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Ministry issues ‘Trax! Rarities’ double album via LA label Cleopatra Records FRIDAY DEC. 9

Photo credit: Brian Shanley – photographer and art director for Wax Trax! Records
Photo credit: Brian Shanley – photographer and art director for Wax Trax! Records

Cleopatra Records will be releasing the long-awaited ‘Trax! Rarities’ double album by industrial-alternative rock legends Ministry, led by the outspoken super talented Al Jourgensen.

This is a special limited edition double LP collection of early rare tracks and versions from Wax Trax!-era Ministry, as well as several previously unreleased gems from Al Jourgensen-related side projects – namely Revolting Cocks, PTP, Pailhead and 1000 Homo DJs.

Scheduled for release on December 9th, this new Ministry collection will be pressed on clear vinyl with a printed inner sleeve. Super fans will also be pleased to learn that this double LP includes the very rare Revolting Cocks track ‘Drums Along The Carbide!’

For over 30 years, Al Jourgensen has proven himself to be the undisputed king of industrial music, godfathering a genre that millions have grown to love. He is the only original member of Ministry remaining since the band’s formation in 1981.

Originally a new wave synthpop band with melodic and stylized output compared to to the more aggressive music for which they would eventually become known, as embodied in such tracks as ‘The Game Is Over’, ‘Let’s Be Happy’ and ‘Same Old Madness’. Ministry ultimately changed their style, resulting in them becoming an industrial metal pioneer in the mid-1980s. This ‘Trax! Rarities’ release celebrates hidden gem from their early days.

Ministry inspired numerous groups, including Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and KMFDM. Jourgensen continues to influence and morph, both in his style and music. While the latter is deeply rooted in Industrial, he is still creating new forms as most recently can be heard in his latest project SMM (Surgical Meth Machine).

A multi Gold and Platinum selling artist, his drive to entertain has seen him play the part of producer, musician, author and composer. Apart from Ministry, Jourgensen has led numerous side projects, including Revolting Cocks, Lard, 1000 Homo DJ’s, Pailhead, Buck Satan, and SMM.

Al Jourgensen is once again prolifically making music despite numerous challenges faced since the late 2000s, including the loss of his best friend and Ministry bandmate Mike Scaccia, which resulted in him taking a few years off from Ministry. He still performs select shows with Ministry. He has also acted in movies and wrote an autobiography, called ‘Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen’.

TRACK LIST
SIDE A
1. Ministry – Never Asked For Nothing (Detroit 7.10.82)
2. Ministry – Love Change (Detroit 7.10.82)
3. Ministry – What Is The Reason (Detroit 7.10.82)
4. Ministry – America (Detroit 7.10.82)

SIDE B
1. Ministry – Same Old Madness (1982 Demo)
2. Ministry – Game Is Over (1983 Demo)
3. Ministry – Let’s Be Happy (1983 Demo)
4. Ministry – Same Old Scene (1983 Demo)
5. Ministry – Wait (1983 Demo)

SIDE C
1. Ministry – I See Red
2. Ministry – Self Annoyed
3. Revolting Cocks – Fish In Cold Water
4. Revolting Cocks – (Let’s Get) Physical (Banned Version)

SIDE D
1. PTP – Show Me Your Spine
2. Pailhead – Don’t Stand In Line (Dub Mix)
3. Revolting Cocks – Drums Along The Carbide
4. 1000 Homo DJs – Supernaut (Dub Remix)

Check out Ministry’s Facebook page to find out more!

Michael Cullen and the Soul Searchers – Live in Sydney

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Last year former frontmand for the Hardheads and Watershed, Michael Cullen performed his first ever “solo” concert, backed by his new band the Soul Searchers. Check out the best bits of the gig in the video below (or by clicking here).

Directed by award winning Australian film maker Graham Gall, the video captures Michael and his stellar band the Soul Searchers in glorious form on stage at the Lazybones Lounge in Sydney. It features five amazing songs – Black Dog, Nothing Special, Black Coffee and Cigarettes, Believer and I Walk Alone, all from the critically acclaimedTrue Believer album and all cooking.

On a hot and sweaty night in Marrickville, Michael and The Soul Searchers led by Tim Powles of The Church with Andy Sharpe (Iota) on bass, Craig Wilson (astreetlightsong) on keyboards and James Harland-Wright (Stretch Princess) on guitar demonstrate their prowess reinterpreting the studio recordings in a way which deepens and strengthens their baritone malevolance as well as turning up the temperature to stinking.

Look out for the Black Dog Live EP coming soon!

 

Check out Michael Cullen’s website to find out more!

CD Review: fornever – Nothing is zero

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Joshua Heinric Is back with another single with his band fornever. On offer are three tunes that are dark and atmospheric while also having an energetic poppy vibe to them. The electro-pop sounds are complemented by deep slow vocals reminiscent of Ian Curtis, which add to the chilling vibe.

‘Nothing is zero’ is a racing electro-pop tune reminiscent of New Order. There is a great dark atmosphere while at the same time the music skips along with great energy giving it an upbeat poppy feel. The two contrasts strangely work quite well and complement each other.

‘Go’ sees the energy and speed lifting up a notch with an industrial / techno feel working its way into the sound. This is complemented by the deep gravelly vocals that add to the industrial feel.

‘Redial’ is a curious instrumental that has some slow and dark tunes, and some bright sparks sprinkled about.

This is a great single with a brilliant single and two strong b-sides backing it up. There is a heap of activity crammed into the 8 minutes of minute with no padding to be found.

Check out fornever’ website to find out more!

CD Review: Ctulu – Ctulu

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This is the fourth album from German black metallers Ctul presenting 8 tracks full of anger, despair, and hate!

One thing that is for sure is that Ctulu, don’t do things by half as all 8 tracks on offer blast though with massive raw power. Whether it be the slow droning atmospheric soundscapes or the hard and fast assaults each track packs a massive punch, showing no mercy whatsoever. The is a great balance between soft and slow and loud and fast, allowing the different extremes to be fully realised and providing the intense roller coaster style effect from start to finish. There is some sophisticated precision with the guitars thrashing out like a marching army, while at the same time creating a vivid and al encapsulating atmosphere.

The album opens with the slow thrashy sounds of ‘Serce krwawe’. The heavy droning guitars lull you into a hypnotic stage before gradually speeding up at the end. ‘Treibjagd’ blast out with great speed and energy. Racing by in a manner reminiscent of Strapping Young Lad the song soon has you head banging yourself silly!

‘Totenhauswinde’ continues the raging destruction, blasting everything in its way while also having a subtle Dick Dale feel amongst the riffs. ‘Rozgoryczona, rozczarowana, a gotowa na wszystko’ is the most restrained track on the album. The slow and steady rhythm drags you through the deep dark and rough caves with a certain raw intensity. ‘Heerfuhrer der Herronlosen’ picks up the pace as it thrashes about with a certain precision. ‘Dmmerung’ continues the charge and then some, starting out in a rough and ready fashion it gradually works its way into a great hard rock anthem. ‘Von Mondeswachtern und Menschveerachtern’ is perhaps the fastest and most intense tune on offer, with all members raging away like mad! The fast and furious sounds of ‘Die Ariadne von R’lyeh’ closes the album out ensuring it ends with a massive blast!

This is a brilliant album full of energy, power, and vivid atmosphere, moving between soft and heavy sounds creating an epic journey along the way.

Check out Ctulu’s website to find out more!

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