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January 30th, 2012

2012 Album Preview: Marilyn Manson – Born Villain

Marilyn Manson Born Villain promo photo Thrash Hits

Marilyn Manson
Born Villain
Hell, etc Records
ETA June 2012

What They’re Saying
Other than announcing the album with a silly little video, Manson and co have actually kept rather quiet over the last few months (who knows – maybe he took our advice?), but Manson was characteristically verbose in describing his intentions for his new album when he announced he would be releasing it in conjunction with Cooking Vinyl and his own label, the oh-so-drolly-named Hell, etc Records:

“We will always be our worst audience, until we stop being an audience and start being an artist. Any art is flesh and blood, no matter how you perform, decorate or display it. But we all want the passionate horror of that blood. And blood is what I am here to bring.”

Blimey. Manson sure does have a fancy way with his words when it comes to saying not very much at all about his new record. Instead, we have to turn to Manson’s partner in songwriting crime, Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez), for some concrete info on what direction Born Villain is going to take. In an interview with Eric Blair, Ramirez said the following:

“It’s our best record yet, I think. I mean, everyone always says that, but I think this is our best work so far… It’s kind of like a little more of a punk rock Mechanical Animals without sounding too pretentious.”

We’re going to hold you to that, Twiggy.

Watch Marilyn Manson dicking about in his Born Villain “announcement” video:

Thrash Hits verdict:
We’ve already had plenty to say on the subject of what Marilyn Manson needs to do to get his career back on track, and to be honest, we’ve not heard much to change our minds since then. It’d be wrong to say that this is a “make or break” record for Manson – arguably he’ll never be as big as he once was, and since Manson’s contract with his long-term label, Interscope, expired back in 2009, he’s releasing it on his own label, there’s no-one’s money at stake other than his own. What does remain to be seen is whether or not Manson is truly still interested in releasing interesting and unique records, or whether releasing it on a vanity label is just another sign that Manson now sees his music career as just that – a vanity project for him to dabble in whenever the urge takes his fancy.

Like all Manson records, despite talk about what it sounds like from various involved parties, at the time of writing we’ve still heard nothing beyond the few clips that are in that Born Villain video. And while it’d be the height of dickishness to judge an album based on such scant clips of music – we’re exactly the kind of dicks who do things like that. And our verdict? Well, let’s just say we hope he’s saving the best for the completed album….

Marilyn Manson Born Villain artwork 400px Thrash Hits

Will this be the cover art for the new Marilyn Manson album?


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