While it seemed industrial-metal legend Al Jourgensen had officially retired his band Ministry back in the summer of 2008, closing the deal with their world-spanning "C-U-LaTour" (documented in the excellent DVD/CD set Adios... Puta Madres), now we're hearing that the band is at least temporarily taking the stage again at next year's Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany, where they'll be joined by another FEARnet fave, UK metal icons Cradle of Filth. It's hard to believe, but this comes straight from the fest organizers. Hit the jump and read on for more details...
Wacken Open Air, which turned 20 last year, has grown to become one of the largest metal festivals in the world, booking more than 70 bands each year to play over the course of the three-day event... so if Al and company had to pick one moment to reappear on the metal map, Wacken would be the ideal choice. Still, not too many years ago, it seemed that Jourgensen had sworn off Ministry for good, choosing instead to sink his time and energy into the bands under his own label, 13th Planet Records, so we're wondering what made him change his mind so soon.
In addition to Ministry and Cradle of Filth, also confirmed for Wacken 2012 are Scorpions, Amon Amarth, Hammerfall, Gamma Ray and U.D.O. The promoters will continue to update the roster with more bands over the coming months, so be sure to drop by their official site to check 'em out. The show itself is scheduled to run from August 2-4, 2012.