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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

345 Ratings

Controversial

Remix Enthusiast,

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...

mfont36,

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.

About Marilyn Manson

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 Made of This)" -- into the upper reaches of the modern rock charts during the late '90s and early 2000s.

Born Brian Warner, Manson was raised in Canton, Ohio. At the age of 18, he relocated to Tampa Bay, Florida, where he worked as a music journalist. In 1989, he became friends with guitarist and fellow outsider Scott Mitchell; the two soon decided to form a band, with Mitchell rechristening himself Daisy Berkowitz and Warner adopting the name Marilyn Manson. With the addition of bassist Gidget Gein and keyboardist Madonna Wayne-Gacy, the group -- originally dubbed Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids -- began self-releasing cassettes and playing gigs, their gothic stage show notable for Manson's elaborate makeup and homemade special effects. Jettisoning their drum machine in favor of Sara Lee Lucas, the band's sound began taking on a harder edge, and by 1992 they were among the most popular acts in the South Florida area. In 1993, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor came calling, offering both a contract with his Nothing Records label as well as the chance to open for NIN the following spring; Manson accepted both offers, and the group's debut LP, Portrait of an American Family, appeared during the summer of 1994. With new bassist Twiggy Ramirez replacing Gein, the group's notoriety began to soar. Most infamously, during an appearance in Salt Lake City, Manson ripped apart a copy of the Book of Mormon while on-stage. The Church of Satan's founder, Anton LaVey, also bestowed upon him the title of "Reverend."

Manson's cult following continued to swell, and the band broke into the mainstream with the release of 1995's Smells Like Children EP, propelled by their hit cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." Berkowitz quit a short time later and was replaced by guitarist Zim Zum, and the revised group saw their next LP, 1996's Antichrist Superstar, debut at the number three spot on the pop album charts and sell nearly two million copies in the U.S. alone. As Manson's popularity grew, so did the furor surrounding him. His concerts were regularly picketed by civic groups, and his music was the subject of widespread attacks from right-wing and religious fronts.

The glam-inspired Mechanical Animals followed in September 1998, becoming the band's first to top the charts. The resulting tour yielded a live album, Last Tour on Earth, one year later. Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) came out at the end of 2000, just barely missing the Top Ten, and the band toured to support the album during 2001. That December, Manson's version of "Tainted Love" appeared on the Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack.

May 2003 saw the release of The Golden Age of Grotesque, which spent a week atop the album charts and ended up on several critics' year-end Top Ten lists. At the end of September, Manson released a greatest-hits affair titled Lest We Forget. The collection covered the highlights of Manson's career and included a new cover version of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," whose success helped push the album to gold status in multiple countries.

Late in 2005, the band announced that a new album was nearly finished; however, it wasn't until 2007 that Eat Me, Drink Me was released. The record was largely written, performed, and produced by Manson and guitarist/bassist Tim Skold, who left Marilyn Manson's lineup shortly thereafter and was replaced by returning member Twiggy Ramirez. Manson and Ramirez then began writing material for the band's seventh studio album, The High End of Low, which arrived in spring 2009 and reached number four in the charts.

In 2011, during preparation for the release of the band's eighth studio album, drummer Ginger Fish announced he had left the group. Later that same year, Manson premiered a short film in support of the album titled Born Villain. The film, directed by actor Shia La Beouf, was not a music video for a specific track, but a stand-alone short. The album Born Villain, featuring the single "No Reflection," was released in 2012 and debuted inside the Top Ten. Recording began one year later for The Pale Emperor, which saw release early in 2015 on Loma Vista for the U.S. and Cooking Vinyl internationally. Shortly before the album's release, Rolling Stone magazine ran an interview with Manson that, among other things, proclaimed the record his best work since Antichrist Superstar.

~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1989

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