Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records has released a brand new single — and the first new track in nearly two years — from the godfathers of industrial metal MINISTRY! Led by founding member, frontman/guitarist Al Jourgensen, the band’s sizzling remake of the AC/DC classic “Thunderstruck” is available on iTunes worldwide today and will be serviced nationwide to radio programmers courtesy of Skateboard Marketing. The special U.S.- only promotion will feature rare collectible prizes where the lucky winners will receive an autographed item from Al Jourgensen himself. Skateboard will also be servicing the brand-new full-length album, to be released by Cleopatra later this year.
MINISTRY, arguably the most influential industrial band to date, punctuated the close of its 30-year recording career with 2007’s “The Last Sucker”. A remix album, “The Last Dubber”, an appropriately beguiling album that dabbles in both trance and metal, followed last year.
“The Last Sucker” was greeted with a chorus of glowing reviews, including Pitchfork proclaiming it “MINISTRY‘s most exciting record since ‘Psalm 69’,” and Spin said MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen “can still pile on the jackhammer beats and clever samples.” Following the album’s release, Jourgensen and company embarked on the C U LaTour, which wrapped around the globe with sold-out shows at each stop and is documented in the “Adios… Puta Madres” DVD/CD.