Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen has officially confirmed the group's forthcoming album "From Beer To Eternity" as their final one. In a recent interview with Noisey, the vocalist admitted he is unable to move on without the late guitarist Mike Scaccia, whose death he now considers as the band's end.
"Mikey was my best friend in the world and there's no Ministry without him. But I know the music we recorded together during the last weeks of his life had to be released to honor him," said the frontman. "So after his funeral, I locked myself in my studio and turned the songs we had recorded into the best and last Ministry record anyone will ever here. I can't do it without Mikey and I don't want to. So yes, this will be Ministry's last album."
The new record was written over a period of 19 days during December 2012 and is set for a September release. According to Jourgensen, it was one of the bands most creative periods, making the production stage one of the most difficult, yet rewarding projects of his entire life.
"This was one of the most creative Minstry tracking sessions ever. The band was on fire! We were having fun, we were coming up with great ideas and experimenting with everything we've ever wanted to do, from Stones-y blues to dub and, of course, heavy guitar-based rock," the singer comments. "It was too easy. No fighting, no problems. Nothing goes that well without the floor eventually falling out."
"It was the most emotionally difficult project I've ever done, but it was the most rewarding. Mikey was amazed with the songs when he was working on them, and I know he's looking down at us now and he's totally stoked with what we came up with."
Although the frontman is known for announcing both of the last two Ministry albums as their last ones, it seems that things might be different this time around. Jourgensen is planning to promote the new record along with his forthcoming autobiography titled "Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen," but adds that a full tour is by all means out of the question.
"Maybe we'll do one big show with Tommy [Victor] and Sin [Quirin] and the guys who made this band possible for the past few years. That would be a nice tribute to Mikey. But I can't do a whole tour without him. Ministry was his life almost as much as mine and I'm afraid it has to die with him. But damn if we didn't go out with a bang!"
"From Beer To Eternity" was completed over the course of last three months with co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso and engineer Aaron Havill at 13th Planet Records in El Paso. Album track list is as it follows.
"From Beer To Eternity" track listing:
01. Hail To His Majesty 02. Punch In The Face 03. Permawar 04. Perfect Storm 05. Fairly Unbalanced 06. The Horror 07. Side FX Include Mikey's Middle Finger (T.V.4) 08. Lesson Unlearned 09. Thanx But No Thanx 10. Change Of Luck 11. Enjoy The Silence