Marilyn Manson’s obsession with the dark recesses of human behavior is at the forefront of his new album, “Eat Me, Drink Me,” due June 5 via Interscope. The 11-track set is led by “If I Was Your Vampire,” which can be sampled from Manson’s MySpace.com page.
“Eat Me, Drink Me,” which was primarily recorded by Manson with guitarist/bassist Tim Skold, comes in the wake of the artist’s high-profile divorce from model Dita Von Teese. Throughout, Manson is at turns angry (“The Red Carpet Grave,” where he sings, “I can’t turn my back on you when you walk away”) and reflective (“They Said Hell’s Not Hot,” featuring the lyric “I kill myself in small amounts / In each relationship it’s not about love / just another funeral and just another girl left in tears”).
A number of tracks have a swagger often buried in the noisier elements of Manson’s recordings. “Just a Car Crash Away” builds slowly to an impassioned ending, while “Heart Shaped Glasses” is a jumpy rocker with a hint of Gang Of Four-style post-punk guitar work. Vestiges of his old style crop up on “Are You the Rabbit?,” which has the album’s dirtiest industrial groove.
Manson and his band, which will include former Prodigy member Rob Halliday on bass, will hit the road beginning May 26 at the Pink Pop festival in Landgraaf, Holland. Dates are on tap through early July; North American shows with Slayer will begin later that month but a routing has yet to be announced.
In addition, work continues on the film “Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll,” in which Manson will star as the “Alice in Wonderland” author and also direct.
Here is the track list for “Eat Me, Drink Me”:
“If I Was Your Vampire”
“Putting Holes in Happiness”
“The Red Carpet Grave”
“They Said Hell’s Not Hot”
“Just a Car Crash Away”
“Heart Shaped Glasses”
“Are You the Rabbit?”
“You and Me and the Devil”
“Eat Me, Drink Me”