Ministry – “Taming the old demons”

Industrial music CDs on eBay USA | eBay UK | eBay GER

25 Nov, 2005 Share

image
‘Twenty-five years since Al Jourgensen and Ministry became the Rosetta Stone for industrial and metal. From tape loops and sampling to the punishing static of relentless guitars, Ministry has forever changed aggressive music and the influence of Al Jourgensen still resonates loudly to this day.’ The press release couldn’t have phrased it any better. Those 25 years have now been analysed on the “Rantology” release where Jourgensen has compiled songs from his archives albeit reworked adding the new and previously unreleased track “The Great Satan” as an extra. For a man who really hates to stop and look back it was one hell of a drive through history. We were just in time to catch Al J. before the Erika hurricane hit Texas. (By Bernard Van Isacker)

SL. As your wife Angie told me, you are both in the midst of the hurricane hitting Texas right now. How have things been so far?


AJ. We live pretty deep in the heart of TexAss, so we usually are immune to most of the forces of nature. But our telecommunications usually go down coz of the “hubs” in Houston. I am still very angered by the arrogance of the Bush Administration’s handling of the Katrina disaster and stories continue to pour in about just exactly what happened. It is really horrifying and disgusting.

SL. "Unsung" is an interpretation of the events of 9/11, this new version even includes a bagpipe throughout the song. Is it possible that Katrina will have the same influence on your new song material?

AJ. Jello Biafra was out at the studio during the news broadcasts of Katrina and we were both very, very affected by the devastation. I don’t know if it will have a specific influence on me, but most certainly the consequences and failed actions surrounding the ineptitude of the Bush Administration influences me on a daily basis.

SL. "NWO Update Mix" even features an audio sample call and response between George Bush and George W. Bush. You have some kind of deep hatred towards Bush, will you still be able to convince people that are now still in love so to speak with Mr. President?

AJ. I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything. That’s not my job as an artist. However, I will say that Bush’s approval rating has decreased drastically over the past few weeks, and now with the indictment of Tom Delay and several other Republican ethical misgivings, it is going to be interesting to see how deeply in love the American people are with their President. Bush didn’t win the last election by a landslide, remember. And now, the mid-elections are approaching. I intend to be very involved in this.

SL. "Rantology"..., the term 'ranting' has a somewhat negative connotation, like rambling and never stop talking, why choosing that title then?

AJ. Well, it’s an appropriate title. It seems I never stop railing about the same ol’ shit, don’t I? And since I already did a “Greatest Fits” on WBR, this was more of a collection or anthology than a greatest hits…

SL. 25 years in business, you must have seen a lot of things happening, what do you miss the most and what does delight you the most now compared to 25 years ago?

AJ. I miss playing Big Day Out in Australia. Haven’t done that in over a decade and would really like to play there again. I miss some of my friends who have died. I miss the independent spirit of invention, although it is still alive, just smothered right now, but that is changing and I’m looking forward to being part of the movement wherein artists take back the industry. It’s going to happen, thanks to the internet. Two years ago I was writing “Houses of the Molé” and in a really good head space creatively. It’s been all good since then. No complaints. Just very inspired to finish the new Ministry for its 2006 release in April, and looking forward to our MasteRBaTour next year and working with Raven from Killing Joke and Tommy Victor from Prong, and touring with the Cocks, and launching my own imprint 13th Planet Records.

(…)


To read the complete interview, be sure to buy Side-Line issue 53!

image Side-Line issue 53 at Side-Line shop
image Ministry CDs

Content Continues Below

Get your CDs at the following eBay sites:

eBay USA eBay België/Belgique
eBay UK eBay France
eBay DE eBay Nederland
eBay Canada eBay Australia
   

Industrial music CDs on eBay USA | eBay UK | eBay GER

119740 Share

More headlines

Norwegian comedians Ylvis turn radio joke into interstellar sex education Kraftwerk homage aka dicks in space

READ MORE | Posted on 11/21/14

The Norwegian comedians and brothers Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker, known as the act Ylvis, are most famous for last year's YouTube-hit 'The Fox', now seen over 467 million times (!). (...)

Alison Moyet live album to hit shops in January: 'Minutes and seconds live'

READ MORE | Posted on 11/21/14

After a splendid comeback album in 2013, 'The minutes', and an equally well received tour which also included highlights from her earlier solo and Yazoo repertoire, Alison Moyet returns with the live album 'Minutes and seconds live'. (...)

Download sees OST 'Charlie's Family' released on vinyl - order now!

READ MORE | Posted on 11/20/14

Out by early 2015 via Artoffact Records is the vinyl version for Download's OST of the 'Charlie's Family' film. (...)

