at http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com.  Their prices are listed below.

 

 

Weekend GA: $109.50

Single-day GA: $69.50

Single-day VIP: $129.50

VIP Weekend: $234.50

 

 

VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into venue, access to VIP-only area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food options (for additional purchase), VIP-only viewing area of Main Stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a VIP-only commemorative laminate.

A portion of all proceeds from ticket sales for the festival will go toward aiding the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund.  The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund was established by Houston’s mayor Sylvester Turner in order to accept donations for flood relief in the Houston community.  This includes aiding victims of the flooding that stemmed from recent storms that hit the region.  More information on The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund is available online at http://www.houstonrecovers.org.  Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents, spoke with the media recently.  He discussed the timing of the festival’s announcement in relation to the city’s recovery from said storms as well as the motivation for teaming with Mayor Turner in his recovery efforts.  “Houston Open Air has been in the works for almost a year now,” he said.  It’s awkward to announce a major music festival in a city that has experienced such recent hardship and, in fact, we delayed our announcements out of respect for what Houston has endured. But at the same time, our festivals are about highlighting the strengths (or sometimes the needs) of our host city. There’s no more important way to do that right now than to support Mayor Turner’s efforts to help Houston recover from this spring’s flooding and we will be incorporating this message throughout our launch campaign.”

Danny Wimmer is the founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.  He shared his thoughts on the logistics of the concert’s location, its lineup, and more in his discussion with the press.  “Houston is one of the country’s biggest rock markets and, when combined with the impressive food scene happening here, it’s a natural location for a DWP festival,” he said.  “We’re thrilled to have such a diverse first-year lineup that includes Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains and Chevelle. With the inclusion of an incredible food experience and the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Row, we are kicking off a powerhouse experience that will live in the market for many years to come!”

The Houston Open Air Festival’s band lineup is just part of what audiences have to look forward to this year.  There will also be a special food and drink experience for fans who attend.  This includes the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row and a massive Gourmet Man Food Experience  The brands featured in the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row include: Jack Daniel’s Black Label, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Old Forester, and Woodford Reserve.  The complete lineup and menus for the Gourmet Man Food experience will be announced soon.

Houston Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, producer of: Louder Than Life, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Aftershock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Rock on the Range, and more.  It is sponsored by: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador, Fxck Cancer’s Dyin2Live, NRG Park, and SoHo Concessions, and more to be announced soon.

NRG Park is the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans and the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  It is located at One NRG Park in Houston, TX.

More information on the Houston Open Air Festival is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/houstonopenair

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HouOpenAir

 

 

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AEG Live To Debut New Rock Festival This Summer

Courtesy:  AEG Live/Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: AEG Live/Ashton-Magnuson Media

The annual summer music festival season has just expanded again.

The High Elevation Rock Festival will make its debut this summer.  It will be held Saturday, September 10th at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in in Greenwood Village, Colorado.  That is just outside Denver.  The one-day festival will feature some of today’s biggest rock acts over the span of eleven hours.  Those bands include but are not limited to: Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Chevelle, Pierce The Veil, Ministry, Killswitch Engage, Animals As Leaders, Sevendust, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Amity Affliction, Neck Deep, Shaman’s Harvest, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Lola Black.

Pre-sale tickets for this event go on sale this Wednesday, May 18th at 10:00am MDT/12:00pm EDT and ends Friday, May 20th at 9:59am MDT/11:59am EDT.  They can be purchased online at http://www.HighElevationFestival.com.  Audiences can go online to the festival’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page to obtain a password that can be used to purchase said tickets.  Public on-sale for tickets begins Friday, May 20th at 10am MDT/12pm EDT.  General Admission ticket prices are noted below.

 

Presale ticket prices are as follows (plus fees):

General Admission Pit:  $79.50

General Admission Seated:  $69.50

General Admission Lawn:  $59.50

 

A very limited number of General Admission lawn 4-packs will be available for $198 each.  There will also be a limited number of tickets available for active military personnel online through a partnership with GovX. They can be purchased online at http://ww.govx.com.  A limited number of hotel packages for 2 and four people each will also be available for purchase.  Hotel packages include: accommodations close to the festival site, premiere parking, and festival shirts for each person attending.

The High Elevation Rock Festival is powered by Monster Energy and presented by AEG Live, producers of Rock on the Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma, and Northern Invasion as well as other festivals.  More information on the inaugural High Elevation Rock Festival is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.HighElevationFestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/High-Elevation-Festival-474374642769050/?fref=ts

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ElevationRockCO

Instagram: http://instagram.com/HighElevationFestival

 

 

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Last Tangle In Paris Is A Fitting Live Finale For Ministry

Courtesy:  UDR/13th Planet Records

Courtesy: UDR/13th Planet Records

Ministry is done. This is according to the band’s founder Al Jourgensen. While Jourgensen may have called it a career (at least with Ministry), fans have been rewarded for their loyalty once more with another new live recording in the form of Ministry: Last Tangle in ParisLive 2012. This new release follows up last year’s release of Enjoy the Quiet: Live at Wacken 2012. Anyone that missed that release will be pleasantly surprised to find much the same performance as is presented in this latest recording. That is the most important factor in the overall success of this release. Of equal importance is that once again, the concert presentation includes both an audio and visual presentation. The overall quality of the audio and video of the recording is the last but hardly least important part of the whole worth noting. All these factors together make Ministry: Last Tangle in ParisLive 2012 a lasting memory for fans of one of hard rock’s most important acts.

