Live Evil: Ministry At The London Forum Reviewed
A reunited Ministry played the Kentish Town Forum in London on Friday night, so we sent Catherine Morris to find out what was going down. Check it out…
After a split, revival and subsequent comeback album Relapse, Ministry are back, and they’re more aggressive and gleefully anarchic than ever. Al Jourgensen and co brought their stomping industrial protest songs to the Forum on Friday night along with their own frantic, disturbing energy, some questionable dance moves and a lot of entertaining visuals.
Bathed in red light up on his neon altar, Jourgensen preached a scathing sermon condemning everyone from Bush (The Last Sucker) to bankers (99 Percenters), proving that Ministry’s political streak is still strong, even if the anti-Bush sentiment is now a little passé. The new tracks showcase a faster and harder sound, with a pounding urgency reflective of desperate times.
Yet despite the heavy theme of ‘everything is totally fucked’ in their music, the band played with enough black humour to keep it fairly light-hearted and lend the gig an end-of-the-world party vibe, passing around a joint that one helpful audience member handed Jourgensen and jumping up and down like there was no tomorrow. Boys, we’ve missed you.