MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen's new project, SURGICAL METH MACHINE, recently released their debut album last week via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released a lyric video for their rendition of the DEVO classic "Gates Of Steel":
Surgical Meth Machine was recorded primarily at Jourgensen's home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso.
In an October 2015 interview with In The Loop magazine, Jourgensen stated about how the idea forSURGICAL 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 theMINISTRY 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]"
He continued: "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."
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
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:
The sixth album trailer was released in celebration of 4/20 (surprise, surprise!) - watch Al discussing the song 'I’m Invisible' HERE:
Listen to 'Tragic Alert' over on YouTube:
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