6 September 2013
AFM Records GmbH
| September 6, 2013 (2013-09-06)|
December 2012 – March 2013 at 13th Planet compound, El Paso, Texas
Industrial metal, Thrash metal
Ministry albums, Industrial metal albums
From Beer to Eternity is the thirteenth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry. It was released on September 6, 2013, by 13th Planet Records. Due to the death of guitarist Mike Scaccia in December 2012, frontman Al Jourgensen decided to disband Ministry once again, making From Beer to Eternity their final album, although the band has since been active again and Jourgensen has stated that there may be a follow-up to this album.
The first single from the album, "PermaWar", was released by the iTunes Store on August 9, 2013.
In December 2012, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen, guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, bassist Tony Campos, and drummer Aaron Rossi entered studio sessions and worked on the rough tracks for 18 songs at Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records compound in El Paso, Texas. The sessions turned out to be fruitful, with Jourgensen noting, "We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before. Everything went so smoothly, it was surreal."
Three days after the band had completed the sessions, Scaccia, whom Jourgensen described as the driving force behind the record, died onstage playing with his band Rigor Mortis, due to a sudden heart attack brought on by previously undiagnosed heart disease. Following a funeral in Dallas, Jourgensen and co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso spent three months in studio to put the final touches on the album.
The cover art and accompanying artwork was created by photographer Allan Amato. The artwork features seven female models, who act as sexualized and "monster-ified" personifications of seven deadly sins. On the artwork, Al Jourgensen stated:
The Seven Deadly Sins is the intention and the women are not really women. If you look at them, they're not some hot models—I mean, they started out that way, but we completely mutated them just to parody the entire sexuality thing...I guess I'll be taking some heat for being a misogynist by carrying seven women in a bag like they're groupies or something. If I ever saw a groupie look like that on my bus, I guarantee my road manager would have them off the bus within a minute, so it's not a sexual thing. And it's certainly not misogynistic.
The album artwork and the title were mocked by Josh Modell of the A.V. Club. In response and as a joke, Ministry posted new cover artwork, titled Whole Lotta Glove.
A behind-the-scenes video, depicting the creation of the artwork, was released on June 28, 2013.
All lyrics written by Al Jourgensen."Thanx but No Thanx" makes use of William S. Burroughs's poem "A Thanksgiving Prayer", as read by Sgt. Major, who also appeared on Ministry's tenth studio album Rio Grande Blood (2006).
Al Jourgensen – vocals (1-5, 7-10, 12-14), guitars (1, 3, 8-10, 12, 13), keyboards (1, 3, 10, 12), harmonica (3, 12), programming (6), bass (9, 13), production, mixing
Mike Scaccia – guitars (3, 7, 8-10, 12), bass (3, 12, 13)
Sin Quirin – guitars (1-5, 8, 10, 12, 14), keyboards (1, 2, 14), synthesizer programming (2, 10, 14), bass (2, 14), drum programming (10)
Tony Campos – bass (1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10)
Aaron Rossi – drums (2, 8, 14), drum programming (8)
Sammy D'Ambruoso – keyboards (1), drum programming (1-5, 7, 8, 10, 12-14), synthesizer programming (2, 3, 12, 14), programming (6), backing vocals (10), noises (11), remix (12-14), engineering, production
Aaron Havill – theremin (4), synthesizer programming (4, 8, 10), programming (6), sampling, synthesizer, backing vocals, engineering, second engineering
Patty Fox – backing vocals (8, 10)
Sgt. Major – spoken word (9, 11, 13)
Hector Muñoz – backing vocals
Matt Bridges – backing vocals
Allan Amato – artwork
Angelina Jourgensen – executive production
Dave Donnelly – mastering
1Hail to His Majesty (Peasants)5:17From Beer to Eternity Wikipedia
2Punch in the Face5:00