“Basically, an artist should be a mirror, or a reflection of society or his or her environment. What you see is what you can articulate. “Al Jourgensen

Chicago based synth pop unit Ministry, founded by cult hero Al Jourgensen in 1981, first emerged with club faves like “Everyday Is Halloween”, “Effigy (I’m Not An)” and “Cold Life” before evolving into one of the most influential industrial metal bands of the era, influencing every band in the genre, including Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails. Their 1986 album Twitch marked the beginning of Ministry’s evolution towards industrial metal. It blended intense, fast and abrasive guitar riffs with samples, synthesizers, tape effects and distorted vocals that fueled seminal genre-defining albums including 1988’s The Land of Rape and Honey and 1989’s The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, both of which went gold, and 1992’s groundbreaking Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs. Jourgensen wrote or co-wrote every Ministry song, including “Jesus Built My Hotrod”, “Stigmata” and “N.W.O”, and produced ten of the band’s twelve albums, which have since sold over 16 million records worldwide. Jourgensen is a six-time Grammy nominated producer and composer. In addition, he released six albums with the industrial super group Revolting Cocks (aka RevCo) alongside Ministry cohort Chris Connelly.