Last weekend, Marilyn Manson finally broke his silence and dropped a new song to the surprise of everyone. It’s from his upcoming as-of-yet untitled album expected for a 2015 release. While it’s not his best in recent years, it’s still pretty good and spells promising things for his next LP. Since it’s not his typical brand of hard rock it also marks a departure in musical style for the rocker, which is working to his advantage so far.
Unlike his past material, which is aggressive and brash, the tone here is ominous and moody. The guitar sounds somber rather than angry and even Manson sounds wounded as he sings “We’ve only reached the third day/of a seven day binge/I can already see your name/disintegrating from my lips.” His voice even sounds a bit different; it’s huskier and rougher than before which adds to the desolate vibe. There’s an air of mystery to the track, especially as Manson hums in place of a chorus.
From the simple guitars to the lurking bass riff, the music has more of a blues/folk feeling to it showing a departure from metal. Granted, it takes a bit to get into, but after a few listens you’ll grow to appreciate it. Similar to the songs found on his seventh studio album, the lyrics are pretty repetitive, but have a sense of despair to them. You’re not sure what type of binge Manson is talking about, but you’re sure the outcome is pretty grim. The track actually sounds like something that would appear on High End of Low, which is kind of worrisome since the album wasn’t that great. But to be fair this song is stronger than most of the material on that LP.
Overall, the single gets 7/10. It’s not the greatest new material from Manson, but it’s a hell of a start. Fans may not like the departure from metal, but he seems to work pretty well in this bluesy territory. It’s not hard and heavy like his other tracks, yet it still has an air of darkness and mystery to it. It may take a while to grow on you, but it’ll be worth it. If anything the song is a promising look towards Manson next album.