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Exit Stage Left
The heavy industrial metal band Ministry has been around pretty much forever. They’ve been around longer than I’ve been alive so that feels like a solid forever to me, and now it looks like that tenure is set to come to an end… again. Only this time it’s permanent.
The event that precipitated this decision involved the passing away of guitarist Mike Scaccia who had been with the band almost the entire time since about 1990. In recent events he had had a heart attack on stage ended fatally later that evening. Since then vocalist, guitarist, and band founder Al Jourgensen has spoken up regarding the fate of the band now that one of its most pivotal musicians is completely out of the picture; and that fate is to hang up the the band up and move on to other projects.
In an interview Jourgensen had reflected on Scaccia as his best friend and spent his recent time locked in isolation with recorded tracks for their new album as he mixed them to perfection and confirmed that the next release will be the final release. Granted 2007’s The Last Sucker was the originally announced as their final album, and it was for several years until the band had reunited in 2011 for some tours and yet another album. The 2012 release of Relapse was also then slated to have been the final album when it came out as well, but the band still had some pep in their step to make yet one more. Given the circumstances it seems that this time is for real.
From Beer to Eternity
The album titled From Beer to Eternity was recorded within nineteen days during December and is currently slated for a September release.
Here’s the track listing:
1. Hail to His Majesty
2. Punch in the Face
4. Perfect Storm
5. Fairly Unbalanced
6. The Horror
7. Side FX Include Mikey’s Middle Finger (T.V.4)
8. Lesson Unlearned
9. Thanx but No Thanx
10. Change of Luck
11. Enjoy the Silence
From Beer to Eternity will be promoted alongside Jourgensen’s upcoming autobiography Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, but there won’t be any tours to look forward to. He’s considered putting on one last big show with Tommy Victor and Sin Quirin as a sendoff to Mike Sacaccia and Ministry as a whole though, so save for a select handful that would make it to the show, should it ever happen, for the majority of the global population this is the end of Ministry impending.
Now all we can do is pay our respects and celebrate a career that spanned three decades and gave us thirteen studio albums and four live albums.