Marilyn Manson
Antichrist Superstar


4.0
excellent

Review

by Xander_Christ USER (10 Reviews)
July 15th, 2005 | 30 replies | 6,676 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


4 of 8 thought this review was well written

I noticed the appauling lack of Manson reviews on this site, so I felt that I would add one of my own for his epic breakthrough album Antichrist Superstar. While this is not my favourite album of Manson's (Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood tie for that position) it is perhaps his darkest and most sinister album and great to listen to when in a bad mood. The low point of the album definetily lies in the guitar work, Zim Zum's playing is very unclean and sounds almost like that of a garage band guitar, which works on a couple songs such as Beautiful People and Angel With The Scabbed Wings but sounds really out of place in others. Regardless, Manson's lyrics make the album come across beautifully anyways.

Irresponsible Hate Anthem

A good introduction, recorded live for some reason. A furious start to the record, with Manson proclaiming "I hate the hater, I'd rape the raper". Serves as an anthem for his anger at a censored and politically correct soceity. It's also the great mystery of the album; while it was released in 1996 it says on the inside cover that this track was recorded live in February 1997? Likely just a typo. 3/5

The Beautiful People

Possibly his most famous song, and with good reason. I love the floor tom at the beginning and the scratchy guitar sound works good on this track. The song was inspired by Manson feeling isolated from other famous and wealthy people who considered themselves to be better than human. Manson's screaming during the chorus shows it ferocity. 4/5

Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World

I didn't much care for this song the first time I heard it, but it grew on me in a hurry. Recently released on the House Of Wax soundtrack, this song has a slower beat to it making it almost ballad sounding. Ginger's drumming is good. It picks up intesnity on the outro as the guitar comes in with a heavier, almost bludgeoning riff. 4.5/5

Tourniquet

My favourite song on the album. The bass intro stays in my head for days. A sad but aggresive song that sounds like Manson is reflecing on a bad relationship with someone. The lyrics are some of his best, an example being the line "She's made of hair and bones and little teeth, and things that cannot speak". It should have gotten more airtime as a single. 5/5

Little Horn

Nothing special about this one. A 2 minute 43 second song about some creation that will lead to mankinds downfall. The music isn't that great, I usually just skip over it. 2/5

Cryptorchid

Kinda interesting and creepy, the electronic drums work well ont his track. However, like the last one, it is short and doesn't amount to much. 2/5

Deformography

A good song with some nice guitar on the bridge and decent screaming on the latter choruses. The song to me is about the human need for beauty and perfection, but how we are all deformed in our own ugly way. Gets the album moving again 3.5/5

Wormboy

This one sounds a little more relaxed and not as dark. The roto-tom at the beginning sounds cool. Manson sings high on the chorus and then back down to his normal range, giving it a cool two-voice sound. 3/5

Mister Superstar

There is an excellent build to this song, which starts out slow but gradually picks up speed and intersity. The song is about fanatisism and how some people can become overly obsessed with their idols. The ending gets a little cheesy with Manson repeating "Superstar, super*** baby" but its still a good song. 3.5/5

Angel With the Scabbed Wings

A nice heavy track with a choppy guitar intro and Manson screaming almost the whole way through. Good lyrics, "He will deflower the freshest crop dry up all the wombs with his rock and roll sores" 4/5

Kinderfeld

This is a strange one, inspired by an event that occured in Manson's childhood (see his autobiography The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell). The title I believe is the rough german translation of 'Smells Like Children', which was the EP released before this album. The song is written as if sung by various voices and has a very creepy tone to it both through lryics and music. Despite its interesting background, it isn't all that much to listen to. 2.5/5

Antichrist Superstar

Lyrically the best song on the album, the title track reflects on Manson's own status as a shock rocker hated by many middle class households and bible-belters. The music is simple and repetative, but it works to emphasize the power of its words, "Cut the head off, grows back hard, I am the hydra, now you'll see your stars". The outro is a little long and pointless, with three or four voices repearting the same thing over and over untul they fade out. 4.5/5

1996

An aggresive reflection on the time in which the album was released. The use of the 'anti' throughout the song makes it interesting "Anti song and anti me, I don't deserve a chance to be" but it doesn't really stand out on the album and it's not my favourite. 2.5/5

Minute of Decay

Manson himself solely wrote the music on this song. The bass intro is beautiful and catchy, and the words are deep and meaningful. The song is slow and relatively soft until the second chorus, where it comes in hard and screaming. I don't know why this wasn;t released as a single. 5/5

The Reflecting God

Also recorded in part live, this song is a dark and moody stab at human existance and our unworhtiness of life. Heavy and driven by catchy guitar and Manson wailing on the chorus. The outro is the best part of the song, Manson screaming "Shoot motherf***er!" to a bludgeoning guitar riff. The last heavy part of the albunm. 4/5

Man that you Fear

The album's only real sad song, it end the album nicely with a slow, tragic feel and features more great lyrics "Pray onto your splinters, pray onto your fears, pray your life was just a dream, a cut that never heals". Like Antichrist Superstar, it has a stupid outro with voices speaking and what sounds like automobiles racing. Overall, an excellent closing 4/5



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mmfan486
July 24th 2005



17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well I think this proves that Manson's music means a lot of things to a lot of people. I personally think this album is a complete mess, although that isn't to say there isn't some fantastic songs on there. I tend to prefer his actual songs to his wierd shit, which is here in abundance on this album. And I didn't think the Minute of Decay was very good at all, but Man That You Fear is one of my favourite Manson songs ever.

chronikkda_punk
October 4th 2005



27 Comments


i find the guy kinda freaky, since for one im a christian and some of his live acts scared me off (seen dem on video of course )....

but i liked only two songs frm him 'sweet dreams (the eurythmics cover) and tainted love (the song which came on the soundtrack of some movie)...

he's pretty popular in colleges and schools here in India, and he influences a lot of indian metal bands...

u wanna chek out some bands go to 'www.gigpad.com' for all indian bands.....


