MINISTRY, the reactivated industrial metal pioneers led by Al Jourgensen, have released the following statement:
"Dearest MINISTRY fans! Someone has erroneously issued a press release to media stating that Al Jourgensen will be attending SXSW [South By Southwest in Austin, Texas] and conducting a panel with Clown of SLIPKNOT entitled 'Seeing Red Aesthetics & Visuals of Metal' scheduled for March 15th from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Room 11AB at the Austin Convention Center.
"While 13th Planet [the record label founded by Al Jourgensen and his wife, Angelina, in 2004] supports both SXSW and Clown of SLIPKNOT, no one ever contacted Al's management to invite Al to participate in this panel, and Al WILL NOT BE attending SXSW nor participating in any panel of any kind whatsoever. Any notice or announcement of Al Jourgensen's presence at SXSW or participation in any panel is FALSE."
MINISTRY's new album, "Relapse", will be released on March 26. The CD was recorded last fall at Jourgensen's industrial compound studio in with his favorite co-conspirators Mike Scaccia (RIGOR MORTIS), Tony Campos (STATIC-X), Tommy Victor (PRONG) and Casey Orr (RIGOR MORTIS, GWAR).
Reaching back to his punk rock roots, Jourgensen and his MINISTRY pirates cover S.O.D.'s "United Forces" — a track written 20 years ago still relevant today as a call to arms for the unrighteous and to those who feel disenfranchised by the "system" as it stands today.