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Ministry Break Up (Again)

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but Ministry are breaking up…again. No, really? Yep. But this time, it’s with a much heavier heart.

Band leader Al Jourgensen, who broke up the group with a considerable amount of fanfare in 2008, only to resurrect it a few years later in 2011, is ending things for the second time. It’s not like a Brett Favre scenario, where the storied Green Bay Packers QB was simply unable to let go and just…retire. Jourgensen seems like he is ready to pull the plug since he doesn’t want to move forward without the late guitarist Mike Scaccia.

After Scaccia collapsed onstage, suffered a heart attack and subsequently died last Dec. 23, things changed for Jourgensen, 54.

The band will release one final album, From Beer to Eternity, a testament to Scaccia’s legacy.

Jourgensen said, “Mikey was my best friend in the world and there’s no Ministry without him. But I know the music we recorded together during the last weeks of his life had to be released to honor him. So after his funeral, I locked myself in my studio and turned the songs we had recorded into the best and last Ministry record anyone will ever hear. I can’t do it without Mikey and I don’t want to. So yes, this will be Ministry’s last album.”

From Beer will be released in September and much of it was recorded prior to Scaccia’s death. So the guitarist’s legacy lives on, thankfully!

Additionally, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen will be released on July 9. It’s a nearly 300-page autobiography.

A farewell tour is not planned –they already did that- but a one-off final show with musicians who’ve been members of Ministry might happen, as a tribute to Scaccia.

That feels pretty final to us.

From Beer to Eternity Track Listing:

“Hail to His Majesty”
“Punch In the Face”
“Perfect Storm”
“Fairly Unbalanced”
“The Horror”
“Side FX include Mikey’s Middle Finger (T.V.4)”
“Lesson Unlearned”
“Thanx But No Thanx”
“Change of Luck”
“Enjoy the Silence”

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