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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."