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Ministry [ < span title = "[m]" m "in" soft "."> m ɪ n ɪ s t ɹ I ] is a heavy metal band American, from Chicago>. Their music is mainly a fusion of metal and industrial music, with punk influences. It is considered the first group of industrial metal. Their music is initially oriented new wave / synthpop, then Ministry changes its style in industrial metal at the end of the 1980's. Ministry finds success with the general public in the 1990s with their album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (1992) and tours as part of the Lollapalooza festival.

After 27 years of stage, Jourgensen decides to put an end to the group in 2008, and declares later that this one would not reform itself any more. However, on August 7, 2011, a meeting is announced, when Ministry confirms one of their first four-year concerts at the Wacken Open Air Festival in August 2012>. Ministry releases a new album, titled Relapse , March 23, 2012, which will be followed by a world tour>.

Allen Jourgensen grew up in Denver, Colorado, but moved to Chicago, Illinois after graduating from college. In 1979, Jurgensen joined the glam rock band Special Affect (with among others the future singer of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Groovie Mann) but left the training the following year. In 1981, he formed Ministry after befriending the owners of the Wax Trax !, record store interested in establishing a label next to the store.

After a first single entitled Cold Life which appears on the brand new (but soon legendary) Wax Trax label! Records>, Ministry sign on Arista Records, and released a first album entitled With Sympathy Work for Love in Europe>) in 1983>. Wanting to move away from the synthpop label of this first opus, Jourgensen quickly returns to Wax Trax! to rework the sound of Ministry.

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