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In the 90's, the name Marilyn Manson carried with a combination of awe and infamy. Praised by a burgeoning generation of teenagers as the symbol of rebellion and non-conformity, and derided by religious figures and parents as an encouragement of depravity and anarchy. Over the course of 10 albums, Marilyn Manson has provided us with his twisted sense of shock rock and a persona modeled from a mixture of Alice Cooper, David Bowie, and Goth culture. Here, I will outline my ranking of his studio albums from worst to best.
10Marilyn Manson
Eat Me, Drink Me

I... yeah. Despite being a hyped return for the shock rock star after a 4-year hiatus, Eat Me, Drink Me completely dropped the ball in every possible manner. Uninspired, mundane, and a surprisingly bad album for Marilyn Manson.
9Marilyn Manson
The High End of Low

At this point it was beginning to sound like Manson was just going through the motions, unable to motivate himself to go beyond sounding absolutely bored out of his mind. Phoned in vocals, generic instrumentation, and terrible production barely keeping this album above absolutely terrible.
8Marilyn Manson
Portrait of an American Family

I don't get the appeal of Manson's debut album. Nothing about this album interested me. It seemed that Manson was more concerned with shocking his listener than actually making good music. If that was his goal, he certainly succeeded.
7Marilyn Manson
Antichrist Superstar

Another album I cannot understand the hype for. From it's repetitive songs to it's boring instrumentation. It simply felt like a retread of Manson's debut album but this time with a story. It was certainly better than his debut, but barely.
6Marilyn Manson
The Golden Age of Grotesque

An underrated album in Manson's discography. After the masterpiece that was Holy Wood, Golden Age of Grotesque had the unfortunate luck of being released after that album and being immediately compared to it. Despite having some very good tracks like "This is The Good Shit", and some of Manson's fastest and most eclectic instrumentation yet, this album was completely forgotten in comparison to his other albums. A sad fact if you ask me.
5Marilyn Manson
Born Villain

I can't tell whether Born Villain was great because I was hoping it would be good, or expecting it to be terrible. Either way, the album featured a welcome return to form for the artist; who seemed determined to right the wrongs committed in his last two albums.
4Marilyn Manson
Mechanical Animals

Despite the lackluster Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals completely threw the Manson rulebook out the window, going for a more Industrial Rock sound in comparison to his Shock Metal origins. The result was this crazy carnival ride of pulsating drums, and Manson's delicious croon mixed in with a sound production. Mechanical Animals was the album that made me a fan of Manson, and showed me that this guy wasn't just a gimmick.
3Marilyn Manson
Heaven Upside Down

Tyler Bates has completely redefined the entire landscape of Marilyn Manson's music. He has helped kickstart this resurgence to excellence by creating some of the best material Manson has made in his entire fucking career. From it's Golden Age-esque Hard Metal sound to it's continue use of elaborate production and inventive rhythm, Heaven Upside Down is an astounding album, and one of the best albums of 2017.
2Marilyn Manson
Holy Wood

One of the greatest albums of the late 90's. Holy Wood was so much better than it had any right to be. As the new millennia inched ever closer, Manson was determined to go absolutely balls deep into his songwriting and production. The result was a savage photograph of American hypocrisy and consumerism, a touchstone that defined Marilyn Manson's entire career before it's release, and after it.
1Marilyn Manson
The Pale Emperor

Tyler Bates was the best fucking thing to happen to Marilyn Manson and The Pale Emperor is proof of this. From it's Blues Metal instrumentation to it's more sinister lyrical themes; The Pale Emperor was a massive resurgence in popularity for Marilyn Manson and a defining moment where he embarked on a new era for his music. The album was brilliant in almost every factor, and Tyler Bates captured a side of Manson we as an audience had never encountered before.
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