THE GOLDEN AGE OF GROTESQUE
ALBUM NOTHING, INTERSCOPE, UNIVERSAL
RELEASE: MAY 12, 2003 REVIEW: MAY 16, 2003
have never been a real follower of Marilyn Manson. But when the first
heavy chords of "This Is the New Shit" hits me in the stomach
like a sledgehammer, I kneel like a true believer. Because it’s
the heavy, phat and overwhelming production (by new member, Swede Tim
Skold) that strikes at first glance. This is state of the art destructive
music, set to ruin the sanity and speakers of all listeners. I have not
heard guitars this heavy since "Untouchables" by Korn, and here
the songs are much better.
Actually, these songs - industrial style German cabaret rock anthems -
are better than anything Marilyn Manson himself has put out - ever. Just
listen to "rock your head off"-anthem "Ka-boom Ka-boom",
previous single "Tainted Love" singalong tune "mOBSCENE"
or, my personal favourite "Golden Age of Grotesque". This is
truly the new shit and the only drawbacks are the fact that Mr Manson
still thinks he must complain about everything he doesn’t like.
Why not just kick back and be a great star? I wonder. The songs would
be even better without this much bitching about everything. And the record
would be even better if there weren’t this many songs - 16. At least
a third doesn’t actually make the cut, and wouldn’t even have
been included in the good old days of vinyl.
still - this is the album Manson should have made right after "Mechanical
Animals" instead of the boring "Holy Wood". This is the
album that points to the future for Marilyn Manson. If they get better
than this I will really be scared. Now I’m only a born-again Mansonian
and a little afraid.