Posts Tagged ‘Trent Reznor’

810j2mCjpZL._SS500_Marilyn Manson has had one heck of a career in my opinion and one that has seen it’s fair shares of ups and downs. He rose to the very top for a long time only to drop off a little bit before reclaiming his place in the world. The album that truly catapulted him into the spotlight was none other than his second studio album Antichrist Superstar which came out on October 8, 1996 via Nothing/Interscope and was produced by Manson, Trent Reznor, Sean Beavan, and Dave Olgilvie. The lineup credited with working on the album are Manson (Lead Vocals, Guitars), Daisy Berkowitz (Guitars), Twiggy Ramirez (Bass/Guitars), Madonna Wayne Gacy (Keys/Loops), Ginger Fish (Drums), and Zim Zum who does live guitar on Dead To The World. While the album was extremely controversial in it’s day, it was also hugely successful as well. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts in the US while peaking at number two in Canada, and number five in New Zealand while the album was certified platinum in the US (almost hitting double status). It also received a crap ton of accolades since it’s release with too many to list, but Rock Sound in France ranked it 11TH on their 150 greatest albums of our lifetime list.

111358511_802156461. Irresponsible Hate Anthem– The first track of the album, cycle I: The Heirophant, and the first track to kick off this rock opera concept album.I believe the track was recorded live as well. It’s in your face with a punk flare to it and features some awesome bass playing from Twiggy. It’s a track lashing back at the identity of America and the idea that we are free. 5/5

2. The Beautiful People– The lead single off the album is this drop d tuned power chord heavy track that kicks ass. On wikipedia, they describe the song’s meaning saying, “Lyrically, it is entwined with the Antichrist Superstar album’s overarching theme, a semi-narrative examination of the Nietzschean Übermensch. Within this context, “The Beautiful People” deals explicitly with the destructive manifestation of the Will to Power (“There’s no time to discriminate / hate every motherfucker that’s in your way”), while also exploring Nietzsche’s view of master-slave morality (“It’s not your fault that you’re always wrong / The weak ones are there to justify the strong”), particularly the concept’s connection with Social Darwinism and its relation to various political and economic systems such as capitalism and fascism (“Capitalism has made it this way/Old-fashioned fascism will take it away.” 5/5

3. Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World– I love this song and always thought it was underrated in this track that is all about the worm’s experiences in the world living among the “Beautriful People” of the world and all of the lies he experiences. The last minute of the track is one of my favorite segments on the whole album. 5/5

4. Tourniquet-The second single off of the album and probably one of the best Marilyn Manson songs ever written. The heavy Alice Cooper influenced track is said to be influenced by dreams that Manson had. He described them saying, “I’ve always had these dreams about making a girl out of all these pieces of prosthetic limbs, and then taking my own hair and teeth that I saved from when I was a kid and very ritualistically creating this companion.” It’s the last step before he becomes the little Horn. 5/5

71QHsV5cIQL._SL1275_5. Little Horn– The first track in Cycle II: Inauguration of the Worm and the in your face death rock track actually has a biblical reference to it. The Little Horn is the last beast of the four beasts that David dreams about that is ruled by 10 kings, but that Little Horn is the scariest one and that is the Antichrist Superstar in our story. 5/5

6. Cryptorchid-a techno like beginning with some bass playing and is the shortest track on the album (and his discography as well).  The song overall is about how society likes to beat down their views into children’s heads before they can form their own opinions. 5/5

7. Deformography-a heavily keys/samples/loops driven track that is all about the worm wishing to get back at the “Beautiful People” of the world. 5/5

8. Wormboy– a crazy sounding track from Manson that mixes the guitars with the programming to give it a unique sound. I believe the song is about the worm being tempted by a being calling himself the Antichrist. He realizes that everything they said about sinning is true and he’s excited because he wants to live the sinful life but he’s not sure either. 5/5

