Posts Tagged ‘Marilyn Manson’

NEWS: Marilyn Manson confirms one-off London show on July 5th!

Following the unfortunate cancellation of Sonisphere Festival and along with it Marilyn Manson‘s exclusive UK performance for the year, a replacement date has now been confirmed for July 5th at London’s Brixton Academy. More info is detailed below:

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VIDEO: Marilyn Manson – No Reflection

The God of fuck, or Marilyn Manson, is back with the new music video for his latest single ‘No Reflection’, taken from his upcoming album ‘Born Killer’. Check out his latest offering for us here:

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NEWS: Marilyn Manson reveals artwork and tracklisting for ‘Born Villain’!

Influential metal outfit Marilyn Manson have revealed the official artwork and full tracklisting for their new full-length album, ‘Born Villain’, set for release on April 30th 2012 through Cooking Vinyl. You can view them both below:

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AUDIO: Marilyn Manson – No Reflection

Finally set to release new album ‘Born Villain’ this year, Marilyn Manson have released a full stream of the first single lifted from the record, ‘No Reflection’, which you can listen to through the player that we’ve embedded below:

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NEWS: KISS, Queen, Faith No More and more for Sonisphere 2012!

Sonisphere have just made their first line-up announcement for this year’s festival weekend in Knebworth, confirming headline slots from KISS, Queen and Faith No More along with many other acts across the 3-day festival. All currently confirmed bands are detailed below:

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NEWS: Jason Sutter becomes Marilyn Manson’s new drummer for 2012 tour dates!

Following an already accomplished career this far, performing alongside Chris Cornell, American Hi-Fi, New York Dolls, Pink, Smash Mouth and more, Jason Sutter has been recruited as the new drummer for Marilyn Manson for his 2012 tour dates, starting at Australia’s Soundwave Festival next month.

UK tour dates are still yet to be announced.

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NEWS: Marilyn Manson to release eighth album in Autumn!

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has announced details on his upcoming eighth studio record. He will release his new album, entitled ‘Born Villain’, later this year through his own label imprint Hell, etc. and Cooking Vinyl Records. This will be Manson‘s first release without long time label partners Interscope.

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ALBUM: Marilyn Manson – The High End Of Low

Release Date: May 26th, 2009
Label: Interscope
Website: www.marilynmanson.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/marilynmanson

Rating:

Marilyn Manson, what can be said that hasn’t already? After the dire offering of ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ back in ’07, new album ‘The High End Of Low’ would be wanting to put that right and get some respect back in the musical world. It will satisfy fans aplenty but it will be a tough ask to convert listeners into new fans. A decade ago they reached the heights of the Number One Album chart with ‘Mechanical Animals’ and just four years ago, ‘The Golden Age Of Grotesque’ reached #4 in the UK – but since then it hasn’t been plain sailing for Manson. Marriage (and subsequent divorce), band members leaving and controversy never too far away; all, however, fuelling the music on this offering.

With the return of long-term bassist Twiggy Ramirez, the partnership behind such classics as ‘Disposable Teens’ and ‘The Fight Song’ gives renewed optimism that Manson could deliver something like they used to – but this album doesn’t have one of those sorts of songs. ‘Arma-Goddamn-Motherfucking-Geddon’ gets close to them. A mainstay on the airwaves in the run-up to the release, very much so like ‘Heart Shaped Glasses’ on ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’. It’s a good song, very Marilyn Manson, but won’t necessarily appeal to those who aren’t fans, and still doesn’t maintain the potential the band have in their arsenal.

‘Running To The Edge Of The World’ is very different, definitely not a typical Manson song. An acoustic guitar? Seriously! Lyrically it is very much what you’d expect from ‘the God of fuck’, but the sound is not, resulting in some weird hybrid with teen folk/pop star Taylor Swift… only it works, and in a very weird way. ‘I Want To Kill You Like They Do In The Movies’ is a nine-minute monster of a tune – very bass driven and arguably the stand out track on the album. Vocally superb and typical Manson lyrics, “Every time I kill you I’m really just killing myself”, the singer snarls throughout the latter of the song… you get to hear them if your still awake at that point.

It is a vast improvement on the previous offering, but if you aren’t a fan of the band then this isn’t the album for you and won’t leave you thinking this is quite the return yet. Apart from where some variety from the norm is introduced then it is a very samey offering – you know what you are getting with Manson, and if you haven’t liked their work in the past chances are this won’t be the album that changes your mind.

Written by Tom Donlan

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LIVE: Download Festival @ Donington Park (13/06/2009)

Date: June 13th, 2009
Venue: Donington Park
Stages: Main Stage, Second Stage, Red Bull Stage

Website: www.downloadfestival.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/downloadfestival

Bring on Download 2010!

The 2009 Download Festival has some great and legendary acts gracing its main stage, including Slipknot and Marilyn Manson, and the less time experienced Pendulum too.

DEVILDRIVER – MAIN STAGE
RATING: 8/10
DevilDriver are so intense and cataclysmic that they hold the world record for the largest ever recorded circle pit – which by the way was broken and set once again at this year’s Download set. The main stage suits them well, pulling off the previously mentioned achievement being one point to back this up, with the band members being one of the best connected to the audience all weekend. The crowd are glad to see them here too, and through songs like ‘Pray For Villains’ it’s clear to see DevilDriver are one of the bands most looked forward to this year. Circle pits and mosh pits go off instantaneously across the fields, like a minefield of sweat and flailing bodies. What a set to grab a new world record to, and leaves the crown of kings of moshpits firmly upon their heads.

