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Kerrang! Review Marilyn Manson 'The Pale Emperor'
Posted by Norsefire on Jan 07 2015
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This weeks issue of Kerrang! magazine features their review of Marilyn Manson's upcoming album The Pale Emperor.

Kerrang! say Marilyn Manson is back with one hell of a bang and give The Pale Emperor a rating of KKKK [Excellent], below are some excerpts from the review.

"The Pale Emperor strides off down its own shadowy, strange path, shedding a weight of musical baggage as it goes. Deep Six and The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles do approach the industrial-metal clatter of the past, but this is not an album loaded with floor-fillers like Disposable Teens or mOBSCENE. Even when the band revisit the riff from The Beautiful People on Birds Of Hell Awaiting, it sounds like it's being dragged backwards through a tar pit. Odds Of Even sounds like a tortured bout of 3am introspection, and the slow beat and churning guitars of Cupid Carries A Gun has a dark film score vibe - apt, as it was written with soundtrack composer Tyler Bates. Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge, meanwhile, is a dense slab of swampy blues that owes far more to Australian master of moodiness Nick Cave than Nine Inch Nails.

This is a relatively low-key and minimalist Manson album that trades on bass-heavy grooves and pulsing beats far more than it does explosive bursts of guitar. It's a continuation of the sound they started to explore when original bassist Twiggy Ramirez returned to the fold.

The Pale Emperor doesn't repeat the in-your-face rebellion of Manson 1996. But it does share those old traits of being brave, smart and intriguing. And so, the Marilyn Manson that stands before us in 2015 proves that, of fuck or otherwise, he is still a god."

A small Q&A accompanies the review where Marilyn Manson talks about The Pale Emperor. On the subject of the album title he says "The first emperor who denied the existence of God was 15. He was very much into the theatre of human cruelty - he lived for pushing the levels of sadism and heresy. Sexuality was a big part of his extremely fearless pursuit of chaos. He was referred to as the 'Pale Emperor'."

Read the full review in Kerrang! Magazine Issue 1550 - on sale now.

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