Marilyn Manson
Holy Wood


4.5
superb

Review

by Zo0lz USER (9 Reviews)
June 20th, 2011 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


Marilyn Manson was one who enjoyed controversy, being a shock rock band and providing subliminal messages about society that was tucked from view but if there's one thing that envelops all of this into one tight-nit package, Holy Wood would be that album. Who says art can't come in audial form"

This album is the third in a tryptich which employs the concept of a rebellion which eventually became what it was fighting against. Following our protagonist, Adam, we are introduced to this rebellion in where each song tells us how the rebellion initially took over the "Beautiful People" but had eventually became what they were fighting against, a cyclic process of replacing the "Beautiful People" rather than eliminating them and living as they normally would.

Having said all this, one can observe that there are many a variation in musical tones, varying greatly from the hard rock sound which punches through in the form of "The Fight Song", a typical rebel anthem with a basic guitar and poppy drum beat which is also indicative of the start of the "rebellion" period as the storyline goes. One may also find that they are drawn into the strange onslaught against the people governing these "Beautiful People" and it would present itself in the form of "Target Audience (Naricuss Narcosis)" Which employs a slower, slightly more melodramatic atmosphere but nevertheless it maintains its rebellious status throughout the track.

Vocally, this record picks up when Manson pours his heart and soul into some of the quieter tracks on the album, such as the song which indicate the turning point in the rebellious behavior, namely "In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death" where Manson really shows his audience how harmonic yet abrasive his attitude is, not to mention the lyricism in this track,which is at its' peak. Adam has realised that he should just give it up and quit, and he certainly seems to have done so as "A Place In The Dirt" indicates to us ("All God's children we are sent/To our place in the sun/In the dirt.") Manson's grim voice rings loud and clear, making sure to sound as nihilistic and emotionally vacant as possible while still illustrating to the audience that he is emphasizing Adam's disillusionment with what has happened to the rebellion that once was out to cancel popularity.

This record has two very minor flaws: the first being that there are far too many references to bible-related characters, which is seen to suggest a very anti-religious stance and it could be misinterpereted as an insult to those who believe in Christianity, just sayin'. The second of two flaws is that there is almost always that 15-20 seconds of silence that happens to attach itself to the beginning of every song, which is quite annoying considering the quality of this record.

All in all, if you like to observe an in-depth analysis of a rebellion gone wrong, you like to hear a good hard rock tune or you just enjoy Marilyn Manson's music in general, you shall enjoy listening to this. This is a must-have for collectors of concept albums for sure.



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Zo0lz
June 20th 2011


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Meh, I was feeling lazy when I wrote this one. I'll add more to it later on.

Acanthus
June 20th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like the album a lot, for one I perceive the anti-religious takes as exactly as what he wanted to carry across to the listener.

Zo0lz
June 20th 2011


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, but I feel he overdoes it on this record as compared to MA and ACSS.

Acanthus
June 20th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I could see where that might be the case, the album can drag on depending on the listeners mood.

Zo0lz
June 20th 2011


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, I'll agree there.

Emim
June 20th 2011


27657 Comments


ugh band is so bad

Curse.
June 20th 2011


8057 Comments


Charles Monroe blows

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2011


4638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review. you have the ideas, add more about songs, not just 2-3 quick mentions, this way it looks superficial. about the flaws you mentioned, a big part of the record's charm is that he spent a big amount of time for such details (check nachtkabarett.com for a list of them) putting them together. also, he had released Antichrist Superstar, he isn't concerned about insults towards Christianity (he used the negative publicity and protests to boost his fame). some of those seconds of silence have some whispered lines, like Target Audience, The Death Song or Fall of Adam, for the rest maybe there are some errors, there aren't usually that many seconds of silence (not complaining about the review really with all this, just saying :D, I love the album)

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Zo0lz
June 20th 2011


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for the criticism, man.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2011


9090 Comments


I don't mind the detail level here. Good one, here is a pos.

Zo0lz
June 20th 2011


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Appreciate it.

BassDemon333
June 20th 2011


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Mansons best work. Nothing hes done or ever will do will ever compare to this. Its got his bands best lineup, his best lyrics and concept, and has several amazing tracks and flows together great as an album.

Asiatic667
June 20th 2011


4651 Comments


the first being that there are far too many references to bible-related characters, which is seen to suggest a very anti-religious stance and it could be misinterpereted as an insult to those who believe in Christianity, just sayin'.


WOW.....Um....How much do you actually KNOW about Brian Warner? Lol

Tyrael
June 20th 2011


21112 Comments


Basically agree with BassDemon. Manson really managed to make this album come together in such a fashion that it turned out to be so much more than just the sum of its parts.

FearThyEvil
June 20th 2011


16641 Comments


I hate Marilyn Manson way to much. The guy is just a general asshole.

Darkvoid67
June 20th 2011


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This guy is a fat, lazy, arrogant and slightly perverted asshole. Having said that, this album is brilliant. Insomniac nailed my criticism, but hell it was an alright read

Acanthus
June 20th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really liked his biography, it was a fun read.



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