The band, established in 1981 in Chicago, are considered the pioneers of industrial metal and one of the most important bands in the history of the American indie scene. Ministry, from the beginning fronted by the charismatic Al Jourgensen, will come to Lublin to give the only concert in Poland.
Jourgensen is a fascinating character, a man of many talents and one of the most acclaimed icons of the global alternative music scene. He is in the same league as, for instance, Jello Biafra who co-formed Lard with him, Trent Reznor (their joint project is 1000 Homo Djs), Henry Rollins or Ian MacKaye. He has also celebrated successes with the band Revolting Clocks, but the first and most important “child” of the artist is Ministry. Today, after over 30 years of activity, it is practically a band-institution which has significantly influenced metal, punk or, in a broader sense, heavy guitar music as well as contemporary avant-garde electronic music – inspirations or references to Ministry can be found in the work of such masters of the genre as Aphex Twin, Biosphere or The Orb.
At the turn of the 1990s, Ministry became famous, among other things, for fusing samples with live guitar sounds and drum sounds generated by the band’s signature drum machine. This was also the time when the band’s breakthrough albums: “The Land of Rape and Honey “, “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste”, and most of all the famous “Psalm 69”, which has remained the band’s bestseller until today, entered into the canon of their genre. Aside from the unique sound and artistic concept, Ministry have also become known for expressing their views in bold, loud and uncompromising statements.
Al Jourgensen is an artist who is not afraid to speak about the fundamental matters of the world. His lyrics feature criticism, or rather a bitter diagnosis of contemporary America. They call for the rights of women and minority groups, expose the absurdities and incompetence of the White House administration or the gradual social regress and the decline of independent thinking. Ministry’s front runner, known for his wide interests (including politics, history, modern science) strives to keep abreast with news and be an active, involved commentator of reality. Such was also the point of departure for the band’s most recent album – “AmeriKKKant”, which was released in 2018 and this material, among other things, will be what the band brings to Lublin. In the words of Jourgesen himself, “It’s not an anti-Trump album, it’s like a- ‘did you pay attention in school? Does anybody have any intellectual curiosity anymore?’ – album. [It’s] basically just holding up a mirror to ourselves and saying: ‘Look at this, is this what you really want to be?’.”