Al Jourgensen, six-time Grammy nominated godfather of industrial metal, will release his band Ministry’s 13th studio album, From Beer To Eternity, on September 6 (13th Planet Records). Pre-order info will be posted soon on Ministry’s Facebook. As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn’t going to be another Ministry album, but as Jourgensen put it recently, “I had no choice.”
Sessions for what would become From Beer to Eternity began last December at Jourgensen’s 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX with Jourgensen (who produced the album, composed the music and wrote the lyrics for all 11 songs), guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Tony Campos. Rough tracks for 18 songs were finished on December 19, and three days later, the 47-year old Scaccia died from a heart attack he suffered onstage while playing a live show with his band Rigor Mortis in Dallas, TX. Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.
“We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before,” states Jourgensen, “everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record.” After returning from Scaccia’s funeral in Dallas, and shouldering the weight of grief as well as the desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer and co-producer Sammy D’Ambruoso for three excruciating months. ”There was no choice,” Jourgensen says of the bittersweet production process. ”During the tracking sessions, Mikey was smiling and going, ‘You know what, Al? This is by far and away the best Ministry album we’ve ever done together. This is awesome.’ I’m super proud of From Beer to Eternity because it’s my tribute to Mikey’s incredible talent, and I feel it honors him and all of the years we spent together making music.”
In addition to From Beer to Eternity coming in September, July 9 will see the release of Jourgensen’s authorized biography, ”Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen,” penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn on DaCapo Books. ”" is a memoir both ugly and captivating, revealing Jourgensen as a man who lived a hard life his own way without making compromises.” Then, the two-disc DVD “Ministry: Enjoy the Quiet – Live at Wacken 2012” debuts at the already sold-out Wacken Open Air 2013 festival in Germany August 1-3. Shot live in concert at one of Ministry’s final shows of the band’s 2012 tour at Wacken’s Open Air in front of 75,000 fans, the DVD features “New World Order,” “99 Percenters,” “Ghouldiggers,” “Psalm 69,” “Thieves,” “Just One Fix,” and “Khyber Pass.”