Tuesday, August 30, 2005

25 Years of the New World Order

After 25 years of leading rock’s industrial revolution, Al Jourgensen of Ministry is fired up and ready to release Rantology on Sanctuary Records September 27, 2005. The 25th anniversary collection is Mr. Jourgensen’s personal interpretation and reflection upon the music his iconic band has created over the years. Featuring 14 classic tracks hand-picked, produced and remixed by Jourgensen, over half of the collection has been updated, reworked, and reanimated by Jourgensen. In addition, the CD features three live tracks along with a new never-heard-before song titled “The Great Satan,” giving listeners a sneak preview of the upcoming studio album due out in April 2006.

Forming Ministry in Chicago in 1980, Al Jourgensen unwittingly kicked off what would become a pivotal turning point in music, coined “industrial." As the genre slowly gathered an underground following, Ministry’s The Mind is a Terrible Thing To Taste and The Land of Rape and Honey quietly went Gold and the mainstream finally began taking notice. However, it was the Gulf War and President Bush in the White House that truly led Ministry to find its muse, where their open expression of rage resonated loud and clear with music fans. Pslam 69 went Platinum and industrial bands popped up everywhere, with MTV and radio stations quickly jumping on board. Today, with more than 10 albums to its name and bands the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie citing Al Jourgensen’s influence, Ministry is the pre-eminent industrial rock band.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

He's Not on His Way Down Anymore

Where has Rob Dickinson been for the five years since his ground-breaking band The Catherine Wheel stopped making records? The answers, as we shall see, might prove elusive. The curious world of Mr. Dickinson, unfolds.

The Catherine Wheel was a cool band. In Rob Dickinson they possessed a songwriter and lyricist of rare and sometimes audacious talent. Never was a band so influential and yet so invisible. They quietly unleashed 6 brilliant albums all an artistic development of the last and all reflecting a musical force that could crush any band that dared share a stage - ask Radiohead or The Smashing Pumpkins about that.

Whatever merit his past with the band may confer on him, Dickinson’s inevitable stardom would appear to be as a solo artist with a breathtaking new collection of music celebrating the extremes of the human spirit. If ever a slice of modern rock music deserved the adjective’ deep’, Fresh Wine for the Horses is it.

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