Posts Tagged ‘Ministry’

It was the early ’90s. Seemingly out of nowhere, a little grunge band called Nirvana began outselling massive commercial artists like Michael Jackson. This immediately caught the attention of the giant record companies. These small underground bands branded as “alternative” or “post-punk” went from being inconsequential to being potential behemoths in record sales—and the hunt began.

Hungrily sweeping for the next Nirvana, a buying frenzy ensued as small indie labels were bought out by the commercial labels on a never before seen scale. A&R execs would see random alt-rock bands perform in a bar and appear after their set offering unheard of financial offers and immediate global exposure. It seemed these band members were set for life. So what happened?

Verity is revealed in Underground Inc.: The Unsung Story of Alternative Rock, an upcoming documentary on the alternative punk and metal scene in the ’90s. Told by the artists who pioneered a sonic subculture, this feature-length documentary tells the real story of the ’90s, exposing viewers to a catalog of the era’s rarities and buried treasures, while reliving the struggles, triumphs and tragedies, as well as the debauchery. Underground Inc. will dig beneath the manufactured truth to explore what really happened, exploring a time unlike any other in the music industry. (more…)

coal-chamber_rivalsReview by Jeff Maki
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While interviewing Mikey Cox (read here) in early 2015—drummer for reunited ’90s nu-metallers Coal Chamber—I asked him about the making of the band’s comeback album, Rivals. He simply said they wanted to make “a nasty record.” Mission accomplished, Mikey. (more…)

Rob Halford of Judas Priest

Rob Halford of Judas Priest

LIVE PHOTOS: Judas Priest, Godsmack, Ministry, Papa Roach, In Flames, In This Moment, Nonpoint, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, Tremonti, Of Mice & Men, Sabaton, Saint Asonia, Like a Storm, Screaming for Silence
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Review by Greg Maki
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

11:50 a.m., Ernie Ball Stage — SCREAMING FOR SILENCE
The winners of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, Screaming for Silence from Omaha, Nebraska, opens day two with dark skies overhead. The band also is due $15,000 in new gear as a result of its big win. (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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Rock on the Range, a three-day festival set for May 15, 16 and 17 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, has announced a lineup including headliners Linkin Park, Slipknot and Judas Priest.

The full weekend of nonstop rock also will  feature performances from Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Volbeat, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and many more on three stages over three days, plus the biggest rock ‘n’ roll comedians in the ROTR Comedy Tent. (more…)

Butcher Babies

Butcher Babies

It’s been a relatively fast rise for Butcher Babies. The quintet, fronted by eye-catching vocalists Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, released its debut album, Goliath, in 2013 and already has done time on the road with Danzig, Marilyn Manson, Black Label Society, Down, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and many more. Now, they’re about to unleash Uncovered, an EP showing a truly eclectic range of roots and influences, and embark on their first headlining tour. Carla recently checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to talk about those two exciting happenings, as well as her new book (Death & Other Dances) and more. (more…)

REVIEW: Ministry – ‘Relapse’

Posted: March 23, 2012 by Jeffrey Maki in Reviews
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MIN_Relapse_72dpiReview by Jeff Maki
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“I’m headed for relapse!” Al Jourgensen convincingly declares in the title track of Ministry’s 2012 comeback album. And this is coming from the man who revealed in a January 2012 interview with Revolver magazine that he had a Nikki Sixx-like near-death experience in 2010. No word as to whether he was floating above looking down upon his body, which had flatlined, but hasn’t Al always been out of his body and mind anyway? (more…)

REVIEW: Ministry – ‘Rantology’

Posted: September 26, 2005 by Jeffrey Maki in Reviews
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ministry_rantologyReview by Jeff Maki
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This review is very biased, cause quite frankly Ministry are one of my favorite bands of all time. If you haven’t heard this great band before then Rantology is an excellent start. This release marks the 25 year anniversary for Ministry and includes some of the absolute best material of their career in the form of “updated mixes,” select tracks, and live recordings. (more…)