Ministry @ The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, MD on December 5th, 2018
Ministry @ The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, MD on December 5th, 2018

Ministry @ The Fillmore Silver Spring – December 5th 2018

When industrial metal pioneers Ministry released From Beer to Eternityin 2013, frontman Al Jourgensen said that it would be their last album.  But earlier this year, the band returned with their fourteenth release, AmeriKKKant, a record which saw them return to a strongly political stance in the wake of the election of Donald Trump and world events of the last several years.  Jourgensen has always been politically outspoken, but on this latest release, his strongest in years, he is clearly angry at these most recent developments and has something (many things, in fact) to say about them.  On a bright, neon-colored stage flanked by props made to look like old-school CRT televisions and centered with a large cross-shaped mic stand, he and the latest incarnation of his band (including guitarists Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto, bassist Tony Campos, keyboardist John Bechdel, and drummer Derek Abrams) played through the entire album from start to finish.

Nonetheless, it was likely the second half of the show that many in the audience were waiting for. After a brief exit from the stage, Jourgensen returned, stating that The Land of Rape and Honey (the band’s third album, from 1988, and the first to take on the metal influences that have been their hallmark since) “turned 30 years old today… or last week, or some shit.”  It had, in fact, reached that milestone back in October, but who’s counting? They played through four songs from the record, including “The Land of Rape and Honey,” “The Missing,” “Deity,” and “Stigmata.”  These were followed with “Just One Fix” and “N.W.O.” from 1992’s Psalm 69, and the band closed the evening with “Thieves” and “So What” from 1989’s The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste.

The show was opened by two bands at the opposite ends of Ministry’s sound, French synthwave artist Carpenter Brut and New Zealand thrash metallers Alien Weaponry.


Carpenter Brut

Alien Weaponry

Ministry setlist
I Know Words
Twilight Zone
Victims of a Clown
We’re Tired of It
Game Over

The Land of Rape and Honey
The Missing
Just One Fix
So What