Feature: Marilyn Manson Returns With a Bang and "Binge"
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:39:26
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Few artists grasp the concept of evolution quite as well as Marilyn Manson does. With each transformation, he always impacts pop culture with a bang. Think back to the jump he made from the trippy white trash metal of Portrait of an American Familyto the grandiose theatrical timelessness of Antichrist Superstar. From there, he redefined everybody's perception of him with the brilliant Mechanical Animals, stripping away the Satan and diving headfirst into Hollywood access with a smirk and middle finger raised. Holy Wood remains one of his most potent political and social statements, while The Golden Age of Grotesque served as his sexiest moment by far. You get the picture. However, this time that progression isn't just a bang—it's a binge.
Rather, this is the "Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge", and it's Manson's most poetic, passionate, and powerful moment to date. Why is that? Well, it feels stripped in a way that he's never been. The highpoint of 2009's The High End of Low was the countrified goth howl of "Four Rusted Horses". It was apocalyptic, mournful, but utterly catchy. "Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge" retains that catchiness but with an introspection that's more akin to "Coma White" or "Man That You Fear". A swaggering, booze-drenched guitar twang fuels the song, giving it a bit of a post-punk wallop. However, we're far beyond that though. This is post-everything. That's where Manson shines the most.
He spits in the face of convention and gives rock 'n' roll exactly what it needs an indulgent and infectious anthem. The slamming metallic industrial bombast of Holy Wood and Antichrist Superstar is traded for terse and tough honesty. There's no hipster band this fucking cool or with guts like this. None of them are rockstars the way he is.
Whenever this album drops, it's going to scorch and sear the way his best work does. The world better be smarter enough to go on this binge with him. It's a hell of a time.
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