Producers include: Trent Reznor, Dave Ogilvie, M. Manson.
Engineers include: Dave "Rave" Ogilvie.
The latest volley in industrial music's invasion of the mainstream, shock-rock band Marilyn Manson revels in the perverse, the unpleasant and the grotesque, championing hate, alienation and negativity with the same fervor with which happy-face troubadours of the '70s promoted sunshine, peace and happiness. The band's music owes a great deal to labelmates Nine Inch Nails, incorporating processed vocals, screeching electronics and enough bad attitude to bring even Norman Vincent Peale down. But rather than follow Trent Reznor down the path of sonic experimentation, Marilyn Manson establishes an unrelenting, grungy, guitar-driven attack that makes Ministry and The Butthole Surfers sound "unplugged."
ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR is not an album for everyone. It is the aural equivalent of root canal without novocaine. Marilyn Manson creates a harsh, nightmarish soundscape to symbolize all that is evil and corrupt in contemporary society. There can be no such thing as a casual listen to ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR's 16 scabrous tracks, and no listener will come away unscathed.
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.64) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone (11/28/96, pp.129-130) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...The group's third and most accessible album draws on the orgasmic din of death metal, the mechanized asault of hard-core industrial rock and swaggering FM-pop trash a la Def Leppard....an alluringly nasty piece of work..."
Spin (12/96, p.140) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Its 16 songs rock like '70s Sabbath-style metal, but harder; the arrangements echo Queen in operatic scope but are more intense; the mood owes its vampiric chill to Bauhaus, but this band actually bites the vein..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/11/96, p.90) - "...Manson's high-concept depravity has its own sick charm. Nihilism this goofy makes one long to be 15 again and naive enough to swallow such `satanic' hokum whole." - Rating: B
Q (8/00, p.126) - Included in Q's "Best Metal Albums Of All Time"
Q (7/01, p.88) - Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time".
Q (12/99, p.170) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Gothic Albums Of All Time - "...a near-death meisterwork....Goth is to the point of seizure, its squealing riffs, Beelzebub vocals and monstrous sense of melodrama set new standards for saleable unpleasantness."
All of the lyrics are precise and every song is heavy-hitting musically. This is truly Manson's masterpiece album. This is also the first album he made that he was really proud of. He worked over 7 months to record this album with the help of Reznor's producing, most of which wasn't serious work at all (Read his autobiography The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell as I have to see what I mean by that). This is single-handedly Manson's coming out record - which also brought him one of his most commercially successful hits "The Beautiful People." This is his vision of how the world made him how he is today (as of 1996, when he was working on it) and the world in general. It is record is broken into 3 Cycles, Cycle I. The Heirophant, Cycle II. The Inauguration Of The Worm, and Cycle III. Disintegrator Rising. The main concept of the album is of the Distingrator's rise to power and the destruction of the world and himself that insues because of his power that has risen.
Antichrist Superstar is often hailed as Manson's best Cd and rightfully so. Beautiful People is a great track as is Cryptorchid.
Manson is not everyone's cup of tea and that is highly appealing. An artist that sparks so much hate and loathing is quite comical.
AS is an album worth having for any Manson fan.
It may be widely regarded as Manson's best album, but 'Antichrist Superstar' is nowhere near as good as its follow-ups 'Mechanical Animals' and 'Holy Wood'. Songs like 'The Beautiful People', 'Tourniquet', 'Irresponsible Hate Anthem' and the title track are all catchy and fun, but for the most part, it all blends into one dreary whole. 'Holy Wood' did it much better, so if you'd take rock Manson over glam Manson, then that's the album to invest in.
A huge difference in sound from all his works in Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, and completely different to Portrait of an American Family, Mansonís second album is 16 tracks of anger, pain and suffering. Featuring tracks The Beautiful People, Tourniquet and The Reflecting God, this album is simply a must have for any Industrial/Alternative fan, regardless of your opinion of the man himself.
This is easily marilyn mansons best album yet. Being his second it is still going hard and will not be beaten. It is heavy as hell and consisten all the way from start to finish. Best songs are torniquet, man that you fear, wormboy and cryptorchild.
This is mansons second album and its heavy as hell. I donít really see why people get so up in arms about his lyrics cause they arenít actually that bad or controversial I adnt think anyway.
This album has pretty kool packaging too, there is a standar jewel case inside a slipcase. Very kool album.
this album is just another Malylin manson failure to avoid offending anyone whom takes their love in god seriously, He should be shot as he has talent but he wasted it on this crappy album, as im a christian i was pissed off by his constant bikering about there being no god yet he claims hes a jew
I was dissapointed buy this the moment I bought it, even as a Marilyn manson fans. The lyrics don't really follow any sort of subject and the music is lacking anything interesting. A few good songs like "Angel With The Scabbed Wings" and "Tourniquet" make this album somewhat enjoyable.
Still not really worth getting unless you are a Manson fan.
Boasting a fuller sound and a more focused sense of purpose, Antichrist Superstar is a substantial improvement on Marilyn Manson's debut album, Portrait of an American Family. The band draws equally from schlock-metal, progressive metal, new wave, goth-rock and industrial rock, and with the help of producers Trent Reznor and Dave Ogilvie, the group creates a boiling, mockingly satanic mess of guitars, and synthesizers.
Marilyn Manson's 'Antichrist Superstar' is an album that is both a history lesson and a self-fulfilling prophecy, as well as more than a little autobiographical. It chronicles the rise of Brian Warner from lonely, disturbed, abused and segregated boy to Marilyn Manson, the last of the Rock Stars and All-American Antichrist. This is the story of how the boy that you loved became the man that you fear.
Antichrist Superstar was released on October 8th, 1996. It peaked at #3 on the billboard charts, earning the band arena venues for their tour to follow, respectfully entitled "Dead to the World."
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