Never say never when it comes to Ministry. The band are lining up a September release date for their ‘final’ studio album, “From Beer To Eternity“. The opus features guitar playing from the late Mike Scaccia (also of Rigor Mortis fame), who passed away this past December. Bassist Tony Campos (Soulfly, ex-Static-X, etc.), guitarist Sin Quirin and drummer Aaron Rossi were also involved in the sessions.
Scaccia‘s death has apparently served as a motivator and inspiration for the final release, with band mastermind Al Jourgensen telling Noisey:
“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 here. I can’t do it without Mikey and I don’t want to. So yes, this will be Ministry’s last album.”
Given Jourgensen‘s delicate health on recent tours, he doesn’t plan embark on any touring in support of the album—though a show or two isn’t out of the question. The track listing for the album can be found below along with a trailer which previews the new track, “Thanx But No Thanx“.
Jourgensen also has an authorized biography titled “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen” due out on DaCapo Books in August.
“From Beer To Eternity” track listing:
“Hail To His Majesty”
“Punch In The Face”
“Side Fx Include Mikey’s Middle Finger (T.V.4)”
“Thanx But No Thanx”
“Change Of Luck”
“Enjoy The Silence”