Ministry returns with their first new single in two years called “Alert Level.”
The song feels eerily appropriate for what’s happening in the world with frontman Al Jourgensen snarling “Let’s get ready to die!” and a sample constantly asking “How concerned are you?”
Speaking about the new song Jourgensen says “We finished the song in January and it sounded great during rehearsals for our Australia/Japan tour dates, before we went into quarantine. The original plan was to finish the new record before the July ‘Industrial Strength’ U.S. tour so we could have an Election Day release, but in lieu of the circumstances — and how relevant the song feels for these bizarre times — we decided to release ‘Alert Level’ now. Considering that this song features the question How concerned are you?’ I’ll be interested to see how folks answer it themselves.”
The band encourages fans to answer the song’s central question, “How concerned are you?” by posting videos, 30 seconds or less, to their social media profiles with the hashtag #MinistryAlertLevel. The band will watch the clips and select the videos most meaningful to them, which will be later shared.
Check out the lyric video below.
The band previously teased the song’s announcement with a countdown clock on their website earlier this week.
Ministry have also set up a website to help fans register to vote in the upcoming election. Sign up and learn more about it here. Jourgensen recently appeared on comedian Bill Burr’s “Monday Morning Podcast” earlier in April, which can be heard here.