AmeriKKKant

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AmeriKKKant
AmeriKKKant album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 9, 2018
Recorded2016–2017
Genre Industrial metal
Length47:59
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Al Jourgensen [1]
Ministry chronology
From Beer to Eternity
(2013)
AmeriKKKant
(2018)
Singles from AmeriKKKant
  1. "Antifa"
    Released: December 18, 2017 [1]
  2. "Twilight Zone"
    Released: February 21, 2018 [2]

AmeriKKKant is the fourteenth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, which was released on March 9, 2018. [3] [4] [5] It is their first release on Nuclear Blast, and marked the longest gap between studio albums in the group's entire career; at five years, following From Beer to Eternity (2013). AmeriKKKant is also the first Ministry album without guitarist Mike Scaccia since The Last Sucker (2007); Scaccia died in 2012 but appeared posthumously on From Beer to Eternity.

Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music, typically employing repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Ministry, Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails.

Ministry (band) American industrial metal band

Ministry is an American rock band founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois. Originally a synth-pop outfit, Ministry's sound changed as they became one of the pioneers of industrial metal in the late 1980s. The band's lineup has frequently changed throughout its history, with the exception of Jourgensen who is the band's main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include Paul Barker, Martin Atkins, Bill Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Mike Scaccia, Rey Washam, Paul Raven, Tommy Victor, Roy Mayorga, John Bechdel, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos, Burton C. Bell and DJ Swamp.

Nuclear Blast German record label

Nuclear Blast is an independent record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The record label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger in Germany. Originally releasing hardcore punk records, the label moved on to releasing albums by melodic death metal, grindcore, industrial metal, power metal and black metal bands, as well as tribute albums. It also distributes and promotes two post-hardcore/metalcore labels, SharpTone Records, focused on American scene, and Arising Empire, focused more on European bands such as Novelists, Imminence, Cold Snap and While She Sleeps.

Contents

Background

Frontman Al Jourgensen had previously stated that From Beer to Eternity would be Ministry's final studio album, following the death of longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia, who appears posthumously on the aforementioned album. However, in an April 2016 interview with Loudwire , he stated that they would make a follow-up album "if the circumstances are right." [6]

Al Jourgensen musician

Allen David Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Closely related with the independent record label Wax Trax! Records, Jourgensen has an active musical career that spans four decades, and is best known as the frontman of the industrial rock band Ministry, which he founded in 1981 and of which he remains the only constant member. He was also primary musician of several Ministry-related projects, such as Revolting Cocks, Lard, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters. He has also produced and/or recorded with numerous other artists, including The Reverend Horton Heat, Prong, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, The Blackouts, Alan Vega, Iggy Pop, Adrian Sherwood, Jello Biafra and others. Jourgensen is regarded as being one of the most prominent figures of industrial music,</ref> influencing numerous other groups and musicians, both in alternative and industrial-associated acts.

<i>From Beer to Eternity</i> 2013 studio album by Ministry

From Beer to Eternity is the thirteenth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on September 6, 2013 by 13th Planet Records. Although frontman Al Jourgensen had previously stated that this was going to be Ministry's final album, a follow-up album, AmeriKKKant, was released in 2018. From Beer to Eternity was also the first Ministry album since Houses of the Molé (2004) not to feature Tommy Victor on guitar or bass.

Michael Ralph Scaccia was an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist for several heavy metal and alternative rock acts, including Rigor Mortis, Ministry and Revolting Cocks.

