Ministry

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Info and Intro

Ministry was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1981 by Alain Jourgensen (Al Jourgensen), who had previously been in a New Wave band called Special Affect, that band was fronted by future My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult leader Frankie Nardiello, aka Groovie Mann.

Ministry debut was with the Wax Trax! label and was the single "Cold Life", which was in the Synthpop/Dance style of New Wave, almost in a similar vain to the likes of the Human League and Thompson Twins. Their first album "With Sympathy", on the major label Arista in 1983, followed a similar musical direction, one that Jourgensen was not happy with, so he returned to Wax Trax! and recorded a number of singles whilst reinventing the band’s style, as well as creating his notorious side project, the Revolting Cocks.

In 1985, Jourgensen had become the only official member of Ministry, then the Adrian Sherwood produced album, "Twitch" was released by Sire Records. While not as aggressive as the group’s later material, it took definite steps in that direction.

Following a 1987 release with Skinny Puppy front man "Kevin Ogilvie", aka Ogre, Jourgensen once again reinvented "Ministry", also involved at this time was former "The Blackouts" bassist "Paul Barker", Barker had officially joining the lineup, and became a great complement Jourgensen’s rediscovery of the guitar. Also ex-"The Blackouts" band member "Bill Rieflin" became the drummer, and "Mike Scaccia" joined in as another guitarist, there was also "Chris Connelly" on vocals. This collaboration created the 1988 album, "The Land of Rape and Honey". Jourgensen and Barker were credited as "Hypo Luxa" and "Hermes Pan", respectively, this was the album that produced the sound that Ministry became known for, an explosive fusion of Heavy Metal with Industrial dance beats, samples and Punk attitude.

Below here is one of Ministy's best known tracks, we here at Altopedia believe it's a little too suspiciously similar to the track "Du Hast" by Rammstein

Albums List

1) With Sympathy (1983)

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2) Twitch (1986)

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3) The Land of Rape and Honey (1988)

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4) The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989)

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5) Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992)

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6) Filth Pig (1996)

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7) Dark Side of the Spoon (1999)

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8) Animositisomina (2003)

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9) Houses of the Molé (2004)

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10) Rio Grande Blood (2006)

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11) The Last Sucker (2007)

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12) 'Relapse (2012)

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13) From Beer to Eternity (2013)

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14) Amerikkkant (2018)

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Selected Gigs List

  • With Sympathy Tour, 1983
  • Wax Trax! Singles Tour, 1984
  • Twitch Tour, 1986–1987
  • The Land of Rape and Honey Tour, 1988
  • The Mind Tour, 1989–1990
  • Lollapalooza 1992
  • Psalm 69 Tour, 1992–1994
  • Sphinctour, 1996
  • ClitourUS, 1999
  • Fornicatour, 2003
  • Evil Doer Tour, 2004–2005
  • MasterBaTour, 2006
  • C-U-LaTour, 2008
  • DeFiBriLaTouR / Relapse Tour, 2012
  • From Beer To EternaTour, (From Beer to Eternity Tour), 2015

Members Name Check

  • Al Jourgensen – vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, bass guitar, drums, main songwriter and other various instruments (1981–2008, 2011–2013, 2014-present)
  • John Bechdel – keyboards (2006–2008, 2011-2013, 2014–present)
  • Sin Quirin – guitars, bass (2007–2008, 2011-2013, 2014–present)
  • Aaron Rossi – drums (2007–2008, 2011-2013, 2014–present)
  • Tony Campos – bass (2007–2008, 2011–2012, 2014-present)
  • Cesar Soto - guitars (2015–present)
  • John Davis – keyboards (1981–1982)
  • Stephen George – drums (1981–1985)
  • Robert Roberts – keyboards (1981–1984)
  • Marty Sorenson – bass (1981–1982)
  • Shay Jones – vocals (1982–1983)
  • Brad Hallen – bass (1983–1985)
  • John Soroka – keyboards/collaboration (1984–1986)
  • Paul Barker – bass, keyboards, programming, vocals (1986–2003)
  • Bill Rieflin – drums, keyboards, programming, guitar (1986–1995)
  • Chris Connelly – vocals, keyboards & various songwriting credits (1987–1993)
  • Nivek Ogre – vocals, guitar, keyboards (1988–1990)
  • Mike Scaccia – guitars, bass (1989–1995, 2003–2006, 2011–2012; died 2012)
  • Howie Beno – programming, editing (1990–1993)
  • Michael Balch – keyboards, programming (1991–1992)
  • Louis Svitek – guitar (1992–1999, 2003)
  • Duane Buford – keyboards (1995–1999)
  • Zlatko Hukic – electronics, guitar (1995–1999)
  • Rey Washam – drums, percussion, programming (1995–1999, 2003)
  • Jello Biafra - vocals (2006)
  • Max Brody – drums, percussion, programming, saxophone (1999–2004)
  • Mark Baker – drums (2004–2005)
  • John Monte – bass (2004)
  • Paul Raven – bass, keyboards, guitar, drums (2005–2007)
  • Tommy Victor – guitars, bass (2005–2008, 2011–2012)
  • Casey Orr – bass, keyboards (2012-2013)
  • Monte Pittman – guitars (2014–2015)

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