Album Review: Marilyn Manson – “The Pale Emperor”


Marilyn Manson turned 46 years old earlier this month. Yes, the shock rocker whose music sparked everything from Joe Lieberman political crusades to unreasonable blame for the Columbine High School Massacre during his mid- to late-’90s heyday—that guy. Forty-six. Surprised? You must not have been listening to his recent output.

Over his last few albums, Manson’s music has simply sounded a bit tired. It’s felt tame. Its infamous bite has dulled, both sonically and lyrically. At times, it’s even begun to sound like it was made by someone old enough to have been raising a pitchfork against him back in the day. But that all changes with his newest effort, The Pale Emperor—a fantastic listen that rates as his best work since at least The Golden Age of Grotesque, and possibly even longer.

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Just the Tip: January 20’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Just the Tip! Here are the new releases we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week:

January 20, 2015

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor (Hell, etc. / Cooking Vinyl)

Obscure Infinity – Perpetual Descending Into Nothingness (F.D.A. Rekotz)

We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 36!

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Caina – Setter of Unseen Snares (Broken Limbs)
  • Angra – Secret Garden (earMUSIC)
  • Marduk – Frontschwein (Century Media)
  • Stormwitch – Season of the Witch (Massacre)
  • Lycanthia / Atten Ash – Lycanthia/Atten Ash split (Hypnotic Dirge)

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.