When asked in July 2016 whether Ministry was going to release another album after From Beer to Eternity, Jourgensen stated, "When I was asked, it was after Mikey passed and the entire media immediately starts asking me what is going to happen to Ministry. He wasn't even buried yet. I thought, 'Fuck you.' I was really pissed and really angry. I said, 'Fuck Ministry and fuck you for asking.' They want to comment on Ministry when my best friend had died. It's been more than two years now, and I got more ideas and I have done albums with Mikey and have done them without him. It's time to get another record out. I have a bunch of songs written in my head. I wanted to have time to mourn before people start asking me about touring dates. It was sick. I was bombarded and email boxes were overloaded with 'what are you going to do now?' It was kind of creepy." [7]

By February 2017, Ministry had begun working on their fourteenth studio album, [8] titled AmeriKKKant. [9] It was later revealed that the album would include guest appearances from Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, former N.W.A member Arabian Prince, DJ Swamp and Lord of the Cello. [9] During their performance at the Blackest of the Black Fest in Silverado, California in May 2017, Ministry debuted their first song in four years, "Antifa", which, at the time, was expected to appear on AmeriKKKant. [10]

Burton C. Bell American singer

Burton Christopher Bell is an American musician and vocalist. Bell is best known as co-founder and frontman of the metal band Fear Factory. His singing style mixes clean and shouted vocals with death growls.

Fear Factory American metal band

Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. Throughout the band's career, they have released nine full-length albums and have evolved through a succession of styles, including nu metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal. Fear Factory was enormously influential on the heavy metal scene in the mid-to-late 1990s.

N.W.A was an American hip hop group from Los Angeles County, California. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the greatest and most influential groups in the history of hip hop music.

In September 2017, it was announced that Ministry had signed to Nuclear Blast, [4] [5] and that the album's planned late 2017 release date had been pushed back to March 2018, due to "promotional plans and manufacturing deadlines." [4] The album's release date, artwork and track listing were revealed on December 11, 2017. [11]

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 64/100 [12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [13]
The A.V. Club C [14]
Classic Rock Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [15]
Crack Magazine 3/10 [16]
Exclaim! 6/10 [17]
Kerrang! Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [18]
Metal Hammer 7/10 [19]
PopMatters 6/10 [20]
Sputnikmusic 2.4/5 [21]

Loudwire declared that, "In an age when albums have turned into disposable containers for singles, Jourgensen is still fighting for the integrity of the full-length record, and Amerikkkant, while not exactly a concept album, plays out like a complete piece of art." [22] [23] Spill Magazine rated the album 4 of 5 stars, lauding the album's ability to "paint a bleak portrait of an America that is on the brink of implosion. This is a record that sounds like a dystopia." [24] Some critics expressed displeasure, such as AllMusic writer Paul Simpson, who gave the album 2/5 stars and stated that "AmeriKKKant finds the industrial metal juggernauts railing against the alt-right, racist Internet trolls, fake news, and everything else to do with the aftermath of the 2016 election. While some of the Bush-era albums found the group reinvigorated after the lackluster Filth Pig and Dark Side of the Spoon , AmeriKKKant is just a depressing slog through and through, perfectly summed up by its Statue of Liberty facepalm cover art." [13] The album received an average score of 64/100 from 11 subscriber reviews on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable" reception. [12]

AllMusic Online music database

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George W. Bush 43rd president of the United States

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<i>Filth Pig</i> 1996 studio album by Ministry

Filth Pig is the sixth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on January 30, 1996 by Warner Bros. Records. The title was allegedly derived from a statement made in the British Houses of Parliament, in which the band's leader Al Jourgensen was described as a "filthy pig" by MP Teddy Taylor for his onstage theatrics.

Track listing

All words and music by Al Jourgensen [25]

No.TitleLength
1."I Know Words"3:15
2."Twilight Zone"8:03
3."Victims of a Clown"8:18
4."TV5/4Chan"0:49
5."We're Tired of It"2:48
6."Wargasm"6:19
7."Antifa"4:56
8."Game Over"5:01
9."AmeriKKKa"8:30

Personnel

Ministry

Additional personnel

Charts

Chart (2018)Peak
position
US Independent Albums 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [26] 73
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [27] 117
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [28] 141
French Albums (SNEP) [29] 189
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [30] 57
Scottish Albums (OCC) [31] 67
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [32] 65

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