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Ministry is an American industrial metal band, founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois. Originally a synth-pop outfit, Ministry shifted its style to become one of the pioneers of industrial metal in the mid-to-late 1980s. The band's lineup has gone through many changes throughout its history, with Jourgensen remaining the only constant as the band's main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio and live activities include Paul Barker, William Rieflin, Nivek Ogre, Mike Scaccia, Rey Washam, Paul Raven and Tony Campos.

Ministry found mainstream success in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the albums The Land of Rape and Honey (1988), The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989) and Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992), with the former of the two certified gold and the latter certified platinum by the RIAA. The band has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, and performed at several notable music festivals, including participating in the second annual Lollapalooza tour in 1992 and co-headlining Big Day Out in 1995.

Ministry broke up in 2008 after 27 years of recording and performing, and Jourgensen had since stated that they would never reunite. However, the band announced a reunion in August 2011, and has released two more studio albums since then: Relapse (2012) and From Beer to Eternity (2013). Their next studio album (and first in five years), titled AmeriKKKant, is expected for release in early 2018.

Studio albums

Tours

  • With Sympathy Tour, 1983
  • Wax Trax! Singles Tour, 1984
  • Twitch Tour, 1986–1987
  • The Land of Rape and Honey Tour, 1988
  • The Mind Tour, 1989–1990
  • Lollapalooza 1992
  • Psalm 69 Tour, 1992–1994
  • Big Day Out, 1995
  • Sphinctour, 1996
  • ClitourUS, 1999
  • Fornicatour, 2003
  • Evil Doer Tour, 2004–2005
  • MasterBaTour, 2006
  • C-U-LaTour, 2008
  • DeFiBriLaTouR / Relapse Tour, 2012
  • From Beer To EternaTour, 2015




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