Marilyn Manson/The Pale Emperor

Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), known professionally as Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, painter, multimedia artist, and former music journalist. He is known for his controversial stage personality and image as the eponymous lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson, which he co-founded with Daisy Berkowitz and of which he remains the only constant member. His stage name was formed by juxtaposing the names of two American cultural icons, namely actress Marilyn Monroe and Manson Family leader Charles Manson.[1][2][3]

He is best known for his band’s records released in the 1990s, most notably Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals, which along with his public image earned him a reputation in the mainstream media as a controversial figure and a negative influence on young people.[4][5] In the U.S. alone, three of the band’s albums have been awarded platinum and three more went gold, and the band has had eight releases debut in the top ten, including two number-one albums. Manson has been ranked number 44 in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader, and has been nominated for four Grammy Awards.

Manson made his film debut in 1997, as an actor in David Lynch‘s Lost Highway. Since then he has appeared in a variety of minor roles and cameos. As well, he was interviewed in Michael Moore‘s political documentary Bowling for Columbine discussing possible motivations for the 1999 Columbine massacre and allegations that his music was somehow a factor. On September 13–14, 2002, his first art show, The Golden Age of Grotesque, was held at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Centre. Manson revealed a series of 20 paintings in 2010 entitled Genealogies of Pain, an exhibition showcased at Vienna’s Kunsthalle gallery[6] which the artist collaborated on with David Lynch.

The Analysis—-

Killing Strangers—-Beginning with that comfortable and welcoming Manson march, the ghostly vocal makes his return to the world of recorded music. The track has a slight blues edge to it…sounding strong and familiar. The message can be taken many ways…as is Manson’s music generally. A strong start…lots of moods and shifts.

Deep Six—-With a more Industrial sound, this is what I have been waiting for. It seems Manson has accumulated a pretty great band…the sound is tight. From nowhere comes the anger and pissed off vocal I was hoping for. This is a triumphant return after such a long hiatus. The chorus is even slightly sing-a-long….amazing!

3rd Day Of A 7 Day Binge—-The lead off single to this release offers a great title as well….and probably describes Manson and his life pretty well. Manson delivers a vocal that sounds better than he has in years. The drawn out growl is in full place…and the hum that carries the melody of the song ill make it plant in your brain for quite sometime. We have all been there….not to hard to relate to this song. Just thrilled at the quality of this record after a few throw away releases

Warship My Wreck—-Another track that seems to rise from ashes of silence….you wait with baited breath for the true mayhem to begin. The track is rather mundane and desolate from the onset. I keep waiting and waiting….the song does pick up some steam as it goes along….but for me, this is a bit flat.I think this is his attempt at a love song…..?

Slave Only Dreams—-This is classic Manson and classic 90’s era Industrial. From the spoken word intro to the marching music to the drawn out Manson vocal. This has become a favorite of mine…simply because it is so familiar in sound and style. The chorus is fantastic…it gives me a nice sense of energy!

The Devil Beneath My Feet—-A little flat on the intro music, but the vocal saves the track. The song reminds me of Lunchbox…from way back in the day. I like the vocal a lot….Manson has thus far made a triumphant return on this release. Well worth the wait. At times he hollers….at times he almost whispers….I could not ask for more. Swearing….threats….Bible references….you gotta love it.

Birds Of Hell Waiting—-This is fantastic….the music has such a familiar feel to it…the loping guitar..the slight blues. I only wish there was more noise. The vocal on this track seems pushed to the back of the mix a bit…putting the bass and rhythm section right up at the front of the song. This is fantastic…another favorite track of mine.

Cupid Carries A Gun—-Based on the song title, perhaps the Republican NRA wll try to recruit the God Of Fuck [sarcasm]. The entire song seems to have a vocal double track…this gives it a pretty big sound. The drums are more present than on any other song thus far. I love the catchy chorus. Hail the return of Manson!!

Odds Or Evens—-Another track that immediately reminds me of the days of old. This has a nice eerie sound to it that has been missing on much of this release. The lyrical content is classic Marilyn…I love that underlying marching feel to much of the music on this release. Manson is in good voice…I do miss the maniacal delivery of the earlier releases in his catalog….but we are all becoming older. Not great….but not a throwaway either.

Day 3—-This begins almost a bit to ‘poppy’ for me…even allowing an acoustic guitar on this version of the earlier track. This really is filler and am not really sure why this is on here. Hope we won’t see an acoustic tour of the Manson catalog!!!

Fated, Faithful, Fatal—-Really? Another gentle guitar intro…..I keep waiting for the huge aggression that I miss so much. This is not a terrible track…but it lacks a certain energy that I have been craving. The lyrics are classic…full of many biblical slurs and references. I like the chorus…it DOES stick in your brain…but this song should have been so much harder.

Fall Of The House Of Death—-The almost static sound at the onset gave me hope….but then the gentle guitar enters. This is a quiet, yet creepy track. I wish this release was bigger…more bombastic…more Manson. Too many typical Angel and demon references….after the first three songs, this CD becomes predictable and a little monotonous. I miss the Manson of old…but will take the new if that is as offered.

*** out of 5

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