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ReleasedMarch 19, 2002 (CD)
April 9, 2002 (DVD/VHS)
RecordedApril–July 1996
Genre Industrial metal
Label Sanctuary
Producer Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan
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Sphinctour is a live CD/DVD/VHS release by the industrial metal band Ministry released in 2002. It contains various tracks recorded on their 1996 world tour in support of the album Filth Pig . The album title is a play on the word sphincter.


Track listing

1."Psalm 69" (Elysée Montmartre, Paris)5:04
2."Crumbs" (Congress Center, Stuttgart)3:54
3."Reload" (Convention Center, Albuquerque)2:33
4."Filth Pig" (Varsity Arena, Toronto)6:30
5."So What" (The Warfield, San Francisco)9:45
6."Just One Fix" (Aragon Ballroom, Chicago)4:38
7."N.W.O." (Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles)6:04
8."Hero" (Gaswerk, Hamburg)2:38
9."Thieves" (Mercer Arena, Seattle)5:14
10."Scarecrow" (Jesolo Beach Festival, Venice)7:56
11."Lava" (Dour Festival, Brussels)8:43
12."The Fall" (Brixton Academy, London)8:02
13."Stigmata" (Roseland Ballroom, New York)9:14

Album release

The original objective of Sphinctour was as a home video release, though a CD version was also made. There are no discernible differences audio-wise from the DVD, although, like their In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up release, two tracks were omitted from the CD release. In addition, the DVD features the song Happy Dust as the intro and outro. The live video is edited as jump cut, which is a combination of all the concerts that took place in America and Europe.



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