Marilyn Manson : Heaven Upside Down

There’s no such thing as bad publicity! So, when Marilyn Manson got near-crushed onstage by a bit of his set furniture, we reckon his publicist was rubbing their hands together with glee. Just a matter of days before the release of ‘Heaven Upside Down’, you couldn’t have timed it better. Okay, they might have been a bit worried at first and they had to cancel a few shows. But, Marilyn Manson is certainly back in the headlines. Somewhere he’s not been for a few years…

It’s been cool to hate on Marilyn Manson for a while, but these days he seems to be treated with a little more respect. You either like Marilyn Manson these days or you don’t really care and move on. Throughout Marilyn Manson’s colourful career, he’s never really stopped putting out some cracking tunes. The image, the controversy, the headlines etc. are not there to prop his career up any more. New material has to be good, or there’s isn’t much point in soldiering on recording new LPs…

Snarling and slithering into action, ‘Heaven Upside Down’ is a dark, angry and beautifully crafted for the goth-industrial enthusiast. Marilyn Manson knows his market well these days and he knows what he’s good at these days. ‘Heaven Upside Down’ encapsulates all that succinctly. It’s by no means perfect, but Manson has been pointed in the right direction at numerous crossroads by Tyler Bates. His input adds a flow and storyline as you’d expect from a soundtrack specialist. But his subtle influence makes this a good Manson album where no doubt it could have gone south a bit…

‘We Know Where You Fucking Live’ has a classic slow burner-come-screamer quality, that should be in the live set whereas ‘Kill4Me’ is pure pop to our ears.

‘Jesus Crisis’ shows off a hole in Manson’s armour that no keyboard wizard can hide. The lyrics are so bad that it sounds like a cheap parody of a Marilyn Manson song. It’s almost like he had a good idea for a song title but had no idea what to do with it.

Thankfully, thats an exception rather than the rule and there are plenty of higher calibre efforts on offer. ‘Saturnalia’ encompasses Manson’s rap and raspy vocals, has NIN tinged guitar tone and broods along with a super-cool vibe.

So, album number 10 is on the shelves from y and it’s just about what we want from Brian these days. Dark and remorsing with a clatter of the industrial and a dusting of goth, Marilyn Manson looks more than capable of holding his own in todays industry. Random thought… but who would have thought Manson would get to album number 10 when we were all bouncing along to ‘Beautiful People’ all those years ago?