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Ministry To Release New Album “Moral Hygiene” In October, Debut “Good Trouble”


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Ministry‘s fifteenth studio album has been christened “Moral Hygiene” and will be out on October 01st through Nuclear Blast. The song “Good Trouble” has been shared as the first single from it. Pre-orders for the album are available here.

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen has revealed that the song was inspired by late U.S. Congressman John Lewis, who was also a noted civil rights activist. The BLM protests of 2020 also influenced the single, with footage of those protests in Los Angeles, CA captured by Jourgensen and his partner Liz Walton appearing in the below lyric video for the single.

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Jourgensen commented:

“I was watching the coverage last July around Lewis’ death and was in awe the next day when this entire letter from him was published in the New York Times. How suss was that to want to keep making progress after his death by thinking about the legacy he left?

I was struck by the reflectiveness of his speech, knowing he was dying and making sure it was released because he saw trouble ahead. That is the moral hygiene of this album – we have to do something to change and I really hope we continue to act and live up to the idea of getting into good trouble for the benefit of society.”

Speaking of the album, he offered:

“The good thing about literally taking a year off from any social activity or touring is that you really get to sit back and get an overview of things as they are happening, as opposed to being caught up in the moment.

And what I saw with how we handled several public crises – from the pandemic to racial injustice to who we vote in to lead our country – is that times are changing, and society needed to change to get away from the idea that has permeated us of take care of yourself, fuck everything else. Now more than ever we need moral hygiene.

It consumed me as I wrote this album. It’s not some pious term. It’s what we have to return to in order to function as the human species on this planet. And I’m proud to have had such great guests on this album to help cement that message like Billy Morrison, Jello Biafra and Arabian Prince.”

Two days after the album arrives Ministry will kick off their headlining ‘Industrial Strength Tour‘, which will find them out with Helmet and Front Line Assembly. The trek will find Ministry celebrating the 30th anniversary of their gold-certified 1989 album “The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste“.

Moral Hygiene” track listing:

01 – “Alert Level” (feat. Arabian Prince)
02 – “Good Trouble
03 – “Sabotage Is Sex” (feat. Jello Biafra)
04 – “Disinformation
05 – “Search And Destroy” (The Stooges cover) (feat. Billy Morrison)
06 – “Believe Me
07 – “Broken System
08 – “We Shall Resist
09 – “Death Toll
10 – “TV Song #6 (Right Around The Corner Mix)

Guitarist Billy Morrison (Billy Idol, Royal Machines) is featured throughout the album. Other primary contributors included guitarist/vocalist Cesar Soto (Man The Mute), keyboardist John Bechdel (Killing Joke, Fear Factory), drummer Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour, HELLYEAH) and bassist Paul D’Amour (ex-Tool).

Industrial Strength Tour‘ dates:

10/03 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/04 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10/06 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/08 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
10/09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
10/10 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
10/11 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/14 Boston, MA – House of Blues
10/15 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
10/16 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
10/17 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
10/19 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10/20 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/21 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10/23 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live! (no Helmet)
10/24 Houston, TX – House of Blues
10/25 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
10/28 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
10/29 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10/30 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/31 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre
11/02 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/03 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo

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