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The Pale Emperor

January 20, 2015

Back in the Nineties, Marilyn Manson sold a lot of records and scared a lot of parents by playing Alice Cooper shockrocker at the goth pity party. With his Methy the Clown fashion sense, lyrics like "I am totalitarian/I've got abortions in my eyes"...

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The High End of Low

May 26, 2009

At a time when extreme sex and violence are available 24/7/365 at the click of a mouse, Devil Incarnate is a career choice that pays increasingly diminishing returns. But Marilyn Manson still wants the gig. In 1996, refrains like "You're as pretty as...

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Lest We Forget - The Best Of

November 11, 2004

It is hard to believe that a few years ago Middle America had no better nightmare than Marilyn Manson's arena-rock evil. Best of is a fitting tombstone to Manson's moment in the mainstream: It includes all of his essential pied-piper calls to alienated...

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Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)

November 23, 2000

What do politicians, religious leaders, rap-metal fans, right-wingers, jaded goths, homophobes and parents everywhere have in common? They all want to see our era's most willing hate magnet, Marilyn Manson, disappear up his own overexposed, underclothed...

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Mechanical Animals

September 4, 1998

For pure American pathos, nothing matches The Jenny Jones Show when it turns its sights on Marilyn Manson fans. These gentle suburban children, owlish and soft beneath their meticulous black finery, are so eager to serve their Antichrist Superstar that...

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Eat Me, Drink Me

May 30, 2007

Headline from "THE ONION" a few years back: MARILYN MANSON NOW GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR TO SHOCK PEOPLE. It's been a while since the Halloween homeboy's combo of freak-show antics and Alice Cooper records scared anybody, and Manson's last few albums —...

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The Golden Age Of Grotesque

May 6, 2003

Marilyn Manson really should be sucking by now. Sex, violence, drugs, religion — yes, they're all practically inexhaustible topics, but he's done them for more than a decade, and his shtick isn't that shocking anymore. Whether it's Jesus Christ...

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The Last Tour on Earth

November 16, 1999

The last twelve months haven't been easy for Marilyn Manson. His Rock Is Dead Tour fractured when Hole jumped ship amid rancor and sneers. It went on hiatus after its star sprained his ankle onstage, then derailed completely after Manson's oeuvre was...

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Antichrist Superstar

October 29, 1996

The rise of Marilyn Manson marks the end of the reign of punk realism in rock & roll. This ill-behaved Florida-based quintet, a visual and aural shake 'n' bake of mutilation theatrics, Alice Cooperesque camp and metal-scraping-metal tonality, is a...