From Beer to Eternity

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From Beer to Eternity
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 6, 2013 (2013-09-06)
RecordedDecember 2012 – March 2013
Studio 13th Planet compound, El Paso, Texas
Genre Industrial metal, thrash metal
Length54:43
Label 13th Planet
Producer Al Jourgensen, Sammy D'Ambruoso
Ministry chronology
Relapse
(2012)
From Beer to Eternity
(2013)
AmeriKKKant
(2018)
Singles from From Beer to Eternity
  1. "PermaWar"
    Released: August 9, 2013
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From Beer to Eternity is the thirteenth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on September 6, 2013 by 13th Planet Records. [6] Although frontman Al Jourgensen had previously stated that this was going to be Ministry's final album (following the death of guitarist Mike Scaccia, who appears posthumously), [7] a follow-up album, AmeriKKKant , was released in 2018. [8] 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.

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.

13th Planet Records

13th Planet Records is an American record label founded by Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen in October 2005. In addition to its function as an artist-run, artist-friendly independent label, 13th Planet encompasses several realms of the music industry including artist management, touring, music publishing as well as a full-scale rehearsal and recording studio.

Contents

The sole single from the album, "PermaWar", was released by the iTunes Store on August 9, 2013. [9]

Permawar 2013 single by Ministry

"Permawar" is a song by American industrial metal band Ministry. It is the third track and the only single from the band's thirteenth studio album, From Beer to Eternity. It was released on August 9, 2013 as a digital download.

iTunes Store digital media store

The iTunes Store is a software-based online digital media store operated by Apple Inc. that opened on April 28, 2003, as a result of Steve Jobs' push to open a digital marketplace for music. As of January 2017, iTunes offered over 35-40 million songs, 2.2 million apps, 25,000 TV shows, and 65,000 films. When it opened, it was the only legal digital catalog of music to offer songs from all five major record labels. As of June 2013, iTunes Store possessed 575 million active user accounts, and served over 315 million mobile devices, including Apple Watches, iPods, iPhones, Apple TV and iPads.

Background and recording

In December 2012, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen, guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, bassist Tony Campos, and drummer Aaron Rossi entered studio sessions and worked on the rough tracks for 18 songs at Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records compound in El Paso, Texas. The sessions turned out to be fruitful, with Jourgensen noting, "We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before. Everything went so smoothly, it was surreal." [10] [11]

Al Jourgensen musician

Allen David Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Closely related with scene surrounding 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, and others. Aside from the aforementioned bands, he has 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.

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.

Sin Quirin American musician

Sinhue “Sin” Quirin is an American guitarist, based in Burbank, California. He came to prominence as a member of industrial metal band Ministry and its side projects, and as a primary songwriter on their albums The Last Sucker and From Beer to Eternity.

Three days after the band had completed the sessions, Scaccia, whom Jourgensen described as the driving force behind the record, died onstage playing with his band Rigor Mortis, due to a sudden heart attack brought on by previously undiagnosed heart disease. Following a funeral in Dallas, Jourgensen and co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso spent three months in studio to put the final touches on the album. [11]

Rigor Mortis (band) American thrash metal band

Rigor Mortis was a thrash/speed metal band that formed in 1983 in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metroplex. Two schoolmates, Harden Harrison (drums) and Casey Orr (bass), formed the band when they met Mike Scaccia (guitar). The three young men shared an interest in horror/gore films and very heavy music. With Bruce Corbitt on vocals, they created some of the heaviest thrash metal at the time often flirting with death metal. They were also one of the only major thrash bands from Texas and virtually created the underground metal scene there. The band was signed by Capitol Records in 1987.

Artwork

The cover art and accompanying artwork was created by photographer Allan Amato. The artwork features seven female models, who act as sexualized and "monster-ified" personifications of seven deadly sins. On the artwork, Al Jourgensen stated:

Seven deadly sins grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings

The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, is a grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings. Behaviours or habits are classified under this category if they directly give birth to other immoralities. According to the standard list, they are pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth, which are also contrary to the seven virtues. These sins are often thought to be abuses or excessive versions of one's natural faculties or passions.

The Seven Deadly Sins is the intention and the women are not really women. If you look at them, they're not some hot models—I mean, they started out that way, but we completely mutated them just to parody the entire sexuality thing...I guess I'll be taking some heat for being a misogynist by carrying seven women in a bag like they're groupies or something. If I ever saw a groupie look like that on my bus, I guarantee my road manager would have them off the bus within a minute, so it's not a sexual thing. And it's certainly not misogynistic. [12]

The album artwork and the title were mocked by Josh Modell of the A.V. Club. [13] In response and as a joke, Ministry posted new cover artwork, titled Whole Lotta Glove. [14]

A behind-the-scenes video, depicting the creation of the artwork, was released on June 28, 2013. [12]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Al Jourgensen [15] .

From Beer to Eternity— standard edition
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Hail to His Majesty (Peasants)" Al Jourgensen, Sin Quirin 5:17
2."Punch in the Face"Jourgensen, Quirin5:00
3."PermaWar"Jourgensen, Quirin, Mike Scaccia 4:56
4."Perfect Storm"Jourgensen, Quirin4:56
5."Fairly Unbalanced"Jourgensen, Quirin4:15
6."The Horror"Jourgensen, Sammy D'Ambruoso3:33
7."Side F/X Include Mikey's Middle Finger (TV4)"Jourgensen, Scaccia5:14
8."Lesson Unlearned"Jourgensen, Quirin, Scaccia3:16
9."Thanx but No Thanx"Jourgensen8:21
10."Change of Luck"Jourgensen, Quirin, Scaccia7:16
11."Enjoy the Quiet"Jourgensen, Quirin2:39
Total length:54:43

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Personnel

Ministry

Additional personnel


Chart positions

Chart (2013)Peak
position
US Billboard 200 [16] 140
Billboard Hard Rock Albums [17] 7
Billboard Independent Albums [18] 27
Billboard Top Rock Albums [19] 42

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