Experimenting with different colored vinyl for special album releases is nothing new. What Marilyn Manson did, however, is pretty unique. Though few picked up on it until recently, the veteran shock-rocker's latest album, The Pale Emperor, was released in January on the same thick, black polycarbonate discs used to make Sony PlayStation games back in the '90s.
Pale Emperor art director Hassan Rahim told gamer site Kill Screen that the discs were sourced directly from Sony, which debuted PlayStation 1 in 1994. The black ink that Sony adds to the discs makes them harder (but not impossible) for pirates to copy, but that isn't why Manson and company did it. The choice was made for aesthetic reasons.