CD/DVD Review “Ministry: Last Tangle in Paris Live 2012”
“Ministry: Last Tangle in Paris Live 2012”
Number of discs: 3
Director: Zach Passero
Producer: Angelina Lukacin Jourgensen
Studio: UDR Music/ 13th Planet Records
DVD Run Time: 105 minutes
CD Tracks: 18
Our Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars
“Ministry: Last Tangle in Paris Live 2012” was recorded primarily at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL during the bands 2012 “DeFiBriLa Tour“. The disc’s feature a variety of live performances, in-studio, rehearsal and backstage footage, and one-on-one interviews with the “godfather of industrial metal”, Al Jourgensen. Produced by Angelina Lukacin Jourgensen and Directed by Zach Passero “Last Tangle in Paris” is being released via UDR Music/ 13th Planet Records on a number of formats including 2 CD/DVD Digi Packs, BluRay, 2-CD Amaray, 2 X vinyl Gatefold, digital audio/video and standard CD.
Announced as the “last live Ministry release” “Ministry: Last Tangle in Paris Live 2012” fires on all of its industrial fueled cylinders. Candid behind the scenes footage blends with flawless live performances giving the viewer/listener a package they can really sink their teeth into. After the death of longtime Ministry guitarist Mike Saccia in December of 2012 founder and lead vocalist Al Jourgensen disbanded the group in 2013 following the release of their 13th studio album titled “From beer to Eternity”. This package marks Saccia’s last run with the band and stands as a fitting tribute to his musical legacy. Everything from the explosive “Ghouldiggers” to “Psalm 69”, New World Order (NWO) to “Just One Fix” is featured on the DVD portion of this film.
When you get in to the audio portion of the release which is spread over 2 discs you are thrown further into the realm of Ministry as it features a retrospective of live tracks dating back to 2006 including live versions of “Rio Grande Blood”, Let’s GO and “So What” among many other Ministry staples.
The only thing I found to be missing from this release is the always entertaining “Jesus Built My Hotrod” however hardcore Ministry fans probably already have several live versions of this popular track tucked away in their closets next to their studded black leather boots. With the absence of that track aside you really couldn’t ask for a better release to go out on. The audio tracks on all three discs leap out of the speakers while the visual elements of the DVD keep your attention even after multiple viewings making “Ministry: Last Tangle in Paris Live 2012”a must have!
DVD Track Listing:
2.) No “W”
3.) Senor Peligro
6.) Life Is Good
8.) The Last Sucker
9.) Psalm 69
10.) New World Order
11.) Just One Fix
Disc 1 Track Listing:
2.) No W
3.) Senor Peligro
4.) Rio Grande Blood
6.) 99 Percenters
7.) Life Is Good
9.) The Last Sucker
Disc 2 Track Listing:
10.) Psalm 69
11.) New World Order (NWO)
12.) Just One Fix
14.) Khyber Pass
15.) Fear Is Big Business
16.) Let’s Go
17.) Watch Yourself
18.) So What
Book Review “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen”
Author: Al Jourgensen
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars
“Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen” is the first book from off the wall front man Al Jourgensen. Throughout the books 336 pages Al and company take you on a roller coaster ride of sex, drugs, drugs and even more drugs mixed with a sprinkling of rock and roll. Jourgensen the front man for the legendary industrial act Ministry delves into the most intimate crevices of his mind to recount everything from his life growing up in Chicago to the trials and tribulation of the music business.
Casual readers take warning as this is not your typical tell all memoir as Al Jourgensen gives you that and then some. From drugged out nights with band members past and present to near death experiences “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen” was a book that I couldn’t put down. The book consisted of stories that were so far out there that they had to be true due to the fact that it would be hard for someone to make up some of these experiences and, be able tell them with the in-depth conviction Jourgensen does. The book keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you want more.
As you read through the pages you never know who you’re going to run into as it seems as though Al has worked with or been associated with just about everyone. From Rick Neilson of Cheap Trick who collaborated with Al on his Buck Satan album to hanging out and steeling drugs with the late Kurt Cobain there all here. Though I wasn’t a big fan of some of the segues which included stories about Al from the stand point of others the book was still an interesting read packed with great photos and amusing antidotes that at several points made me take a step back and just say “WOW”.
Film Review “Fix: The Ministry Movie”
Starring: Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, Trent Reznor, Maynard Keenan, Jonathan Davis, Dave Navarro and Lemmy Kilmister.
Studio: Gigantic Pictures
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running time: 97 minutes
Our score: 3 out of 5 stars
Go backstage with the scariest band EVER, Ministry, in this latest rockumentary. I have followed Ministry music in the early-mid 90’s and they are definitely not your typical band, especially not during their live performance. If you are not aware of Ministry, they are responsible for taking the genre of industrial rock and bringing it mainstream. If you enjoy behind the scenes in the music films then this is for you for sure. This film had me enthralled by its events almost so that I could not turn away.
This movie follow Al Jourgensen, founder of Ministry and his struggles with drugs and touring. Besides interviews from Al Jourgensen and other members and ex-members of Ministry, this is packed with interviews from many notable bands like Trent Reznor (NIN), Maynard Keenan (Tool), Jonathan Davis (Korn), Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) and Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction). They all talk about how they have been inspired by Ministry’s music at some point.
The film includes some really personal and up close interviews from Ministry’s tours in the mid-90’s. This really delves into the dark side of his music and his life. I am a big fan of Korn and its lead singer Jonathan Davis was quoted saying the following about Al, “When I first met Al he freaked me the fuck out… I had to leave.” This movie is not for the faint of heart as it is quite intense but is overall an interesting trip into the mind of Al Jourgensen.
CHECK OUT THE UPCOMING RELEASE SCHEDULE FOR THIS FILM:
09/23-29 @ The Clinton St. Theater, Portland, OR
09/28 @ The Regent Theatre, Boston, MA
10/01 @ Movies On The Mountain, Frackville, PA
10/03 @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
10/13 @ Riverview Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
10/19 @ CMJ – Clearview Cinema, New York, NY
10/24-25 @ Alamo Drafthouse Westlake, San Antonio, TX
10/26 @ Uptown Nightclub, Oakland, CA
10/27 @ Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS
11/07 @ Alamo Draft House Ritz, Austin, TX
11/04-11/18 @ Alamo Draft House South Lamar, Austin, TX
11/11-11/12 @ Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA