Posts Tagged ‘The Pale Emperor’

manson frontMarilyn Manson is an artist that I have respected since day one of listening to him when I first picked up Smells Like Children. I have considered him to be the last living true rock star on this planet of ours because the man took himself out of obscurity and has reinvented himself. Two years ago, Marilyn Manson took the award for Album Of The Year at the fifth annual Monster Entertainment Awards for The Pale Emperor and this year he cleaned house. Not only did Marilyn take home the rock single and video of the year, but he also took him Rock Album Of The Year for his latest offering Heaven Upside Down. While 2017 may have been a turbulent year for the frontman as he faced injury and the fact that he had to fire longtime member Twiggy Ramirez. At least he can be proud of the album that he put out. Besides Manson, the album once again featured Tyler Bates as the instrumentalist and producer, but it also featured Gil Sharone on drums as well. The album did so well that it finished in the top 10 in 15 different countries with six of those being in the top five. Out of ten albums that Manson has put out, this becomes the 9TH album to finish in the top ten as it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

manson1. Revelation #12– The first track on the album kicks off with a hellraising riff in this industrial styled song that reminds me of Antichrist/Mechanical Animals days. Manson stated that the track is a reference to the Book of Revelations and The Beatles track Revolution No 9 4.5/5

2. Tattooed In Reverse– It’s a grooving track on the album that has a jazzier feel to it from Manson in what seems like a rebellious tone against the religious groups that have bugged him from day one. 4.5/5

3. We Know Where You F**king Live– an idustrial rock song from beginning to end, it was also the first track that Bates and Manson recorded for the album. The track talks about drone warfare, corruption in gov’t, and invasion of our privacy through global surveillance. 5/5

4. SAY10– the song’s overall sound is very reminiscent of the sound found on Mechanical Animals in what I also think is the modern day retelling of the Cain and Abel story. I love that he named Say10 instead of Satan, a very cool play on the word. 5/5

5. KILL4ME-One of my favorite tracks on the album itself that is catchy as hell and if you ask me it’s a song about devotion. It’s Manson telling his lover, how far are you willing to go for me? 5/5

manson cd6. Saturnalia– The album was a tribute to his parents and I truly believe that this one was a tribute that he wrote to his father. It gets as personal as he wants to, but there are some touching moments in the track. 5/5

7. JE$U$ CRI$I$– I feel like this is a track that Manson wrote about the record industry and how it’s a dog eat dog world so you better be ready to fend off vipers and cocaine.  4/5

8. Blood Honey– is a slower track in tempo, but it speaks volumes if you ask me. Manson is basically saying that he sleeps with tons of girls even though he knows there only in it for the money. 4.5/5

9. Heaven Upside Down– an upbeat tempo drives this rock track that looks like it’s talking about someone in the middle of an apocalypse or it could be about someone suffering from a mental illness. I was having a hard time with this track. 4/5

10. Threats Of Romance– While the lyrics are not the same as The Beautiful People, it has that kind of vibe. I say that in the way that he talks about his taste in women. He knows he can have the hottest girl, but he wants the damaged ones because their better and the pretty ones belong behind glass. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I love everything Marilyn has done, but sometimes his songwriting can get a little lazy. He writes some brilliant stuff on this album, but some tracks he get lazy and just repeat verses over and over again like my least favorite track Heaven Upside Down or JE$U$ CRI$I$. My favorite tracks on the album are KILL4ME and Saturnalia which are just highlights. I am going to give the album a 4.6 out of five for a final grade.

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46A2A95400000578-0-image-a-61_1511523716468Marilyn Manson is a polarizing figure that has on the news off and on since the day he was brought into the mainstream light in the mid-nineties. Marilyn was in the news a couple of months ago for a couple of things like when a stage prop fell on to him causing him to break his leg or having to fire longtime bassist/guitarist Twiggy Ramirez who was accused of rape by Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams. The year has been pretty big for Marilyn as he released Heaven Upside Down which is the follow up to his 2015 smash record The Pale Emperor. He is definitely one of my all time favorite singers in the rock world and I wanted to choose a Manson cover because he does covers right (most of the time). Back in 2012, Marilyn released his eight studio album in Born Villain which was a return to form for the band. The album contained a cover of Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain and what made the cover special is that it featured Johnny Depp playing guitar on the track. The track is bass driven of course, but it’s got a great beat and pace to it. The track also features Smash Mouth drummer Jason Sutter and Manson does an amazing job making the track his own. Check it out below:

