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The First Reaction To Marilyn Manson’s New Single, We Are Chaos

The Kerrang! verdict on Marilyn Manson’s Beatles-esque new single, We Are Chaos.

Marilyn Manson has often talked of his love for The Beatles. He’s covered The Fab Four’s Helter Skelter, talked about the importance of their game-changing White Album, referenced their song Revolution on Disposable Teens, and even wished band members happy birthday by doing a snippet of Birthday. 

Here, we find The God Of Fuck firing the starting pistol on his 11th album We Are Chaos by seemingly doing his own version of Across The Universe, from 1970’s Let It Be. After the full-frontal thrust of 2017’s Heaven Upside Down, where the naked threat of songs like We Know Where You Fucking Live provided a ballsy energy, it’s a change of pace. And one Manson does very well.

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In the end we all end up in a garbage dump but I’ll still be here holding your hand,’ he croons, before intoning, We are chaos, we can’t be cured.’

But it’s that anthemic, celebratory, New Year’s Eve feeling, dancing at the end of the world, that provides the energy on We Are Chaos. The nihilism is pared back in favour of something more… romantic? It’s sort of like the end of Fight Club with eyeliner and bulging leather trousers. 

As a signpost for the new album, it’s hard to get a total grip on. Heaven Upside Down was so striking, so definite, that divining Mazza’s next move was always going to be to presume a lot about him. And that’s always been a fool’s errand.

For now, it’s enough of a clue to know that what Marilyn Manson has in store is going to be something on a grand scale, and with a sense of class only he can unlock.

Marilyn Manson’s new album We Are Chaos is due out on September 11 via Loma Vista – pre-order it here.

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Posted on July 29th 2020, 5:10p.m.
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