FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell has recorded a guest appearance on the new MINISTRY album, "The Last Sucker". A photo of Bell and MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen at the recording studio can be viewed at this location.
Tentatively due in September, "The Last Sucker" will be MINISTRY's final album, and like its two predecessors — 2004's "Houses of the Mole" and last year's "Rio Grande Blood" — it will be politically minded blast at the administration of President George W. Bush.
"It's a trilogy," Jourgensen told Billboard.com in May 2006. "The next one's going to be called 'The Last Sucker', and it's also about this corrupt administration. That seems to be my muse; everyone seems to think I write real shitty music when a Democrat's in office. So we'll do that one, and then me and George Bush go riding off hand-in-hand, into the sunset."
Regarding his decision to put MINISTRY to rest, Jourgensen said, "I've got other things to do. I just started a label (13th Planet Records), and I want to sign some bands and really build it up like I did with WaxTrax in the '80s, not just a vanity label. I think it's time — and I'll be leaving on the top of my game instead of hanging on too long and doing crappy AEROSMITH and ROLLING STONES albums 30 years later."
MINISTRY was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category for the song "Lies Lies Lies" off "Rio Grande Blood".
This was the fourth Grammy nomination for Jourgensen and MINISTRY, who were also nominated in 1993, 2000 and 2005 (for "The Great Satan").