monster entertainment awards 5Ever since the start of the Monster Entertainment Awards, I have always loved leaving the votes up to the people because you end up getting surprised at some of the winners. Obviously, there are those films or albums that you expect to win and they end up winning, but that is expected (also applies to the music side). One of the biggest surprises in my opinion came in the album of the year category, Rock album of the year, and remake of the year to name a few. I really expected Star Wars: The Force Awakens to take movie of the year, but again you always get surprised when the people vote. I want to send a shout out to all the fans of rock band Bobaflex for banding together and getting Anything That Moves as the Rock Album Of The Year because that is what it’s all about when we say fan participation. I also want to send a shout out to anyone that took the time to visit the blog and vote as well. As usual, I am going to review all of the winners on the music side for the album of the week category, but there will only be two (we have already reviewed two of the winners). So, without further ado, here are all the winners:

It’s still nice to know that there are artists out there who take the time to create music videos that capture the essence of their song or they are creating works of art to coincide with their song. It’s nice to know that because obviously the MTV days are over and some could say why bother do it at all, but not Marilyn Manson. The modern king of Shock Rock continues to defy the odds as he creates his modern piece of art in the form of the brand new music video for the track Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge which is often credited as the stand out track from The Pale Emperor, the latest effort from Manson. The new wave/blues mix is definitely a track that has caught the attention of many in the music world as it proves that Manson is still prevalent when others were counting him out of the rock scene. Many can listen to the track and imagine what visuals Manson could provide for the song, but in this video it’s a dirty Manson who sort of resembles an actual drug than a person metaphorically speaking. Is he the meth pipe? We could say yes due to the lights and smoke and the ash that covers his face, but one thing is for sure and that the song and video rock. Check it out below and be sure to check out Manson on his co-headlining show with The Smashing Pumpkins. Check out the tour dates below:

Tour Dates with The Smashing Pumpkins

7/10 — Las Vegas, Nev. — The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/11 — Phoenix, Ariz. — Comerica Theatre
7/13 — Morrison, Colo. — Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/15 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/16 — Houston, Texas — NRG Arena
7/18 — San Antonio, Texas — Freeman Coliseum
7/19 — Austin, Texas — Austin City Limits Live
7/20 — New Orleans, La. — Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
7/22 — Miami, Fla. — Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
7/24 — Tampa, Fla. — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/25 — Atlanta, Ga. — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/26 — Raleigh, N.C. — Red Hat Amphitheater
7/28 — Boston, Mass. — Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/29 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center
7/31 — Wantagh, N.Y. — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/1 — Mashantucket, Ct. — Foxwoods Resort Casino
8/2 — Camden, N.J. — Susquehanna Bank Center
8/4 — Toronto, Ontario — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/5 — Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/7 — Chicago, Ill. — FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/8 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center

marilynI am super excited to have a brand new music video from the shock rock dark prince himself Marilyn Manson. Marilyn has unleashed a brand new music video for the track The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles from his amazing record The Pale Emperor. One of the elements of the brand new music video that has me excited is the fact that Michael K. Williams, who starred in Boardwalk Empire, The Gambler, 12 Years A Slave stars in this music video as well. Marilyn’s music videos have become mini movies of sorts as he has taken artistic liberties when deciding what the videos will be like and I don’t blame him. Marilyn plays a preacher of sorts in the video as he tries to heal the wicked and lost souls of Los Angeles. The video of course features some women that get rescued by the shock rocker later in the video and it just wouldn’t be complete without them. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album that is often being compared to Mechanical Animals as far as brilliance is concerned. Check out the video below:

