Scheduled to be released on January 20, 2015 in the US, but already leaked out to the internet, the much anticipated, ninth in line, studio album by one of the most feared, targeted and blamed artists, Marilyn Manson it’s here. Are you ready to meet your maker?
Age 45, born Brian Hugh Warner, but better known as Marilyn Manson are manage to reinvent himself and his music each and every time. “The Pale Emperor” pick up where “Born Villain” left off in 2012, and The Pale Emperor is a much calmer, grown up and cynical character then the outrageous and furious Anti-Christ Superstar was back in 1996. Probably some of you guys will miss those massive, bone-cutting riffs and unstoppable industrial metal hurricanes like “The Beautiful People” or “Irresponsible Hate Anthem”, but this post-rock/post-metal melange of bitterness and muted revolt reflects who is Marilyn Manson now. Looking back won’t bring back that energy and feeling or his former band mates.
The current line up it’s made of old and constant brother in arms bassist Twiggy Ramirez, music producer, film music composer and guitarist Tyler Bates and drummer Gil Sharone of Stolen Babies.
And “The Pale Emperor” it’s quite film-like, don’t judge the (ob)scenes – tracks – separately, but think about the bigger picture, the whole album instead.
But there are a few really good guitar riffs, there are several memorable and singable choruses, and there are enough Magick and gloom left for this new Marilyn Manson album to satisfy most of his (true) fans.
I heard for the very first time “Cupid Carries a Gun” on the opening theme of the television series Salem. I instantly recognized that it’s a new Marilyn Manson song and I started digging.
The song was composed and produced alongside Tyler Bates, who was also confirmed to act as co-producer for the upcoming album. A large portion of album track “Killing Strangers” would later be featured in the Keanu Reeves film John Wick, which was released in cinemas on October 24. On October 26, “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” was premiered on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show by Daniel P. Carter. Immediately following the broadcast, the song was released for free download on the band’s official website. “Deep Six” will be released officially as a single on December 16, while a double A-sided CD single of “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” and “Deep Six” will be released exclusively at Best Buy on December 23.
“Deep Six” is probably the moist heavy, most intense song of the album while the closing track, “Odds of Even” is a dark, wicked rock balled. In between we’ve got a lot of different post rock aromas, my favorites are “The Devil Beneath My Feet” and the very sticky “Cupid Carries a Gun”. But then again, this is a cake and I love each slice of it as it is.
This is adult rock for an adult audience. Probably will love it even more after a few more listenings.
01. Killing Strangers
02. Deep Six
03. Third Day of a Seven Day Binge
04. The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles
05. Warship My Wreck
06. Slave Only Dreams To Be King
07. The Devil Beneath My Feet
08. Birds of Hell Awaiting
09. Cupid Carries a Gun
10. Odds of Even
11. Day 3 (Bonus Track)
12. Fated, Faithful, Fatal (Bonus Track)
13. Fall of the House of Death (Bonus Track)
THE PALE EMPEROR is available in stores January 20, 2015. Pre-order now at iTunes and get “Deep Six” and “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” instantly.
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