Ministry’s industrial grind, Tuesday night at the Granada (photos, setlist)
Tuesday, November 19
The long-running industrial rock act Ministry frequently finds its way to the Kansas City and Lawrence area, where its performances are noted for their intensity and verve. But last night’s show— an off date from the band’s current gig opening for Slayer’s farewell tour—saw the band particularly fired up, particularly for a Tuesday performance that started at 9 p.m.
As chopped and distorted footage of Donald Trump, the KKK, and other hate groups played on a massive screen behind the stage, Ministry planted its flag on the side of antifa and the resistance. “He lies,” frontman Al Jourgensen screamed.
The band played its most recent album, 2018’s AmeriKKKant, top-to-bottom, ending with a selection of classic tracks like “Stigmata” and “Thieves.” Jourgensen might’ve been preaching to the converted, but he was no less righteous in his passion and anger.
Openers ASMO made the trek into Lawrence from Kansas City, bringing with it a set replete with costume changes and a light show frenetic enough to leave me reeling with discomfort. The band’s dark metal is theatrical and intense. This was a headline-level performance, and the crowd responded appropriately during ASMO’s 45-minute set.
I Know Words
Victims of a Clown
We’re Tired of It
Just One Fix