MINISTRY remains as steadfast as ever in raising the proverbial middle finger at the corporate and governmental demons seemingly in charge of a world out of control, as the band has released a new single, “Just Stop Oil.” Following up on “Goddamn White Trash,” the song sees Al Jourgensen and company turning their attention toward environmental concerns of climate change; pointedly criticizing those who place profit above sustainability, and compounded by a lyric video, the song serves as an anthem for those calling for action to be taken for the sake of our collective future. Jourgensen states simply, “MINISTRY approves this message and the movement behind it. ENOUGH is ENOUGH!”
“Just Stop Oil” and “Goddamn White Trash” will both be featured on the forthcoming sixteenth album from MINISTRY, HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES, due for release on March 1 on Nuclear Blast Records. Like past albums, the new record sees the band addressing social, political, economic, and environmental changes from a decidedly and now trademarked cantankerous perspective; calling himself a fellow passenger on the ride of life, Jourgensen comments “on what’s going on from the perspective of a fellow passenger,” going on to say, “A lot of people say artists and athletes should shut up and play ball. No, I’m on this trip too. If I see something, I say something.” Also appearing on the album will be a cover of Fad Gadget’s “Ricky’s Hand,” which the band has been performing live, with the album featuring guest appearances by Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello), Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity), and longtime collaborator and Lard companion Jello Biafra. Pre-orders for HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES are available now in digital, CD, and vinyl formats via Bandcamp and the Nuclear Blast webstore.
MINISTRY will then embark on a North American tour in 2024 with Gary Numan and Front Line Assembly, the three acts having previously done so this past spring; the new tour will primarily cover cities the three bands did not visit on the previous leg, with a full listing of tour dates and ticket links available on the MINISTRY website.
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