To honor the fact that Marilyn Manson has allowed the world to hear his brand new album The Pale Emperor, I have decided to give you guys a rare acoustic track from the Antichrist Superstar. If I was to choose what my favorite Marilyn Manson record would be, Mechanical Animals ranks up pretty high on the list, if not number one. Every song on the record is brilliant whether it be the music or the actual lyrics that are thought provoking. The Last Day On Earth is one of my favorite tracks on the record so when I saw on Youtube that there was an acoustic version I had to check it out for myself. I truly believe the fact that the song is all acoustic and live makes the song even better than the electric version which is something very rare, but I truly believe that. The song is a lot darker and a little more eerie than the original version. It’s awesome and it ensures you the level of talent a band has when they can take a song recorded plugged in and they can unplugged the chords successfully. This is definitely one of my favorite acoustic tracks, so check it out below and pick up The Pale Emperor on January 16TH.

pale emperorThe album of the week is coming to you guys a little early this week since our featured artist made his new album available to listen to. What comes to mind when you think of Marilyn Manson? Some may say that he is past his prime or what a freak Manson is, but I say that Manson is one of the last real living rock stars. In a time when people were shying away from the rock star persona, Marilyn Manson embraced it and he ran with it because the scene at the time was kind of a drag. Fast forward to 2015, the man is still around and he is gearing up to release his ninth studio album The Pale Emperor on January 16TH.  Manson described the name of the album with Full Metal Jackie saying, “The Pale Emperor’ came from a book that I was given in 2000 by Johnny Depp. We have each other’s back as in we have the same tattoo on our back. It covers our entire back. It was about Heliogabalus which may be a little esoteric for our listeners. He was the emperor of Rome before Caligula. He was the first one to deny God and that’s a big deal.” The band features Twiggy Ramirez plays Bass, Gil Sharone of Stolen Babies fame plays drums, and Tyler Bates who has produced scores for Rob Zombie’s Halloween films plays guitar and he is a co-producer on the record.

marilyn manson1. Killing Strangers– The song starts off with a sexy bass line that is very bluesy in nature along with the guitars as well. I absolutely love this track and I love the direction he is heading in. 5/5

2. Deep Six–  I am obsessed with this one because I love the direction Manson is heading in with his music. The track itself, it’s dark and brooding during the verses and then it’s super charged new wave rock influence during the choruses which are complete with lyrics you’ll sing along to. 5/5

3. Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge– The song further showcases Marilyn and his band progressing more towards a signature sound that features an amazing bass line and some amazing eerie vocals from the shock master himself. The song is just infectious and one that I can’t stop listening to because of it’s simplicity and that is what I love about it. 5/5

4. The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles– An interesting title for a very dark, but artsy track with the amazing bass line and punk rock feel as Manson describes the Devil of LA (Mephistopheles). The guitar riff int he beginning and throughout is what I truly love about this track. 4/5

5. Warship My Wreck– Manson is correct in some of his statements when he says that the album is very cinematic because the beginning of this track feels like a score with Manson singing over it. Don’t worry the track gets heavy at times. 4/5

Marilyn-Manson6. Slave Only Dreams to be King– The track features a sample in the beginning of a speech by James Allen. The track has a sludge feel almost like a machine to it while having a very upbeat rhythm section and a cool guitar section halfway through. 4.5/5

7. The Devil Beneath My Feet– This has a very punk rock/Joan Jett feel to it with the cool bass line. This song could be a party jam and basically a good rock song. 4/5

8. Birds of Hell Awaiting– This track is another one that has a very cinematic feel combined with that blues bass heavy sound that Manson has opted to lately and it makes for a cool bluesy sound that works. 4/5

9. Cupid Carries a Gun– He debuted this track in early 2014 when it was used for the season premiere of the TV show Salem and it has that TV theme song feel to it with the clean redneck guitars. It kind of has A Nightmare Before Christmas feel if I was to describe it. 3.5/5

10- Odds of Even– This is the last track on the record and this track is very dark and eerie, but it’s awesome with it’s vaudevillian sound. I really like it because it kind of shows his range in what he likes. 4/5

Marilyn-Manson-Deep-Six-608x427My Final Thoughts– If you are looking to see where Manson has been going with his career, it’s been a natural evolution from The High End Of Low all the way up to this point. I think having Tyler Bates on the record was a definite heavy influence on the direction of the record just because of the cinematic/score like feel that he provides to the album. I think this is a very good album and it’s a step forward from Born Villain which I also liked. I am going to give this album four stars out of five for a final grade.