Feature: Artists Talk Marilyn Manson
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:02:53
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Marilyn Manson always leaves an impression. He's left an indelible mark—or scar—on both rock 'n' roll and pop culture. It's almost hard to imagine a world without him. Who can forget all the craziness in the nineties and the fervor and fear directed at him during the Portrait of an American Family, Smells Like Children, and the deadly divine Antichrist Superstar eras? Then, he went and totally flipped the script on the classic Mechanical Animals before releasing the bruising ballsy masterpiece that is Holy Wood. His latest offering The Pale Emperor represents yet another new phase. His teeth are sharpened, and he's going to leave more than a few marks...
What the album dropping January 20, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to everybody from The Pretty Reckless and Slayer to Five Finger Death Punch and Korn about Marilyn Manson…
What was your introduction to Marilyn Manson? What can you share about his music?
Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless
Taylor Momsen: To be honest, I don't remember the first time I heard Marilyn Manson. I just remember always being a fan. Our producer Kato Khandwala is a really big Manson fan. I was one as well. I love the record The Golden Age of Grotesque. It's a go-to photo shoot record. It's got a lot of energy. I do love his records. He's really expressive. He's the real fucking deal—no doubt. It's awesome I got to play with him. Put it this way, when he asked me if I wanted to sing "The Dope Show" with him at the Golden Gods, I didn't have to go and learn the song. I already knew it.
Kerry King of Slayer
Kerry King: After hanging out with Marilyn Manson, I always end up listening to him. There's something about that guy [Laughs]. I see him, and then I start listening to his shit. It's Antichrist Superstar. We've done some great tours together, and I enjoyed playing with him. He's good dude.
Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody: I got into him early. I loved Portrait of an American Family, but Antichrist Superstar—are you fucking kidding me? It's a perfect album. It's grimy. It's fucking dark and evil. It's just awesome. Live, he's insane. I'm a big Manson fan for sure.
Jonathan Davis of Korn, J Devil, & Killbot
Jonathan Davis: I've always loved Marilyn Manson ever since Portrait of an American Family. To this day, the tour we did with Manson and Danzig is the most fucked-up, debaucherous, and amazing road experience I've ever had. It was sick. It broke my touring cherry for sure [Laughs]. You just had to be there. Nothing will ever fucking compare. I remember first hearing Antichrist Superstar and just thinking it was the shit. He's fucking great.
Joey Jordison of Scar the Martyr
Joey Jordison: Manson's great! I've been a fan forever. I remember hearing Portrait of an American Family and being really impressed by how raw it is. Then, Antichrist Superstar just fucking changed everything. Slipknot got to share the stage with him a lot. I've got many good memories from OZZfest 2001 though and all the other times I've played with him.
Rob Zombie: Well, Marilyn Manson opened for White Zombie early on. They were just a small club band that I don't think anybody had heard of yet. I certainly hadn't. I first met Manson and Twiggy when they were opening for Danzig at The Universal Amphitheatre. It was a long time ago. Korn was on the tour too. That was our first meeting.
Kid Cudi: Marilyn Manson is dope, man! Definitely a real artist, for sure…he's got his own vision.
What's your favorite Marilyn Manson song?
Listen to The Pale Emperor here! Pre-order the album on iTunes!