AUGUST 30th 2013
MINISTRY: FROM BEER TO ETERNITY

Review by Metal Mom


Genre - Industrial Metal
Look up Industrial Metal in wikipedia the first name to be found on the Founding industrial metal acts is none other than “Ministry“.  

Release Date - September 6 via 13th Planet Records   
In USA/ Canada -  September 10th 2013

Al Jourgensen, six-time Grammy nominated godfather of industrial metal began this project last December at Jourgensen’s 13th Planet compound in El Paso, Texas. With Jourgensen producing the album, composing the music and writing lyrics for all 11 songs, with guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi along with bassist Tony Campos, it was sure to be a success in the Industrial genre.  They had some 18 tracks roughly finished on December 19, sadly 3 days later, 47 year old Scaccia died from a heart attack while onstage with his band Rigor Mortis in Dallas, Texas. Remaining members Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were unquestionably devastated. “From Beer to Eternity” is a tribute to Mikey’s incredible talent, and its an honour to him for all the time spent together creating music.

As most of you are aware, after last year there was not going to be another album from Ministry, but Jourgensen said “I had no choice”.

In the history of Ministry, never had they had a tracking session like this before, everything went so smooth, it was surreal. Mikey was on fire and energized, and really a driving force for this record.  After returning from Scaccia's funeral, and taking it upon himself the grief, desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer/co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso for 3 grueling  months.  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”.  Jourgensen is super proud of From Beer To Eternity because it's his tribute to Mikey's incredible talent, and he feel it honors him and all of the years they spent together making music.

Track Listing -
 1. Hail To His Majesty (Peasants)
 2. Punch In The Face
 3. PermaWar
 4. Perfect Storm
 5. Fairly Unbalanced
 6. The Horror
 7. Side FX include Mickeys Middle Finger T.V.4
 8. Lesson Unlearned
 9. Thanx But No Thanx
10. Change of Luck
11. Enjoy The Quiet

PermaWar the first single is presently available exclusively from iTunes store. 13th Planet Records will also be releasing special products for “From Beer to Eternity”, including a Special Ltd Edition Digipak with 13 tracks, special FanBox edition, along with a vinyl and Ltd edition 12”inch picture discs.

There is now also a music video of PermaWar available for viewing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwvoHP7bUAw
Images for this video are selected from WW II / Vietnam / Afghanistan and Iraq, and an awful acid trip. Jourgensen portrays 3 different personalities, so 3 different views on Americas repetition and persistence of war (corrupt political leader, predatory business man/and most dangerous of all the compliant observer).

Ministry will support From Beer To Eternity with a procession of music videos, off-the-wall "making of..." digital clips, and on-going "dog-blog" commentary by Jourgensen's two Labradors, Lemmy and Ozzy, who were there during the recording and mixing of “From Beer To Eternity” , and who have launched their own Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Ozzyandlemmyjourgensen) to tell the tail. Uh, tale.

Now I have to say, I have never ever been a fan of Industrial Metal, so wasn’t sure if I was the right person to review this album. But have always said you have to be open to new music, so here goes.

Right from the opening song, I was intrigued, this was different from most of the industrial’s I have listened to. Caught my attention, so I listened to more. I wish more could be like this, its different, its rare to have such an industrial sound but still have some upbeat songs that you want to sing along to, dance around the floor. Oh there is some other elements tossed in for good measure, like thrash, with a touch of punk, which I am not a fan of either. But obviously the guys know what they are doing, there are some tremendous riffs, some thundering bass reverberating in your chest, some drum blasts that capture the beat of the song, meaning some head banging, feet tapping, finger drumming. And we can’t forget Jourgensen’s vocals, how to describe them if you have never heard his voice before, maybe a little schizophrenic, sarcasm dripping, its his way or hit the highway kind of voice. Excellent album, all the way through, make no mistake, this I really enjoyed. They truly have a unique sound, and I hope that this is not their last one to be produced. I will be listening to this and sharing for a long time. Can’t believe I like an Industrial Metal CD.

Al Jourgensen Autobiography, Ministry: “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen”, coming to a store near you this summer (Sept.10).  Written by Jourgensen himself with Jon Wiederhorn. A memoir both ugly and captivating at the same time. Revealing a man who has lived a hard life his own way without any compromises. Now this would be an interesting read, I think I saw this at one of our local book stores, so I am going to pick it up and have a good read.

Please if you don’t like Industrial music, I really do suggest you give this a listen, its going to change you mind, well maybe not, but it will make you appreciate the talent for MINISTRY. They have captured the realm of their music and made it their own. Go now, pick it up.

I was pretty excited to review another novice Canadian band until I realized it's just another one of the hundreds of debut "core" releases this year. This time it's in our own yard, I would think this should get extra points from us. Before I sound too dismissive I must explain it just makes a reviewer's job dull to receive so many new albums of the same genre in one year. Of course it’s not the bands fault. But I haven't received a good ol' thrash cd in ages and I miss diversity. This time I'll be thankful for the thrash-core, which is of course just a small drop in the sea of various "core" releases I had to deal with recently, but at least it’s slightly different.
 
Rant aside, Montreal's BornBroken doesn't sound bad at all. By all means, if this is your kind of metal, you might be delighted. I am very aware of the huge following such bands have, even so, in order to make it to the top I think they need something special to differentiate themselves from other similar bands.  Their album is a debut full-length for the guys and it's called "The Healing Powers of Hate". And I think it's a very good name to describe this album's experience altogether: it's very temperamental, is has enough of the anger-element to produce some sort of healing - actually cathartic - effects on the troubled listener.