There’s no show like an industrial metal show. And, if you happen to have a bit of synthwave sprinkled in, hell, you have yourself a concert. Ministry, the pioneers of industrial metal teamed up with Carpenter Brut, a Frenchman known for his arousing synthwave anthems for a night of pure loudness in all its glory at the Fonda in Hollywood.
Alien Weaponry opened the night with an array of their classic thrash metal tracks. The band is a threesome out of Waipu, New Zealand that put out a ridiculous amount of noise. Their music is as fresh as their performance. The band performed “Kai Tangata”, “Ru Ana Te Whenua” and the fan favorite “Holding My Breath”.
Carpenter Brut took the stage as a gang of three consisting of a guitarist, drummer, and of course Carpenter Brut (Franck Hueso) himself. Brut is known for keeping his face incognito, electing to let the music do all the showcasing.
With a full setup of synths in front of him, Carpenter Brut began the night with an array of new and old tracks such as “Turbo Killer” and “Beware The Beast”. The audience quickly became engaged and started moving frantically to the sounds of hard-hitting synths.
Touring guitarist Adrien Grousset erratically moved about his area of the stage providing a perpetual amount of energy that upped the performance.
Touring drummer Florent Marcadet situated himself atop of a beautifully crafted drumkit with Carpenter Brut’s logo shining brightly in the middle. Both Grousset and Marcadet are in the French metal band Harcide. Carpenter Brut closed the night with “Le Perv”, causing the audience to lose their minds.
Al Jourgensen and his team of misfits in Ministry took the stage around 10 PM against projected images of Trump. Trump was showcased being a buffoon and a terror, rightfully so. Al quickly went into the band’s first track “Twilight Zone” that showcased why this industrial metal band still holds their ground better than anyone else.
Formed in 1981 by Jourgensen in Chicago, the band has been around for longer than most of the fans in the audience have been alive. A massive discography helped the band push track after track into the audience at the Fonda. Songs such as “We’re Tired of It”, “Wargasm”, “Game Over” and a new track “AmeriKKA” graced fans with a plethora of lyrics and instruments to rage over.
After taking a break, the band returned to the stage to perform one of their biggest tracks, “The Land of Rape and Honey”. Fans went nuts, begging to have the band perform the song again. Al’s determination to perform with angst was easily seen. At times he conversed with the crowd talking about gun violence and the state of America as a whole.
After the band performed classics such as “N.W.O.” and “Thieves”, Al brought out Chris Connelly from the Revolting Cocks to perform the classic track “So What”. As if one special guest wasn’t enough, Al welcomed Dav Navarro of Jane’s Addiction to the stage to play acoustic guitar during “(Everyday Is) Halloween)”, the final track of the night.
It’ll be interesting to see if Ministry keeps the engine and releases a new album in the coming months. If the past is any indication of the future, Al will more than likely bring another Ministry album to the world.