9. Mister Superstar-A great rock track written by Twiggy that sees the worm as a rockstar now as he has evolved. I also think it’s a reflection of fame where no one knows you and wants to be around you until you become this big star. 5/5

10. Angel with the Scabbed Wings– a great track that sees the worm finally evolve into the the angel with the scabbed wings where he has people that worship and people that fear him. Definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album. 5/5

11. Kinderfeld– I have always loved the beginning and overall sound of this track which always sounded like a laser going off along with that ominous bass riff. I think the track is about the worm asking the Distengrator what it’s like to be that figure. 5/5

imgbin-compact-disc-antichrist-superstar-marilyn-manson-album-smells-like-children-marilyn-manson-TKt7DmzkNNK9w0CH3zCRW0ggU12. Antichrist Superstar– The first track of Cycle III: Disintegrator Rising and Manson says the song is about “I’m satirising the fascism of politics, of religion, and most importantly the fascism of rock’n’roll. Whether people are realising that, or simply buzzing off the spectacle, isn’t my concern. I’m thoroughly entertained by it as a massive piece of performance art because it has so many dimensions, because we’re the polar opposite of Nazism, would be the first to be destroyed by it, and we’re using that imagery against itself … Words and symbolism are only as powerful as you make them. Just looking at fascist imagery doesn’t make it hateful … All there is, is making people think for themselves. That’s it. No answers. You make your choice. Fascism is precisely what I’m out to destroy but if people see our show and see fascism, it’s in them already. It’s a self discovery and that’s what we’re here for, to make people think, enable self-discovery. I ain’t here to condemn or condone. I’m here to go against the grain. I’ve transformed my world so that I am my own work of fiction, with no boundaries to what I can do, no limits. I’m saying anyone can do that. Anyone.” 5/5

13. 1996– a industrial punk like pace on this song that is about being anti everything even anti you, etc. 5/5

14. Minute of Decay– a bass driven track that features some interesting sounds that the band created for the track. It almost seems like the track is sort of an off day for our main character who seems to be depressed about his new role. 5/5

15. The Reflecting God– This is an incredible song to hear live with it’s amazing chorus, but it’s another bass driven track that features some acoustic guitars in it by Danny Lohner as well as a wall of noise. It’s all about making up your own mind about life. 5/5

16. Man That You Fear– One of the eeriest songs ever written by Manson and the last track on the album. Things are different for the worm as he has become the man that everyone fears and there is no much he can do. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was one of the best albums that Manson ever wrote besides Mechanical Animals and one of the best alternative albums of the 90’s. The album was a perfect storm for him as it rose him to ranks that life was imitating art in a way as people feared him more. I gave the album five stars out of five for a final grade.

downloadThis past week, we found out some unfortunate news as former Marilyn Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz (real name: Scott Putesky) passed away at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer. Putesky was a member of the band right up until Antichrist Superstar (which he composed music on) as he left to start other projects. There is no band spookier than Marilyn Manson back in the 1990’s and this is October so I figured I would pay tribute to him by covering one of the albums that he performed on. The album we chose for this week is the band’s debut album Portrait Of An American Family which was released on July 19, 1994. Besides Daisy and Marilyn Manson (Vocals), the band was comprised of left overs from the Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids band that included Sara Lee Lucas (Drums), Gidget Gein (Bass), Madonna Wayne Gacy (Samples, Keys), and the band is joined by Twiggy Ramirez (Bass) who was just recently ousted out of the band over alleged rape charges. The album did pretty well as it peaked at number 35 on The US Heatseekers Charts and was certified Gold selling over 600,000 copies as it was produced by Trent Reznor.

american family1. Prelude (The Family Trip)– This is an intro track that features a sample from Cahrlie and The Chocolate Factory which he was obsessed with at the time. 4/5

2. Cake & Sodomy– a sample of Mink Stole saying “White Trash” opens up the track is an interesting track that was written by Manson after a trip to New York where he discovered Pat Robertson on access channel preaching about God and your credit card while a man was masturbating on another asking for your credit card as well. 5/5

