PICS: Ministry at House of Blues

Metal church was in session when industrial pioneers Ministry pummeled House of Blues San Diego on July 21 -- with Ho99o9 opening.

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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 Friday night.
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Right smack in the middle of San Diego Comic-Con, the industrial metal onslaught seemed very appropriate for the weekend.
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The band was originally founded by lead singer Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois. Aside from Jourgensen, its current lineup consists of keyboardist John Bechdel, guitarist Sin Quirin, guitarist Cesar Soto, bassist Jason Christopher, and drummer Thomas Holtgreve.
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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.
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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,” scheduled to drop in the fall of this year.
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The band played a 14-song set list on July 21, which included “Punch in the Face,” “Rio Grande Blood,” “Senor Peligro,” “LiesLiesLies,” “Antifa,” “Waiting,” “Worthless,” “Bad Blood,” “N.W.O.,” “Just One Fix,” “Thieves,” “So What,” “Psalm 69,” and “Filth Pig.”
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Ho99o9 (sometimes known as Ho99o9 Death Kult) opened the show.
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They’re an experimental hardcore hip-hop group founded in Newark, New Jersey by theOGM and Eaddy (pictured). They relocated to LA in 2014. They’re often joined by Ian Longwell on drums.
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They’ve released two EPs, “Mutant Freax” in 2014 and “Horrors of 1999” in 2015, as well as the “Dead Bodies in the Lake” mixtape (also released in 2015) – and a debut full-length album titled “United States of Ho99o9” earlier this year.
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The duo was named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need to Know” in 2014.
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Just this last June, the group played UK’s Glastonbury Festival.
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