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Humans have always been fascinated with the mythology of heaven and hell and whether there is life after death.
One doesn’t need to look too far to find a piece of hell on Earth. We’re not talking about a hot place with a horned red guy wielding a pitchfork, but instead a shock rock group that would make Lucifer himself shiver.
Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson, has been shocking audiences with blood, mutilation and a commanding stage presence for almost 25 years.
“Born Villain” is the eighth full-length studio album from Manson and perhaps one of the best to date.
Manson has not been without his share of issues, however. After the release of 1998’s “Mechanical Animals,” Manson’s music and lyrical content lost the edginess that made him infamous.
After numerous albums that weren’t as popular as the earlier ones, “Born Villain,” which he began recording in 2009, breathed life back into the band. Released May 1, 2012, the album debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200, and sold more than 38,000 copies in its first week.
This album is for the faithful Manson fans that liked the pre-“Mechanical Animals” era. He shied away from the computers and studio effects that were heavily used in previous studio albums.
Along with (sort of) going back to their roots, Manson still has the ability to create a story with his lyrics as vividly as ever. One example is in the song, “The Flowers of Evil.”
“The day they covered us in the dirt/ like scars in the ground/ that will grow into dead flowers/ I’ve been running/ from the bloodless/ for fear of exile” paints a dark picture for listeners.
Everything considered, “Born Villain” is a good comeback for Manson and leaves the audience wanting more.
Key tracks include “No Reflection,” “Lay Down Your Goddamn Arms” and an interesting take of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” featuring Johnny Depp.
As with all Manson albums, “Born Villain” contains explicit content and lyrics that may not be suitable for all ages.