Marilyn Manson – “Heaven Upside Down” review

Almost 3 years after dropping his most consistent album in 15 years with The Pale Emperor back in 2015, infamous industrial metal/rock singer Marilyn Manson is returning with his 10th full-length album. The opener “Revelation #12” sees Manson making references to the 12th chapter of the Book of Revelation (hence the title) & musically, it throws me back to his sophomore album Antichrist Superstar. The next song “Tattooed in Reverse” is basically Manson angrily singing about not being unstable & your confession meaning nothing over some very Hellish guitars. The track “We Know Where You Fucking Live” lyrically has a political tone to it & instrumentally, it’s just EXPLOSIVE! Especially when the hook makes it’s way around. The song “Say10” (great title by the way) talks about corruption & I love the creepy atmosphere that it brings. I also found the bridge about not baptizing whores & being a legend instead of a fable to be intriguing as well.

The track “Kill4Me” has a more alternative metal sound to it & Manson’s singing about death, but his vocals sound somber & raw on here. The song “Saturnalia” continues the topic of murder while returning to his signature industrial metal sound & the guitar riffs are super catchy to me. The track “Je$u$ Cri$i$” (once again: great title) sings about about wanting to write fight music & while it doesn’t get that adrenaline pumping in your veins like “The Fight Song” off his 2000 magnum opus Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) does, it’s still a sinister tune regardless. The song “Blood Honey” starts off with some eerie keys from Tyler Bates & some sinister bass from Twiggy Ramirez, but then Tyler’s guitar that comes in during the hook bitch-slaps. As for the lyrics, he’s singing about us liking him upside down along with being him than mean & you can just hear the passion in his voice. Especially when he’s just screaming his brains out near the end. The title track speaks on attracting what he is & you not being a ghost, but the classic hard rock sound of it is just decent to me. While the closer “Threats of Romance” feels like a sequel to “I Have to Look Up Just to See Hell” from his 2009 album The High End of Low & while the guitar is just as killer as the predecessor, Manson’s vocals aren’t as wild as the first & the piano chords that pop in during the verses aren’t too bad either.

While I did like Marilyn’s last album a lot, this new one could very well be better. It’s more rawer, the songwriting is on point for the most part, the vocals are passionate yet wild & the instrumental performances are more hard hitting. If anyone loved his 1996-2000 trilogy as much as I did, then you have to give this a listen because Manson is truly continuing traveling down the path of consistency with this one

Score: 4/5

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