Marilyn Manson
Antichrist Superstar


5.0
classic

Review

by Smell The Cheese USER (17 Reviews)
March 29th, 2009 | 32 replies | 5,189 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Truly theatrical in it's pop quality, but misunderstood

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Marilyn Manson is a name that gets spat on in the world of music, but this is because I feel he is misunderstood as an artist. My review is an attempt to justify his work, in particular his signature album which is entitled, Antichrist Superstar. This is a reference to the Andrew Lloyd Webber play Jesus Christ Superstar, except made subversive. Now this might seem lame but you have to understand the career of Manson, the way I see him as is as that he is the bastard child as pop culture, he is the Madonna of a twisted new generation. All the band members are named after pop culture figures and serial killers, his album is named after an Andrew Lloyd Webber play and his music is in essence, pop. But not the pop you are used to, his themes are subversive and warped and what I would like to term "industrial pop". He is hell spawn to your typical pop music fan and underground music snob alike, and is completely unique.

Produced by Trent Reznor, this might as well be a Nine Inch Nails album. I'm serious, this is Downward Spiral quality stuff but with a much more emphasised focus on pop hooks. It's sick, it's brutal, it dwells in all the post-modern angst ridden themes in the world but because Manson is too "gay" in image and sound or something people don't like him. I think it's ignorant. Irresponsible Hate Album opens the album, starting with samples of crowd noise screaming "We Hate God! We Hate God! We Hate God!" it's a perfect wake up call to your attention. The lyrics speak of being one ***ed up little puppy with inexpressible angst, brutal bass rhythms and feedback swelling guitars creating a perfect song with an explosive chorus and an excellent finish (I wasn't born with enough middle fingers!). The Beautiful People is the big song here, it made the charts I believe. That riff is simple, but incredible over the top of the tribal dums with awesome lyrics and keyboard parts. It speaks of celebrity culture and it's superficiality, and is perfect for Manson's image.

Dried Up Tied Up Dead To The World is where the album gets truly interesting, synths and squeamish guitars work together to create a thrilling sense of the theatrical as manson sings "I'll be your lover, i'll be forever, i'll be anything when i'm high". A true modern anthem amongst the drug fueled sex culture of today. Torniquet is incredible, with one of the best basslines and guitar riffs I have ever heard it's creepy and melodramatic, so good. Little Horn is more of a rocker, a crushing riff and perfect pop hooks in the lyrics make it as subversive as it is catchy, another excellent Manson anthem. Cryptorchid is a weird, ambient sounding track with some truly unique sounds. Seriously, listen to it on youtube or something. "Each time I make my mother cry and angel dies and falls from heaven". It has a real "Hell of Earth" feeling. Deformation has some of my favourite lyrics (I hold you up like an angel, I tear you down like a whore) and has a very claustrophic, introverted sound which is true of most of the album. Wormboy is probably the most "pop" effort on this album, though still full of sick littles swirls of feedback and horrific lyrics.

The later half of the album is the most poignant to me. Mister Superstar speaks of obsessiveness of fans over figures in pop culture (Hey mister superstar, i'll do anything for you. Hey mister superstar i'm your number one fan) gradually building up from a whispered evil sounding intro. (I know that I can turn you on, I wish I could just turn you off, I never wanted this.) Angel With The Scabbed Wings, sick riff. Kinderfeld is slow, droning, evil. The title track, Antichrist Superstar feels like a Christian gospel sermon at the start which is cool. My absolute favourite underrated track here would be 1996, which is fast and straight to the point in both music and subject matter, it is an intense and wonderful attack on the oppressors of this world.

Anti choice and anti girl
I am the anti-flag unfurled
Anti white and anti man
I got the anti-future plan
Anti fascist, anti mod
I am the anti-music god
Anti sober and anti whore
There will be enough of anti more
I can't believe in the things
That don't believe in me
Now it's your turn to see misanthropy
Anti people now you've gone too far
Here's your antichrist superstar

It really is a brilliant song, in a liberal sort of way. Minute of Decay is a slow brooding thing that reminds me of a swing song, except suicidal. The Reflecting God is the most controversial song of the album, apparently some kid shot himself listening to it back in the day and listen to the lyrics you could see why, it's an intense trip into the futility of life.

my world is unaffected, there is an exit here
I say it is and then it's true,
there is a dream inside a dream,
I'm wide awake the more I sleep
you'll understand when I'm dead

Perfect pre-chorus into the explosive chorus. Man That You Fear ends the album, it's more noise orientated with some acoustic guitar but it's cool. The album has 99 tracks (!) but don't worry most of them are blank except the last not-so-hidden track. Hint: it's good.

Antichrist Superstar is the pinnacle of pop music, it's superficiality and tragedy had nowhere to go and resulted in this man. Marliyn Manson is the bastard Queen of pop music, and Antichrist Superstar is his opus. Never was there a more fitting time and place for something to happen. Listen to through headphones: you will be rewarded with rich textures.



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BillEco
March 29th 2009



67 Comments


I cant see how the lyrics are good...



fireaboveicebelow
March 29th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

his lyrics are better on later albums, but there's a few nice ones here. this seems like a transitional album

Wizard
March 29th 2009



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is his best album.

