MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen's new project, SURGICAL METH MACHINE, released their debut album last week via Nuclear Blast Records. The record, was recorded primarily at Jourgensen's home studio inBurbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso.
Al has recorded a series of album trailers for SURGICAL METH MACHINE. The sixth album trailer was released in celebration of 4/20 (surprise, surprise!) - watch Al discussing the song 'I’m Invisible' here:
The track list for 'Surgical Meth Machine' racks up as follows:
01. I'm Sensitive
02. Tragic Alert
03. I Want More
04. Rich People Problems
05. I Don't Wanna
06. Smash And Grab
08. Gates Of Steel
10. Just Go Home
11. Just Keep Going
12. I'm Invisible
In an October 2015 interview with In The Loop magazine, Jourgensen stated about how the idea for SURGICAL METH MACHINE came about:
"You know, [guitarist] Mikey [Scaccia] died a couple of years ago, from MINISTRY, and I just figured, like, nah, it's time to quit. I don't want to have John Bonham's kid playing drums for us and having replacement parts forever; that's just not my scene. So I just figured, 'All right, let's stop this. Let's do some other stuff.' And not only that. I found that it was really unburdensome to not have the MINISTRY moniker or expectations and just do something like whatever the fuck we want. I mean, the band's name is SURGICAL METH MACHINE. It's not like we're gonna be on Top 40 radio and on 'The Voice' and 'American Idol'. [Laughs]"
"I understand it's not a real commercial project for us, it's not gonna put bank in my wallet, but it was a lot of fun to do, in that sense — of just not having the constraints of the expectations of what you've done for twenty years. So this is… It's kind of new stuff. It's pretty cool. It sounds like kind of MINISTRY, but it's a different level. It's like I literally just put my foot on the gas pedal for this record."
According to Jourgensen, the sound of SURGICAL METH MACHINE's debut release leans heavily on the aggressive side, but fans can also expect to hear a few surprises.
"There's a couple of real poppy things on there, which brings me full circle, because, literally, I don't give a fuck anymore", he said. "So I'm actually almost acknowledging that first horrible pop record I did in 1983. I'm crooning on some songs, I've got some pop songs on there, and then there's just brutal assault for the rest of it. It's a very dichotomous record, but it's me, and I'm acknowledging everything that's been me through, like, the last 35 years. Let's just throw my balls on the table and hope somebody doesn't have a meat cleaver running."
MORE ON 'SURGICAL METH MACHINE':
The first album trailer where Al discusses signing to Nuclear Blast and the differences between SURGICAL METH MACHINE and Ministry can be seen HERE:
The second installment, which sees AL describing the album artwork and band’s name can be viewed HERE:
The third webisode covering AL work with long time collaborator Sam D’Ambrouso can be seen HERE:
The fourth clip where AL discusses the drumming on the new album, working on music without his Ministry comrades and more can be seen HERE:
The fifth trailer where Al shares his thoughts on the music industry now and how it was back in the day HERE:
Listen to 'Tragic Alert' over on YouTube:
"I hope you enjoy this soundtrack to the New World Order...you should, y'all helped create it!"
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