- By Ramon Gonzales

Check the loaded first single, “Goddamn White Trash” featuring Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity.

Check the loaded first single, “Goddamn White Trash” featuring Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity.

Led by pioneering frontman Al Jourgensen, industrial trailblazers Ministry have confirmed the March 1st, 2024 release of their landmark 16th full length studio album, HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES. The project arrives via Nuclear Blast Records and includes a powerful ensemble of contributing personnel in John Bechdel on keyboards, Monte Pittman and Cesar Soto handling guitars, Roy Mayorga on the kit and Paul D’Amour on bass.

The album follows the pivotal 2021 studio release, Moral Hygiene, an album that earned praise from both fans and critics alike, marking a return to form for the industrial powerhouse. That was evident as the band topped several sold out shows on the subsequent Industrial Strength Tour.

HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES also boasts a focused roster of collaborators featuring submissions from Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz, punk icon Jello Biafra and Corrosion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan.

Of the latter, Keenan joins rank with Ministry for what is the first glimpse of the record with the charged commentary of “Goddamn White Trash”. Coupled with a provocative visual directed by Dean Karr, Jourgensen and company dissect the militia culture in America and liken the people that infamously stormed the capital on January 6th to roaches – asserting the band is always ready to deliver socially-conscious venom.

 “Just like you or anybody else, I’m simply a passenger in this lifetime,” says Jourgensen. “I’m watching social changes, political changes, and economic changes, and I comment on them because I do have a First Amendment right. A lot of people say artists and athletes should shut up and play ball. No, I’m on this trip too. If I see something, I say something. That reflects on where each album goes. Instead of staying sedentary and singing about broken relationships, inner turmoil, or whatever is hurting this week, I comment on what’s going on from the perspective of a fellow passenger.

The news of the latest album arrives as Ministry gears up to head out on the Freaks On Parade Tour, supporting Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper on a nationwide jaunt. The run begins August 24th and wraps up exactly one month later in Phoenix, AZ. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Get tickets – HERE

HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES lands March 1st, 2024 via Nuclear Blast Records. Order the album – HERE

w/ Ministry opening for Rob Zombie & Alice Cooper
August 2023
24  Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
26  Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
27  West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
29  Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
30  Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
September 2023
1    Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
2    Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
5    Clarkston, MI @ Pine Knob Music Theatre
6    Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
8    Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
9    Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
10  Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
12  Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
13  Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
15  Bonner Springs, KS @ Azura Amphitheater
16  Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
19  Ridgefield, WA @ RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
20  Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
22  Concord, CA @ Concord Pavillion
23  Anaheim, CA @ HONDA Center
24  Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion

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