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Ministry Debut New Single “Alert Level” (Updated)


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Update: April 24th, 2020 08:48 AM:

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen has since commented on the song, offering:

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“We finished the song in January and it sounded great during rehearsals for our Australia/Japan tour dates, before we went into quarantine. The original plan was to finish the new record before the July ‘Industrial Strength’ US tour so we could have an Election Day release, but in lieu of the circumstances—and how relevant the song feels for these bizarre times—we decided to release ‘Alert Level’ now. Considering that this song features the question ‘How concerned are you?’ I’ll be interested to see how folks answer it themselves.”

You can also hear Jourgensen discuss the track on the latest episode of Bill Burr‘s podcast. Some fan interaction is planned as well around the song. An official press release offers:

‘With the release of ‘Alert Level‘ fans are asked to be a part of the larger conversation by answering the question posed by the song’s central message, “How concerned are you?” Fans should upload videos, 30 seconds or less, to their social media profiles with the hashtag #MinistryAlertLevel. All the members of Ministry will be watching from home and selecting the videos most meaningful to them, which will be later shared.’

An official lyric video for the song can be found below. Notably guitarist Sin Quirin is absent from the song’s performance credits, which include:

Al Jourgensen – vocals/guitar/keys
Cesar Soto – guitar/bass
Dan Cleary – bass
Roy Mayorga – drums
Arabian Prince – scratch
Michael Rozon – keys, drum programming
Liz Walton, Chad & Jill Smith – backup vocals

Per this January 2020 Billboard report, Quirin was accused of having conducted sexual relationships with two minors. Ministry have yet to publicly address Quirin‘s status in the band since the report ran.

Original Story:

Ministry‘s mystery countdown timer that appeared recently on their official website, ministryband.com, has over 10 hours to go as of press time, but it appears to be new music related. A new single titled “Alert Level” (Quarantine Mix) arrived on streaming services tonight, you can stream it below. You can also find it on other streaming services here.

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