Ministry To Resurrect Post-Relapse
Frontman Al Jourgensen survives heroin, the loss of a bandmate, and his own brush with death to record the band's final album.
After four decades of thrash metal, the death of a band member, and a few brushes with death by frontman Al Jourgensen, veteran metalists Ministry will resurrect for a third time with their final album, From Beer to Eternity, scheduled for release in September. It will be their first release since the death of guitarist, Mike Scaccia, who collapsed on stage and died of heart failure last December at age 47. Jourgensen has had his own close calls after suffering a string of health issues on tour. "For the last four tours, I've been puking up blood," he told Rolling Stone last year. "When I'm at home, I don't drink or anything like that. But when you're on tour, everything's crazy. I never said anything about it because I just thought that was part of getting old and going on a rock tour—you puke up blood!" While touring last year for their last album, Relapse, Jourgensen suffered seizures and an exploded artery, and lost 65% of his blood, "so it was a good call to suspend Ministry for a while," he said. "I'm leading a healthier lifestyle now."