As one of the innovators and mainstays of the industrial metal scene, movement and lifestyle, Ministry burst onto TV sets and airwaves three decades ago with songs such as "Thieves," "New World Order (N.W.O.)," and "Jesus Built My Hotrod." Not to mention the track that arguably conjures up images of charismatic and politically outspoken frontman "Uncle" Al Jourgensen the most: "Just One Fix."
With Jourgensen orchestrating and driving the Ministry machine since Day 1, his bandmates have come and gone. The dearest one to his life, guitarist Mike Scaccia, collapsed on stage in December 2012 in Fort Worth while playing with Rigor Mortis during vocalist Bruce Corbitt's 50th birthday performance. Scaccia died the next morning, leading to Jourgensen stating that 2013's From Beer to Eternity would more than likely be Ministry's final album, as he discussed with Alamo True Metal last year (listen here).
Alas, Ministry has finished AmeriKKKant, a new record slated to be released next spring. But the first order of business was the conclusion of the group's U.S. tour Sunday night at the Aztec Theatre, which included the unveiling of two new songs: "Antifa" and "Wargasm." Prior to taking the stage, a scheduled 1-on-1 interview with guitarist, El Paso native and former Pissing Razors axeman Cesar Soto morphed into a full-blown conversation with the rest of Jourgensen's troops.
Click the video box to watch ATM's exclusive chat with Soto, bassist Tony Campos (also of Static-X, Soulfly and Fear Factory), new drummer Derek Abrams, keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, Killing Joke) and guitarist Sin Quirin (Revolting Cocks) as we discuss several topics past, present and future regarding Ministry and some of their other works.
Stay tuned for coverage of the gig for AXS.com with more video footage.