Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
2003 / 2008 / 2017 / 2019


Industrial Metal


United States


These industrial metal pioneers need no introduction. Founded in 1981, Ministry has been at the forefront of the industrial metal scene for over three and a half decades. Mastermind Al Jourgensen essentially is Ministry and he’s always managed to surround himself with excellent musicians. In 2008 Ministry announced their dissolution and that year Graspop was one of their stops on the ‘C-U-La Tour’. Jourgensen decided to resuscitate Ministry three years later but fate struck him a cruel blow when his best friend and long-time Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia died on stage of a heart attack. Shortly before, Scaccia had made a key contribution to ‘From Beer to Eternity’ (2013). Another hiatus followed but like a cat with nine lives they are back once again - and Jourgensen & Co are more outraged than ever. The current maelstrom of political insanity in the US has certainly fuelled Jourgensen’s outrage because ‘AmeriKKKant’ came out just last year. Ministry’s poignant blend of electronic instrumentation and heavy metal sounds as relevant as ever and – unfortunately – the same goes for the lyrics. (#GMM19)