Ministry is the brainchild of Alain Jourgensen. The band started in 1981 playing synth pop in the vein of Depeche Mode. They released their first 12" on Wax Trax! Records, before being signed to Arista to release their debut 'With Sympathy' (1983). After a falling out with the label and the direction of the project, Jourgensen returned to Wax Trax! to release a series of 12" Singles, including "Everyday Is Halloween" which became an instant club favorite and would go on to become one of the band's most popular songs. Jourgensen then signed to Sire records/Warner Bros. in 1985. Ministry's second LP "Twitch" was produced by Adrian Sherwood. The music shifted to an heavy and menacing EBM/electro sound. The third album "The Land Of Rape And Honey" (1988) was a revolution, with the arrival of Paul Barker and other new members Ministry started to play a crossover between EBM, industrial and heavy metal. The formula was perfected with the following "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste" (1990), where the rock elements became more relevant. Ministry's masterpiece is considered "[r=43865]" (1992), a very dark, powerful and violent album, where the band experiments a wide range of combining thrash metal with techno, industrial and noise. The following records 'Filth Pig' (1996) and 'Dark Side of the Spoon' (1999) return to the band's roots slightly in terms of song arrangement and vocal styling. These albums did not sell well in comparison with their earlier material. The band released their first best of collection entitled "Greatest Fits" and were then dropped by Warner Bros. The band then moved to Sanctuary Records and released 'Animositisomina' (2003). Paul Barker left the band in January 2004, leaving Al to put together a new line-up for "Houses of the Molé". After 2004 Evil Doer Tour few members left and new came - besides Jourgensen & Scaccia new members are Tommy Victor on guitar and Paul Raven on bass. The band started to work on new album, which finally came out in May 2006 titled "Rio Grande Blood". What was to be Ministry's final album, 'The Last Sucker' was released in 2007 with a collection of covers entitled 'Cover Up' in 2008. 2010 saw another collection of covers entitled 'Undercover' followed by two new Ministry albums.