3. Lunchbox- This is one of my favorite tracks on the record that has a six year kid open up the track while a sample of Arthur Brown saying, “I bring you fire” plays as well.  The track is about a kid who uses his metal lunchbox as a weapon to get revenge on the kids who bully him. In 1972, the US banned metal lunchbox’s from being brought to school. 5/5

4. Organ Grinder– The next track on the record which would be later remixed is a spooky track that features a sample of the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang saying, “Lollipops for the kiddie winkies.” 4.5/5

5. Cyclops– The preacher from Poltergeist II: The Other Side opens up the aggressive rock track as the group slowed it down as he says, “God is in His holy temple.” 4/5

6. Dope Hat– A great track from the album that features samples of Charles Nelson Reilly and some lines from his time on the TV show Lidsville. One of the things I love about the song is the creepy organ track playing on the song. The track is about how drugs can be an never ending circle sometimes. 5/5

Portrait-Of-An-American-Family-2-picture7. Get Your Gunn– A track that was inspired by abortion provider David Gunn who was murdered by a pro-life activist. Manson talked about it saying, “the ultimate hypocrisy I witnessed growing up: that these people killed someone in the name of being ‘pro-life.” The track even features a sample of audio from a press conference in which Pennsylvania representive Budd Dwyer committed suicide in front of a live audience. 5/5

8. Wrapped In Plastic– This is a track that was inspired by the first episode of Twin Peaks which shows Laura Palmer wrapped in plastic. It features a cool bass groove throughout the track that drives the song. 4/5

9. Dogma– a track that Manson fires back at all the conservative religious groups who were on a constant witch hunt against him. The track features another sample of Mink Stole, but this time from the John Water’s film Pink Flamingos. 4/5

10. Sweet Tooth– This is the only track on the album that Gidget Gein wrote guitar and bass parts for and it’s personally a fav of mine. It opens with a cool drum beat from Lucas before Gacy and Gein come in on the track before the rest of the band eventually joins in. I think the track is about violence during sex or at least that is what I got out of it. 5/5

11. Snake Eyes & Sissies– The track opens up with a quote from the Night Stalker serial killer Richard Ramirez. It’s a cool track that is kind of punkish in a way while mixing some Deep Purple like organs in it. 4/5

12. My Monkey– The track opens up with audio samples from Charles Manson with noises from a child’s toy in the background. Then some ska like music starts to play while six year old Robert Pierce sings on it with Manson. 4.5/5

13. Misery Machine– This track features references to some writings of Aleister Crowley while it contains samples once again from Mink Stole during the hidden track. The track also contains samples from The Playmates. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a great album from the band where you can see the foundation from what they would evolve to starts. Gidget Gein would leave the band, but he passed away in 2008. Sara Lee Lucas would also leave the band making way for long time member Ginger Fish before the recording of Smells Like Children. Check out the record for yourself, I am going to give it 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

john-carpenter-halloween-making-ofWe have an interesting War Of The Covers for all of you this week considering we are 13 days in October as we get ready for the best holiday of the year in Halloween. Today, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross made a splash today on Friday The 13TH when they decided to release their cover of the John Carpenter classic theme song Halloween Theme. So, I figured we would have a contest to see who covered John Carpenter’s classic theme better. One of the contenders that we for you has been working with Marilyn Manson as of late and has done work with Rob Zombie. In 2009, Rob once again chose Tyler Bates to record a version of the theme for their 2009 film Rob Zombie’s Halloween II. In the other corner as previous stated, we have the master of industrial teaming up with long time collaborator Atticus Ross as they record a creepier version of the classic theme song for all to hear. Now as always, it is completely up to you the fans to decide who did the better job with the theme and who made it their own. You have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide and just a reminder about the last one. Zakk Sabbath edged out Faith No More’s version of War Pigs. As always have fun and let the best theme win.

