(PCM) Marilyn Manson has without a doubt created some of his strongest work to date with the upcoming release of his ninth album “The Pale Emperor”. Throughout his extensive career Manson has been able to constantly and flawlessly reinvent himself and his music with each and every album release, all while maintaining a certain level of familiarity that is a central vein that ties his art together. Manson is and will always be Manson, bottom line.
With “The Pale Emperor” we yet again see Manson treading into some experimental territory and the result is some of his most ambitious and brilliant material to surface. Adding into the mix collaborators such as ex-Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Gil Sharone and film score composer Tyler Bates has certainly had its’ influence on the album as well. The chemistry has come together just right and I certainly hope that this album is a strong indicator as to what could possibly be in-store for the future.
There is a level of new found maturity in the songs that make up “The Pale Emperor” and I feel that Manson’s music is continuing to grow in ways that I almost never imagined. Being a long-time fan, I have savored each album throughout Manson’s career and at times feel as if his music is growing up right along with me as I reach certain milestones in my own life, as I am sure that many longtime fans can relate in much the same way.
When albums such as “Anti-Christ Superstar”, “Holy Wood” and “Mechanical Animals” were in heavy rotation in my Walkman I was able to relate to the amount of anger, angst and rebellion that poured out of those albums, just as now I find myself being able to equally relate to the new set of emotions put forth on “The Pale Emperor”.
I thoroughly enjoyed the blues/funk undertones that make up several tracks on the new album and it is something that I don’t think I have ever heard out of Manson in the past. Tracks such as “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles”, “Killing Strangers” and “Odds Of Even” probably showcase this the best, however I also adored the highly emotional “Warship My Wreck” and the haunting “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge”. I even had to note while listening that the album’s second single “Deep Six” is probably the only track that even has a hint of Manson’s previous more industrial sound and I think fans will totally be okay with that, it is a solid track and probably an excellent way to engage fans with the new album.
Manson’s vocals are sounding as strong as ever and I absolutely can’t wait to see how all of this will transfer into the live setting, as Manson is about to embark on the “Hell Not Hallelujah” Tour this week. Stay tuned for our live show coverage coming soon!
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