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Chicago, Illinois, United States (1981 – 2008, 2011 – present)

Ministry was formed in Chicago, Illinois, United States in 1981 by Alain Jourgensen (born Oct. 8, 1958, Havana, Cuba), who had previously been in a band called Special Affect (fronted by future My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult leader Frankie Nardiello, aka Groovie Mann).

With drummer Stephen George, Ministry debuted with the Wax Trax! single Cold Life, which — typical of their early output — was in the dance style of new wavers like the Human League and Thompson Twins. The album With Sympathy, on the major label Arista in 1983, followed a similar musical direction — one that Jourgensen was dissatisfied with. He returned to Wax Trax! and recorded several singles while rethinking the band’s style and forming his notorious side project, the Revolting Cocks.

In 1986, with Jourgensen the only official member of Ministry, the Adrian Sherwood-produced Twitch was released by Sire Records. While not as aggressive as the group’s later material, it took definite steps in that direction with a more / sound.

Following a 1987 single with Skinny Puppy’s Kevin Ogilvie (aka Nivek Ogre) as PTP, Jourgensen once again revamped Ministry, with former Blackouts bassist Paul Barker officially joining the lineup to complement Jourgensen’s rediscovery of the guitar. Fellow ex-Blackouts William Rieflin (drums) and Mike Scaccia (guitar), as well as vocalist Chris Connelly, were heavily showcased as collaborators for the first of several times on 1988’s The Land of Rape and Honey. With Jourgensen and Barker credited as Hypo Luxa and Hermes Pan, respectively, this album proved to be Ministry’s stylistic breakthrough, a taut, explosive fusion of heavy metal, industrial dance beats, samples and punk aggression.


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  • FrankPrCB

    work for love :D since psalm69 toooooooooooooooo much metal, "The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste" was the last good album, for me.

    13 May 6:29pm Reply
  • Nihil227

    Listening to Self Annoyed on the Trax Box reminded me how late 80's was their golden era.

    10 May 8:26pm Reply
  • Dnlphnv

    Very nice!

    9 May 7:05am Reply
  • zykoveddy

    Listening to unreleased 1982-1983 songs from Trax Box. Awesome stuff, wish they recorded another album like With Sympathy, there's plenty of songs for it.

    1 May 7:20pm Reply
  • dallinkapp

    18 Apr 5:04am Reply
  • CodeDVA


    14 Apr 10:02pm Reply
  • zajac09

    So what?

    11 Apr 8:52am Reply
  • sebgob

    @SafMao hahaha right...

    30 Mar 5:55pm Reply
  • SafMao

    @sebgob Assuming that he'll live long enough.

    28 Mar 2:19pm Reply
  • sebgob

    Al said it on FB Ministry's page. Europe for 2016.

    24 Mar 6:40pm Reply

    What? Share your source right now! :D Are they coming to the UK too? I'll kill to see uncle Al live!

    21 Mar 8:47pm Reply
  • Gebrilas

    Ministry coming in Europe for 2016 !!

    15 Mar 10:02pm Reply
  • ChateauDeChat

    never trust a junkie

    11 Mar 1:48am Reply
  • Eat-Me-Drink-Me

    With Sympathy! best!

    9 Mar 12:28am Reply
  • BulmaPunkRocker

    Looking forward to March 10th, Santiago, Chile!

    7 Mar 11:43pm Reply
  • Hari_Maia

    IS COMING SÃO PAULO 6 MARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

    4 Mar 5:47pm Reply
  • zykoveddy

    With Sympathy is freakin' awesome. Reminds me of The Human League's Dare

    2 Mar 9:08pm Reply
  • IamFlood

    filth pig is as underrated as getting filthy with a passel of pigs

    26 Feb 7:39am Reply
  • Nihil227

    Al is a dickhead anyway for saying "There is no Ministry without Scaccia" after his death and then touring again (although he also admitted hating tours and gigs). I'll happily buy a ticket if they tour Europe, but it's quite ironic to see most of his lyrics are about how he hates liars.

    20 Feb 8:10pm Reply
  • CodeDVA

    The Mind lineup was the best.

    18 Feb 11:32pm Reply
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