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Marilyn Manson Calls New Album His ‘Grandest Concept Record’ + Disputes ‘Shock Rock’ Label

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Marilyn Manson and his band recently finished recording their eighth studio album ‘Born Villain,’ the follow-up to 2009’s ‘The High End of Low.’ Manson claims that he’s turned a corner with his creative process and that ‘Born Villain’ will be unlike any record he has released.

“It doesn’t really sound like any of my old records,”  Manson says in the new issue of Revolver magazine. “In fact it sort of sounds like what I listened to before I made records — Killing Joke, Joy Division, Revolting Cocks, Bauhaus, Birthday Party … It’s very rhythm-driven,” Manson describes. “It’s actually very bluesy. It’s the first record where I repeat verses. I just sing the words in a different key, the next time. I’ve never done that before, because I’ve always felt like I needed to write a lot of words in the past … I think this will probably be the grandest concept record of all.”

The iconic frontman eloquently and cerebrally stated what people expect from him and how he defines “shock rock.” “People expect me to me a “shock rocker,” but there’s nothing you can do anymore to be shocking,” claims Manson. “All you can do is be confusing. Don’t ever empty the bucket of mystery. Never let people define what you do. It’s not about zigging when you should zag. It’s not about doing something unprecedented and unpredictable. It’s just about never being a word, or something that is not in the process of transformation.”

The new album, ‘Born Villain,’ is due out this spring. Marilyn Manson recently announced a U.S. theater tour that kicks off April 27. Peep the current itinerary here. For the full interview with Marilyn Manson, pick up the latest edition of Revolver magazine.

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