Label: Nothing Records - INTD-90086,Interscope Records - INTD-90086 • Format: CD Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Industrial, Hard Rock
The recording of the album was marred by excessive drug use, which provoked a high level of antagonism between band members. Consequently, it was their last release to feature contributions from founding guitarist Daisy Berkowitzwho acrimoniously quit partway through recording. A rock opera and a The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar albumAntichrist Superstar was the first installment in a trilogy which included succeeding releases Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood In the Shadow of the Valley of Death The central storyline on the album revolved around a supernatural being who seizes all power from humanity in order to initiate an apocalyptic end event ; a populist demagogue who is driven solely by resentment, The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar and despair, he uses his newfound position to destroy the world.
The record can be seen as a social critiqueutilizing this premise as a metaphor for the perceived fascist elements of conservatism in the United States. Preceded by " The The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar People Qadir Ali - Double Cross Vol.
2, whose music video received three nominations at the MTV Video Music Awardsthe album was both a critical and commercial success. Lorraine Ali of Rolling Stone credited Antichrist Superstar with ending the dominance of grunge within popular music. In the years since its release, various publications have listed it among the best albums of the s.
Vendetta Lullaby - Pipher - Vendetta Lullaby album debuted at number three on the Billboardand has sold almost two million copies in the United States alone.
As ofworldwide album sales had surpassed over seven million copies. The album was supported by the controversial " Dead to the World Tour ", which was heavily criticized by elements of the Christian right.
Nearly every North American venue the band visited was picketed by religious organizations, predominantly because of unfounded, exaggerated claims of onstage drug use, bestialityand Satanic ritualsincluding animal and even human sacrifice.
The band also found itself the target of congressional hearingswhich attempted to implicate the group in a fan's suicide. Several previously unreleased recordings were issued on soundtracks throughoutincluding " Apple of Sodom " and " Long Hard Road Out of Hell ". Marilyn Manson was formed in by the vocalist and guitarist Daisy Berkowitz. Within six months of forming, they were performing sold-out concerts in capacity nightclubs throughout Florida. Antichrist Superstar was recorded over an eight-month period at Nothing Studios in New Orleans by an extensive group of musicians.
Initial sessions were unproductive, and routinely culminated in the destruction of the studio, as well as the group's The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar equipment and instruments. Berkowitz was highly critical of Reznor, who, he said, purposely destroyed a Fender Jaguar given as a gift to Berkowitz from his then-recently deceased father, explaining: "I was in the studio, and they were all in the control room, and I'm playing guitar.
At the end, Trent says, 'Do it again, but do it more like this. I'll come in there. Let me show you what I'm talking about. Then he laughed and left the room. Ogilvie was eventually blamed for the band's dysfunction, and was fired as co-producer. Antichrist Superstar is a rock opera concept albumand its title is based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar. It wouldn't have had the same impact on me if I'd heard it when I was a kid in Ohio—it felt like it was about the culture of Hollywood, the disgusting cannibalism.
Antichrist Superstar is primarily an industrial metal record,   and contains material which has been described as industrial rock and death metal as well as progressive metalnew wave and gothic rock.
In the final section, the central character transforms into the Antichrist Superstar : an populist demagogue whose motivations transcend any conceivable sense M.C. Buzz B* - The Last Tree morality. Ramirez composed much of the music on the record, and regularly asked for input from Reznor, whom he said was "the only other string musician" in the studio on a regular basis, elaborating: "Writing the songs was nothing, but going in and recording them we made some changes.
It was nice to have [Trent] there, like another member of the band to help me have another outlook at some of the stuff, because Daisy had ran out of ideas and just did not contribute whatsoever. He explained that the trilogy was an autobiographical story told in a reverse timeline chronologically reverse from their release dateswith the storyline beginning on Holy Woodfollowed by Mechanical Animalsand Antichrist Superstar acting as its conclusion.
In the first half, Manson's vocals are rendered deadpan using several layers of microphone filters while it is altered in the second with a vocoder to augment a Mellotron played over a pulsing sinus rhythm. The title song ends with Apple Inc. MacinTalk voices are used again Transmigration II - Henry Wolff & Nancy Hennings - The Bells Of Shang Shung (A Soundpoem) the music video.
The song "" was the subject of legal action brought against the band by former bassist Gidget Geinover alleged similarities to a demo titled "She's Not My Girlfriend". The latter had first been recorded infour years before Ramirez had joined the group. Brown, the designer of the album artwork. Antichrist Superstar features elaborate artwork. Artwork for the album was designed by The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar . It was the first of several albums the packaging designer designed for the band.
In an interview with RevolverBrown recounted that his working relationship with the band started on the recommendation a friend in while he was working as the creative director of a design studio in New York City.
The band was recording the album at Nothing Studios at the time and were actively looking for a cover art designer. After researching into who Manson was, he realized it was "pointless" to send the band any of his prior work. Brown decided to spend a weekend "creating fictitious album covers for made-up bands" and sent those to New Orleans.
The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar several months of hearing nothing back, Brown was invited to Nothing Studios to meet with Manson. During their meeting, Manson asked Brown to watch E. Elias Merhige's experimental art film Begotten. According to Brown, Manson already had a strong idea of what he wanted the album cover to look like, drawing inspiration from the bleak cinematography of this "grainy, scratched nightmare of a film.
