Friday, September 29, 2017

CD Review: MARILYN MANSON The Pale Emperor

The Pale Emperor
Release Date: January 15, 2015
Deluxe version includes:
Day 3 (acoustic version of Third Day Of A Seven Binge)
Fated, Faithful, Fatal (acoustic of The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles)
Fall Of The House Of Death (acoustic of “Odds or Even”)
It is definitely a very different style from what we used to see and in my opinion, the total opposite of his first album, this one is a bit blues-ish with some rock-ish moments.
It has the melancholy in Manson’s voice and it’s quite palpable, one can actually feel it, the lyrics also are quite interesting like the reference to Lazarus for example. The instrumentation is quite different from aggressive drums and screams, features a calmer more relaxed and concise style in my opinion.
My favorite tracks of this album were Killing Strangers, Day 3, Fated, Faithful, Fatal, The Devil Beneath My Feet, Birds Of Hell Awaiting and Odds or Even.
Reasons for the picks are: first one because of the clear blues-ish influence second and third for being acoustic versions that are easy to play and with deep lyrics, the fourth because of the upbeat drum that isn’t aggressive but isn’t boring either, fifth because of the instrumentation with some psychedelic-ish moments along a play on words on the lyrics and the sixth because of lyrics and the fact it kind of speaks of “the ugly truth” of not being able to escape one’s self regardless of how many defenses, how many masks and all that we put daily along. -Sophia Cynthia Cabral

Track List:
1. Killing Strangers
2. Deep Six
3. Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge
4. The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles
5. Warship My Wreck
6. Slave Only Dreams To Be King
7. The Devil Beneath My Feet
8. Birds Of Hell Awaiting
9. Cupid Carries A Gun
10. Odds Of Even

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