This week’s new releases include “Memory of the Future,” the third single from the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Elysium,’ which comes in two formats, plus a reissue of the Abecedarians’ ‘Eureka’ mini-LP on both vinyl and, for the first time, CD, as well as a new vinyl release of Ministry’s reunion album, ‘Relapse.’
Mike Scaccia — who joined Ministry during the Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste tour and went on to play with various Al Jourgensen-led projects including Revolting Cocks, 1000 Homo DJs and Lard — died early this morning after collapsing on-stage in Fort Worth, Texas, during a performance with metal band Rigor Mortis.
Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen — who reformed the industrial-metal giant following a blood-draining 2010 health scare — collapsed on stage in Paris on Saturday night and was rushed to an area hospital, where he was ‘diagnosed to have had a full-system collapse due to extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion.’
With Al Jourgensen’s reformed Ministry opening its very short U.S. tour this Sunday in Denver, the band this week released a second music video from its comeback album ‘Relapse.’ The clip for ‘GhoulDiggers’ features some fine ranting by Uncle Al, a bit of cartoonery and some animated, grave-digging ducks.
This week’s new releases include individual reissues of each album in The Smiths’ catalog, plus MInistry’s first new album in five years (‘Relapse’), the U.K. release of Grinderman’s new remix album (‘Grinderman 2 RMX’) and the U.S. release of Paul Weller’s just-released solo album ‘Sonik Kicks.’
Al Jourgensen’s newly reformed Ministry will release its first original music in four years later this week in the form of the pro-Occupy Wall Street single ’99 Percenters,’ which will go on sale digitally on Friday and then be streamed from the industrial juggernaut’s Facebook page beginning Christmas Day.
Al Jourgensen not only has reactivated Ministry for a new album and tour next summer, but he’s decided to chronicle the recording of the ‘Relapse’ record with a series of short ‘webisodes,’ the first of which can be watched here. The album is due out in spring, with a limited number of U.S. dates next summer.
Al Jourgensen has reunited Ministry three years after vowing he was finished with the industrial-metal juggernaut, and says he’ll record and release a new album dubbed ‘Relapse’ before the end of the year and play a limited run of U.S. and European concerts in 2012.