WORDS : KARLEY MYALL

Marilyn Manson aka Brian Warner, one of the biggest gothic rock legends that alongside him, he carries a whole load of controversy. Whether you see him as a devil or an angel, you can’t begin to say that this man isn’t one hell of a creative artist and speaks up for what’s important.He’s hated by many, but loved by many, but for those that have followed his path since 1989 when this icon crash-landed into the music industry and to this day he’s still putting out music for many to either relish in or completely despise.

But, Marilyn Manson isn’t just the dark red lipstick, the smokey eyes and the full-on gothic clothing and the satanic tattoos that he has placed all over his body. He isn’t just the guy who puts out disturbing music videos that receive a whole load of hate. Manson was known as Marilyn Manson and the spooky kids when this album was released.

Holywood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)is an anthology that portrayed what being Manson was really like, what it was like to be this dark and mysterious artist that most look down on. It was his overwhelming anger, his silent cries and his need to get out how he was feeling to let the world hear what he needed to say

Once you see behind the mask and behind the gore and unpleasant imagery, you see a musician who just likes anyone else wants to gain a fanbase and put out insane music. The 1980s was a prime time for music, many bands were learning the ropes of the music industry and really delving into the world of rock and roll. Then came one of the most influential yet pretty damn right Marilyn Manson. Rolling in his 20’s like no other and putting out his distinctive hard rock sound out into the world. In the 2000s Marilyn dropped his collection Holywood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death) and even twenty years on, it’s still one of the most incredible records he ever released.

Holywood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)is an anthology that portrayed what being Manson was really like, what it was like to be this dark and mysterious artist that most look down on. It was his overwhelming anger, his silent cries and his need to get out how he was feeling to let the world hear what he needed to say. It was an album that many listen to and can feel the roar emotion that consistently seeps through. It’s a collection of pieces that his listeners connected with, alongside the poignant lyrics. Manson taught his fans through this record, that no matter what anyone says about you, you’re still relevant and that you’re wanted and if people think you’re strange or different embrace that.

But, as the period before the album was released loomed, it was one of the toughest for Manson and his career. In 1999 the US media labelled him as a scapegoat and the reason for the Columbine Shootings solidly because of his music and the way he dressed. When in fact, it had no relation to him whatsoever. But, whilst almost ending his career it affected him mentally and that’s when Holywoodwas born. In ways he let a lot of controversy come for him, but this album was by far his most influential. This collection lets Manson push his creativity to produce something he does so well and that’s creating music.

From the powerful and moving instrumentation, of course adding in the thunderous drum beats and thrilling guitar riffs. Not to mention, his extremely compelling vocals that always had that right amount of added rough texture to them. The kind that gives you goosebumps as you listen, this is what this album did because you could hear the cracks in his voice and the anger he’d been keeping locked away.

He taught his fans that no matter who tries to drag you through the dirt, you have to climb back out and never give up

The God of F**k didn’t let them push him down, instead he put all of his feelings and pushed them into this absolutely incredible record. There is so much meaning behind it, Manson created this album knowing that he’d get a lot of hate following him especially with what had happened previously and this album is kind of like a hit back at that. But, instead, he embraced it and he delved right into creating this heavy masterpiece and thank god he did. He taught his fans that no matter who tries to drag you through the dirt, you have to climb back out and never give up.

Never let anyone put you down for the way you look or the music you listen to.The anthology sold a total of nine million copies and got its way to the top on many charts. Manson is one of them artists that quite honestly doesn’t have a care in the world. This is why many adore him. There were many highlights on this collection, but one that always seems to stand out significantly is the song ‘The Nobodies’. Filled with this eerie atmosphere, taking that rather dark turn as Manson focuses the meaning on the shootings and how the government and society forgot about them until their names became a tragic part of history.

This collection screamed at those that ruled, its theme focused on the disenfranchised subject of adolescence and the fact that the government brainwashed many young teens. Manson gave his fans the ability to be able to speak about their beliefs and how they felt. He will always be relevant and this album will always have its spot in music history. Manson is an artist that creates music he knows his fans will relate to and he isn’t afraid to express how he’s feeling in every lyric. Holywood was an album that gained Manson a whole load of new fans, whilst some he lost. But, this anthology shaped Manson, whilst the meaning ruined him but it also made him the incredible artist he is today.

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