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Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Hell Etc. Records)




Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Hell Etc. Records)
Cd Reviews: January 22, 2015

01/22/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Hell Etc. Records)

Like most people who were adults during the mid-1990s, I was sort of into Marilyn Manson when he first broke big. “Beautiful People” was cool with me, even if the rest of the Antichrist Superstar album wasn’t. I immediately recognized him as a gimmicky Rob Zombie sort who might come up with one decent tune per album. A couple of years went by, and come to find out, his on-stage stilt-walking shtick was stolen from Skinny Puppy, the relatively obscure darkwave band I’ve loved since 1989, and meanwhile the music wasn’t doing much for me. Fast-forwarding to 2015, it’s been 21 years since this Canton, Ohio, goth-Muppet released his first album, and boy, how times have changed. The whole cadaver-as-art movement Manson and Trent and 7even powered is long gone, far out-grossed by medical reality-TV shows and whatnot. And that’d be that, but lately Manson’s used his cred as a fringe heavy-subject-matter player to soundtrack things like Sons of Anarchy, arguably his biggest “get” of the last year or so. It fits: whereas Sons of Anarchy is no Breaking Bad, Manson is no Skinny Puppy. This album, with too much faux-redneck blues-rawk interfering with the goth/industrial/darkwave vibes, is a reinvention, yes, but only in the way that Billy the Kid vs. Dracula introduced a new generation to Bram Stoker. No, I didn’t expect it to be great, not at all, but not this disposable either. C-Eric W. Saeger





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