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nincoverEvery week, I get into certain moods when it comes to music where I consistently listen to the same bands until I change it up a week later. That was definitely the case this week as for some reason I was in the mood to listen to some Nine Inch Nails. So for this week’s album of the week, I chose the album Pretty Hate Machine. The album was released on October 20, 1989 and it was the debut album from the band that at the time featured Trent Reznor (vocals, arranger, programming, production, engineering), Chris Vrenna (programming, digital editing), and Richard Patrick (Guitar). The album was very successfu for the band as it peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Top 200 charts (it spent 115 weeks on the charts) and it went 3X platinum. According to one report, it was the first independent record to achieve platinum status ever. A lot of it sounds immature to me now. At first it totally sucked. I became completely withdrawn. I couldn’t function in society very well. And the LP became a product of that. It’s quite small scale, introverted, claustrophobic – that’s the feel I went for.” That is what Trent said in 1991 when he reflected on the album.

nineinchnails-prettyhatemachine(3)1. Head Like A Hole– A track that starts off sounding like your prototypical industrial song before it kicks in to a perfect marriage of drum machine beats and angst. This was the second single off the album and one of the more popular tunes. 5/5

2. Terrible Lie– One of my favorite tracks off the record that sounds a machine press with synths and cool electronic beats in a track about a man who is losing his faith in God due to his universe crumbling. 5/5

3. Down In It– A cool industrial dance track that reminds me a little of Ministry with the sound in a track that could be about Bipolar disorder. 5/5

4. Sanctified– that industrial beat with a cool ass bass line that always catches my attention in a track about a woman who has complete control over him. 5/5

5. Something I Can Never Have– a brilliantly eerie track with that ominous piano playing with the machine like drum beat in a track that talks about unreciprocated love. 5/5

722466. Kinda I Want To– The track has such an 80’s dance beat to it in a track that is about a man struggling with a tabooish (devilish) temptation. 4/5

7. Sin– a very industrialized Depeche Mode like track that talks about sexual temptations once again. 4/5

8. That’s What I Get– Another synth heavy track with effects in a track about being heartbroken. 4/5

9. The Only Time– a bass driven track with the synth beats in a track about the infatuation with a new girl. 4/5

10. Ringfinger– This track contains samples of Prince’s Alphabet St and Jane’s Addiction’s Had A Dad in it and its lyrics deal with not being able to please your loved one. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I have to be honest and say that I am a huge fan of the first half of the album over the second half as you can see from my grades. Nevertheless, I still think this is one of my top three Nine Inch Nails records of all time. He literally opened the doors to industrial in mainstream America with this record. There are so many classic tracks on this album that it’s very hard to dismiss it’s importance. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

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Prong is one of the most influential metal bands on the scene as the likes of Jonathan Davis (Korn), Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), and Ryan Clark (Demon Hunter) have all claimed that the band has influenced their music in some way shape or form. They’ve toured with the likes of Pantera, Sepultura, Life Of Agony, and so many more during their career. That is why I find it interesting when a band like theirs gets ready to release an all covers album and I say that because you get to find out what kind of music inspired them. The album Songs From The Black Hole features the band covering the likes of Sisters Of Mercy, Butthole Surfers, Discharge, Black Flag, Neil Young, and today’s cover of the week courtesy of Bad Brains in the track Banned In DC. The track features all the fury that the original had, but with a more updated sound and amazing playing by Tommy Victor and company as they go punk on this record. It’s a good starting point for everyone to discover new music courtesy of Prong. Check out the track below and look for the album to drop March 31ST via eOne Music.

