From Beer to Eternity
|From Beer to Eternity|
|Studio album by Ministry|
|Released||September 6, 2013|
|Recorded||December 2012 – March 2013 at 13th Planet compound, El Paso, Texas|
|Genre||Industrial metal, thrash metal|
|Producer||Al Jourgensen, Sammy D'Ambruoso|
|Singles from From Beer to Eternity|
From Beer to Eternity is the thirteenth and final studio album by industrial metal band Ministry. It was released on September 6, 2013, by 13th Planet Records. Due to the death of their late guitarist Mike Scaccia in December 2012, frontman Al Jourgensen decided to disband Ministry once again, making From Beer to Eternity their final album.
Background and recording
In December 2012, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen, guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, bassist Tony Campos, and drummer Aaron Rossi entered studio sessions and worked on the rough tracks for 18 songs at Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records compound in El Paso, Texas. The sessions turned out to be fruitful, with Jourgensen noting, "We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before. Everything went so smoothly, it was surreal."
Three days after the band had completed the sessions, Scaccia, whom Jourgensen described as the driving force behind the record, died onstage playing with his band Rigor Mortis, due to a sudden heart attack brought on by heart disease. Following a funeral in Dallas, Jourgensen and co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso spent three months in studio to put the final touches on the album.
The cover art and accompanying artwork was created by photographer Allan Amato. The artwork features seven female models, who act as sexualized and "monster-ified" personifications of seven deadly sins. On the artwork, Al Jourgensen stated:
The Seven Deadly Sins is the intention and the women are not really women. If you look at them, they're not some hot models—I mean, they started out that way, but we completely mutated them just to parody the entire sexuality thing...I guess I'll be taking some heat for being a misogynist by carrying seven women in a bag like they're groupies or something. If I ever saw a groupie look like that on my bus, I guarantee my road manager would have them off the bus within a minute, so it's not a sexual thing. And it's certainly not misogynistic.
A behind-the-scenes video, depicting the creation of the artwork, was released on June 28, 2013.
Dan Drago of About.com said From Beer to Eternity is "a mixed bag of what Ministry has to offer", praising the "great guitar riffs" and noting the "incredibly political" lyrics. He also called "Thanx but No Thanx" "a hidden gem". However, Drago also called the album "inconsistent at times and a clear step backwards from the remarkable Relapse".
|1.||"Hail to His Majesty (Peasants)"||Al Jourgensen, Sin Quirin||5:17|
|2.||"Punch in the Face"||Jourgensen, Quirin||5:00|
|3.||"PermaWar"||Jourgensen, Quirin, Mike Scaccia||4:56|
|4.||"Perfect Storm"||Jourgensen, Quirin||4:56|
|5.||"Fairly Unbalanced"||Jourgensen, Quirin||4:15|
|6.||"The Horror"||Jourgensen, Sammy D'Ambruoso||3:33|
|7.||"Side F/X Include Mikey's Middle Finger (TV4)"||Jourgensen, Scaccia||5:14|
|8.||"Lesson Unlearned"||Jourgensen, Quirin, Scaccia||3:16|
|9.||"Thanx but No Thanx"||Jourgensen||8:21|
|10.||"Change of Luck"||Jourgensen, Quirin, Scaccia||7:16|
|11.||"Enjoy the Quiet"||Jourgensen, Quirin||2:39|
|Best Buy Deluxe edition|
|12.||"PermaWar Remix"||Jourgensen, Quirin, Scaccia||7:23|
|13.||"Thanks for the Dub Remix"||Jourgensen||4:53|
|12.||"Punch in the Face Remix"||Jourgensen, Quirin||7:58|
- "Thanx but No Thanx" makes use of William S. Burroughs's poem "A Thanksgiving Prayer", as read by Sgt. Major, who also appeared on Ministry's tenth studio album Rio Grande Blood (2006).
- Al Jourgensen – vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drum programming, harmonica, production, mixing
- Mike Scaccia – guitars, bass
- Sin Quirin – guitars, bass
- Tony Campos – bass
- Sammy D'Ambruoso – DJ, drum programming, keyboards, programming, synthesizer programming, backing vocals, engineering, production
- Aaron Havill – programming, sampling, synthesizer, synthesizer programming, theremin, backing vocals, engineering, second engineering
- Hector Muñoz – backing vocals
- Matt Bridges – backing vocals
- Patty Fox – backing vocals
- Sgt. Major – spoken word ("Thanx but No Thanx", "Enjoy the Quiet")
- Allan Amato – artwork
- Angelina Jourgensen – executive production
- Dave Donnelly – mastering
|US Billboard 200||140|
|Billboard Hard Rock Albums||7|
|Billboard Independent Albums||27|
|Billboard Top Rock Albums||42|
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