Surgical Meth Machine
Following the death of his friend and long-term bandmate Mike Scaccia and the final dissolution of his seminal industrial metal band Ministry, Al Jourgensen repaired to his home studio in Burbank, California in February 2015 to begin work on a new project with his regular engineer, Sam d'Ambruoso. As expected from the man behind such outrageous acts as Revolting Cocks, Lard, and 1000 Homo DJs, his new music was to be both confrontational and controversial. Introducing the project in an interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Jourgensen announced his desire to make "the fastest record in the history of the world," with no song clocking in at under 220bpm.
The first taste of Surgical Meth Machine came exactly a year later in the form of the sample-laden single "Tragic Alert." Jourgensen was true to his promise, and all his trademarks were there. The music was aggressive, profane, politically minded, ridiculously fast, ever so slightly tongue-in-cheek, and, if possible, even more inhuman and mechanistic than his work with Ministry. The band's eponymous debut album was slated for release in April 2016 by powerhouse metal label Nuclear Blast. ~ John D. Buchanan