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Willie
Moderator
March 29th 2009



15774 Comments


I always thought this was kind of boring, but his next one is fun.

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Anthracks
March 29th 2009



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i agree with willie, holy wood is pretty good too

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Razorbabyy
March 29th 2009



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

At the beginning of "Irresponsible Hate Anthem" the crowd is not screaming "We hate God" They are screaming "We hate love, we love hate!"
Great Manson album but Mechanical Animals is probably my favorite.

illmitch
March 29th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hate Marilyn Manson, but this is a pretty good review. I think you do a good job at justifying this album.

Emim
March 29th 2009



26195 Comments


Good lyrics? Ha! This makes "The Song That Never Ends" look like the lyrical equivalent of the Loch Ness monster. "The Beautiful People", just repeats the same verse and chorus over and over again. And he sounds like a bad Chester Bennington impersonator.


lexicons
March 29th 2009



144 Comments


some would argue that charles manson had more talent than marilyn.

it would be a fair argument. blah.

BassDemon333
March 29th 2009



3291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a great album. I have to agree with you on "1996"....its one of the best songs on the album. "Angel With The Scabbed Wings" is probably tied with "The Reflecting God" for my favorite song on here. Holy Wood is a better album though.

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shindip
March 29th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Damn I need to get this album.

Emim
April 3rd 2009



26195 Comments


I am the anti-music god

Never have truer words been spoken...This Message Edited On 04.15.09

arsonist88
April 29th 2009



229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You don't hate manson, you're just afraid of him because his views differ from POD's and DC Talk's. Don't worry, I'm not lambasting you, I used to be the same way growing up in a family where my dad's a deacon.

Emim
May 2nd 2009



26195 Comments


Never said I hate him, just his music. He is blatantly anti-Christian, and the worst part is that he's not even informed on the matter. And I don't fear him in the least, but he should be fearing the One who has final say over his soul. I feel pity more than fear.

ziroth
May 2nd 2009



1252 Comments


^not to mention his music is just bad

Meatplow
May 2nd 2009



5524 Comments


Never said I hate him, just his music. He is blatantly anti-Christian, and the worst part is that he's not even informed on the matter. And I don't fear him in the least, but he should be fearing the One who has final say over his soul. I feel pity more than fear.


You know, athiests have probably read the bible in detail more times then actual Christians have.

Who are you to say he is not informed? Informed people start attempting to question things outside their little subjective box they have built around their world.

ziroth
May 2nd 2009



1252 Comments


^ questioning and calling yourself "Antichrist Superstar" are 2 different things

Emim
May 2nd 2009



26195 Comments


I was referencing a quote from him where he says that the Bible advocates infanticide:
Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones".
THIS is the verse in context:

7Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

8O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.

9Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

So me saying he is misinformed, is pretty right on the money, but you saying "atheists have probably read the bible in detail more times then actual Christians have" is not.

And I have questioned the world around me, the Bible itself says to test it against the world, which I have done many times. Every time coming back to my original beliefs. And if a person only wants to disprove something, when they read the Bible, that is the only thing they will find. If you go about it with a truly open mind, you will realize that there is something more than yourself and the box you've built trying to exclude it.

Meatplow
May 2nd 2009



5524 Comments


questioning and calling yourself "Antichrist Superstar" are 2 different things


It is an image of shock and provocation, mere theatrics.

I was referencing a quote from him where he says that the Bible advocates infanticide:
Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones".
THIS is the verse in context:

7Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

8O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.

9Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

So me saying he is misinformed, is pretty right on the money


If you are going to base a criticism of his entire philosophy on a single miscomprehension of said text (if it indeed is, the bible is incredibly vague at times) it does not necessarily mean his views are completely misinformed. Regardless, the bible is full of such ridiculous instances where it seems to condone all kinds of ridiculous violence. This is but one example -

And he [Elisha] went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. 2 Kings 2:23-24


How the hell can you not be bothered by that story? The guy gets insulted by a bunch a kids for being bald, curses them in the name of the lord and two bears come out of the woods and have them for dinner.

http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2007/10/go-up-thou-bald-head.html

Meatplow
May 2nd 2009



5524 Comments


but you saying "atheists have probably read the bible in detail more times then actual Christians have" is not.


Yes it is, athiests just love to pick apart the bible which as a haphazard collections of confused and conflicting texts amassed over the centuries is just full of all kinds of ridiculous things to poke fun at. Despite being members of the faith, time after time I have seen that your common christian will only have a surface level understanding of the book and an educated athiest can trump them at bible knowledge any day of the week.

And I have questioned the world around me, the Bible itself says to test it against the world, which I have done many times. Every time coming back to my original beliefs. And if a person only wants to disprove something, when they read the Bible, that is the only thing they will find.


Have you ever questioned the dubious origins of this book and its contents? Coming back to this "it's in the bible" argument is always where people seem to land when they try to defend their faith, it really is not enough to me. If you want to test the bible against the world you really aren't trying hard enough if you return back to it.

If you go about it with a truly open mind, you will realize that there is something more than yourself and the box you've built trying to exclude it.


So open minded my brain leaked out my head, right? There is absolutely nothing open-minded about subscribing to a set of religious ideals then condemning any other form of belief on the matter. Nothing at all.



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