Ministry have shared another taste of their forthcoming fifteenth studio album, Moral Hygiene, in the form of the typically crushing Good Trouble. The single follows the April 2020 release of the album opener Alert Level.
Moral Hygiene is the follow-up to Al Jourgensen’s band’s acclaimed 2018 album AmeriKKKant, and contains “less rage” and “more reflection” according to the singer.
“With AmeriKKKant I was in shock that Trump won [the US Presidency],” he explains. “I didn't know what to do, but I knew I had to do something. Because I believe if you are a musician or an artist you should be expressing what's going on around you through your art. It's going to happen whether you do it consciously or unconsciously. Moral Hygiene however has progressed even further into a cautionary tale of what will happen if we don't act. There's less rage, but there’s more reflection.”
"The good thing about literally taking a year off from any social activity or touring is that you really get to sit back and get an overview of things as they are happening, as opposed to being caught up in the moment,” the singer continues. “And what I saw with how we handled several public crises - from the pandemic to racial injustice to who we vote in to lead our country - is that times are changing, and society needed to change to get away from the idea that has permeated us of take care of yourself, fuck everything else. Now more than ever we need moral hygiene. It consumed me as I wrote this album. It’s not some pious term. It’s what we have to return to in order to function as the human species on this planet. And I'm proud to have had such great guests on this album to help cement that message like Billy Morrison, Jello Biafra and Arabian Prince.”
Moral Hygiene track listing:
1. Alert Level
2. Good Trouble
3. Sabotage Is Sex
5. Search And Destroy
6. Believe Me
7. Broken System
8. We Shall Resist
9. Death Toll
10. TV Song #6 (Right Around The Corner Mix)
Moral Hygiene will be released by Nuclear Blast on October 1.
Ministry will tour the US with Front Line Assembly and Helmet that same month.