Like a mid-20th century funhouse gone mad, Ministry‘s just-released video for the track Victims of a Clown is a relentless hallucinogenic ride through images of creepy clowns roaming circuses where there are no exits, men parading in ghoulish gas masks, psychological messaging, physical reality bending, and nightmarish suburbia.  And then there’s DJ Swamp‘s couture.

“Victims of a Clown” was produced and directed by Chris Roth and Steve Roth of The Other House Productions, the same team that created Ministry’s surreal and provocative “Twilight Zone” video as well as “I’m Invisible” for Jourgensen’s side project, Surgical Meth Machine.  Full cast and crew credits are accessible here.

“For the ‘Victims of a Clown’ video, we strived for a drastic stylistic departure from ‘Twilight Zone,” said Chris Roth.  “‘This video is a much more raw, down-and-dirty, crunchy graphic art film.”

Filmed in Los Angeles late last year, the entire video was shot exclusively with handheld cameras and the band was lit with extreme rapid flash lighting that limited the final palette of the video to only three colors – black, white, and red.  “The end result,” Steve Roth added, “is very powerful.  Loaded with raw energy and power.”

Ministry is currently on the road in support of the band’s new album AmeriKKKant – with “Victims of a Clown” featured in the live set – and the press response has been spectacular: .”Ministry’s show maintained a furious energy from beginning to end…”  “Ministry put on a spectacular show that highlighted why this band has withstood the test of time and still sits atop the throne of all things metal…”  “…90 minutes of chaos…a killer show…”  “Ministry continues to rock harder than any band on the planet today.”  Remaining dates are as follows:

APRIL

 5   Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE

 7   Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL

 8   Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

10  Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH

11  20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI

12  Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN

14  Opera House, Toronto, ON  CANADA

15  MTelus, Montreal, QC  CANADA

17  Royale, Boston, MA

18  Aura, Portland, ME

19  Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY

21  Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ

22  Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY

23  Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD

25  Center Stage, Atlanta, GA

26  Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL

28  Levitation Festival, Austin, TX