Today, Ministry release a surreal and provocative new music video. Taken from the band‘s forthcoming album AmeriKKKant, the video for new track 'Twilight Zone' takes the viewer on a macabre excursion through the current U.S. news media climate of misinformation, corporate propaganda and hypocritical slander.
“We are in completely uncharted territory now”, said Ministry‘s Al Jourgensen, “witnessing the unraveling of what was once a functional democracy. Our government is under attack. Our planet is under attack. It‘s time for a major reboot.”
Filmed last December just outside of Los Angeles, the video features Ministry guitarists Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto, Tony Campos (Fear Factory, Static X) on bass, keyboardist John Bechdel (Killing Joke, Fear Factory), live scratcher DJ Swamp (Beck, the Crystal Method) and Derek Abrams on drums. Guest appearances are made by Gray Wolf, President of American Indian Movement (AIM), the internationally renowned and idiosyncratic Lord of the Cello and an army of Ministry supporters who participated in the band's PledgeMusic AmeriKKKant pre-order campaign.
The video was produced by Chris Roth and Steve Roth for The Other House production company, the same group that produced Jourgensen‘s previous music video, 'I‘m Invisible' for his 2016 Surgical Meth Machine release. Chris Roth also took on director duties for the video, with Steve Roth supporting as Director of Photography and editor. The Other House has produced a wide array of broadcast design projects for Revolt TV, Nike‘s Kobe 8 System, MTV, Aol.RISE, the Syfy Network, VH-1, CNN, PBS, “The Profit” on CNBC, the 2017 Emmy Awards and many more.
Chris Roth commented on the video: “I‘m a life-long fan of the band and very politically active. Not only was this an opportunity to collaborate creatively once again with the one and only Al Jourgensen, but also an outlet for much of my pent up aggression and frustration regarding the current state of politics in our country."
AmeriKKKant will be in stores on March 9th.
PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM:
Limited Edition Vinyl and merchandise: http://bit.ly/MinistryShop
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1. I Know Words
2. Twilight Zone
3. Victims of a Clown
5. We’re Tired of It
8. Game Over
To support the release of AmeriKKKant, Ministry will headline a 7 date UK, with the dark and atmospheric singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe supporting.
17.07.18 UK Nottingham @ Rock City
18.07.18 UK Glasgow @ O2 ABC
20.07.18 UK Manchester @ Albert Hall
21.07.18 UK London @ The Forum
23.07.18 UK Belfast @ Limelight
24.07.18 IRE Dublin @ Tivoli
25.07.18 UK Bristol @ SWX
+ special guest Chelsea Wolfe
Buy tickets: https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/ministry-1
Like former U.S. Senator Al Franken, Al Jourgensen admits he's done things that he's not proud of. "But you grow, you learn, you listen", he says. Jourgensen has taken an objective look at some of his actions from the past that he didn't consider sexist at the time, but, today's raised awareness has given him a fresh perspective on. "Now it's time for the men to buck up and start thinking," he says. "We've slated our society to be exploitative and men have been rewarded by this system, but now, we're starting to think."
"It's not going to be an overnight thing but at least start thinking. 'Ok, I remember this party back, maybe 10 years ago where I did...yeah...I see that that was weird, I can see where I could have possibly weirded someone out...' just that is a step forward. Just for a man to think 'you know what? That was fucked up.' That's a step forward and that's where we need to be and that's what these discussions that are happening right now are doing...hopefully."
Watch the trailer, here:
Watch Al discussing the writing process for the new album, here:
Watch the official video for 'Antifa':
Produced by Al Jourgensen, recorded at Caribou Studios in Burbank, CA between January and May this year, and with striking artwork created by Mister Sam Shearon, the psychedelic, politically influenced and very much in-your-face AmeriKKKant’s nine tracks are rooted in Jourgensen’s unadulterated anger for what’s happening in America today - the waning respect for the U.S. Constitution, the growing acceptance of one’s opinions replacing facts, the decline of our leaders’ sense of morals, ethics and personal responsibility to the country and to their constituents, and that mad man in the White House.
Watch Al's explanation for Trump's victory in full, here:
On November 9, 2016, Ministry's Al Jourgensen woke up feeling a little bit nauseous. "Disgusted and depressed/we know the world is just a mess/Distortion of reality/The truth is under arrest"..."This is the twilight zone." These are the words that begin 'Twilight Zone'. But, as far as the man in the White House goes, Uncle Al's holding on to his own glimmer of hope: "I predict he's going down this year", Jourgensen said, "impeachment...this year. Resignation and shame. I don't think it'll be through Congress which is too spineless, I really think it will be a resignation on his part."
Check out Al's complete point of view on this, here:
Sometime MINISTRY accomplice Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY) guests as a nightmarish clown in the band’s video for new track 'Wargasm', which can be seen here: