Marilyn Manson
Antichrist Superstar


3.5
great

Review

by H.ush USER (3 Reviews)
January 21st, 2005 | 58 replies | 39,345 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


4 of 6 thought this review was well written

Making the transition from dingy cartoon shock-rock to industrial metal/goth rock icon, 1996 saw Marilyn Manson reveal his concept album: Antichrist Superstar (A title which Manson often bestowed upon himself).

The album opens with a moment of distorted voice before kicking into the no-holds-barred aggression of Irresponsible Hate Anthem, with it's pummeling tempo and solid rythm section work, Manson's vocals sound every bit as caustic as his first lines cover patriotism, abortion, and sucicide: this is Manson in his prime.

The first single, unnoficial Goth anthem The Beautiful People, is a marching-pace goth stomp. a simple 3-chord riff, buzzing (but never overly distorted) guitars, and a base level social commentary are all present here, some of the trademark Manson touches. The caustic Dried up, Tied up, and Dead To The World is a throbbing bass verse indespersed with a groaning chorus that sounds like a hangover.

Tourniquet is a melodic track, relying more heavily upon the guitars for melody than before, and Manson works in his trademark creepy-whisper/growl in parts. a thick line of distorted guitars matched only with ranting introduce Little Horn, a heavier track on the album, without the "lighter" verses of the opening track, though it is obvious that the band are using a formula here. Cryptorchild clocks in at just 2:44, and is more like an interlude than a song, the song changing almost completely in the middle, like a revelation (and considering Manson's lose "concept" here, it's highly likely thats what it is).

Deformography is a grinding industrial track, Wormboy is a twisted funk-metal number, Mister Superstar is a gritty comment on fan worship, and Angel With The Scabbed Wings sounds like a third Little Horn or Irresponsible Hate.

Kinderfeld changes the pace of the album slightly, reverting to the creepy vocals of the Smells Like Children EP, and relies much more on synths and bass than the albums heavier songs. The title track is a 5-minute rock opera, featuring bizzare guitar effects, matched only by the vocal tricks. it features lyrical throwbacks to Cryptorchild, and Mansons drones, screeches, whines, and grunts his way through the songs various melodies.

1996 is yet another moment of pure shock-rock fun, while Minute Of Decay seems like a confused mish-mash of the various styles on the album and The Reflecting God sounds like the anthem for a dead planet, full of nihilism and heresy, with a chorus that is half-rant half-song.

The albums final track is the slow and *extremely* dark-sounding The Man That You Fear. A vague depiction of urban angst, the voice of the song contemplating suicide, self-harm, and telling everyone he knows that they're already dead, all through the medium of mansons dry and scathing croak.

Antichrist Superstar, though not as intense as Holy Wood, is still a landmark Manson release, full of as many ***-you devil-horns piss-off-your-parents moments as it is of poignant and dingy claustrophobia, and sombre social commentary.

a quality release, vital to any Manson collection, but by no means the best alternative for something in the genre.


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Dancin' Man
January 21st 2005



719 Comments


Good review and Manson's best album but who are you? Are guests allowed to post reviews?

H.ush
January 21st 2005



1 Comments


i don't know why it doesnt come up. my name is H.ush.
i've written three reviews so far (Smashing Pumpkins - Adore, and Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts)

carlo_801
January 22nd 2005



10 Comments


nice review..i think this is the best manson album..

Garylovespeanuts
December 4th 2006



6 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Eww He is so scary and too gosh darn violent

1Samuel1746
December 4th 2006



1 Comments


ok so this my seem like a dumb question but how do you logout of this site this is my friends name and i cant figure out how to get on mine

TheMisterBungle
December 4th 2006



861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did you ever bother listening to the music?
And to Samuel: go to the forums for questions like that.

But to logout just go to http://www.sputnikmusic.com/logout.phpThis Message Edited On 12.04.06

CushMG15
December 4th 2006



1802 Comments


Definitely Manson's best, but I have to be in the right mood to listen to this. Good Review.

king sandbox
December 27th 2006



26 Comments


Dunno which is better, this or holy wood. Good review , deserves a higher score though.

Metalikane
November 1st 2007



851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only good Manson cd.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
November 1st 2007



855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This and Holy Wood are his best.

industrialjunkie92
January 13th 2008



167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy wood seems too much like a product. i only thought that after buying this. weird.

Poet
January 13th 2008



5922 Comments


The Beautiful People is the best song Manson has done.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
January 14th 2008



855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

TBP is not even close to his best.

ikvallen
April 9th 2008



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I agree that this and Holywood are the best albums.
There isn't one song on this album that I don't like.
Even though I think Manson is becoming a cliche, but this is him at his peak.

Clara
May 30th 2008



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think the music on this album sounds flithy and, as such, works better with the lyrics than anything he's done bar Mechanical Animals. Holywood always sounded too polished for me.

My rating is probably based on how I felt about this as a fourteen year old. It'd be closer to a 3.5 now I think.

Lungingweasel
June 13th 2008



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

With Trent Reznor producing, Manson really shines here. Definitely one of his better works.

industrialjunkie92
July 21st 2008



167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy Wood is better than this. Saying, that I haven't given Antichrist a spin in ages. Might do so tonight. Great review tho

IggyRawPower
September 27th 2008



6 Comments


Firstly, I am by no means a Marilyn Manson fan! However, I bought this album when I was in my teens (the only Manson album I ever bought). Once you get past the fact that you are listening to Marilyn Manson then this is actually a very, very good album. As I say, not a fan at all, but this is an excellent album.

fireaboveicebelow
September 27th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

..what?

McP3000
September 27th 2008



3941 Comments


marilyn manson is the peak of music business faggotry



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