Feature: Why Marilyn Manson Kicks Ass…
Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:37:07
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Marilyn Manson has never stopped evolving.
That's precisely why he remains one of the most important artists in modern music. Every mutation has yielded not only another classic album but a new villain for pop culture and society to embrace or deplore.
That brings us to his forthcoming 2012 offering, Born Villain. The first taste of the record came on the Shia LaBeouf lensed music video for the album's title track. It's a twisted and tight six-minute-plus NSFW visceral vignette that sees Manson at his most intense.
Naked elderly women a la that bone-chilling scene in The Shining sit in the midst of an Eyes Wide Shut-style congregation before the video shifts to some modern noir girl-on-girl action. Then there are hints of true family darkness…
Nevertheless, the song stands out even in Manson's catalog. The grinding riffs channel industrial grit into an exorcism of infectiously intelligent barbs from Manson. Over a skittering beat, he proclaims, "The rape of Persephone was a marketing scheme" and drops in syncopated lyrical epithets such as "fornever, whatever." Everything breaks in the middle during a searing, silent moment and Manson speaks, "This is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury."
The same "fury" that made Portrait of an American Family and Antichrist Superstar landmark albums remains intact as he screams, "I can never believe." With demented visuals and demonic delivery, Manson sounds gleefully unhinged and ready for the ultimate revolution of his career thus far.
If this is any indication, Born Villain will be just as timeless as Mechanical Animals, marrying a malevolent scope with an incendiary vitriol. It's going to be the perfect follow-up to 2009's The High End of Low where Manson treaded new ground again—who else could pull off the sweetly satanic country of "Four Rusted Horses" other than the Antichrist Superstar himself? The answer is no one.
After doing his first performance in three years at the 2012 The Revolver Golden God Awards Wednesday April 11, Manson is hitting the road. Let’s face it, if you haven’t seen him on stage, you haven’t lived. Shit, he could even go on after Slayer and kickass.
The world needs this Villain now more than ever.
Did you dig "Born Villain"? Will you be seeing Manson on tour?
The video is below, but it's NSFW…