Label: Nothing, Interscope
Release Date: 8th October 1996
Producers: Trent Reznor, Dave Ogilvie, Marilyn Manson, Sean Beavan
Genre: Industrial Metal
Written by Magali Fazio
Let me tell you something before I even start, Brian ‘Marilyn Manson’ Warner is one of my favourite people on this planet. He’s an amazing all around artist. He’s a singer, songwriter, musician and composer (DUH!), but he’s also an actor, amazing painter (my birthday is just around the corner FYI), author (The Long Hard Road Out of Hell was the first ever book I read outside school hours), make up pioneer, best coverer that ever lived (here is a list of tracks wrongly accredited to MM as well as the ones he really did do at some point), and even a music journalist (pre Marilyn Manson of course), he has dated some of the sexiest women on the planet (*bowing to goddess Dita Von Teese*) and if you’ve seen any interview you know he’s a fucking clever man. I respect and love most of his work, and Antichrist Superstar is not exception.
Antichrist Superstar was Released on October 8, two decades ago and is one of those rare albums you can listen to from start to finish without skipping a song because they are all a work of art, as per usual the lyrics are enough already to give you nightmares for days but on top of that the videos are mini horror movies, and for a foreigner like me before the internet era, it was the best thing ever to own a CD with every song lyric in the booklet – the artwork is pretty cool too – bottom line, this album keeps on giving on every possible front. 20 years later Antichrist Superstar didn’t lose any of its badassery, it’s the kind of record that makes you stop whatever you are doing because you really want to pay attention and listen to what kind of fucked up shit that filthy mouth of his is gonna say : e.g. ‘An insect decaying in your little trap/ I squirm into you, now I'm in your gut’… say what? I’m not gonna break down the album in what song I like the most because this is a masterpiece all the way through and is also one of those that you need to listen to in the proper order since is broken down into three chapters Cycle I: The Heirophant, Cycle II: Inauguration of the Worm, Cycle III: Disintegrator Rising.
The Hell Not Hallelujah's London date was a major disappointment last year because, even though the show was great, it didn’t even last for an hour, but I would easily pay all the money I have to go see one of the dates of the tour promoting Antichrist Superstar, that is cheerily called the Dead to the World Tour – those where the day when you could assist to such spectacles on stage: self-mutilation, band members giving each other blow jobs, someone taking a dump, and I'm pretty sure I’ve heard Manson peed and puked on the audience a few time. Just a whole other level of awesome!
Written by Magali Fazio