Marilyn Manson‘s ninth LP, The Pale Emperor, is out January 20th, but fans can absorb its bluesy guitar riffs, swampy synths and menacing yelps one week early. The 10-track album is available to stream at Genius, accompanied by the singer’s typically mordant lyrics.
Manson created The Pale Emperor in collaboration with Tyler Bates, a musician best known for his soundtrack work for films like Guardians of the Galaxy and TV series including Californication, where the two met, when Manson was making an on-screen cameo.
The duo’s creative chemistry is evident throughout the eclectic album, which sprawls from moody synth drones (“Warship My Wreck”) to industrial-rock bombast (“Slave Only Dreams to Be King”) to radio-friendly blues-metal (“The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles,” which features a galloping, glam-rock beat). One eerie highlight is the textured “Cupid Carries a Gun,” which serves as the opening credits to the WGN fantasy show Salem.
The Pale Emperor is Manson’s first album since 2012’s Born Villain. Following that release, the rock iconoclast spent some of his time off the road on acting – including a recent appearance as white supremacist Ron Tully on Sons of Anarchy and voice-acting spot as Shadow on the ABC series Once Upon a Time.
In a recent, highly intimate interview with Rolling Stone, Manson revealed that multiple Pale Emperor tunes were recorded in a single take. “It’s dirty,” he said in description of the music, “like the dirt under my nails, like someone who has dug a grave.”