Written By: Kayleigh King
Originality: (3.5 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (4.5 / 5) Lyrics: (4.0 / 5) Production: (5.0 / 5) Average: (4.3 / 5)
The new album from Marilyn Manson is entitled, ‘Heaven Upside Down’ and is yet another release from an artist that feeds into my teenage nostalgia. Marilyn Manson needs no introduction and here they are again with their tenth studio album. Straight off the bat, the album leads off with “Revelation #12” and it feels just like classic Manson, but a even more fine tuned entity when compared to previous offerings. The album comes with a more profound sense of deepness that seems genuine.
The album has a definite flow of movement, but never settles in one place long enough to stagnate. Marilyn Manson’s music has never been meant to be ‘easy listening’, but this album has such a strong presence and clearly defined vocals that it keeps your attention but is never jarring.
The wonderfully titled, ‘We Know Where You Fucking Live’ is a fantastic display of the band’s immense musical and instrumental talent, and shows this album’s fantastic production. The vocals and lyrics are quintessential Manson and the track is a masterclass showing of playing to the strengths of yourself and your band.
I always like to highlight my favorite track or tracks from any album I review. This is an example of an album that made the choice difficult. After a few listens, I chose ‘Kill4Me’. The track has a slightly different vibe from the rest of the tracks in that it has a bit more rhythm to it. It is still instantly recognizable as Marilyn Manson, in both vocals and music but there is an almost provocative nature to the vocals. The instrumentals have a repeating pattern that makes you want to move, and plays into the vocals deepness.
The title track, ‘Heaven Upside Down’ is an incredibly strong track and had some of my favorite lyrics of any track on the album. It isn’t hard to fathom why this is the title track, as it is so strong and is the track that represents Marilyn Manson the most, and is a true embodiment of them as artists.
‘Heaven Upside Down’ is available now, and is well worth a listen whether you are an ardent Manson fan or if you are completely new to their sound.