Sphinctour (Live) (Explicit Version) CD (2002)

Artist: Ministry

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At a time when trends are becoming skewed and hybrid artists are becoming the norm, Chicago's Ministry still stands tall as a true innovator. Initially experimenting with a fusion of menacing guitar riffery with electro-industrial samples and loops, the band essentially created the crossover genre of Industrial Hard rock, serving as an influence to a wellspring of budding artists, from Nine Inch Nails and White Zombie to Fear Factor and Orgy. The band more recently achieved notable success with tracks on the extremely popular Matrix soundtrack and in the Steven Spielberg film, A.I.. Possessing a flair for the enigmatic, the band spearheaded an unlikely marriage between harsh melancholy and black humor. Thus, the band's March 19th debut release for Sanctuary is a special live album entitled Sphinctour. Recorded at various shows around the globe, the disc captures Ministry in top form, mixing cold, calculated precision with raucous chaos in a circus of mayhem; the very crux of a Ministry performance. The result is a more powerful and intense live release than even their own classic 1990 live EP In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up. Vocalist Al Jourgenson reminisces the energy transfer of a Ministry show: "We just hammered out one song after another, and I'd see all of these young headbangers and kids with shark-fin Mohawks getting winded. By the time we'd play "Thieves," they had to play Tag Team Moshpit with their friends, because they couldn't keep up with us cranky f***ers."


Label Sanctuary Records Group
SKU 60527923
UPC 060768454026
UPC 14 00060768454026
Format CD
Release Date 3/19/2002
Author Ministry
Compilation Appearance Rio Grande Blood (Dig)
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Goth Wave Industrial Colle
Compilation Appearance 80s
Associated Artist/Work Co-Conspirators
Technical Info
Producer Jeffrey Kinert
CatalogID 84540
Lable Name Sanctuary (USA)
Released 03/19/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00060768454026
Album Notes and Credits
Ministry: Al Jourgensen (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums); Paul Barker (vocals, bass guitar, programming); Z. Hukic, Louis Svitek (guitar); Duane Buford (keyboards); Reynolds Washam (drums).
Combining doomy, aggressive synth-pop beats with unrelenting heavy-metal riffs and a terminally gloomy, angry worldview, Ministry provides a soundtrack to restless youth getting their first look at harsh reality. After touring with Lollapalooza in the early '90s, Ministry embarked on one of their biggest tours ever in 1996. Entitled SPHINCTOUR, this journey took them across North America and Europe with their industrial-rock attack. This collection of performances from that tour includes 13 tracks, each performed in a different venue from Chicago to Paris to Brussels to Albuquerque. Includes "Scarecrow," "Psalm 69," "Filth Pig," and the epic "Stigmata."
Disc 1
1 Psalm 69
2 Crumbs
3 Reload
4 Filth Pig
5 Just 1 Fix
6 N.W.O.
7 Hero
8 Thieves
9 Scarecrow
10 Lava
11 Fall, The
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