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Industrial Rockers Ministry Signed To Sanctuary Records

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Tuesday, February 26, 2002 @ 1:37 PM


Live Debut CD Sphinctour

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Ministry, the paradigm of industrial rock, has signed on with Sanctuary Records (Halford, Megadeth, Pitchshifter), marking the band’s 20th anniversary.

The band's March 19th debut release on Sanctuary is a special live album entitled Sphinctour. It was recorded at various shows around the world. Vocalist Al Jourgenson speaks of the live energy: "We just hammered out one song after another, and I'd see all of these young headbangers and kids with shark-fin mohawks getting winded. By the time we'd play 'Thieves,' they had to play Tag Team Moshpit with their friends, because they couldn't keep up with us cranky fuckers."

Ministry plans to promote the signing and Sphinctour with a major headline tour occurring this summer. They are currently in the studio recording their debut studio album for Sanctuary. "It's going to be called Animositisomina," says Jourgenson. "It's the word 'animosity' spelled forwards and backwards, minus the 'y.' It's double the hatred and double the time on my hands..."

Ministry has served as a heavy influence to budding bands—from Nine Inch Nails and White Zombie to Fear Factory and Orgy. The band more recently achieved notable success with tracks on the extremely popular Matrix soundtrack and in the Steven Spielberg film, A.I.


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