Ministry is an American group formed in 1981 in Chicago by Al Jourgensen, Stephen George, Robert Roberts and John Davis.
They released their first album "With Sympathy" in 1983. Album which is very successful. Album from which will be extracted the Dance hits "I wanted to tell her" and "Work for love".
We had to wait 3 years and the year 1986 to see the release of the album "Twitch", with its more aggressive sound. The album is selling well but remains fairly confidential.
The year 1988 saw the release of the album "The land of rape and honey", which mixes electronic sounds as well as overdriven bass and electric guitar sounds. Much greater success than the previous one (nearly 500,000 copies were sold) but success limited to the Underground scene. Album which will mainly produce the single "Stigmata".
A year later in 1989, the album "The mind is a terrible thing to taste" was released, which did even better than the previous one in terms of sales. Three singles will be extracted but only “Burning inside” will stand out.
The sound of the band at the start with a very marked New-Wave tendency is now very marked Metal. It was in this vein that the album "Psalm 69: the way to succeed and the way to suck eggs" was released in 1992. Album which will exceed one million copies sold and which remains to this day their highest score in sales. "N.W.O. "Will be the flagship single, and to a lesser extent "Jesus built my hotrod" which will also have a good run in the Charts.
Drug issues and summary arrests began to plague the group in earnest, forcing album releases to be postponed. The album "Filth pig" did not come out until 1996, an album mainly based on extreme guitar sounds. And it works ! The album is rated in a number of countries where Ministry had never been rated before such as Australia, Norway, Switzerland ... Thanks in particular to titles like "The fall".
Last notable success because the albums which will be released thereafter will not be able to compete with their predecessors.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Cold life 1981
I wanted to tell her 1983
Work for love 1983
All day 1984
Everyday is Halloween 1985
Over the shoulder 1986
Burning inside 1989
Jesus built my hotrod 1991
The fall 1995
1981 ... the first title classified at the dawn of the 1980s. An obvious potential that only asks to explode ...
1983 ... nothing in 1982, so we find them a year later in 1983 with this title which will give them their first big planetary success. An obvious rise in power !
1983 ... a BIG 1983 with a 2nd hit in the wake. The group has found its marks, like its style, it's obvious !
1983 ... and to end the year on a high note, a third title which also holds up well. Certainly, the style is quite dark but the quality is certain
1984 ... what is very paradoxical is that the group is at cruising speed, with an assertive style. And yet, he fails to regain success. Too bad, too bad ...
1985 ... only one small title for 1985. But a certain inspiration. A truly amazing group, whose sound fits perfectly with the times
1986 ... a single title also for the year 1986. With a change of sound which begins slowly but surely. For good or for bad. Hum hum...
1988 ... nothing in 1987. Back in 1988 with a radical change of tone. The metamorphosis is total. The group deliberately deviates from the standards ...
1989 ... the group falls radically into the trash and the dark side of the force. A total metamorphosis that will isolate them even more ...
1990 ... a decade of 90 placed under the sign of pure and hard Industrial Metal. Well, melody side, obviously, it has nothing to do with their beginnings ...
1991 ... well, wacky side, it does not get better, it's clear. It is extremely rare for a group to switch at this point from one tone to another ...
1992 ... the more it goes, the more it beats. A sound violence that disconcerts and which only concerns a very small audience ...
1995 ... and as paradoxical as it may seem, they return to success with this kind of title. Either way, this will be the last notorious hit ...
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