13 November 2020
20 years ago – 11 November 2000 – that sympathetic fellow Brian Hugh Warner better know as the smooth crooner MARILYN MANSON released his fourth longplayer called HOLY WOOD (IN THE SHADOW OF THE VALLEY OF DEATH) filled with sweet hymns and lovely gospels. Ideal for this Friday The 13th, right?
Here comes the cute anti-christ…
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This past month’s best…
A swirling fusion of rhapsodic rippers and cool crackerjacks,
that activated my bloodstream and my limbs this past month!
Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for September!
‘Under The Spell Of Joy’ by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles, US)
L.A.’s garage devils surprise with this gospel stunner. Polyphonic choir, booming beats, crazed sax, towering tune, and a mental finale. The title track from their fourth album coming your way this Friday, October 2. Can’t wait!
‘So What’ by MEMES (Glasgow, Scotland)
Post-punk mavericks strike again. This new cut is more infectious than that horrible coronavirus, deeper carving than a Swiss knife, 103 seconds of high-energy swagger.
New EP in November via Fierce Panda.
‘The Rise And Fall Of America’ by THE MOODS (England)
It’s this British collective’s towering take on the bombastic American National Anthem with razor-sharp lines and an addictive chant. They rock, roar and rage. Enough is enough! Play this on repeat until the elections in November. Make America, America again. It’s not too late! Vote that orange out!
‘American Dream’ by TOKYO TABOO (England)
‘Dumb Trump’ is the loud and clear message. These high-voltage noiseniks squeeze that orange idiot into pulp in 4 minutes and visualize their disgust with both a hilarious and frightening video clip. About time this buffoon gets kicked out of the White House!
‘Leon The Pig Farmer’ by CABBAGE (England)
These post-punk gunslingers describe their racket as Apocalyptic Sprautrock. Sounds
totally 2020 to my ears. This new amazeballs brain-breaker races like a hot rod on
the run without slowing down for a second. Bang-up stonker!
‘Psychopath’s Monologue’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (It/Sing)
A soundtrack for an unmade David Lynch movie. Chemical bros beats, Leftfield bangs, industrial uppercuts and a nightmarish spoken-word sermon all over it. Sonic paranoia
for a baffled world in an ongoing virus crisis. Doomsday is just around the corner.
‘Tokyo Music Experience’ by RATS ON RAFTS (The Netherlands)
An electrical punch-sucker driven by hyperkinetic guitars, manic vocals, and a relentless beat sounding like legendary weirdos Devo are back with some fervent firepower. Expect to be totally puzzled after just one spin. You can get satisfaction here, folks!
‘Land Based Antics’ by STRUGGLES WITH SYNTAX (London)
A rage-against-the-machine motherrocker, a smash and clash crossover stormer, a
nasty rap brain-breaker, a brutal thwack challenging you to bang your head against
the wall while pulling your hair out. A volcanic spit and sneer eruption.
‘Moment In The Sun’ by SUNFLOWER BEAN (Brooklyn/NY)
Perfect pop play! Catchy as hell, totally uplifting and mood-boosting. Funky and groovy.
An earworm to listen to in your bath, in your car, at work, in the pub, and in your bed.
‘Truth II’ by BEND SINISTER (Vancouver, British Columbia)
A rambling, rumbling, rollicking and roaring ripsnorter with a scream along on the top of your lungs chorus demanding the truth. C’mon Bully Trump and Boris the Clown, stop
lying 24/7, you twin idiots.
‘7 Seconds’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, England)
Earlier this year this amazing Dana Margolin fronted band released their contender-for-best-album-of-the-year tour de force Every Bad, they shine again on this brand new melodic humdinger.
‘Docker Martins’ by ARCO ARENA (Ireland)
A riff-loaded crackerjack that triggers your Saturday nightmare fever moves. Funky as
fuck and sickly sticky from start to finish. A kick-ass hammer sharp as a serrated knife challenging you to fight for your right to be the last man standing. Yeahhh!
‘Serotonin‘ by VIOLENT VICKIE (Long Beach, CA)
Put your Goth outfit, dim the lights, and trip on this pitch-black synthscape with
Vickie wildly yearning for lost love and lust. You’ll get goosebumps when listening
to this petrifying cry out on your headphones. Time to kick your evil demons out
of your bedroom!
