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Al Jourgensen reveals plans for final Ministry album involving Paul Barker

Author Flavia Andrade - 22.2.2024

Industrial metal legends Ministry are closer than ever to retirement. Although it’s not the first time frontman Al Jourgensen has addressed the issue, in a recent interview with Loudwire Nights, the vocalist revealed the band is planning one more album after “HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES,” out on March 01.

This pending last album will also feature a reunion with Paul Barker, who was Ministry‘s bassist/keyboardist/programmer throughout their commercial peak from 1986 through to 2003.

Jourgensen said:

We have one more new record coming out. And we’re recruiting an old mate from the early days. Paul Barker is going to rejoin the band and we’re going to record together and that will be our last one.

I think we’ve kind of perfected our genre — whatever genre that is. People like to call it industrial, I just call it music. But it is certainly our genre.

There comes a point in time musically when anything from here is going to be downhill.

I see so many bands do that. I don’t need the money. I don’t need the whatever. It’s a good time to stop. I just turned 65, which means I’m getting my mailbox stuffed with AARP shit. I took my piercings out. I took my dreads out. I decided at 65, I’m going to become an adult.