Marilyn Manson | Rise of the Pale Emperor

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Controversial shock rocker Marilyn Manson is set to ring in the New Year with a new album and tour. The Pale Emperor will rise online and in stores on January 20, courtesy of Manson’s own label, Hell, etc. Produced by Tyler Bates and Manson himself, this is a definite departure for the singer. Having recently discovered the blues, the artist here is much more organic in nature and in delivery. Musically, he is in a place he has never visited before, and, quite frankly, it becomes him. Stylistically, one can hear echoes of Mick Jagger and even a taste of Johnny Rotten in his vocals. In a recent interview with Kerrang! magazine, Manson stated, “[The] redneck in me comes out in my voice.”

From the sound of the two singles already released, “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” and “Deep Six,” this is a very new side of Manson. With much more musical freedom now that he is on his own label, no longer can producers and the like pigeonhole the artist into one definitive sound. He is free to grow, and it seems he has. One can go back to Eat Me, Drink Me to get a small feel of this LP: Reverend lets himself go, and “lets melody lead the album.”

The Pale Emperor will be available in standard, deluxe, and limited editions, on CD as well as a double-record vinyl set. As a special release, Best Buy has the exclusive double A-sided CD single, “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” and “Deep Six.” Set to follow is the highly anticipated “Hell or Hallelujah Tour,” which commences on January 21 and stops in St. Louis February 9. It will be exciting to see what Manson will bring to the stage…and how well he can pull off this new style in a live setting. If one looks back at his first real attempt at a new vocal style, on the aforementioned Eat Me, Drink Me, it did not go so well. Tim Skold, the creative juice behind the album, departed mid-tour, leaving the band to rely on older material, which necessitated cutting most of the new album from the set list.

The material here is fantastic. More instrument-based as opposed to weird synths and vocal effects, it is of the best Manson has produced in recent years. Don’t get me wrong: This is still Marilyn Manson we are talking about; still present are the angst and emotion. It seems, however, he no longer plays a character, instead delivering music that is more honest and real. | Marc Farr


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