Ministry Visual History Book “Ministry: Prescripture” To Be Released In December

A new limited edition Ministry visual history book, titled “Ministry: Prescripture,” will be released on December 6. The book was put together by author Aaron Tanner and it will feature over 200 pages of rare/unseen photos, artwork, and more. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Much of the content was taken from Al Jourgensen’s personal collection. Current and former members of the band and visual artists Brian Shanley and Paul Elledge also contributed. Furthermore, Jello Biafra wrote the introduction and quotes from members of Smashing Pumpkins, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Ramones, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Megadeth, AFI, Slayer, Jane’s Addiction, Rammstein, The Flaming Lips, Devo, Butthole Surfers, Static-X, Anthrax, White Zombie, Death Grips, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, High On Fire, GWAR, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Revolting Cocks will also be included.

The deluxe version will also come with a bonus 7″ featuring an acoustic version of “(Every Day Is) Halloween.” Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro guested on that particular track.

You can read more about the book over at Rolling Stone.

Navarro commented:

“There have always been bands full of angst, rage, anger, drama, and theatrics. It was Ministry who first came along at the dawn of the industrial movement, who combined these things so seamlessly, that the audience was about to have its first immersive experience. Not only were the shows a visceral experience, but lyrically, Al was preaching the truth on top of the finely crafted sound of this new musical tonality of aggression and machinery.

Loud and aggressive, yes, but also painstakingly put together as a symphonic experience. Al is the real deal. Who we see and hear on stage is who he is; it’s his truth that resonates with so many. Truths that make the disenfranchised feel included and truths that make the common man wish to be among the disenfranchised.”

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Cold Premiere “Without You” Music Video

Cold have premiered a new video for their song “Without You.” This track is from the band’s latest album “The Things We Can’t Stop.” Scooter Ward commented:

“This is our new video for the song ‘Without You.’ The song is about doubting blind faith. The video was created with a horror movie/cult type storyline about a lost soul finding hope in the darkness.”

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Metallica, Ugly Kid Joe, Etc. Members Covering Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” As “The Wedding Band”

On July 26, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, etc.), Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age, etc.), and Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves) played a special covers set as “The Wedding Band” at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Richmond Hill, ON. Now, some pro-shot footage of the group performing a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” during the show has been shared online:

Charm City Devils To Release New EP “1904”, Stream New Song “Skipping Stone”

Charm City Devils will be releasing a new EP titled “1904” on November 22. The effort is dedicated to their hometown of Baltimore and it was even named after the year of the great fire that burned the city. The first single from the EP, “Skipping Stone,” can be streamed below:

Vocalist John Allen commented:

“While writing and collaborating on the songs for 1904, I started reflecting on my life and music career and how the town where I grew up impacted my view of the world. The story of Baltimore is a direct parallel to what most people experience in life. In everyone’s life there is a change arc. We begin that change with ‘uninformed optimism’ only to find out that optimism quickly turns to ‘informed pessimism,’ and as the spiraling continues they ultimately bottom out at ‘crisis of meaning.’ It’s in the crisis part of life where a person has to decide if they are going to be stuck or are they going to pick themselves up and begin the upward struggle toward happiness and fulfillment. The first single, ‘Skipping Stone,’ is a journey into self-awareness and ultimately about being resilient.”

“We can write about Charm City Devils returning to their bluesy, modern-edged and southern-tinged hard rock anthems. We also can tell you about the desire to rock the masses, but you have heard all the puffery before. Rather than bore you with the same old bio, we want to give it to you straight. We are Baltimore and Baltimore is in all of us! We have lived our whole lives in and around this city. Baltimore was once vibrant. The town had jobs, low crime and was a place to truly call home. While it is tough to argue that Baltimore doesn’t have a myriad of issues, we still want to tell the story of what still thrives here, which is the Music.

Real life experiences are what we write about, what we sing about and what we care about. It’s gut wrenching to see our once ‘Charmed City’ fall to ruin. We all want to be a part of something grand and we all want to have a sense of pride, not only in ourselves, but also in our community.

We have lost friends to addiction. We have moved venues due to safety. We have been the victim of robbery, and almost every night the local news the leadoff story is about a murder. Yet we pray that one day, this will turn around and peace and love will conquer, but we know we are far cry from that salvation. We write and play music for the distraction from all the negativity and anxiety that surrounds us. Through personal experience we are reminded that when things are really bad, and we mean really bad, we have the outlet of music to channel all those emotions and hope that those that feel the same way can find the same hope through our songs.

Baltimore to us is what Detroit is to Kid Rock or Boston is to Aerosmith. It keeps us ground, motivated, and inspired. It’s the main reason we chose this profession and why we will always pursue our dreams.

If nothing else, the return of the Charm City Devils is a reminder that not all the news in Baltimore is bleak and in the face of adversity we have to “Roll on, Roll on, on like a Skipping Stone!”

Serj Tankian On The Possibility Of New System Of A Down Music: “The Status Has Not Changed”

During a recent interview with Billboard, Serj Tankian was asked about the possibility of new System Of A Down music once again. The frontman responded with the following:

“The status has not changed. We tour. We do shows together. We haven’t been able to see eye to eye to continue as far as creating new music together. Maybe one day that will change, maybe that won’t, but we’re all close friends and we enjoy each other’s company and we’re like family at this point, after 25 years. We’ll be announcing some new shows soon.”

Abigail Williams Premiere New Song “I Will Depart”, Reveal Details For New Album “Walk Beyond The Dark”

Abigail Williams have premiered a new song titled “I Will Depart” via Metal Hammer. This track is from the band’s new album “Walk Beyond The Dark,” which will be released on November 15.

“Walk Beyond The Dark” Track Listing:

01. “I Will Depart”
02. “Sun and Moon”
03. “Ever So Bold”
04. “Black Waves”
05. “Into the Sleep”
06. “Born of Nothing”
07. “The Final Failure”

The following was said about the new album:

“Abigail Williams returns with their boldest and most diverse offering to date.

‘Walk Beyond the Dark’ summarizes the band’s previous experiments into one defining statement.

The album deftly wields the forces of light and dark in skilled measure. Icy guitars and bleak atmospheres encircle. String accompaniments burst into rapture. Powerful guitars shift between slithering rhythms and all-out assaults.

The grandiosity of the band’s debut album arrives via intricate string accompaniments. The raw fury of their sophomore effort pummels. A sense of space and clarity evokes the band’s third album. And the gritty darkness and progressive oddity evoke the fourth.

‘Walk Beyond the Dark’ melds all previous efforts into an undeniable force, elevating the result to the next level.

Abigail Williams take their rightful crown as the lords of American black metal.

The melancholic futility of despair. Surrender to the mysterious void.”

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) Offers Update On The Weapon: “We Are A Few Weeks Away From Completing All Of The Tracking For Our First Official Release”

Killswitch Engage‘s Jesse Leach has offered an update on his hardcore/punk project The Weapon. He said the following:

“Angry, fast, socially aware, hardcore punk? Yeah we got that @theweaponnyc! We are a few weeks away from completing all of the tracking for our first official release! In the meantime check out 2 demos on Band Camp (link in bio above). Give a follow on our page and stay tuned. This band is the real deal and will definitely scratch your itch if you dig fist raising protest anthems!. Stay tuned. 🏴💀🏴 A”