There's a new Marilyn Manson song, and it's got a bit of a country twang to it. Manson has promised to release a new album this year, that he worked on with producer Shooter Jennings. However, this track was actually produced by Tyler Bates, the producer who worked on Manson's last two albums. It looks like this is the official launch, although album info is not yet available. The song is a classic country anthem, almost 100 years old, and was covered by a lot of artists, including Johnny Cash, in the past.
The new Marilyn Manson album will be the first to feature bassist Juan Alderete (Racer X, The Mars Volta) and drummer Brandon Pertzborn (Ho99o9), and will also be one that was written in collaboration with singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings. These lineup changes come after bassist Twiggy Ramirez was fired from the band in 2017 over sexual assault claims, guitarist Tyler Bates left in 2018, and drummer Gil Sharone left this year.
Manson tells Revolver that he just wrapped up the sixth song for the record recently with Jennings' drummer Jamie Douglass, and that he hopes to have the record out by the end of the year. He also reveals that the record may be self-titled.
“It’s still to be determined, but I think it’s the album that should be called Marilyn Manson. I’m in a mode in life where I wanted to tell stories with this record, and it’s sort of like a wax museum of my thoughts, a study of the chamber of horrors in my head.
All the romance and hope you can have in the world, here in the End Times where it can be a different kind of apocalypse for each person listening to the record. I tried to paint it with words, and Shooter with sounds, so you can see and hear all of your longing, your passion and despair.
That’s sort of a dramatic explanation of it. [Laughs] But it is full of drama. I wouldn’t compare it to any of my other records, but you hear a bit of everything — it’s like I’ve focused everything into one spot, finally.”
Manson also says the record is going to be like hitting a personal reset button.
“It’s kind of like hitting the reset button. Hitting it a couple times, like when you’re drunkenly trying to change channels with the remote control, and your patience runs out. Which is a good metaphor for my life. Another one would be that, if I was born a gun, the problem that I have in life — or the plus side — is that I don’t know how to put the safety on. Which would be the best way to describe my current state of mind, in general.”