Manson Ushering In A New 'Golden Age'
Marilyn Manson has chosen "The Golden Age of Grotesque" as the title for his group's fifth studio album, the singer confirmed yesterday (March 21) on his official Web site. The set, which Manson descrMarilyn Manson has chosen "The Golden Age of Grotesque" as the title for his group's fifth studio album, the singer confirmed yesterday (March 21) on his official Web site. The set, which Manson describes as his "most genius deluge of hardcore guitar-drum violence mixed with '30s cabaret decadence," is expected for a fall release, according to an Interscope spokesperson.
Discussing the new material, Manson goes onto describe a sudden fascination with pre-World War II Berlin. "My inspiration for this record came from historic parallels to my own present position in popular culture," he said. "Most notably, I found myself fascinated with the overwhelming imaginative, sexually-depraved artistic chaos that just bled from some of history's greatest minds as Berlin reached its creative extreme peak. The unfortunate onset of rigid control and conformity that brought Berlin to its fiery end seemed to almost mirror today's less violent, but equally ignorant censorship and fear of 'dangerous art.'"
Manson said he's been working with frequent KMFDM contributor Tim Skold and Filter producer Ben Gross for what he says will be "snot-nose stomp-alongs." Only one song title has been revealed, "Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth," but a number of studio pictures have been posted on the journal section of the site.
The upcoming album is the follow-up to 2000's "Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)," which peaked at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 443,000 units in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
Manson recently composed the score to "Resident Evil," and four of his contributions appear on the Island Def Jam/Roadrunner soundtrack, which made its debut on The Billboard 200 this week at No. 24. He said there are a number cuts that didn't made the soundtrack, despite their appearance in the film, and he hopes to release them on his Web site in the coming months.
The artist recently lent his vocals to the Warner Bros.' "Queen of the Damned" soundtrack, composed by Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, and is slated to contribute a track to an upcoming Linkin Park remix album.