Mandi Martyr has been announced as the new touring bassist for industrial/metal band MINISTRY, filling the void left by the absence of Tony Campos. Campos was announced in May of 2015 as the new bassist for fellow industrial/metal band Fear Factory, while Martyr has been a professional bassist in the punk/metal community since 2001. She has performed with the likes of Japanese acts Another Destructive System (featuring Riley Baxter of ZILCH) and Violet UK – a band featuring Yoshiki Hayashi amd Sugizo of X-Japan, Wes Borland, and Richard Fortus of Guns ‘n’ Roses – performing three sold-out shows at the Tokyo Dome in 2008. In addition, she is the wife of drummer Aaron Rossi and former owner of Crimson Reign Tatoo.
MINISTRY will be performing at the Chicago Open Air festival on Friday, July 13, sharing the stage with Meshuggah, Chevelle, and headlining act Rammstein on the latter’s only U.S. performance for 2016. While Jourgensen maintains that no new MINISTRY material will ever be recorded, his speed/metal project Surgical Meth Machine is set to release its debut self-titled album on April 15 via Nuclear Blast.