Personnel: Marilyn Manson (vocals, guitar, saxophone, Mellotron, synthesizer, bass, drums, loops); John (guitar, strings, piano); Tim Skold (guitar, accordion, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, programming); MW Gacy (keyboards, synthesizer, loops); Ginger Fish (drums).
Producers: Marilyn Manson, Tim Skold, Ben Grosse.
Recorded at Doppelherz, The Mix Room, Burbank, California and Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles, California.
"Mobscene" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Marilyn Manson proudly wears his musical influences on his band's fifth studio album, where the perpetually androgynous singer and company continue their crusade of industrial rock outrage, making nods to forerunners while never losing that which is quintessentially Manson. "mOBSCENE," reeks of ANGEL DUST-era Faith No More. "Para Noir" offers a romantic agenda in grand Manson style, with little chance for radio edit status. "Better Of Two Evils" and "Your Fist And Not Your Mouth" rally with undeniable choruses while "This Is The New Shit" nails a Korn-inflected groove. The set's down-tempo title track is built around a haunting piano line, and "(s)AINT" deftly captures the Powerman 5000 style. The album track most likely to get extensive re-mixing is the incredibly catchy "Ka-boom Ka-boom." THE GOLDEN AGE OF GROTESQUE drops yet another bomb on convention, and Marilyn Manson clearly planned it that way.
Rolling Stone (5/29/03, p.62) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[Manson] excels at absorbing what's out there and distilling it through his anti-charisma until it's simultaneously fresh and putrid..."
Entertainment Weekly (5/16/03, p.72) - "...[The album] finds a middle ground between the pseudo-glam glory of MECHANICAL ANIMALS and the noisier backsliding of HOLY WOOD....Inventive..." - Grade: B-
Still a fantastic album but The Golden age of grotesque is a far cry from Manson at his peak. This album feels like a merger of his other albums if they had been slightly watered down stylisticly. However, I would still recommend this album as a Manson off his best still beats anything else in the shock rock genre. Worthy of a look in are the tracks mOBSCENE, this is the new shit, and the cover of tainted love by soft cell.
The songs may be catchy, but this is certainly one of Manson's lesser efforts. More electronically-inclined tracks such as 'The New Sh*t' and 'The Golden Age of Grotesque' are certainly interesting, but the mysoginism of '(s)AINT' and 'Slutgarden' will leave a bad taste in your mouth. The single 'mOBSCENE' sounds like an out-take from 'Holy Wood' - in fact, just about every track on the album sounds like a throw-back to his previous work, without actually committing to anything. 'Mechanical Animals' and 'Holy Wood' are both far superior. A disappointing album.
A very different sound to his previous works, as well as an entire new look; Manson manages to make a unique sound for this album. With guitarist John 5 leaving the band and KMFDM member Tim Skold taking his place, TGAOG has a far more industrial sound to it. Die-hard fans may want to look for the two disc version with the DVD containing Manson's short film Doppelherz.
Marilyn Manson has one of the most unique sounding music types I have ever herd, although its industrial metal/rock its still far from anything I have listened to. This album The Golden Age Of Grotesque is one of Manson’s best albums containing some great classics like: This Is The New Shit, mOBSCENE, (s)Aint and Spade. A great buy to add to the collection.
This album has a real new feel for manson. Its kind of like he has taken a slight turn in his direction which sounds abit weak and unsure in sections but comes back and defys all those feeling by its darkness in others. This album still rocks out hard
this is manson most recent album and its pretty bloody good really, its kinda poppy in places but dark and perverted as well, it a real head trip to listen to if your not used to or into this kind of music, I know some people that kind of thing just scares the hell out of them, cant think why though, no im serious I really cant.
Now this is a cool album by marilyn manson
He egnerally annoys me because of his constant lyrical christian bashing but this was a very good album, tainted love and this is the new s**t were great songs (both used in movie soundtracks) marilyn manson is a great musicioan
Marilyn Manson takes his inspirations from the glamour of 1930s Hollywood, the grotesque of Vaudeville to the extreme height of cabaret decadence and so-called "degenerate" art in Weimar Berlin just before its destruction.
Manson says, "This album is about expression. The imagination and personality of the individual cannot be trapped by small minds or defined by any one person. The genius of art finds sanctuary among children and madmen to survive. That, is who we are."
Marilyn Manson has collaborated with renown artist Gottfried Helnwein for the album's controversial artwork which is part of a greater series that will be exhibited in museums all across the world.
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