For this week’s Soundtrack Saturday song, we are going to the David Lynch film Lost Highway, the psychological thriller that starred Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, and Robert Loggia. The song we are pulling from that soundtrack is a favorite of mine, but not of Trent Reznor’s in It did after all sit on the CanThe Perfect Drug. Trent explains in an interview with BBC Radio 1 Rock Show that, “the only thing I think I really don’t like that much is The Perfect Drug song. It was one of those things where you have a week to do a track for a movie, the mindset that you kind of adapt in that situation, or I did, was ‘let’s go in and experiment and see what happens, and it’s not, y’know, whatever comes out of it, it’s not the end of the world’. And I think what came out of it, married with a bloated, over-budget video, feels like … the least thing that I would play to somebody if they said play me, y’know, the top hundred songs you’ve written, that probably wouldn’t be in the top hundred. I’m not cringing about it, but it’s not my favorite piece.” He may not have liked the song, but it was a track that I and many other Nine Inch Nails truly enjoyed with it’s high in your face tempo matched with dance club fueled beats. It did after all sit on the Canadian charts for 208 weeks in a row which has to mean something. Check out the track below:

File:Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water.jpgI had put off reviewing this album for a while because I was too caught up in what was being released. I never forget the day this album came out, I was in college (The first time around) and I left my class to go to the record store just to buy this the day it came out. Limp Bizkit was one of the biggest bands at the time of the release and little did we know what chain of events would happen next. Limp Bizkit was riding high on the success of their second album The Significant Other with it smash hits Nookie and N 2gether Now with Method Man. So, the question at the time was how was Fred Durst, Wes Borland, John Otto, and Sam Rivers going to be to the table this time around? There are a lot of theories as to what Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water means. The best explanation that I have seen is that Chocolate Starfish is a scatological reference to the appearance of a human anus. Hot Dog Flavored Water is an inside joke that Wes Borland had come up with after they had stopped at a truck stop. According to Wes, Fred Durst would call himself the chocolate starfish because people thought of him as an asshole.

File:LBMyGeneration.jpgThe album’s intro is very much like the intro they had on the last album where the robot claims that it’s not a test and Limp Bizkit is in the house. The next track on the record Hot Dog  is one of the most infamous tracks because he says the F word 48 times and for the fact that Fred mocks the songs Perfect Drug, Closer, and Burn by The Nine Inch Nails. Apparently, Trent had said something negative about Fred and so Fred retaliated. My Generation is the next track on the record that musically it seems that Wes and Otto were playing off of each other where it seems the music is intertwined much like the band Primus. I used to think this song was my generations battlecry because since we had started elementary, we never had any respect from any authority figures. Full Nelson is up next and it explodes right onto your speakers as Fred preached throughout the whole song how he never gets any respect from anyone, but if your face to face with him you better be to rumble. My Way was always one of my all time favorite tracks from this album because it has a certain swagger about it. Fred decides to sing more on the track instead of rapping and wes’s playing is a little different than usual. Instead of the straight up Power chords that were used to getting in metal, he was playing more complex melodic chords.

File:Rollin.jpgRollin (Air Raid Vehicle) is technically the second single off the record, but it was one of the hottest jams that year and do not try to deny that every time you hear this song you move your arms side to side liking your driving.  Livin It Up features the band sampling The Eagles Life in The Fast Line. The One is the next track and it’s all about Fred and his never ending quest for love. Getcha Groove On is the hip hop track where Fred and Xhibit trade rhymes. It’s N 2gether Now, but it was cool to hear. Take A Look Around is the amazing track where Wes Borland takes The Mission Impossible theme and he brings it to another level. It may be the best song these guys ever recorded. It’ll be Ok is a little bit on the darker side of the plane which means it’s another song about love being disappointing. Boiler is another dark track which explores the same themes as the last song. This song has a really great riff to it where it’s heavy at the beginning, soft and clean during the verse before it explodes again into the chorus. It was also the last music video to feature Wes in it before he had quit the band. Hold On is a pretty cool song that featured Scott Weiland of STP singing alongside Fred Durst in a really primitive type acoustic song. Rollin (Urban Assault Vehicle) is just a remix that features DMX, Method Man, Redman, etc.  It’s definitely one of my favorite albums that Limp Bizkit has ever released. That is why I am giving it 4 stars out of five.

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