Marilyn Manson
Guns, God and Government (DVD)


4.5
superb

Review

by dragoth USER (29 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2013 | 16 replies | 1,426 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All the joys of a Marilyn Manson concert in the safety of your living room, what more could you ask for?

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

If, over the course of your life you have managed to go without hearing of Marilyn Manson, that rock you've been living under must be pretty big. Controversial shock rocker band fronted by one of the most outspoken men of the last twenty years, Marilyn Manson carved a name for themselves in the late 90s with their unique blend of shocking lyrics and performances mixed with a heavy industrial sound that was shown on albums such as Antichrist Superstar and Holywood . This DVD is a blend of a few shows that were towards the end of the Gods Guns and Government tour that supported the Holywood album, one of the biggest and most controversial tours that the band embarked on.

To start with, the setlist, you get a full 17 tracks on this live release, making it bigger than most releases from other bands, the set is good, featuring some of the best hits the band had across the first four albums, with an obvious lean towards Holywood but all the other albums are represented, however, for fans of the debut, you only get one song Lunchbox which features as the bands encore. For fans of the band in general, you'll find lots of songs here that you can enjoy, from The Beautiful People to Great Big White World .

Band-wise, they are all on top form, Marilyn Manson himself leading the way with his signature vocal performance, his singing voice, whilst never the best, shines on this, and his screams are a highlight, particularly on anthems such as The Beautiful People and Antichrist Superstar . The rest of the band are on form to, the main other participant being guitarist John 5, who lays down the riffs and occasional solos down with precision, making the aggression and heaviness that comes across easily on the albums transfer to the live environment, something that doesn't always happen in bands like this and can ruin a performance. Bassist Twiggy Ramirez nails it here, the bass on this is noticeable and there are points where it even takes a lead, the rest of the band takes a backing role, but it is done well.

As one would expect from a Marilyn Manson performance, there is a stage show, this includes costume changes, such as a pope outfit worn during the rendition of Love Song to a long skirt that holds Manson high above the band in Cruci-Fiction in Space but also props are used, such as a chariot pulled by topless women with horse heads as an opening and a podium in Antichrist Superstar all of which adds an extra dimension to the concert, and the fact that the DVD is made of a blend of different concerts, which change mid song means that you get to see different costumes from different shows within songs.

And herein lies the issue with this DVD, the footage used is a blend of different shows, and because of this, the soundtrack is questionable, which show is it from? There are times in the show when the lips of Manson don't match the point of the song been sung and this is infuriating because it could have been avoided, there wasn't a need to use all the different concerts, most other live DVD's make it using only one, and this definitely could have done. It does make it harder to enjoy the show as it flits constantly between the different concerts which is annoying and confusing for the viewer.

The DVD also features a documentary called The Death Parade which is a 30 minute show about the bands last trip around the world which is enjoyable and provides a surreal insight into the backstage world of the band

With all this, this is a very enjoyable footage highlighting one of the best tours of a great band in its prime, any fan of Manson should definitely endeavour to pick this up.



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dragoth
February 23rd 2013



226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers

ThrashTillDeath94
February 23rd 2013



564 Comments


Manson's vocals are the best here. This is some of the better live performances from the band.

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xist
February 23rd 2013



171 Comments


I saw him when he performed in London on this tour...he's such a poor live vocalist (or was then) that i'd imagine a host of trickery went into the audio on this if it's actually decent.

Acanthus
February 23rd 2013



9510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely a favorite concert DVD; some of the imagery he used here was superb.

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dragoth
February 23rd 2013



226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw him live at the end of last year, his vocals aren't the best anymore but he can pull it of, and his screams are brilliant.

DominionMM1
February 23rd 2013



8831 Comments


"a host of trickery went into the audio on this if it's actually decent."

believe it or not, there was a time when he could perform very well in a live setting. but that was over a decade ago so yeah.




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DominionMM1
February 23rd 2013



8831 Comments


he hasn't been for quite some time

Mickeymau5
February 23rd 2013



1614 Comments


for a long time

Mickeymau5
February 23rd 2013



1614 Comments


"during the rendition of Love Song"

First I thought.. He butchered a Cure song? Thank god he didn't

BassDemon333
February 24th 2013



3291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best era ever for the band and this DVD captures it perfectly

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BassDemon333
February 24th 2013



3291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its hard to choose between the two for me. The band lineup though, which is the same on both, is the best in his career.

BassDemon333
February 24th 2013



3291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah and its awesome, but I like this a bit more

BassDemon333
February 24th 2013



3291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah now that I can agree on, the backstage/behind the scenes stuff was lacking a lot on this compared to god is in the tv

BassDemon333
February 24th 2013



3291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I enjoyed Born Villain but hes still a complete mess live and I always thought it was a shame that he got rid of John 5, the man is a damn good guitarist even though Manson never really let him utilize all of his skills. I mean yeah hes got Twiggy back now and I'm glad about that but the songwriting still isnt up to par with Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, or Holy Wood.

ThrashTillDeath94
February 25th 2013



564 Comments


That's according to your interpretation of the word "good"...



Mickeymau5
February 26th 2013



1614 Comments


Objectively speaking



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