From Beer to Eternity

From Beer to Eternity
Ministry - From Beer to Eternity cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 6, 2013 (2013-09-06)
RecordedDecember 2012 – March 2013
Studio13th Planet compound, El Paso, Texas
GenreIndustrial metal, thrash metal
Label13th Planet
ProducerAl Jourgensen, Sammy D'Ambruoso
Ministry chronology
From Beer to Eternity
Singles from From Beer to Eternity
  1. "PermaWar"
    Released: August 9, 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The HippoA[2]
Loudwire4/5 stars[3]
Metal Hammer4/5 stars[4]

From Beer to Eternity is the thirteenth studio album by American industrial metal band Ministry, released on September 6, 2013 by 13th Planet Records.[6] Although frontman Al Jourgensen had previously stated that this was going to be Ministry's final album (following the death of guitarist Mike Scaccia, who appears posthumously),[7] a follow-up album, AmeriKKKant, was released in 2018.[8] From Beer to Eternity was also the first Ministry album since Houses of the Molé (2004) not to feature Tommy Victor on guitar or bass.

The sole single from the album, "PermaWar", was released by the iTunes Store on August 9, 2013.[9]

Background and recording

In December 2012, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen, guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, bassist Tony Campos, and drummer Aaron Rossi entered studio sessions and worked on the rough tracks for 18 songs at Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records compound in El Paso, Texas. The sessions turned out to be fruitful, with Jourgensen noting, "We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before. Everything went so smoothly, it was surreal."[10][11]

Three days after the band had completed the sessions, Scaccia, whom Jourgensen described as the driving force behind the record, died onstage playing with his band Rigor Mortis, due to a sudden heart attack brought on by previously undiagnosed heart disease. Following a funeral in Dallas, Jourgensen and co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso spent three months in studio to put the final touches on the album.[11]

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