Ministry Frontman Streams Entire Album From ‘Buck Satan’ Project
In December of last year, legendary Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen announced the impending release of his psycho-country side project, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters. Now, the entire cowboy-core experiment ‘Bikers Welcome, Ladies Drink Free,’ is available for streaming online in advance of its Jan. 17 release date.
After facing a serious health scare in 2010, Jourgensen experienced a crystallizing moment, inspiring him to re-form Ministry after a three-year hiatus and to experiment with his new Buck Satan persona.
“In March 2010 I went into a seizure and bled-out 65% of my body and they had to take me by ambulance to the ICU where I flatlined. I was dead,” Jourgensen told Metal Hammer. “I spent a week in ICU where they gave me a 100% blood transfusion. After a tour I had [an ulcer] burst right over a main artery in my stomach, They found 13 of them from my esophagus to my intestines which had scarred over, which explains why I’d been puking for years.”
After spending much of 2011 in and out of doctors offices, Jourgensen began to collaborate with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Tony Campos from Static-X and Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis for the Buck Satan project.
“I’ve been promising fans a country record for 30 years, so after I got out of the hospital and back in the studio, I made Buck Satan my first priority,” Jourgensen declared during an interview with Revolver. “I just decided I needed to do this in case I had another [health] freak out.”
Jourgensen also spoke about how he ended up with the overall sound of the new record. “I hired a fiddle player who canceled out on me, so we ended up getting these girls from Houston who play in a symphony and have never done country. Mikey and I were the only ones who knew anything about country, so it was really a case of the blind leading the blind, and that’s what makes it sound different.”
The new Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters album ‘Bikers Welcome, Ladies Drink Free’ is now available for full streaming courtesy of Revolver.