The Pale Emperor
Label: Hell, etc.
Released on: January 20th, 2015
Grade: 4.5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed by: Neil Miller, Jr.
Marilyn Manson has finally done it. If you’ve been waiting for a record that holds up well next to other classics like Mechanical Animals or Antichrist Superstar, then The Pale Emperor is your holy grail. This album is not only a true return to form for the dark one, but it finds him exploring the groundwork he laid out on his last truly great album, Eat Me, Drink Me. Like that album, these songs have the same abrasive ‘recorded in one take’ feel to them. It may not be as metal and taboo as his early material, but that’s what makes this so much like his older music. He’s shocking his listeners with the unexpected – in this case, a sound fueled by fuzzy bass riffs, crunchy funked out guitars that wouldn’t sound out of place on Bowie’s Station To Station album, with unapologetically honest lyrics and vocal delivery that drips with a pain only a lovely devil like Manson would know. When you listen to Eat Me, Drink Me and similarly on The Pale Emperor, you can practically feel Mr. Brian Warner bleeding his soul into your ears…it’s uncomfortable yet comforting. For those of us who remember when ‘Mar1lyn Man5on’ was practically an alien from outer space, it’s nice to have a glimpse into his humanity once in a while…The Pale Emperor is most certainly just that.