New XMH download single 'The Blind' out now + video for new single 'The Blind'

READ MORE | Posted on 11/20/14

The Dutch harsh electro act XMH are back with a new download single (out on November 14, but already ready for ordering on Bandcamp): 'The Blind'. (...)

Rest In Peace Ric Laciak, you lost the battle with cancer, but you won many people's hearts

READ MORE | Posted on 11/19/14

An immense shock is going through the worldwide EBM community as the news is spreading that Ric Laciak, founder of RAS DVA Records, has passed away. (...)

Növö returns with 5-track single 'Zeitgeist' - out now

READ MORE | Posted on 11/19/14

Out now via Alfa Matrix is the 5-track single 'Zeitgeist' by the classic electronic act Növö (aka Laurent Boudic). (...)

More news

Star Industry announces new album with 'Eilyne' 4-track single

READ MORE | Posted on 11/17/14

Celluloide launches brand new album 'Art Plastique' today

READ MORE | Posted on 11/17/14

Blutengel launches new video 'Asche zu Asche' - order your vinyl

READ MORE | Posted on 11/17/14

The Knife returns with 'Shake-up versions' on vinyl - order here

READ MORE | Posted on 11/17/14

Tregenza of Goteki/Visage releases debut album, free for a limited time.

READ MORE | Posted on 11/17/14

Brand new London After Midnight and Lore pictures pop up online

READ MORE | Posted on 11/16/14

New Inertia single, 'Dark Valentine' out now

READ MORE | Posted on 11/14/14

Within Temptation launch 'Let us burn Elements & Hydra live in concert' on 2CDn DVD and Blu-ray - order now

READ MORE | Posted on 11/14/14

Culture Club cancels US tour due to health issues Boy George

READ MORE | Posted on 11/14/14

YouTube launches monetized subscription service music as well - Taylor Swift keeps quiet after Spotify reveals earnings

READ MORE | Posted on 11/14/14

Marilyn Manson pre-orders for new album 'The Pale Emperor' available now - order now

READ MORE | Posted on 11/13/14

Alfa Matrix accepts submissions for newest Endzeit Bunkertracks 4CD box compilation - act now!

READ MORE | Posted on 11/13/14

Olivia Louvel to record BBC South radio session & more

READ MORE | Posted on 11/10/14

Dean Garcia (Curve) returns with new release for female fronted project SPC ECO - listen here

READ MORE | Posted on 11/10/14

Zombie Girl returns with cover of The Cure hit 'Fascination street'

READ MORE | Posted on 11/10/14

Apoptygma Berzerk's first album Soli Deo Gloria re-released on cassette holding 23 tracks - order now

READ MORE | Posted on 11/07/14

Best electropop single for this year might be Cosmic Armchair's newest single 'I Don't Belong Here' - listen here

READ MORE | Posted on 11/07/14

Pre-sales new Depeche Mode album 'Live in Berlin' have started - order now

READ MORE | Posted on 11/06/14

Dark Entries announces Psychic TV remix EP 'Alien Be-In'

READ MORE | Posted on 11/06/14

Die Krupps releases new video and single called 'Robo Sapien'

READ MORE | Posted on 11/05/14

Romanian IDM/electro-pop/ambient project LeVant launches new single, 'L'extase' - listen here

READ MORE | Posted on 11/05/14

Novo hits back with vintage analogue synth 'Zeitgeist' single - early Front 242 fans will adore this!

READ MORE | Posted on 11/05/14

Star Industry return with 'Eilyne' EP

READ MORE | Posted on 11/04/14

Mute creates synth and sequencer in collaboration with Dirty Electronics + compilation

READ MORE | Posted on 11/04/14

New RASP album from Matt Howden & Jo Quail written, performed and recorded in 2 days

READ MORE | Posted on 11/04/14

Static-X frontman Wayne Static dead after drug overdose

READ MORE | Posted on 11/03/14

Eurorock announces first names: Front 242, The Orb, Peter Hook, etc.

READ MORE | Posted on 11/02/14

John Fryer launches new project Silver Ghost Shimmer - listen/download now!

READ MORE | Posted on 10/31/14

Crowdfunding campaign for 'Iron Sky The Coming Race', follow-up to popular nazi-flik 'Iron Sky'

READ MORE | Posted on 10/30/14

The cult electro/industrial festival Eurorock returns !

READ MORE | Posted on 10/30/14
READ MORE

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER

Receive our daily newsupdates in your mailbox :

 

Advertisers

RECOMMENDED MONEY MAKERS

THANKS TO