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Customer Reviews

Controversial

I'm running the risk of offending other reviewers by making this comment. But, here it is: This is the only outstanding album by Marilyn Manson. This is lyrically deep and chaotic. It's frought with more anger and pain than every other album that the band made. After listening to most of Marilyn Manson's music, I feel that this is the only album that really and truly made me appreciate his music. Just like the majority of the comments stated in the store review, the band was really just a group of shock-rockers. Now, with all of that being said, it takes nothing away from how good this album actually is. While I will never whole-heartedly agree with the views of the artist, many of the songs still managed to strike a very personal blow to my views of rock music, religion and the world. At some point in their life, everyone has identified with the lyrics to many of these songs, particularly tracks 1, 2, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 16. Marilyn Manson always to seem to do his best work from a very emotional place. Anything else seems like art for art's sake.

The beginning of the end...

This album was the definitive Marilyn Manson record for me. It was the first Marilyn Manson album I had purchased, and it frightened the hell out of me... but there was something about the churning riffs of "the Beautiful People" that made me want to take a closer look.

From the opening track of "Irresponsible Hate Anthem", you get the feeling that Manson is on a mission to destroy the world, and possibly himself with it.

Each track has a wonderful mix of rock, heavy metal, electronic noise, and power to convince you that you are on a journey... it may not be the most pleasant journey you've ever been on, but this album will take you for a ride....

If you are new to Marilyn Manson, I say start here. This is him at his most vicious, unforgiving, and revolutionary. As Manson himself would say, this was a very "pointed" record, and you can feel it. This record is an all out war on the establishment, pop culture, all of it.

Track reviews:
1. Irresponsible Hate Anthem - a misanthropic opening tune to set the mood. Shows you right off the bat that Manson is not above his own criticisms.
2. The Beautiful People - classic. Nothing more need be said.
3. Dried up... - wondeful blend of electronic and metal sounds, also highly critical of the fakers...
4. Tourniquet - basically, Manson's dream of making a perfect mate put into poetry, a tortured, but beautiful song (the remix is also wonderful, on Remix and Repent)
5. Little Horn - Manson's view of the "antichrist superstar", with almost certain destroyer imagery. This song is like a battle cry for armageddon.
6. Cryptorchid - an interesting segue that stands on its own, electronic and moody, creepy, but fun...
7. Deformography - another song highly critical of pop culture, full of vitriol.
8. Wormboy - a very twisted song, the telling of the beginning of the rising of this new and powerful creature... not my favorite but certainly an illustration of the weirdness of some of this album.
9. Mister Superstar - you can definitely sense Trent Reznor's influence on this track, but in the same way you feel it on Nine Inch Nails tracks like "Mr. Self-Destruct" - the driving guitars and noisy finish. Still, another great Manson song about the pratfalls and fascism of fame. Very fun.
10. Angel With the Scabbed Wings - a simple but great rocker. This is a great song that comes off rather well even live.
11. Kinderfeld - one of my absolute favorite Manson songs. This song deserves to be heard while reading the lyrics, as it is the story of Manson rising from what he perceived as an oppressed/supressed young boy into a powerful revenge-seeking force... This song can be scary for all its atmosphere, but the movements and sounds will captivate you. Powerful finish.
12. Antichrist Superstar - a song about the hypocrisy of America bringing about its own destruction. That, and a definite rocker and crowd pleaser when played live. This is the stuff that Manson's live show is made of.
13. 1996 - a railing against pretty much every opinion out there, much like Irresponsible Hate Anthem, though you can feel the destructive tendencies in this one taking you further than you thought possible. Another great rockin track.....
14. Minute of Decay - one of the saddest songs on the album, and one of the bleakest. Manson actually was crying when recording the opening verse. Still a beautiful track. Kind of... bluesy? Creepy? More Reznorian influence? Sure, but great.
15. The Reflecting God - the call to arms against modern religion, if ever there was one. The Heresy of the Free Spirit is the thrust of this song, an emphatic "we are our own gods" feel, except it is also quite bleak. The end of the world is when we die, and this song is a rockin' anthem of the power we have over our own deaths, if we so choose. Also quite misanthropic.
16. Man that you fear - a slower, but just as noisy, track. Like Kinderfeld, this is a celebration of the revolutionary, acknowledging where he came from, but spitting in the face of it as well. Also creepy, but powerful.
17. Untitled - this track is a bit freaky, but leads back into track one very well. Much more noise than music.

In all, this album is a celebration of power, power of the self, and self-confidence. It is full of pain, hatred, and vitriol, but is aimed, ultimately, at uplifting the listener, albeit through a rather dark path.

Classic.

Excellent

This is one of the best industrial metal albums and is absolutely brilliant. 5 stars and recommended to anyone who is willing to look deeper than the superficial. Even if you can't do that, you should purchase it.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Marilyn Manson, the self-proclaimed "Antichrist Superstar," became a mainstream antihero, much to the chagrin of conservative politicians and concerned parents. His vision of dark, arty, industrial metal pushed many of his singles — including "The Dope Show," "The Beautiful People," and a cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are...
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