Industrial metal gods Ministry – led by the brazen Al Jourgensen, along with current touring line-up consisting of bassist Tony Camps (ex-Static-X), guitarist Sinhue Quirin (American Head Charge), guitarist Cesar Soto (The Sixth), keyboardist John Bechdel (ex-Fear Factory) and drummer Aaron Rossi (ex-Prong) – announced last year they would be going back on the road in 2015 and thus are currently in the midst of invading North American cities, which include Dallas, Silver Spring, New York City, Chicago, San Fran, Philly, Ohio (for “Rock On The Range”), Vancouver, Toronto and more. The NYC gig went down last Wednesday night (5/6) at Irving Plaza.
Atlanta hard rock quintet The SixxiS, who are supporting Ministry on select dates, provided the night’s only opening set at Irving, hitting the stage promptly at 9pm and discharging a 45-min set made up of prog-influenced rock hymns off of their just released full-length debut, Hollow Shrine, such as “Dreamers,” “Nowhere Close” and “Coke Can Steve,” as well as material from their 2013 self-titled debut EP like the track “Believe.” With the driving force of lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Vladdy Iskhakov, The SixxiS delivered a surprisingly exceptional set in-front of a nearly sold out Manhattan venue.
After a 30 minute changeover and at exactly 10:15pm, Ministry erupted on-stage with Uncle Al, sporting his authentic WWII gas mask, igniting the band’s set with the first five songs off of their latest and supposedly final studio album, From Beer to Eternity; “Hail to His Majesty (Peasants),” “Punch in the Face,” “PermaWar,” “Perfect Storm” and “Fairly Unbalanced.” NYC fans of the legendary industrial metallers were in a frenzy as guitarist Cesar Soto, filling in for the late, great Mike Scaccia, disintegrated faces with his wood-finished Gibson Explorer. A fairly tipsy Al, passing out beers to fans and licking his bandmates, sounded massive on-stage as the collective ripped through many fan-favorite songs such as “Rio Grande Blood,” “Seńor Peligro,” “N.W.O.,” “Just Once Fix,” “Thieves,” “So What” and more, before capping the night off with “Khyber Pass.”
Ministry plan to tour Asia and Europe sometime this year and next, make sure to follow them here for all the latest info. Also, make sure to stay up-to-date with all things heavy at Irving Plaza via us and their official outlet.
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