It finally happened – Ministry came to Croatia! Personally, when I saw the news about the event I was bewildered because I totally erased the possibility that these guys will ever come here. Especially with the numerous break-ups and setbacks that the bend had in the last years.
But here we are, Ministry continued despite the death of the long time guitarist Mike Scaccia back in 2012 and the new album AmeriKKKant which will be released this year in fall.
I went to the gig with a little concern thinking that the band would be burned out having in mind that the guys are all over into their fifties and slowly into their sixties.
Shit, was I wrong. But we will get to that.
First of all, kudos to the organization of Tvornica, everything went very smoothly. The sound was excellent although I am very aware that many parts of songs are in the backline. Nevertheless, this is one of the best sounding gigs that I heard in a while.
The gig started a little bit late around 9:45 p.m. and started with the religious, apocalyptic intro from the cult song Psalm 69 of the ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ album which landed them to the mainstream attention. Immediately starting with the newer material like PermaWar and Punch in the face from the last effort From Beer to Eternity which is not one of their best albums but they do sound very cool live.
After that, AntiFa was next on the setlist, or better to say on the kill list because the lyrics are definitely making a mockery out of them and with good reason might I add. The thing that I should also highlight is the awesome projection behind them, enhancing the songs by a great deal.
Cool, and even a scary observation is how much the world has not changed when you see their material that is old more than a decade (N.W.O., Waiting, LiesLiesLies, Thieves, Rio Grande Blood…) with newer songs like AntiFa and PermaWar. Nothing has really changed and Ministry is gutting them to the last in their songs.
Al had a great body language with the crowd and the crowd gave all the energy back to him and the band. Especially of the fast ones like Rio Grande Blood, Lets Go and others.
Considering the physical performance I was pleasantly surprised how much the band was banging their nuts of on stage, almost every guy in the band is over 50 with Al having 58, and the guy still has it: the voice, the presence, everything. A special praise goes to the bass player Jason Christopher. The guy is a fucking animal on stage. Even the small slip up he had, he made it cool.
My personal favorite is the slow burn song on the encore which is Filth Pig. A great change of pace after the furious flow of fast classics as N.W.O., Just One Fix and Thieves without any sign of fatigue.
To sum this shit up, Ministry did a fantastic gig showing that the band still has the credibility to kick some serious ass on stage and if we get lucky in their next album.
- Psalm 69
- Punch in the Face
- Supermanic Soul
- Rio Grande Blood
- Señor Peligro
- Let’s Go
- Bad Blood
- Just One Fix
- Filth Pig
- So What
- Khyber Pass