Review: The Golden Age of Grotesque

By the time 2003 came around Marilyn Manson’s popularity exploded as he shot up the charts with a new hit single and an album that failed to deliver despite its commercial success. This is The Golden Age of Grotesque.

Fans of Marilyn Manson from this time period will remember the horror at watching the highly anticipated new music video called Mobscene. What we got was a fairly typical Manson song with a chorus that sounded awfully familiar. Fans of Faith No More were quick to point out the fact that the chorus from the song Be Aggressive was very quickly ripped off and thrown into this song. With a song like this climbing up the charts, every skater boy and emo kid decided that Marilyn Manson was the best new music and quickly jumped onto the band wagon with old time fans jumping off due to their disappointment.

The Golden Age of Grotesque as a whole is an extremely disappointing album. Not only does the album lack any good licks and riffs but there are no witty lyrics and snappy choruses like the previous Marilyn Manson albums. What we got was an hours worth of endless distorted power chords, uncomfortable looping computer beats and many emotionless unimaginative lyrics. It was a fair set back from the fantastic Holy Wood, one that would throw long time fans off for many years.

Looking back on it after all these years, it really hasn’t aged well. Sure the production is well done and the band are given quite a tight sound. But it is clearly a half assed attempt at what was popular with teenagers at the time. It is fairly typical nu-metal aimed at the posers that the goths and metal heads of old despised. This was no longer the sharp tongued devil that produced classics like Antichrist Superstar, Angel With The Scabbed Wings, Disposable Teens and Coma White. There is no intelligence in the music, no clever use of melody and eerie vibes. Also the less said about the dreadful cover of Tainted Love the better. There is a couple of good songs but for the most part this is standard heavy music for the masses. The same mindless crap you’d find in Slipknot, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park.

If you are one of those mindless drones who worship the nu-metal days of old, this garbage is directed at you. If you have any intelligence you would buy his first four albums and the last album, The Pale Emperor. These records are classics of the genre and have aged wonderfully. This on the other hand is bargain bin rubbish, not worth your time.

Rating : 5 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. Thaeter
  2. This Is The New Shit
  3. Mobscene
  4. Dol-Dagga Buzz-Buzz Ziggety-Zag
  5. Use Your First And Not Your Mouth
  6. The Golden Age of Grotesque
  7. (s)AINT
  8. Ka-Boom Ka-Boom
  9. Slutgarden
  10. Spade
  11. Para-Noir
  12. The Bright Young Things
  13. Better of Two Evils
  14. Vodevil
  15. Obsequey (The Death of Art)
  16. Tainted Love
  17. Baboon Rape Party (Non LP Version)

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