MINISTRY To Release New Album In The Spring

Originators of industrial rock MINISTRY are in the studio recording their follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina". Straight from the success of this year's highly acclaimed American and European Fornica-Tour, the band have returned to Sonic Ranch deep in the heart of Texas to record. "Houses of the Molé" is slated for release on Sanctuary Records in the Spring of 2004 and promises to expand upon the MINISTRY "wall of sound" that fans expect.

" 'Houses of the Molé' will be all MINISTRY, all the time, with a dash of sinister Southwest flavor and half the carbs," states MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen.

Jourgensen formed MINISTRY in 1981, unleashing an unprecedented musical style, combining fast, aggressive punk rock, haunting electronics, assaulting guitars and unforgiving vocals. The musical term "industrial" was created to describe Jourgensen's new and innovative sound, which propelled an entire new genre. In 1992, MINISTRY recorded the now legendary "Psalm 69", featuring the alt rock hits "Jesus Built My Hotrod", "Just One Fix", and "NWO". Despite being as far from pop as any band could be, two of MINISTRY's albums landed in Billboard magazine's Top 40 chart, 1992's "Psalm 69" (#27) and "Filth Pig" (#19). MINISTRY were nominated for a Grammy award in 2000, and began to write songs for various films including "Robocop", "The Matrix" and "A.I." An aesthetic affinity between director Steven Spielberg and Jourgensen inspired the director to include MINISTRY's performance of "What About Us" in "A.I.", and to direct the song's accompanying video.

Regarding MINISTRY's tumultuous 20-year musical career, Jourgensen notes: "Yeah, we're half-way to 90...but we're still driving 100mph. MINISTRY is built for speed."

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