Fear Factory were pioneers of the so-called nü metal genre, before that designation became a bit of an insult. Early proponents of a fusion of industrial and death metal, Fear Factory brought the first full realization of that sonic alchemy with its influential 1995 album Demanufacture. Since then, ... More >>
KMFDM (originally Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid) started as performance art one-off in 1984 that evolved into an ongoing concern. Founding member Sascha Konietzko was soon joined by drummer and vocalist En Esch, who formed the core of the band until its temporary split in 1999. With various collabo ... More >>
Some sad news coming out of Texas this morning. We've just got word that Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis and Ministry has died at the age of 47. Last night in Fort Worth Texas, Scaccia reportedly collapsed on stage during a performance with his band Rigor Mortis and was subsequently transported to a ne ... More >>
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult began as a film idea that Frankie Nardiello and Marsten Daley had that never fully came to fruition. The two met while touring with Ministry, and in 1987, inspired in part by disco, exploitation films, the industrial scene happening around them in Chicago and a mutu ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! Another diverse lineup of musical goodness awaits you. Tonight at Red Rocks, Ghostland Observatory and MiM0SA kick off two nights of electronic goodness that will culminate with a show featuring STS9 tomorrow night. And there's a full slate of rock on tap as well, including M ... More >>
See Also: Ministry's Al Jourgensen on his ties to Colorado: living in Breckenridge, attending Greeley High School and his ill-fated attempt at a rodeo career
Ministry (due Sunday, June 17, at the Ogden Theatre) got its start when Al Jourgensen moved from Colorado to Chicago, where the Wax Trax labe ... More >>
By now you've probably read our interviews with Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen and longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia, which means you're probably getting hyped for the show this Sunday at the Ogden Theatre. If you haven't already bought your tickets, here's a chance to win some. We're giving away a ... More >>
Chicago is the city that most music fans probably associate with Ministry (due this Sunday, June 17, at the Ogden Theatre), and for good reason, as that's where the band got its start. Before moving to the Windy City, where the Wax Trax! label was headquartered, though, Ministry mastermind Al Jourge ... More >>
Things have changed quite a bit on the strip of 13th Avenue between Washington and Pearl streets over the last few decades. (Even mainstay Kelly's Superette closed up shop last week.) But even with all the ebb and flow of gentrification, Fashionation has maintained its black-painted storefront at 61 ... More >>
Although Al Jourgensen has said he'd never tour with Ministry again, the frontman reunited the group after a health scare last year and plans to record a new album, Relapse, before the end of the year. Ministry hits the Ogden Theatre on Sunday, June 17, as part of a five-date Relapse tour tha ... More >>
13th Planet Records, founded by Ministry's Al Jourgensen, has released a free EP for digital download via Vampirefreaks.com. The EP includes five unreleased tracks and remixes by Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Prong, False Icons and Stayte, plus a video from Ascension of the Watchers (founded ... More >>
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