FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Contact:
Kerry Goulding
Rebel Music
647.343.9000

 

 

MINISTRY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM RELAPSE on MARCH 27, 2012

 

2012 DEFIBRILlATOUR KICKS OFF JUNE 17, 
INCLUDES U.S. AND EUROPEAN DATES

Deep in the heart of Hell Paso Texas, Ministry's Al Jourgensen re-opened the doors of his industrial compound studio in fall 2011 and invited his favorite co-conspirators Mike Scaccia (Rigor Mortis), Tony Campos (Static X), Tommy Victor (Prong) and Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis/Gwar) to climb on board the Ministry pirate ship and deconstruct and reconstruct Jourgensen's monsterpiece Relapse.

 

After thirty years and 12 albums, as well as a near-death experience in 2010, Jourgensen rises as a phoenix from the ashes with Relapse - still angry, still political, and very, very pissed off. Relapsing back into the music industry after a four-year hiatus, Jourgensen launches his audio assault with "Ghouldiggers," a no-holds-barred metal bullet aimed directly at the pitfalls of the industry he has survived.  

 

Everything he predicted on Houses of the Molé, Rio Grande Blood and The Last Sucker has transpired, and as we approach the Mayan calendar of the End of Days in 2012, Jourgensen - reinvigorated by the global 99 Percenters and Occupy Wall Street movement - navigates through Relapse once again as a reluctant prophet accusing, dissecting, cajoling and exhorting greed, corruption and lies. 

 

Among the album's 11 standout tracks, Jourgensen reached back to his punk rock roots for Ministry's cover of S.O.D's "United Forces" - a track written 20 years ago that is still relevant today as a call to arms for those who feel disenfranchised by the "system" as it stands.

 

Cited as the driving force behind a cross-section of metal genres and acts - from industrial band Nine Inch Nails to thrash artists Static X and nu-metal's Korn, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit - and the recipient of six Grammy Nominations for Best Metal Performance, Jourgensen returns with his greatest achievement to date with Relapse.

 

Ministry Relapsed 

 

Relapse Track Listing:

1. Ghouldiggers

2. Double Tap

3. FreeFall

4. Kleptocracy

5. United Forces

6. 99 Percenters

7. Relapse

8. Weekend Warrior

9. Git Up Get Out 'N Vote

10. Bloodlust

11. Bloodlust - Lust For Blood Remix (Deluxe Edition)

 

Jourgensen also recently announced Ministry's 2012 DeFiBrilLaTouR in support of RelapseBeginning June 17, the band launches an eight-week audio/visual assault across the U.S. and Europe, including headline shows at Wacken Open Air, Woodstock Poland, Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic, Tuska Open Air in Finland, Dour Festival in Belgium, Sziget Festival in Hungary and for the first time in the band's 30+ year history, they will be performing in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

Ministry's touring line-up includes Al Jourgensen (frontman/vox/guitars), Mike Scaccia (Ministry/Rigor Mortis) guitars, Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis) bass, John Bechdel (Ministry/Killing Joke/Fear Factory) keyboards, AAron Rossi (Ministry/RevCo) drums and Sin Quirin (Ministry/RevCo) guitars. Soulfly bassist Tony Campos will not be performing due to scheduling conflicts.  

 

Ministry's 2012 DeFiBrilLaTouR:

 

U.S. Dates:

6/17/2012     Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

6/21/2012     Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia

6/23/2012     New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

6/28/2012     Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre 

6/29/2012     Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre 

 

European Dates:

7/1/2012        Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Open Air Fest

7/4/2012        Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller

7/6/2012        Gavle, Sweden @ Getaway Rock Festival

7/8/2012        Hamburg, Germany @ Docks

7/10/2012      Leipzig, Germany @ Werk 2

7/12/2012      Tilburg, Netherlands @ O13

7/13/2012      Belgium @ Dour Festival

7/16/2012      Bristol, UK @ Academy

7/17/2012      Belfast, Ireland @ Mandella Hall

7/18/2012      Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street

7/20/2012      London, UK @ The Forum

7/21/2012      Manchester, UK @ Academy

7/24/2012      Madrid, Spain @ Riviera

7/25/2012      Bilbao, Spain @ Rockstar

7/27/2012      Selstat, France @ L'Art Scenique Festival

7/28/2012      Paris, France @ La Cigale

7/29/2012      Etaple, France @ Rock en Stock Festival

7/31/2012      Luzern, Switzerland @ Konzerthaus Schurr

8/2/2012        Pniewy, Poland @ Woodstock Open Air

8/4/2012        Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air

8/6/2012        Munich, Germany @ Backstagewerk

8/8/2012        Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival

8/9/2012        Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival

8/11/2012      Moscow, Russia @ Moscow Arena

8/12/2012      St. Petersburg, Russia @ Glav Club

 

Tickets for all U.S. and some European DeFiBrilLaTouR dates are available for sale now. Check www.facebook.com/ministry for more information on tickets and VIP packages.

 

 

PRE-ORDER Relapse on iTunes here

DIGITAL SINGLES now available:

"99 Percenters" - purchase here

"Double Tap" - purchase here

 

Check out a series of webisodes documenting the making of Relapse at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/13thplanetrecords

 

For more information on Ministry, please visit:


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