ALBUM REVIEW: Powerwolf – Best Of The Blessed

When the wolfsbane blooms, and the moon is full, the time will come for Powerwolf to release a compilation album. Yes, after the hugely successful The Sacrament of Sin (Napalm Records), the German lycanthropes bridge the gap until their next studio release with Best of the Blessed (Napalm), a “Best Of…” with a difference. Continue reading

Full Details For Megadeth’s “Warheads on Foreheads” Set Revealed

Megadeth released the full tracklisting and format for their Dave Mustaine curated set Warheads On Foreheads, due out on March 22nd from AG Records/Universal. A new remastered version of their classic ‘Hangar 18’ is streaming for those with Amazon Music or Alexa. Warheads On Foreheads will be available as a 3-CD set, a 4-LP set and a digital edition via UMe Recordings. A limited-edition, four-LP set pressed on silver colored vinyl will be available exclusively through the band’s online store, with deluxe bundles to be announced. Pre-orders are live at the link below. Continue reading

Taking Back Sunday – Twenty

Taking Back Sunday (TBS) made dancing to heartfelt Emo music a pastime. It is crazy to think that it has been twenty years since the Long Island natives introduced us all to ‘Cute Without The E’ and the dynamic that would become one of Emo’s most beloved staple: Tell All Your Friends (Victory). To celebrate those two decades that came up so quick, the band has gathered nineteen of their repertoire and two new songs into a greatest hits album perfectly titled, Twenty (Craft). Continue reading

Nevermore: “The Complete Collection” Due In March

Warrel Dane may no longer be with us, but like all legends we’ve lost, his music will live on forever. Century Media is making sure of that by releasing Nevermore‘s The Complete Collection on March 9th. Continue reading

Ministry – Sixxis: Live At The Palladium, Worcester MA

 

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On a perfect spring/early Summer Worcester, MA evening, the Palladium was absolutely destroyed by the wall of industrial sound known simply as, Ministry. On top of seeing Ministry with new bassist, Tony Campos (Fear Factory), just seeing the living legend that is Al Jorgenson is almost indescribable especially for someone just seeing Ministry for their first time. After finally being able to get to see these icons, I am happy to report that it was even better than I anticipated.

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After opener The Sixxis wrapped up a short set, it was time for the headliner. The stage was set up with a typical raised drum kit in the back center stage, keyboard/samples to left. Up high against the back wall was a giant screen that a projector on the balcony was projecting various images, colors, and video clips that gave each song played its own personality. With a new album out recently, From Beer to Eternity, it did not surprise anyone that most songs played would be from the new release. Some tracks for the new album include opener, ‘Hail to His Majesty (Peasants)’ , ‘PermaWar’, and ‘Perfect Storm’. Not being very familiar with the new album, this was a great way to assure me that I have been messing up and need to get my hands on it. The fans also got a few other goodies from the Ministry archives such as: ‘LiesLiesLies’, ‘Waiting’, ‘Worthless’, ‘Life is Good’, ‘N.W.O.’ and my favorite (which ended up being the closer), ‘Thieves’.

Ministry, by Hillarie Jason Photography

It was a true experience and privilege to be able to see Al Jorgenson play live even in 2015. If you hear from a friend that Ministry is all done or just doesn’t have it anymore, you can tell them they are wrong. Catch this tour if it has yet to come through your town or keep pretending Ministry is washed up.

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WORDS BY TIM LEDIN

PHOTOS BY HILLARIE JASON PHOTOGRAPHY