Ministry of Sound

click to enlarge Al Jourgensen - Paul Elledge
Paul Elledge
Al Jourgensen

We've been talking about this show for months, and now it's finally here: The hallucinatory mechanized-metal juggernaut that is Ministry is finally coming to town. Al Jourgensen might be Paul Barker-less these days, but he's also made albums back to back that stand with his legendary project's best work. '04's Houses of the Mole and last May's Rio Grande Blood, two concept albums whose concept is "I hate George W. Bush," belong up there with Psalm 69, if not A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste.

A Ministry show is always a spectacle to remember, and Jourgensen has put together an all-star band that features former/current members of the likes of Prong, Killing Joke, Fear Factory, Rigor Mortis and Slipknot.

If that's not enough to tempt fans of the brutal and provocative, Jourgensen's second most well known outfit, Revolting Cocks, is along for the ride in support of its first full-length of new material in 13 years, Cocked & Loaded. Let's hope he's bringing the lineup that helped make the album so crazy, 'cause original Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra and Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes are on it.

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