Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the radio, Marilyn Manson returns in a big bad way with what is expected to be his darkest and heaviest sounding album yet.
The album, Holy Wood, In the Shadow of the Valley of Death, is the final part of Manson’s semi-autobiographical trilogy, which began in 1996 with Antichrist Superstar. The new album debuts just in time for Halloween on October 24th with its own share of magical influences. Manson set up shop in Harry Houdini’s former house in the Hollywood Hills to record the new offering.
For those looking to go deeper into Manson’s gothic world, there will be a companion novel based on the characters and personalities appearing in the album trilogy. He has also written a screenplay based on the novel, but film plans are currently on hold.
Details Lurking Online
The shock rocker is presenting a video taped message about the album on his official Web site, along with a partial 13-song track list. Manson acknowledges the rapid rumor mill over the Web, and instructs fans to use only his Web site for information about the album.
“You can hear it here and see it here first before someone gets it inappropriately and without our permission, and we’d like this to be a place where the true fans can get what their looking for rather than having to find it through unapproved means,” Manson says.
Updates will be posted weekly with possible song samples and artwork displayed from the new album.
Quiet Absence Manson has been missing from the music scene since 1998, a time period in which boy bands, teen pop singers and plenty of “Beautiful People” have taken over the airwaves.
His former antagonist Courtney Love may now be in the clear, having been replaced by these young performers as potential targets for Manson’s invective. Consider what lyrics might accompany these new song titles which include “Disposable Teens,” and “Target Audience.” Not to forget the politicians, there should be plenty to aggravate them with the songs “President Dead” and “Burning Flag.”
Manson has recently been taking a back seat to rap singer Eminem among critics concerned about the impact of offensive lyrics on young ears. Manson is a self-proclaimed ally of the rap singer, calling Eminem, “an exception when it comes to rap, and his new album will play an important role in the fight for free speech.”
“I think he’s not afraid to tell anyone and everyone to ‘[expletive deleted] off,’ and I like and respect him for it,” said Manson on his Web site.
Manson also promises to strike back at critics with this album, he told Rolling Stone magazine, “This is me coming out and swinging. … But I want to do it a beautiful way, so that they could still be humming a tune as they held their mouths on the way to the orthodontist.”