SickoKid
October 7th 2005



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

With Irresponsible Hate Anthem, it says it was recorded in February 1997 because Valentines has always been a special day to Manson, for unknown reasons, and he felt like the track was recorded in the future, possibly he saw it in on of his dreams. He believes very much in his.

The Beautiful People is actually about the fascist society we live in, in his opinion.

The Reflecting God also isn't recorded partly live, they just added in the audience 'feel' into the song in the studio.

I'm not trying to sound like a dickhead or anything, great review.This Message Edited On 10.07.05This Message Edited On 10.07.05

vicy77
November 25th 2005



164 Comments


i love this album's title...i think its so brilliant. It really brings forth the albums worth. Read his book... an interesting story the making of this album filled with drugs sex and reason

Cravinov13
November 28th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When you really think about it, the album is not that satanic, most of it is based on how much Manson hates religion, not on how much he loves Satan.

Xander_Christ
November 28th 2005



132 Comments


The principles of Satanism have ablsoultely nothing to do with Satan. The name is just meant to piss of Christians. And it works

vicy77
November 28th 2005



164 Comments


thats right christ
*cough*
?????

Cravinov13
November 28th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Manson isn't even satanic, he's an athiest who likes to piss off christians.

Cravinov13
November 29th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy Wood and Mechanical Animals were better

NuMetalMania
December 19th 2005



325 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Cant stand this guy, he is a rolemodel to some people that i know, but he is a really bad vocalist. Some songs do stand out on this album tho, Beautiful People is a great track, and so is Tourniquet. Apart from those 2 tracks, its almost embarrasing listening to the rest. 1.5/5

Clown Factory
January 21st 2006



16 Comments


Shut up

wtfmates19
January 25th 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album holds a special place in my heart and always will. It was the first "heavy" album I had ever listened to. I was on suprnova downloading a few shitty rap cds about 2 years ago, when Suprnova was still up, and saw this cd. I downloaded and fell in love soon after. Besided that, it's a great fucking CD. Just a bunch of really fast, dark and fun-as-hell songs. I enjoy screaming along (when I'm in the house alone of course). The lyrics are beyond good. The album artwork is really fucking cool. Everything about this album reeks of awesomeness. But, of course, Mechanical Animals is better.

the_antichrist
April 11th 2006



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think u need to listen to little horn again if u've only given it 2/5, its one fuckin awesome song

"Freshly Baked"
April 16th 2006



583 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was gonna review this, but there's already 2, so it's not needed, ill just do a qquick rate

IMO:

1.Irresponsible Hate Anthem 10/10
2.The Beautiful People 8/10
3.Dried Up, Lied And Dead To The World 9/10
4.Tourniquet 8/10
5.Little Horn 6/10
6.Cryptorchid 9/10
7.Deformography 7/10
8.Wormboy 7/10
9.Mister Superstar 5/10
10.Angel With The Scabbed Wings 9/10
11.Kinderfeld 8/10
12.Antichrist Superstar 10/10
13.1996 10/10
14.Minute Of Decay 9/10
15.The Reflecting God 10/10
16.Man That You Fear 8/10

f_u_c_t
April 30th 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i had to rate this album a little bit more than i did last time (.5 more) because well this album goes back into time with me, and it influenced alot of music for me, when i was listening to nothing but radio hits.

The Nu-Spawn
June 7th 2006



97 Comments


I hate M.Manson with a passion, but 'angel with scabbed wings' is pretty freakin awesome, good reviewThis Message Edited On 06.07.06

Patrick
June 7th 2006



1891 Comments


I once left the radio on at night while on some new station I'd never listened to before. I woke up during a thunderstorm and heard "The Beautiful People." I will have to say it freaked the life out of me and I feared hearing that song for another year. After my sister figured out who sang it she searched for an audio clip for it on the internet. After she found it she forced me to listen to it. I heard two seconds of the drums at the beginning and without any control over myself ran downstairs screaming and crying. After that, every now and then, I would hear small clips of it on random Vh-1 shows and I think I've officially overcome my fear. But I'm still never gonna listen to it ever again. This Message Edited On 06.07.06

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 7th 2006



4405 Comments


Why would you post something like that?

south_of_heaven 11
June 7th 2006



5433 Comments


Probably a story from when he was younger. I would've been scared s**tless too if I was like 5 yrs old and heard that song...actually, wait, I take that back. I would've just been like "alright, that is SO not my Ghostbuster's sound track audio tape!"

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 7th 2006



4405 Comments


Funky fresh.



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