Industrial metal doesn’t get better than Al Jourgensen. Period. Ministry is a powerhouse for all would-bes to contend with. That’s why it’s so awesome that Jourgensen is coming back at us with a new project — creatively titled Surgical Meth Machine. The new project has signed with Nuclear Blast Records, will release its self-titled debut on April 15th, and has released the lyric for the insane track “Tragic Alert” in support of the impending album drop.
Have a listen to “Tragic Alert” in the player above!
Pre-order Surgical Meth Machine here.
About the forthcoming album/project, Jourgensen said:
I hope you enjoy this soundtrack to the New World Order… you should, y’all helped create it!
In an October 2015 interview with In The Loop magazine, Jourgensen talked about how the idea for Surgical Meth Machine came about:
You know, [guitarist] Mikey [Scaccia] died a couple of years ago, from Ministry, and I just figured, like, nah, it’s time to quit. I don’t want to have John Bonham’s kid playing drums for us and having replacement parts forever; that’s just not my scene. So I just figured, ‘All right, let’s stop this. Let’s do some other stuff.’ And not only that. I found that it was really unburdensome to not have the Ministry moniker or expectations and just do something like whatever the fuck we want. I mean, the band’s name is Surgical Meth Machine. It’s not like we’re gonna be on Top 40 radio and on The Voice and American Idol. [Laughs]
I understand it’s not a real commercial project for us, it’s not gonna put bank in my wallet, but it was a lot of fun to do, in that sense — of just not having the constraints of the expectations of what you’ve done for 20 years. So this is… It’s kind of new stuff. It’s pretty cool. It sounds like kind of Ministry, but it’s a different level. It’s like I literally just put my foot on the gas pedal for this record.
According to Jourgensen, the sound of Surgical Meth Machine’s debut release leans heavily on the aggressive side, but fans can also expect to hear a few surprises:
There’s a couple of real poppy things on there, which brings me full circle, because, literally, I don’t give a fuck anymore. So I’m actually almost acknowledging that first horrible pop record I did in 1983. I’m crooning on some songs, I’ve got some pop songs on there, and then there’s just brutal assault for the rest of it. It’s a very dichotomous record, but it’s me, and I’m acknowledging everything that’s been me through, like, the last 35 years. Let’s just throw my balls on the table and hope somebody doesn’t have a meat cleaver running.
Well, judging from what we here atare hearing from “Tragic Alert,” no one is going to mince Jourgensen’s balls any time soon.
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