Al Jourgensen, Ministry's lead singer, started out in a band called Special Affect, with guys who would later be in My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and Concrete Blonde (does that make them a proto-supergroup?). Ministry formed in 1981 and stayed together until 2008, morphing from synthpop to industrial metal along the way. I first heard them as a wee metalhead in the early 90s, when their most commercially successful album came out, Psalm 69. It was their first with guitarist Mike Scaccia, whose untimely death of a heart attack in 2012 sadly marked the end of a reunion period for the band.
Al Jourgensen says Ministry won't regroup in the future, so it seems we'll have to satisfy ourselves with the legacy they've left us, not least of which is "Every Day is Halloween." It's been covered and remixed countless times in its 30-year existence, but the original is still the most classic. Let's all raise our black-nailed fists in salute!