Sunday, June 10, 2018
By Eric Mackinnon
Throughout the nineties and early part of the noughties, Marilyn Manson was the unrivalled ayatollah of shock n' rolla.
Wrestling the metal baton from the legendary Alice Cooper, his angst ridden, dark lyrics and brooding guitars mirrored the hell which seemed to be inside his head.
During his rise to the top he became the chief target for Christian politicians where he became preferred scapegoat and alleged catalyst for a number of atrocities.
It was a nonsense and Manson was a rock icon for a generation. A bonafide rock star who churned out top ten albums and stadium rousing rock anthems with unrivalled ease and albums and anthems which have since stood the test of time.
Since then Manson has lost his way a little with his live shows and records not gripping listeners and gig goers by the throat as they once did.
But after a couple of years of struggles and Manson has worked hard to return to his foot stomping, ear-splitting glory.
His once lethargic live shows have been rejuvenated with a welcome shot of adrenaline and effort and Manson is once again a 'must see' act at Download this summer. While his 2009 Download performance was widely criticised his more recent showing in 2015 was rightly hailed as a return to the black, brooding best of the shock rocker.
On the album front 2015's ninth studio offering The Pale Emperor was a delicious dark and decadent journey through the weird and warped mind of a metal master craftsman thoroughly enjoying his work again.
It was a huge return to glory for Manson and the track ' the Mephistopheles of Los Angeles' is the best thing he has done since 'mObscene' back in 2003.
He describes the track himself as the 'heart of the album' and it is easy to see why. Lyrically the tune leads listeners down a grisly road with Mephistopheles who is a German demon which is said to collect the souls of the damned.
'Deep Six' is another gloriously brooding number. With lyrics which spit the names of Greek Gods like musical fire it is a banging dark delight with the groove and tempo of a club tune which has been dunked in a bucket of tar.
But it is the classics which will lure the Download Festival masses to their feet.
Tracks like 'Long Hard Road out of Hell', 'Fight Song,' 'The Beautiful People,' 'The Dope Show,' ….. he has so many big songs he could comfortably captivate the festival masses for three hours.
Lyrically Manson touches on taboo subjects from sex and drugs to violence and after a spell in the musical wilderness Manson has come home to reclaim his throne.
Catch the Ayatollah of Shock N' Rolla at Download as sub headliner to the Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne on Sunday, June 10.