I got a chance to listen to Marilyn Manson’s new (10th) album “Heaven Upside Down” in it’s entirety and OH MY GOD! I am in love again!
I was about 8 or 9 years old when I was first introduced to the group with Mechanical Animals and I’ve been a fan ever since. From there, I started listening to their stuff from albums before and in 2009 I was able to see them live for the first time for the High End of Low tour. Needless to say; I’m a fan!
2015’s “The Pale Emperor” was a hit off the bat. It had some gritty, bluesy southern influences, very different from what fans think the band should sound like. However; many have been saying that this new album sounds like the bands older stuff and I have to agree; but with some new sound elements added in as well.
Keeping in mind that the opinions on Music, (much like movies) are very subjective – I’m not going to go into a very technical and in-depth review of the music because quite frankly; I’m not an expert. But I know what I like and what I don’t like.
While some reviews stated that “Say10” wasn’t that good, topping some Metal fans to say it was their least favourite on the album, I’d humbly disagree – I really like this song and to me, it actually sounds like “older Manson”. The word play and lyrics in general are well written and the (NSFW) video that was released (featuring Johnny Depp) is disturbing, sexual and has obvious biblical references… just what any Manson fan has grown to know and love from the shock rock band.
The whole album is really well done, with other notable tracks such as “Saturnalia”, an 8 minute track with hard rock elements and a bit of an electronic sound. No hard drop, just a steady beat and “Kill 4 Me”, probably one of my favourite songs on the album, this has a really nice groove to it. The sound is gritty and sexy and in a very sick and twisted way, I’d describe this as a love song.
Manson’s last project,“The Pale Emperor” along with “Heaven Upside Down” were produced by Tyler Bates, so it’s no surprise that I loved both albums, seeing as I was OBSESSED with the John Wick soundtracks and all. I think these two make a good team and make beautiful music together.
Overall, Heaven Upside Down is a great album and the release of it made me really excited! Even if you’re not a Manson fan and like only some Metal music, there’s probably a song on here that you’ll enjoy.