Review by Geoff D. Stephenson
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If you’ve been pacing the floor back and forth after September 6th 2013 hoping for more new Ministry or something relating close to it, then Surgical Meth Machine (SMM) is a step in the right direction. So stop pacing and go get this self-titled new release by Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen. Then prepare to have your ears pummeled with a ferocious fast paced adrenaline barrage of industrial metal music noise. Like a junkie with a needle full of meth, get SMM, and quench the fix. 
Surgical Meth Machine, Al Jourgensen’s newest industrial metal project of the same name was released April 15th on Nuclear Blast Records. The album was a tribute to the late guitarist Mike Scaccia, who Jourgensen called "probably the best shredder guitar player who walked this planet" Scaccia who played with Ministry for many years, and was also a part of Ministry's ground breaking 1992 release, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs; passed away on December 23rd, 2012. 

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In an October 2015 interview with In The Loop magazine, Jourgensen stated about how the idea for Surgical Meth Machine came about: "You know, [guitarist] Mikey [Scaccia] died a couple of years ago, from Ministry, and I just figured, like, nah, it's time to quit. I don't want to have John Bonham's kid playing drums for us and having replacement parts forever; that's just not my scene. So I just figured, 'All right, let's stop this. Let's do some other stuff.' And not only that. I found that it was really unburdensome to not have the Ministry moniker or expectations and just do something like whatever the fuck we want. I mean, the band's name is SURGICAL METH MACHINE. It's not like we're gonna be on Top 40 radio and on 'The Voice' and 'American Idol'. [Laughs]" 
"I understand it's not a real commercial project for us, it's not gonna put bank in my wallet, but it was a lot of fun to do, in that sense — of just not having the constraints of the expectations of what you've done for twenty years. So this is… It's kind of new stuff. It's pretty cool. It sounds like kind of Ministry, but it's a different level. It's like I literally just put my foot on the gas pedal for this record." 
And foot on the gas pedal is right. Surgical Meth Machine is a race car burning pure nitrous racing fuel redlining the engine with the apocalypse in the rear view mirror. Jourgensen said, “The first five songs on this are a speed metal listeners wet dream.”  
The rest of the SMM release could easily compare to Ministry's earlier music, With Sympathy or Twitch. A time when Ministry was a pop, electronica, dance motivated band to some.

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