In a new interview with Noisey, Al Jourgensen revealed that Ministry will release a new and their final album, titled From Beer To Eternity, this upcoming September with material written during 19 days in last December, where the band wrote and recorded riffs for 18 songs with late guitarist Mike Scaccia. The band also released some footage with music used in the song "Thanx But No Thanx", which features William Burroughs' A Thanksgiving Prayer. You can watch the video below and see the album tracklist.
Al Jourgensen said the band's 2012 album Relapse was going to be the final Ministry album ever and there was also a time when he said 2007's The Last Sucker would be Ministry's swan song. So, really you never know.
Jourgensen stated about the recording sessions: "This was one of the most creative Ministry tracking sessions ever. The band was on fire! We were having fun, we were coming up with great ideas and experimenting with everything we've ever wanted to do, from Stones-y blues to dub and, of course, heavy guitar-based rock. It was too easy. No fighting, no problems. Nothing goes that well without the floor eventually falling out."
Three days after leaving the Ministry sessions in El Paso, in the early hours of December 23, Scaccia suffered heart failure onstage while performing with his other band, Rigor Mortis, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Scaccia's death both devastated and motivated Jourgensen.
"Mikey was my best friend in the world and there's no Ministry without him," Jourgensen says. "But I know the music we recorded together during the last weeks of his life had to be released to honor him. So after his funeral, I locked myself in my studio and turned the songs we had recorded into the best and last Ministry record anyone will ever hear. I can't do it without Mikey and I don't want to. So yes, this will be Ministry's last album."
Jourgensen worked on From Beer To Eternity through March 2013 at 13th Planet Records in his El Paso compound with co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso, and engineer/keyboard programmer Aaron Havill. "It was the most emotionally difficult project I've ever done, but it was the most rewarding," Jourgensen says. "Mikey was amazed with the songs when he was working on them, and I know he's looking down at us now and he's totally stoked with what we came up with."
"Maybe we'll do one big show with Tommy and Sin and the guys who made this band possible for the past few years. That would be a nice tribute to Mikey. But I can't do a whole tour without him. Ministry was his life almost as much as mine, and I'm afraid it has to die with him. But damn if we didn't go out with a bang!"
From Beer To Eternity tracklist:
01. Hail To His Majesty
02. Punch In The Face
04. Perfect Storm
05. Fairly Unbalanced
06. The Horror
07. Side FX Include Mikey's Middle Finger (T.V.4)
08. Lesson Unlearned
09. Thanx But No Thanx
10. Change Of Luck
11. Enjoy The Silence