According to the latest announcement from industrial-metal legend Al Jourgensen, his recently-reformed band Ministry has now set a release date for their new album Relapse, and as we mentioned in an earlier story, the legendary group will be touring in 2012 to bring that new material to their fans alongside their super-charged classics. Hit the jump for more details about one of the most anticipated extreme-music reunions of the year...
Uncle Al and his pet record label 13th Planet have pushed back the originally planned Christmas release of Relapse to March 30th, 2012, and the corresponding tour will feature a host of 13th planet regulars, including guitarist Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis, Prong members Tommy Victor (guitar) and Aaron Rossi (drums), Soulfly bassist Tony Campos and Fear Factory keyboardist John Bechdel. Jourgensen stated earlier that it would be a fairly limited tour, since he's finally recovering from some life-threatening health issues, but we do know the band is scheduled to play at next summer's Wacken Open Air in Germany, one of the world's largest metal festivals.
As we also shared this summer, Al originally told the story behind the band's unexpected reunion to UK music mag Metal Hammer, in which he revealed that a handful of songs were recorded in between sessions for his country-rock side project Buck Satan – which also featured Mike Scaccia on guitar – songs that sounded a lot more like Ministry tracks. Al and Mike decided to bring in the other members of the team to flesh them out completely.
"I think this is actually gonna wind up being the fastest and heaviest record I've ever done," Jourgensen added. "Just because we did it as anti-therapy therapy against the country music, we would just take days off and thrash faster than I've done in a long time, faster than Mikey's done in a long time. He just did a Rigor Mortis tour and said it was easy compared to this Ministry stuff, so it's gonna be brutal and it's gonna freak a lot of people out." That's exactly what we like to hear from this guy.