GHOSTEMANE
Anti-Icon


3.5
great

Review

by Simon K. STAFF
November 2nd, 2020 | 20 replies


Release Date: 10/21/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Haven't I been such a good good boy?

I’ll put it out there right now; I honestly believe that if Marilyn Manson was starting out today, this would more than likely be the sound we’d get from him. Throughout the course of Anti-Icon, the album so righteously embraces the dense, nightmarishly oppressive industrial aesthetics Manson’s earlier works are so well known for. Ergo, for all intents and purposes, it’s hard for me to shake the thought that Brian Warner might well have approached it this way if he was starting out again in the contemporary confines of this non-regional landscape music currently finds itself in. Of course, there’s a little bit more to it than simply basing Anti-Icon’s foundations on what Antichrist Superstar did twenty-four years ago, because in truth, it would be grossly myopic of me to conclude that Ghostemane based his sound on just one of his venerable icons. What I am getting at though, is Anti-Icon successfully exhumes and greatly embodies the essence of what made Antichrist so successful, whilst making it very much modern sounding.

However, the amount of experimentation being toyed with here seems almost incidental when you look at the collective whole. If someone wrote down what Ghostemane did on paper, it would probably come across as incredibly contrived and messy. Yet, when you sit down and listen to what he is putting into practice, it’s hard to overlook the fact he’s doing something fairly unique. Granted, Anti-Icon is far from perfect, but it gets more things right here than it does wrong. The album maintains its despondent undertones; listening to Anti-Icon, it feels like you’re climbing into an industrial echo chamber, saturated in haunted mechanical reverb. In fact, speaking for Anti-Icon’s production methods, reverb seems to be the main ingredient here, and it works well. Hearing Whitney’s raspy, Manson-inspired demonic hisses on “Anti-Social Masochistic Rage [ASMR]”, or the clanking acoustic guitar strumming over creaking ambient echoes in “The Winds of Change”, it really authenticates the oppressive mood and convinces you that you’re in this confined nightmare.

Sometimes Ghostemane blurs the line and gets lost in his abilities to distinguish tasteful influence with outright emulation. Ghostemane clearly has an affinity for 90s industrial music, setting his sights on Antichrist Superstar and NIN’s The Downward Spiral, but sometimes it becomes a little too apparent. “Hydrochloride” and “Melanchoholic”’s rumbling bass and synthetic drum snaps over Ghostemane’s screams, or “Falling Down”’s nihilistic attempts at encompassing the voided anguish of “Hurt” can sound fairly ham-fisted in execution at times. Indeed, while I'm not necessarily complaining about hearing these elements on here, because they are done well, it’s the way they’re presented as NIN or Manson worship than pragmatic ends for his own means. Another notable point is the flow of the record. The first half of the album is Ghostemane’s traditionally demented bipolar sound: trap beats, schizophrenic bursts of rap and screaming, and chuggy flourishes of guitar. By the time “The Winds of Change” enters the fray though, things turn into a much more traditional industrial metal album than one accustomed to Ghostemane. Still, the variety expected from this guy is present on the whole, and Anti-Icon is a really enjoyable ride despite the reins being pulled on the second half. The vocal diversity is impressive, the music is spooky and menacing, and I think ultimately Anti-Icon is a great addition to his works. If nothing else, it’s nice to see more artists taking an interest in the industrial ethos of the late 80s and early 90s. Anti-Icon is a concise offering with plenty to offer both fans of Ghostemane and the industrial genre.

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https://www.ghostemane.com/



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Comments:Add a Comment 
momentzuhclarity
November 2nd 2020


239 Comments


i like ghostmane. john dee and whatnot. cool dude, may write him in for prezzy, idk

HarlequinRolodex
November 2nd 2020


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Personally, I'm definitely more into the first half of the record. Ghoste's heavy bass trap/metal stuff is just right up my alley and I've been really into his last few albums. The straight up industrial rock/metal on the latter half ain't bad though and I reckon it'll grow on me.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 3rd 2020


62305 Comments


Why are you like this

Digging: MYSS KETA - IL CIELO NON E UN LIMITE

JayEnder
November 3rd 2020


8698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This guy is so tacky, but I can't help but enjoy a few songs on here.



Lazaretto owns

AaroN911
November 3rd 2020


2861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Very top half heavy and not as good as N/O/I/S/E but still solid

frozencarl
November 3rd 2020


936 Comments


love the korn vibes

Conmaniac
November 4th 2020


25891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is ok but def a sound development if anything

AaroN911
November 4th 2020


2861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah def agree on that

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2020


4443 Comments


Nice helm of thorns on the cover

conesmoke
November 5th 2020


6419 Comments


"ill put it out there right now; I honestly believe that if Marilyn Manson was starting out today, this would more than likely be the sound we’d get from him"

Mate... As if. Manson has far stronger melodies, riffs, industrial beats and balls. I like ghostmane.. but no, this is not what Manson would have produced under similar context

OSEL
November 5th 2020


181 Comments


preeeety sure I used to play against this guy in halo 3

botb
November 5th 2020


14140 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this dude is like 3 6 mafia for guys that buy blackcraft

Darius The Imposter
November 5th 2020


22650 Comments


if i dig some scarlxrd will i like this

Conmaniac
November 6th 2020


25891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

More like suicideboys than scarlxrd but sure

Conmaniac
November 6th 2020


25891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Back half is super not rap tho so check Ghostemane's earlier stuff for sure

LunaticSoul
November 6th 2020


1520 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

is this lo-fi as shit or it's just spotify



unclereich
November 8th 2020


7885 Comments


its just shit

JayEnder
November 9th 2020


8698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"this dude is like 3 6 mafia for guys that buy blackcraft"



lmfaooo

Darius The Imposter
November 9th 2020


22650 Comments


"
Back half is super not rap tho so check Ghostemane's earlier stuff for sure"

noted, will do

LunaticSoul
November 9th 2020


1520 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree with the review, jammed this twice in lockdown mode here in a fog ride to the hills and last six tracks or so were like so good on that



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