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Marilyn Manson Heaven Upside Down

October 06 2017, 12:19 PM EDT Jason Pettigrew


Marilyn Manson goes back to his roots on ‘Heaven Upside Down’

Marilyn Manson Heaven Upside Down

Marilyn Manson goes back to his roots on ‘Heaven Upside Down’

Released:October 5, 2017 Loma Vista Recordings

WHAT’S DIFFERENT: After cultivating a compelling head-swiveling take on desperado electro-blues-metal on 2015’s The Pale Emperor, Marilyn Manson goes back to his industri-metal roots with idiosyncratic takes on everything from glam sleaze (“Tattooed In Reverse”) to garage-punk rawness (“Revelation 12”), served up with great dollops of blasphemy (“SAY10”), goth-club dance tracks (“Saturnalia”) and freak poking (“KILL4ME”).

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Artists who celebrate excess in all realms get pretty tedious after a short while. Where other bands of his generation are reducing their previous work into karaoke, Manson is keeping things exciting and crucial the only way rock’s long-running antihero can. Pro Tip: Listen on headphones, where his unadorned, chilling stalker-esque asides will make your bladder flex. As he drawls on “SAY10,” “I’m a legend, not a fable.” At the end of the rec, all that’s missing is the sound of the mic dropping.

OUR PICK: “Revelation 12”

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