Ministry Still Boss' of the Industrial Metal World

Ministry Still Boss' of the Industrial Metal World

November 4, 2017
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Ministry / Death Grips - Showbox Sodo 11.1.17
Review/Photos: "Iron" Mike Savoia - www.Facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive
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Crazy to think my first Ministry concert was 11/6/88 (believe I had date right) at the OZ club across from the Space Needle. A total trippy "Land of Rape & Honey" tour that was nearly drone-like in performance. I remember how LOUD it was and the repeating over and over drum/sample beat of "You Know Who You Are" nearly made me crazy. That setlist was classic: Where You At Now? / We Believe /You Know What You Are / The Land of Rape and Honey / Flashback / The Missing / Deity / Stigmata / Attack Ships On Fire / Golden Dawn - Fast forward from 1988 29 years later to 2017. The difference, Ministry have grown outta the hypnotic electronic industrial drug rock trance style and into a pure lean mean killing Industrial metal machine of today. Oh and Uncle Al has few more tattoos and a hell of a lot more piercings ha!  
 Al Jourgensen was so ground breaking back then and even today he's still turning heads with his musical style and vision obviously not for the masses and more politically influenced than ever. Gotta love the "F**k Nazis" Trump Chicken blow ups onstage for this tour. 
 Even though after nearly 3 decades of more music from Ministry they still found space for tunes from 1989's "The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste" all the way up to now and the future 2018 album "AmeriKKKant" with a new track live called "Antifa". Pure massive Ministry classic with a tank-like moving groove, samples and fist pumping chorus of "We are the Antifa". This new album will be releasing in March 2018 on the Nuclear Blast record label and featuring guest artists DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory), Arabian Prince (NWA). You can pre-order it now on PledgeMusic now HERE! Speaking of DJ Swamp, he's out on this tour with Ministry sampling etc. Then at the end of the set when the band walks off the stage DJ Swamp performs his crazy turntable skills and magic theatrics. Like fire from his finger!!! 
 Setlist for show was: Let's Go / Punch in the Face / Antifa / Rio Grande Blood / Señor Peligro / LiesLiesLies / Wargasm / Bad Blood / N.W.O. / Just One Fix / Thieves / So What / Encore: Gates of Steel (DEVO cover). Seemed a little short but man there wasn't a bad song in the setlist and the crowd and myself loved it! After shoot my three songs and stood in with the crowd and rocked out the rest of the set renewing my Ministry love to one of the greatest bands ever since the late 80s. One of my favorite top 10 shows of 2017 and you know how many shows I see a year! 
 
Opening the show was Death Grips. a experimental hip-hop visual-art industrial rock band from Sacramento, California. Headed by the visual artist drummer Zach Hill with singer MC Ride (aka Stefan Burnett) and keyboardist/sampler Andy Morin, Death Grips to the newcomer could be an overwhelming unstructured noisy mess. In concert I'm still like WTF did I just see and hear ha! Not only did the band play with ZERO stage lights for much of their set they wore laser beam light gloves and really made it into a rave-like vibe. 
 Here's a 2017 tour promo video to give ya a little sample of this noise-art.