The mighty Ministry played in San Diego, California on December 18 at House of Blues. The current tour is in support of the 2018 critically lauded release AmeriKKKant (just named one of the top metal albums of the year by Loudwire) as well as the special 30th anniversary of The Land of Rape and Honey, which was a landmark for both Ministry and the whole industrial genre. The band, led by provocateur Al Jourgensen who just turned 60 in October, is playing AmeriKKKant in full each night followed by a selection of songs from The Land of Rape and Honey and other hits. Support is provided by French synthwave artist Carpenter Brut, as well as New Zealand teenage metal act Alien Weaponry. Alien Weaponry is also a politically-themed band, with songs based on historical incidents surrounding the clashes between colonialists and indigenous people. All three members have Māori ancestry and several of their songs are written in te reo Māori.
The six-time Grammy nominated industrial music pioneers Ministry (ranked #2 on Revolver’s fan poll for the top industrial bands of all-time) released the politically-charged new album AmeriKKKant March 9th on Nuclear Blast. Written and produced by Al Jourgensen, considered the godfather of the industrial scene, the nine tracks are linked as one continuous piece of music with topics rooted in Jourgensen’s unadulterated rage for what’s happening in America today. Jourgensen has said if he wasn’t a rock star he’d be a history teacher and his music always finds roots in politics and current events. He goes there again, airing his aggressions about the waning respect for the U.S. Constitution, the growing acceptance of one’s opinions replacing facts, the sexual abuse and disrespect of women and the toxicity generated by the man in the White House.