Ministry

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Ministry is the internationally known dance/industrial band fronted by longtime Chicago music veteran Al Jourgensen. Ministry started in Chicago in 1981 and was a critical band in the dawning of industrial rock. Their sound fit in with the unique Chicago punk sound in the 80s with bands like Big Black, The Effigies and Naked Raygun which essentially aided in the creation of a brand new genre (Industrial, Industrial Punk, etc.), long before the likes of copycat producers like Trent Reznor, Peter Steele and even Rob Zombie, but around the same time that Industrial and dance music was seething out of Detroit.

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Members

Current Members

  • Al Jourgensen
  • John Bechdel
  • Sin Quirin
  • Aaron Rossi
  • Casey Orr

Prior Members

  • John Davis
  • Stephen George
  • Robert Roberts
  • Marty Sorenson
  • Shay Jones
  • Brad Hallen
  • Paul Barker
  • Bill Rieflin
  • Chris Connelly
  • Nivek Ogre
  • Mike Scaccia
  • Howie Beno
  • Michael Balch
  • Louis Svitek
  • Duane Buford
  • Zlatko Hukic
  • Rey Washam
  • Max Brody
  • Mark Baker
  • John Monte
  • Paul Raven
  • Tommy Victor
  • Tony Campos
  • Jello Biafra

Breakup and reunion

Not long after Paul Raven's death on October 20, 2007 (He suffered an apparent heart attack shortly after arriving in Europe to commence recording for the French industrial band Treponem Pal near the Swiss border), Ministry disbanded; more like took a hiatus, until 2011 when they reunited.

Al Jourgensen stayed busy and remixed and co-produced Spyder Baby's "Bitter", which was released by Blind Prophecy Records in early 2008. They now tour on a international level again.

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