Not only is this one of the most remarkable releases of the 90's, it's also a genre-defining effort and the breakthrough album for Marilyn Manson. As a concept album, Antichrist Superstar certainly doesn't break any new ground, but it did rise up against the all-consuming taboo of christianity in the United States. The clever use of anti-christian themes was a genius marketing stategy and the overall use of industrial tricks coupled with catchy riffs and insightful lyrics proved to be a winning formula. This album spawned a long lasting legacy and would prove Marilyn Manson to be a very interesting and powerful band. And it was only the beginning...
Manson's approach here, musically and lyrically, can be both dull and very interesting. The focus may be too much on his odd style changes as opposed to creating a legitimate musical atmosphere, which it seems like he can do well most of the time. An overrated album that is good, but does not deserve the attention it receives.
Half remarkable emotionally charged industrial rock, half dull Manson drama, Antichrist Superstar is horribly inconsistent but still contains Manson's most emotionally charged songs to date, assisted by Trent Reznor's excellent production.
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.