Known worldwide for his jaw dropping performance of ripping pages out of the Holy Bible and for his anti-religious and controversial lyrics, Marilyn Manson has surpassed all expectations for his new album, The Pale Emperor. The album was released on January 15th of this year by Manson’s own record label, Hell, etc., The Pale Emperor contains ten songs while the deluxe version has three extra acoustic songs from the original version.
“The acoustic songs on the deluxe version are well executed because it captures the essence of what Manson is trying to say, which could be overlooked in the original version,” said senior, Jacob Meier.
Rock critics everywhere, such as Rolling Stone, have been raving about this album, calling it his best work in over a decade. Many compare it to his highly esteemed album Antichrist Superstar, which was released in 1996. The album sold over 7 million copies worldwide and debuted at No.3 on the Billboard 200. The Pale Emperor has made critics and fans wonder if this new album will outperform Antichrist Superstar as it has already debuted on Billboard 200 and has had the highest opening sales for the band since their 2007 album, Eat Me, Drink Me.
The Pale Emperor still contains Manson’s usual style of a dark and ominous undertone, but in regards to the sound, it does not compare to any of his former albums. For The Pale Emperor, Manson has strayed from his usual sound of industrial rock to a mix of blues and rock. Although the beat in this album is slower, the use of instruments, like drums, creates a dark, hypnotic sound that leaves no room for doubt that it is a Marilyn Manson song. Most importantly, Manson’s prominent use of low pitched vocals ties it all together to create a unique sound that leaves the audience craving for more.
The album gives the listener a unique experience not only with the sound but with lyrics. Songs like the “Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” and “The Devil Beneath My Feet” accurately depict the inner struggle someone can face when it comes to morality and the fight a person goes through when it comes to their personal beliefs of good and bad. Overall, the album can appeal to a variety of listeners and is now available to buy in stores, itunes, Spotify, and Amazon.