IN CASE OF FIRE – SECOND STAGE
RATING: 4/10
With a name like In Case Of Fire, you’d imagine an act that would border upon the realms of danger with their live performance – nothing could be further from the truth. Being dubbed as the best Irish alternative rock act since Ash is also an over exaggerated statement if this is all this 3-piece can pull out of the bag. For the most part they’re motionless, showing little passion and energy to the fact they have a relatively high slot on the second stage; an impressive achievement with their popularity status. Songs like ‘This Time We Stand’ have little to know fire in their core, and no attempt to make this any different just brings boredom levels up for the entirety of their set.

FIGHTSTAR – SECOND STAGE
RATING: 6/10
Not long after releasing their latest album ‘Be Human’, London’s Fightstar have a lot to play with and showcase at their second stage slot. Unlike previous years where they’ve played Download Festival, the amount of bottles launched at Charlie Simpson has decreased dramatically to almost zero. Whilst singles like ‘Palahnuik’s Laughter’, ‘Grand Unification (Pt. 1)’, and ‘The English Way’ are delivered to critical feedback of screams of joy and continuous mosh pits, they just seem a bit plain in their showmanship. Bassist Dan Haigh whips the crowd up to lather more in the band’s set of alternative rock/post-hardcore onslaught, but in the stage performance itself the band seem almost static and robotronic in their delivery until closer ‘Deathcar’ comes along. Aside from that Fightstar are on good form with a set tighter than a fly’s arse, but without the physical passion it marks the difference between a good show and an excellent one.

NONE THE LESS – RED BULL BEDROOM JAM STAGE
RATING: 7/10
Watford grown None The Less are another of the lesser known acts to grace the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage, but that doesn’t mean they can’t kick up a decent flare in the crowd – which is exactly what the five-piece do. Their melodic metal and rock style which occasionally brushes upon hardcore cites a rather impressive mosh pit considering the band’s size and familiarity with the spectators before them. Frontman Anthony Giannaccini has a certain presence and onstage swagger about him, that along with his claims for people “to get moving” for them as much as possible and climbing on stage equipment engages the crowd to do so. Combined with the dual guitars from Owen Harvey and Joe Page, and Harvey‘s gritty harsh vocals, songs like ‘Define’ and ‘I Feel Like Your Enemy’ go down better than a girl from the Playboy mansion.

PENDULUM – MAIN STAGE
RATING: 7/10
Being one of the more out of place bands on the weekend’s line-up, Pendulum stick out almost like a sore thumb – not that this is always a bad thing, like in this circumstance. Though their electronic and synth led prowess onto the rock world, complete with an MC isn’t one that you’d expect to connect at this festival, but it does. Sure, popular chart entering numbers like ‘Propane Nightmares’ and ‘Granite’ are more than guaranteed to get a few bodies moving, but when they’re delivered with the accuracy and clean-cut end result to hoardes of raving spectators, it’s enough to put other acts who’ve been at this for years and more suitable for this festival in their place. It even sets a pretty high mark for the similar second stage headliners The Prodigy for that day, a band who are a prime influence on these juniors to that scene in comparison; though this set could leave that in question.

MARILYN MANSON – MAIN STAGE
RATING: 2/10
Marilyn Manson‘s performance is exactly what you shouldn’t do if you’ve been offered to play the sub-headlining slot at a music festival; don’t come on influenced by alcohol or some sort of drugs, don’t play mainly new material when you have an impressive back catalogue to work with too, don’t get touch-ups after every other song in your set by stagehands. After a long introduction before having the curtain dropped and revealing the band opening with ‘Four Rusted Horses’, the eagerly-awaiting crowd were in anticipation to see Manson and long-time friend and member Twiggy Ramirez back in the whole swing of things, and a decent album the previous month to indicate the band had their fire once more. Sadly Manson‘s intoxicated and what often seemed disinterest with his slot on the bill brought the levels down from what could have been exceptional to almost utter shit. On the small plus side, it’s nice to hear old favourites like ‘The Dope Show’, ‘Great Big White World’ and ‘The Beautiful People’. Just a shame that Manson is capable of pulling off something much more spectacular and didn’t seem to bothered in trying to, but more in contemplating with the crowd whether he should wear a coat or not, and that telling the crowd “Do not do drugs… unless you get them for free”. Sort yourself out please Manson, or you could crash and burn more and more sooner than you think.

SLIPKNOT – MAIN STAGE
RATING: 10/10
It’s been a long wait for the Iowan masked 9-piece, but their 10th anniversary since the release of their debut full-length sees them finally obtaining their well-earned place as Download‘s headliners. Even before one of them sets foot in sight on the stage there is a constant wave of chants for them to come on and play another set they’re more than well-known for. When they finally do it’s more than worth the wait and suspense; the raising and twirling percussion, the searing and frightfully amazing guitar and bass works, the fast yet precise lead drums of Joey Jordison, the colliding of band member’s bodies and running out to the crowd, and but of course Corey Taylor‘s distinguishable and impeccable vocals is just a fraction of what brings this set to life. The classics are all there; ‘Wait & Bleed’, ‘Duality’, ‘Left Behind’, ‘Vermilion’, there’s not a single thing out of place from the first second ’til the last easily making this one of the best sets over the three day weekend. The constant reminder of the fans being the reason for this being possible is constantly brought up, and Slipknot do more than return the favour. It’s when closer ‘Spit It Out’ comes along and the trademark “jump the fuck up” act is handed out when things come to their best. Literally thousands upon thousands of people clumped in the smallest of spaces to the biggest all crouch down at Corey‘s command across the field only to jump again in unison, and send one final frenzy. Slipknot can take off knowing that their headline set at Download Festival will be one set in the history books.

Written by Zach Redrup

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