‘We Are Chaos’ by MARILYN MANSON (Ohio, US)
Yes, the self-proclaimed ‘God of Fuck’ still walks the planet. No, he didn’t move yet
to his real home in hell. And the title track is a massive sing-along pop (yes, ‘pop’)
anthem celebrating what we became: CHAOS in these surreal virus times.
‘Cotton Fish (A Dream)’ by JAY CRAFTON (Toronto, Canada)
Don’t really know much about this Canadian musician and record producer just that his new (instrumental) single is a spellbinding guitar-driven jam with a relaxing effect on my mindset. Pretty special. Pretty dreamy.
All together now on Spotify…
See/hear you next month, music junkies…
19 September 2020
NME verdict: “You want a freakshow? Turn on the news. The shock-rocker swaps
pantomime for vulnerability on his best album since 2000’s era-defining ‘Holy Wood’.
While chaos and confusion may surround us, Manson’s response this time is a dose
of respite, mercy, clarity and his most human work so far… This record is the closest
we’ve come to finding out – taking on us on a full journey to find out what lay beneath
the make-up and the costumes.” Full review here. Score: 5/5.
“My art is not limited to the songs I create but also to the reaction it creates. I like to sit
back and look at the whole thing as if it’s a tornado that I’m controlling. It’s creating chaos. When you create chaos, ideas are turned upside down, and everybody looks at things in a different way.” Marilyn Monroe Charles Manson
Singles: We Are Chaos / Don’t Chase The Dead
– WE ARE CHAOS –
– DON’T CHASE THE DEAD –
Key tracks: We Are Chaos / Don’t Chase The Dead /
Paint You With My Love / Infinite Darkness
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‘WE ARE CHAOS’ – New album MARILYN MANSON out 9/11
NME verdict: “The God Of Fuck’s most diverse and human work to date. What a bloody year, eh? Disease is everywhere. There’s uprising in the streets. Millions will soon be trapped indoors once again. Satan’s tiny-handed orange spawn is still in power in the US. The very fabric of society is being questioned and there’s a younger generation who want to rip it up and start again. This record is the closest we’ve come to finding out – taking on us on a full journey to find out what lay beneath the make-up and the costumes. You want a freakshow? Turn on the news. While chaos and confusion may surround us, Manson’s response this time is a dose of respite, mercy, clarity and his most human work so far.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.
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31 July / 2 August 2020…
Five new firecrackers to fuel your weekend…
1. ‘We Are Chaos’ by MARILYN MANSON
The God Of Fuck is back with a fitting statement about these surreal times…
2. ‘My Wanderings In The Weary Land’ by THE WATERBOYS
A tense and passion-driven stunner. Mick Scott still delivers notable goods…
3. ‘Dispatches From The Gutter’ by UNIFORM
A schizophrenic highway to hell drone with singer Michael Berdan screaming his lungs out.
5. ‘Charlie Patton Highway (Turn it Up, Pt. 1)’ by ROBERT PLANT
Growing old in grand groovin’ style. Previously unreleased track
from upcoming album Band Of Joy Vol 2.
See/hear you next week, music junkies…
New sonic impulses…
30 July 2020
The self-declared God of Fuck is ready to wake us all up with his 11th album, entitled
WE ARE CHAOS (indeed, we are). Look out for its 9/11 release. He recorded the fresh
full length before the pandemic hit the world as if he knew what was coming our way.
Manson stated about the new longplayer and its title track “When I listen to ‘We Are Chaos’now, it seems like just yesterday or as if the world repeated itself, as it always does.
This was recorded to its completion without anyone hearing it until it was finished. But just
like an LP, it is a flat circle and it’s up to the listener to put the last piece of the puzzle into
the picture of songs.”
“Making this record, I had to think to myself: “Tame your crazy, stitch your suit. And try to pretend that you are not an animal” but I knew that mankind is the worst of them all.
Making mercy is like making murder. Tears are the human body’s largest export.”
Listen to doom and gloom stomper ‘We Are Chaos‘ here…
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