Since forming in the late 1980s, the band has evolved without losing a bit of its welcome freakiness and continues to go for the jugular on new album. Twiggy Ramirez chimes in.
Prior to the release of Marilyn Manson’s 1994 album Portrait of An American Family I had the chance to sit down with Manson, who wasn’t far removed from life as Brian Warner.
He was dark, but thoughtful and direct but quirky.
Marilyn Manson was quite different from what it became; it was a collective nearly 20 years ago. Manson, however, did have the edgy attitude at the start. The songs finally caught up with his sneer when the band released Antichrist Superstar in 1996.
Trent Reznor’s favorite pet realized his dark ambitions with an album full of aggressive, nihilistic industrial metal. “The Beautiful People,” “Irresponsible Hate Anthem” and “Tourniquet” were just a few of the searing songs that connected with a myriad of fans.
Manson went from opening for Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails to star status. The next few albums, 1998’s Mechanical Animals, 1999’s The Last Tour on Earth and 2000’s Holy Wood (In The Shadow of The Valley of Death) are heavy slabs of metallic thunder.
The band, which by 1998 was obviously a vehicle for Manson, enthralled fans with a live show that recalled the spectacle of Alice Cooper with the sonic ferocity of Nine Inch Nails.
Manson clearly had the touch. However, later albums lost that grittiness and nastiness.
It appears, however, that Manson is back to his old menacing self with the release of Born Villain, which dropped Tuesday (May 1).
The album is a throwback to his mid-’90s period. Manson reportedly left the comforts of his Hollywood Hills home and hunkered down in the non-descript apartment where he wrote some of his finest songs of his salad days.
The intensity is there on such visceral tunes as “Hey, Cruel World,” “Pistol Whipped” and “Children of Cain.” Manson reconnected with his roots, which were firmly planted in the music of bands such as Sisters of Mercy, Killing Joke and Bauhaus. Those iconic goth bands have a welcome impact on Manson’s creative process.
It also helps to have Twiggy Ramirez back in the fold. It’s no coincidence that Ramirez, a gifted writer has been part of Manson’s strongest albums.
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