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info opinion

Marilyn Manson

"Eat Me, Drink Me" CD

Interscope Records

Genre: metal, goth metal

August 2007

Now I've never really been a fan of Mr. Manson myself, though he does seem to appeal to quite a number of people it seems (302K copies sold worldwide) so I'm giving this a good rundown. Dark gothic metal is the name of the game once again on Eat Me, Drink Me, a record whose name stems from famed German cannibal Armin Meiwes, who went to prison for killing and eating someone he met through an online personal ad.

Lyrically, this is standard Manson fare, with plenty o' quips like "cold embrace," "blood-stained sheets," and "everything is black" (and that's just track one!) - though from a melodic perspective there are a few gems here. Obvious props have to go to the record's big single, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When The Heart Shapes The Hand)"; it's packed to the brim with infectious hooks and ranks among Manson's more playful offerings. "They Said Hell's Not Hot," meanwhile, is my vote for number two in terms of melody - its juicy guitar chords make for a distinctly tuneful offering, a trait that doesn't always seem like a priority on Eat Me, Drink Me. With a few exceptions ("Evidence"), the other tracks on this disc seem flat and uninspired ("Are You The Rabbit?", anyone?), though I suspect as a whole this will likely still appeal to Marilyn Manson's many diehards.

marilyn manson's myspace (that's three m's in a row)


youuuuuuuutube!: "heart-shaped glasses (when the heart shapes the hand)" video

Fun Fact: DID YOU KNOW? Marilyn Manson runs his own art gallery in LA - the Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed everywhere, released June 2007]