PICS: Ministry at House of Blues

Industrial metal church was in session when genre pioneers Ministry pummeled House of Blues.

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Since 1981, Ministry has inspired a rabid legion of fans -- achieving a cult status early on, and eventual mainstream success in the early ‘90s.
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Needless to say, San Diego fans were ecstatic when they took the downtown stage on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
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Arriving right around the holidays, the industrial metal onslaught seemed oddly appropriate.
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The band was originally founded by lead singer Al Jourgensen (pictured) in Chicago, Illinois. Aside from Jourgensen, its current lineup consists of keyboardist John Bechdel, guitarist Sin Quirin, guitarist Cesar Soto, bassist Tony Campos, and drummer Derek Abrams.
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Early on, the band’s sound leaned more toward new wave synthpop, that was decidedly more melodic than the heavier, more dissonant sound they’d come to be known for down the line. (Bechdel pictured)
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Jourgensen eventually turned the band’s style to the ultra-aggressive, harsh sound we know and love today by the mid-‘80s. The underground metal/industrial scene ate it up.
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The band reached peak mainstream success with 1992’s “Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs.” It spawned the hit singles “N.W.O.” and “Just One Fix.”
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On July 18, 2008, Jourgensen claimed the band’s show at Dublin’s Tripod venue would be their last. However, after a three-year hiatus, they made a return to play Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival. Since then, the band has released two more studio albums -- with their latest, “AmeriKKKant,” coming out earlier this year.
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The band played a 15-song set list during the Dec. 18 show, which included "Twilight Zone," "Victims of a Clown," "We're Tired of It," "Wargasm," "Antifa," "Game Over," "AmeriKKKa"... (Guitarist Quirin pictured)
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Followed by "The Land of Rape and Honey," "The Missing," "Deity," "Stigmata," "Just One Fix," "N.W.O.," "Thieves" and "So What."
The band is always amazing live -- so go see 'em if you get the chance! Come back soon, lads!
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