He recalled "drawing some things and scanning in several layers of dirt " during the design process. A medical diagram of a rib cage can also be seen on the top left corner. On the back, Manson is shown as the Antichrist Superstar in suit and tiealong with the stylized high voltage symbol used by the band as the album's logo.
The words " HeartMindComplacentand Malice " are also featured on the front of the O-card and throughout the booklet. They were originally from one of the fictitious album covers Brown made. Brown explained that he conceived of them after he "picked opposing ideals and turned them into a symbolic compass of sorts: Heart is the opposite of mind, and complacency is the opposite of malice. Strangely enough, all of those things fit into the concept of the album.
The exact graphic I used for the fake albums was used for the The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar package. Senator Joseph Lieberman found the image particularly offensive.
Mistaking the standing figure for a naked woman Lieberman denounced, "These records and their corporate sponsors are telling our children it's the season of senseless violencehopelessness and the The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar awful ill will toward each otherparticularly women.
The track was a hit on alternative rock charts in the United States, reaching number 26 on Billboard ' s Modern Rock Tracks and number 29 on Mainstream Rock. This At The Blessed Grotto - Grand Belials Key - Mocking The Philanthropist (File, Album) was controversial,   and has been listed as one of the most iconic in the shows' history.
Elias Merhige. The video for "Cryptorchid" heavily incorporated imagery from Merhige's film Begottenwhile the video for "Antichrist Superstar" remained unreleased untilwhen it was leaked on YouTube. Numerous outtakes and previously unreleased recordings were issued on movie soundtracks throughout The album was promoted by the highly controversial year long "Dead to the World Tour.
The tour mounted several set pieces. Depending on venue size, the backdrop consisted of a stained glass tableau that depicted Jesus flanked by figures impaled on spears or, alternatively, Saint Michael the Archangel slaying the dragon during the War in Heaven from the 9th verse of the twelfth chapter of the Book of Revelations.
Manson's costume changes were limited between his signature elastic back brace matched to a jockstrap over a G-stringa pair of thigh-high fishnet hosiery attached to a garter belt and calf-high leather boots used for most of the show alternating to a black suit and tie over a red dress shirt for performances of the title song.
During the title song, the stage design was converted into a mock Nuremberg Rally. The rest of the band performed wearing chromed stahlhelms. The tour was plagued by constant bomb and death threatsand nearly every North American venue the band visited was picketed by religious and civic organizations. During this time, schools in Florida threatened to expel students for attending the band's concerts,  and over 5, residents contacted the mayor of Jacksonvilledemanding the cancellation of their April 17, concert at the Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum.
During the vocalist's appearance on ABC network's late-night political talk show Politically Incorrecthost Bill Maher took the opportunity to discuss the controversy surrounding the tour. They're designed to make people think.
But the point with the Bible or flag is to say, "It's only as valid as you make it in your heart. It's what you believe. And I want people to think about what they believe. I want them to consider if everything they've been taught, if that's what they want to believe or if that's what they've been told that they have to believe.
The tour was documented in several formats. The album was released to acclaim from music critics, who praised its concept, production, and vocals. Writing for Entertainment WeeklyAnn Powers applauded the album's concept and the quality of the songwriting, saying: "Until now, Manson's ideas carried more weight than his music, but Antichrist Superstar ' s sound matches the garish grandiosity of his arguments.
Its 16 songs rock like '70s Sabbath -style metal, but harder; the arrangements echo Queen in operatic scope but are more intense; the mood owes its vampiric chill to Bauhausbut [Marilyn Manson] actually bites the vein. However, he was critical of Reznor's production, saying: "Though the sonic details make [the album] an intriguing listen, it's not as extreme as it could have been—in particular, the guitars are surprisingly anemic, sounding like buzzing vacuums instead of unwieldy chainsaws.
Club called the record influential, suggesting that its success prompted a shift in rock music which resulted in other rock bands "trading grunge's bruised-heart jadedness for seething, self-flagellating nihilism. The release of Antichrist Superstar coincided with the band's commercial breakthrough,  and much of the attention they received from mainstream media was not positive.
In Novemberthe band found itself The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar target of congressional hearings Sour Grapes - Various - Aesop: Ten String Harp Collection, led by Senator Joseph Lieberman and Representative Sam Brownbackto determine the effects, if any, of violent lyrics on young listeners.
According to Acclaimed MusicAntichrist Superstar is the 19th most-renowned album of and the th most-renowned record of the s. The album has been featured in multiple lists compiled by several British rock magazines.
Multiple international publications included it in their respective lists of the best albums ofincluding the French edition of British magazine Rock Soundwho placed it at number 13,  Dutch magazine Muziekkrant OOR ranked it at number on their "Best Albums of ",  while Alternative Nation included the album at number 8 on their list of the "Top Rock Albums of ".
Antichrist Superstar soldcopies in its first week to debut at number three on the Billboard in the United States. The album's international commercial success was initially modest, however, peaking at number 13 on the Finnish Albums Chart but failing to make an impact on the album charts in both France and Germany, peaking at numbers andrespectively. Credits adapted from the liner notes of Antichrist Superstar. From Wikipedia, the Everybodys Song But My Own - John Stowell - The Banff Sessions encyclopedia.
Second studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. Marilyn Manson. Nothing Interscope. Antichrist Superstar was a really gruesome transformation physically, mentally and musically. It was conceived and written while I was enduring a lot of physical pain. I was unable to feel anything emotionally.
Major influences on Antichrist Superstar.