Uncle Al Jourgensen marches upon his old stomping grounds of Chicago with the new lineup that is Ministry – and delivers political justice.
Kings and progenitors of the industrial metal sub-genre, Ministry, descended upon Chicago at the House of Blues to play before a crowd that now spans generations; from those that recall the band performing as a new wave outfit in the early 1980’s, to those that witnessed the act steal the show at Lollapalooza 1992, to newcomers who could finally take in the politically charged and heavy tone fueled music group.
The Ministry lineup has been relatively stable over the past eight years. The biggest and saddest change followed the untimely death of Mike Scaccia, the band’s longtime guitarist, in late 2012. The current lineup with Jourgensen includes Sin Quirin (guitar), Aaron Rossi (drums), and John Bechdel (keyboards). Tony Campos returned in 2014 on bass and Cesar Soto joined in 2015 rounding out the lineup on guitar.
Led by the one-and-only Uncle Al Jourgensen, the band displayed that for fans old and new the sound remains hard-hitting and consistent. The political motifs hold true in all matters of media and war. The set list spanned from more recent singles such as, “A Perfect Storm,” off of the From Beer to Eternity LP (2013) to classic tracks such as, “Thieves,” hankering back to the days ofÂ The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste LP (1989). To top it off, an acid trip of news media video manipulation played projected behind the band throughout the duration of the concert to drive the protesting atmosphere home.
Ministry shook the house leaving everyone in smiles.
Southern ProgMetal newcomers, Sixxis, opened the night up.