Dear Chester, I only realised a few days ago that it’s nearly been a year …
The world is plagued by a permanence of failing political empires, venomous skepticism slithers through the general public spreading a distrust of information and, manipulation lies around every corner. In 2017, we need Marilyn Manson more than ever.
Owning and maintaining the legacy of the world’s most feared artist isn’t an easily claimed honour. However, in a time where traditionally trusted leaders and news sources are the enemy, the Antichrist Superstar’s no bullshit, all truth attitude is the perfect remedy.
For a legacy artist to thrive in such a fickle musical landscape, succumbing to trends is an often taken route, however, Manson has managed to integrate modernity whilst maintaining his iconic personality.
There’s no way an artist of Manson’s calibre could release an album that relies purely on old tricks and formulas in a time of such societal unrest—the anti-christ superstar has delivered a grimy and industrial veneered album with the intensity of a kick to the head with steel capped stomper boot.
Core thumping basslines and pummeling riffage tailor made to pound the alt-right into an oblivion of ignorance are featured on opening track Revelation #12, a ferocious punk banger that screeches with reckless abandon. Haunting lyrical intricacies of WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE are a tribute to pure 90s angst through an even more cynical 2017 lens—millennial punk may be in, but Manson’s outlook on life is a depleted nuclear source of sheer frustration.
Schizophrenic electronic beats and anxiety inducing noise that culminate into a classic rock inspired power chord sesh celebration of satan and all of his good works SAY10 is proof that Manson is in touch with current musical trends, giving them a unique and deeply artistic twist. The intergalactic synths on the probing Saturnalia are dissonant, driving and cold—a harsh slap into a glum reality despite the otherworldly soundscapes.
Heaven Upside Down is a testament to Manson’s undying and every growing God-tier echelon musicianship and artistry. For a legacy artist to thrive in such a fickle musical landscape, succumbing to trends is an often taken route, however, Manson has managed to integrate modernity whilst maintaining his iconic personality. As long as there’s bull-shit to call out, Marilyn Manson will clap back with a mighty and ever powerful roar.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Saturnalia, Revelation #12, SAY10
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