Just Announced: New Ministry Album 9/6/13

image courtesy of the band’s press agency

I’m a long time Ministry fan. The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste would definitely appear in my top ten albums of all time and overall there’s not a bad record to be found in their  career – a career now into its fourth decade (!). Whether it’s the weird, electro-dance of the Arista records, the heavy, tribal Connelly-era stuff or everything since it’s all part of the larger, iconic Ministry sound and it’s all very, very good. Even 1999’s Dark Side of the Spoon – which I consider a slight mis-step – trumps most of the other ‘heavy music’ released during those grim years of the late 90’s/early 00’s. Now, a little over a year since the release of the group’s previous album Relapse and roughly six months since long-time guitarist Mike Scaccia died of a heart attack on stage, Ministry is set to release their 13th studio album, magnificently titled From Beer to Eternity.

Nice.

Per the initial press surrounding the album From Beer to Eternity sounds like a very personal record. But then Uncle Al has always taken things personally – that’s part of what makes Ministry so damned appealing. Whether it’s his reaction to the continued decline of western (and let’s face it, global) civilization or the death of his friends Al Jourgensen has always given us his true feelings and opinions, and he has never, ever pulled punches.And From Beer to Eternity appears to be no different. However, September is a looooong way away for Ministry fans, yes? Well, fear not. Per the press release:

PermaWar,” the first single from From Beer to Eternity, will drop digitally via iTunes in late July as a three-track maxi single.  Additionally, 13th Planet Records will be releasing special products for From Beer to Eternity, including a Special Limited Edition Digipak with 13 tracks, a special FanBox edition, as well as vinyl and limited edition 12″ inch picture discs.

Also, on July 9th Uncle Al’s authorized biography, “Ministry:  The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen,” will be released. The book is penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn on DaCapo Books and will undoubtedly also pull no punches. And finally, the two-disc DVD “Ministry: Enjoy the Quiet – Live at Wacken 2012,” debuts at the already sold-out Wacken Open Air 2013 festival in Germany August 1-3.  Shot live in concert at one of Ministry’s final shows of the band’s 2012 tour at Wacken’s Open Air in front of 75,000 fans and will be available sometime later this summer.

Mike Scaccia’s death was an unexpected black hole that both ended my 2012 and began my 2013 in the blackest of possible moods. The announcement of another Ministry record definitely will help the healing process.

Well, that and more beer. I think Mr. Scaccia would approve!

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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