These days, one doesn’t pass up a chance to see the industrial rock irreverence of Ministry. After their retirement, subsequent reunion, and near re-retirement following the death of guitarist Mike Scaccia in 2012, the band’s continuance seems subject to the whims of founding member and vocalist, Al Jourgensen – so, there is only one place for avid fans to be when every album and supporting tour could be the last fix.
(That said, opening act Sixxis are to be commended for signing on to a doubtlessly intimidating support slot – their brand of hard rock, blending elements of prog and grunge, presented a marked contrast to the anticipated industrial metal assault of Ministry’s latest live incarnation, but was nonetheless well-received by the crowd.)
With minimal pauses, the headliners tore through an energetic set of predominantly newer material, saving fan favourites like “Just One Fix” and “Thieves” to the last. Whether or not Ministry continues, folds and/or continues again, Jourgensen and company are clearly always welcome here.