Ministry Biography

Ministry is an American industrial metal band formed in 1981 by Al Jourgensen. The band's early work was heavily influenced by the industrial music of bands like Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire, as well as the punk rock and new wave music of the time. Ministry's first album, "With Sympathy," was released in 1983 and featured a more synthpop-oriented sound.

In 1985, Ministry released their second album, "Twitch," which marked a shift towards a more aggressive and industrial sound and brought the band mainstream success in United States. The album featured the hit single "Over the Shoulder," which became one of the band's most popular songs.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ministry released several more albums, including "The Land of Rape and Honey" (1988), "The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste" (1989), and "Psalm 69" (1992). The band's sound during this period became more experimental and diverse, incorporating elements of metal, electronic and industrial music.

In the 2000s, Ministry released several more albums, including "Animositisomina" (2003) and "Rio Grande Blood" (2006) . The band's sound during this period became more aggressive and politically charged, often incorporating samples from speeches and news broadcasts.

Ministry disbanded in 2008 but then reformed in 2011 and started performing again. The band's most recent album, "AmeriKKKant," was released in 2018. Throughout their career, Ministry has been influential in the industrial metal scene and continues to be respected for their politically and socially engaged lyrics and aggressive sound.


il Cabaret del Diavolo (Since 2005) was created for one reason, to bring together a mix of EBM Electronic Body Music and OldSchool Industrial of the 80's & 90's. But we play many others too of course such as SynthPop, DarkWave, Aggrotech, New Beat and Elektronische Musik. Long Live EBM!