hmv.com presents... Albums Of 2015: #2 Marilyn Manson
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally come out (we’re looking at you Adele…). We continue today with Marilyn Manson, he's some wonderful highs and some crushing lows, what will 2015 bring?
A little background…
After a few years of stuttering, Manson made a return to form with 2012's Born Villain, which earned him a Grammy nomination for the track 'No Reflection' and some excellent reviews from critics. In the years between records, he has been busy scoring for the US TV Show Salem and appearing as Tully in the final season of Sons Of Anarchy. He has also been popping up on stage alongside the like of Johnny Depp, and, more recently, The Smashing Pumpkins in London.
What It's Called?
The Pale Emperor. A play on the Bowie influences maybe? Is he the Pale Emperor to Bowie's Thin White Duke?
What Will It Sound Like?
So far this sounds amazing and real return to form for Manson. Two tracks have been released, each very different from the other. First up earlier this year was 'Third Day of A Seven Day Binge', a slow burning gem that drew comparisons to the likes of Nick Cave and Sisters of Mercy amongst others. It's very brooding, with Manson's trademark drawl pushed to the front and the guitars taking a back seat.
This was followed up recently by 'Deep Six', which starts off all quiet and sinister before galloping headfirst into a cracking chorus, the kind that Manson is famous for. It's great to hear his vocals at the forefront rather than lost in a wall of shredding guitars. Both cuts will sound brilliant live.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Production duties have been shared between Manson and Tyler Bates, who also plays guitar on the album. Long time Manson associate Twiggy Ramirez also features heavily.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Oh yes. It has a release date of January 19th.