Ministry: Last Tangle in ParisLive 2012 is Ministry’s follow-up to its live 2013 recording, Enjoy The Quiet: Live at Wacken 2012. Audiences that might not have had the chance to pick up the earlier release will be happy to know that Last Tangle in Paris boasts largely the same set list as the band’s Wacken recording. It is largely the same because both recordings were part of the same tour. It boasts such hits as: ‘No W,’ ‘Psalm 69,’ ‘LiesLiesLies,’ and ‘Khyber Pass’ among so many others. The audio portion of the recording totals twenty-seven songs and nearly two hours of material. The recording’s DVD side comes in at nearly an hour and a half. That brings the total run time of the package in whole to nearly three and a half hours. So it goes without saying that audiences will be thoroughly entertained with so much material in one package.

The similarity of Last Tangle in Paris’ set list to that of Ministry’s Live at Wacken recording is just part of what makes Last Tangle in Paris another welcome recording for Ministry’s fans. Audiences will note in the recording’s visual portion (its DVD half) that they get more than just a concert. Audiences are actually treated to some behind-the-scenes extras. Audiences are treated to interviews with Jourgensen before and after the concert as well as one of his band mates. That interview includes a tribute of sorts to late band member Mike Scaccia who had passed away. Those extra interviews give audiences the chance to see another side of Jourgensen that they might not have otherwise gotten to see. Together with the concert footage, it makes the concert experience in whole even more complete.

Jourgensen and company impress on Last Tangle in Paris thanks in part to the similarity of this recording’s set list to that of the band’s performance at Wacken from earlier in the year. Making the recording even more entertaining is the bonus DVD included in the set. It includes not only a concert recording, but also bonus behind-the-scenes interviews of sorts as additional material. All of this together makes this recording well worth checking out for any Ministry fan. There is still one piece of the recording that must be examined before passing judgment on the package in whole. That final piece is the concert’s audio and video mix. Whether it be the double-disc CD side of the recording or the companion DVD, the audio and video in whole are balanced rather well. That is especially a feat for a band as intense as Ministry. At no point is Jourgensen covered by the guitars and drums or vice versa. Each part compliments the other from start to finish throughout both portions of the recording. The end result of this is an increased enjoyment of the recording’s songs on both sides of the set and an even deeper appreciation for what may be one of the last live recordings from one of the titans of the hard rock and metal community.

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Fans Will “Enjoy” Ministry’s Latest Live Recording

Courtesy: UDR/EMI/Wacken Records/Thirteenth Planet Records

Courtesy: UDR/EMI/Wacken Records/Thirteenth Planet Records

Ministry’s new live recording, Enjoy The Quiet – Live at Wacken 2012, is a recording that any fan of this stalwart industrial metal band will want to own.  It is the last live recording featuring the band’s longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia before his surprising and sudden death later that year.  The band’s hardcore fans have been rewarded for their loyalty with this recording as it has been released both as a standalone Blu-ray and a DVD/2-CD combo pack.  Sweetening the deal even more for fans, both the Blu-ray and triple disc DVD/CD combo pack offer fans both the band’s performance from the 2012 Wacken Open Air Festival and its performance from the 2006 Festival.  While not every one of the band’s extensive catalogue of albums is represented across the two performances, fans will appreciate that the band takes them as far back as 1992’s groundbreaking Psalm 69 and as recent as 2012’s Relapse.  Those handling the audio and video for the 2012 performance handled it expertly.  Together with the set list and the extensive presentation means, it proves even more to be a recording that any Ministry fan will want to add to their collection.

Ministry’s fans should applaud both the band and the people at UDR, EMI, Wacken Records, and Thirteenth Planet Records for Enjoy The Quiet – Live at Wacken 2012.  The reason for that is that it has been presented in multiple formats.  On the surface, this would not necessarily be a good thing.  But a closer look shows that it is indeed something good.  That’s because instead of being presented on three totally separate formats, it has been presented on two.  The first is a standalone Blu-ray presenting both the band’s 2012 performance and its performance from the 2006 Wacken Open Air Festival.  The second is a triple disc DVD/2-CD combo pack.  It would have been just as easy for the record labels involved to split this combo pack into two separate platforms.  But they didn’t.  They combined them, knowing that while Blu-ray is popular, more people still use DVD format.  So in combining the two platforms into one, the record labels involved have given fans a full concert experience.  It will allow them to take the concert with them in their cars and in their homes (or homes of friends).  So kudos are in order for this rather important factor being given attention.

Just as important as the concert’s packaging to consider is its set list.  It would be improper to consider the combination of the 2012 and 2006 performances to be career spanning. But the two performances do collectively present some of the band’s biggest hits.  Fans are taken all the way back to 1989’s A Mind is a Terrible Thing To Waste and all the way up to 2012’s Relapse with songs such as ‘Thieves’, ‘Ghouldiggers’, ’99 Percenters’, and ‘Relapse’ just to name a handful of songs.  The band’s breakout 1992 album Psalm 69 is also represented in these performances through the likes of ‘Grace’, ‘N.W.O.’ and the album’s title track.  There are even more songs from albums in between.  And fans will each have their own favorites when they pick up this live release for themselves.

The combined set list from the band’s performance at the 2012 and 2006 Wacken is extensive enough to impress any of the band’s longtime fans.  And that it has been presented on both a standalone Blu-ray and DVD/2-CD combo pack is even more worthy of praise.  One more factor to be considered in this release is its audio and video mix.  Those handling the audio and video mix in the 2012 performance are to be applauded.  Any live recording from any musical act can be muddied.  This has happened with various live recordings across the musical spectrum across time.  The band’s 2012 performance however didn’t fall victim to that pitfall.  And because of that, it stands even more as a live recording that any Ministry fan will want to add to their own Ministry collection.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other releases from Ministry is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ministry and http://www.thirteenthplanet.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.