Friday, 24 October 2014

Marilyn Manson "Antichrist Superstar" (1996)


In my youth Manson was a popular and controversial figure who's music I never really gave a go. I'm unsure as to why his genius never appealed to me then, but having recently watched some documentaries about his music I've learned hes a very intelligent and articulate person. Understanding a little more about the person behind the peculiar self imagery has really opened the door for me and i decided to start with the album that transformed him into a sensation. This being the bands second full length rocketed into the charts upon its release and has remained as their best selling album by far.

The album as a whole has is an artistic and creative expression packaged into a metalic, rockable sound layered with an Industrial aesthetic that give this one a unique and instantly identifiable sound. Manson's presences in these songs is poetic, through his somewhat unexceptional voice hes engages my attention with many thought provoking lines delivered with emotion and intent. Manson is almost self prophetic, with many lyrics retaining to being a controversial figure of hate that he became on the albums release. These lyrical statements often reflect whats wrong with societal values and they are delivered with a cunning artistic expression. One of the more comical lines has stuck in my mind "I wasn't born with enough middle fingers", we have all had days like that. Theres a lot to relate to on this record if you have an alternative perspective of humanity and society.

Manson's poetic presence maybe stealing the show but the instrumentals are worthy of merit too, across the record theres a lot of variety in instrumentation and flavor as the songs drift from rock head bangers to moody movers. The instrumentals keep a strong feeling together despite offering some decent variety with electronic leads shifting focus with the crunchy guitar tones. Theres lots of detailed sounds and noises adding depth to all these tracks and the rhythm section is refreshing, offering some more inventive and unexpected patterns utilizing a large pallet of sounds from an industrial themed drum machine. It all comes together so well, this album is devoid of filler with most the tracks bringing memorable beats, riffs, melodies and lyrics. I now see what the fuss is about and I'm excited to listen to more!

Favorite Songs: Torniquiet, Little Horn, Deformography, Angel With The Scabbed Wings, The Reflecting God
Rating: 8/10

9 comments:

  1. I see you have been listeNINg to a lot of industrial music, yet still (am i the only one who noticed this?) your "sort by genre" tab has no "industrial" label.

    And no, theres no intenitional subliNINal messages.
    Subliminal*

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    1. haha! I've been trying to get into the downward spiral, theres something about NIN i can't quite click with, however i like pretty hate machine, i should probably spin that one more :-)

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    2. I have heard that "Hesitation Marks" has taken some influence of "pretty hate machine" and sounds a little more ambienty. I haven't listened to it by myself, but i think you might like it :>

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  2. Hi Xisuma - MagicJade47 here. I used to listen to Manson during high school and even part of college but I stopped after Mechanical Animals (two albums after AC superstar) because my musical tastes changed by that time. But, I remember his albums being dark but beautiful at the same time. His music and lyrics often related to things I was going through. Not everything is happy bunny fun times you know? I listened to his music whenever I wanted someone to understand that. Manson was a personal escape for me.

    And, speaking of documentaries - or related - I did his read his biography "Long Hard Road Out of Hell." I understood where he was coming from more, and I liked the book overall, though, the book was graphic and cringy at times. If you can handle some graphic and cringy content, you could give that book a go.

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    1. If i had time for books id love to! Maybe when the youtube game is over ill have time. I would certainly like too :-)

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  3. Aaaah I forgot. Mechanical Animals came out before Holy Wood (So AC Super Star --> Mechanical Animals -> Holy Wood), it's just heard Holy Wood first before Mechanical Animals. Anyway... Now I have this urge to re-listen to some of this music. In fact, I'm re-listening to Coma Black/Eden Eye off of his Holy Wood album while writing this exact comment. I think of the aforementioned albums, Holy Wood was my favorite, though I liked all three of them.

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    1. Those three albums are a trilogy according to Manson :-)

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  4. Also why is my name all jumbled up like that :| (^^MagicJade^^)

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    1. It looks liek a minecraft UUID lol

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