Marilyn Manson: ‘I haven’t felt this confident about an album for 15 years’

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Singer tells NME ‘The Pale Emperor’ feels fated to succeed

Marilyn Manson has told NME he feels more confident about his forthcoming album ‘The Pale Emperor’ than any of his releases since 2000’s ‘Holy Wood’.

‘The Pale Emperor’ is released on January 19 and is the first collaboration between Manson and new bandmate Tyler Bates, a film composer best known for his work on ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’.

Manson told NME: “The album feels tied in to the fable of Mephistopheles, where life is fated. I haven’t felt this way since ‘Holy Wood’, where fate has brought things together for a reason. It feels as if things were meant to fall into this exact place. This isn’t the ultimate of what I can achieve, but I’m showing proper respect for myself and what I’ve created in the past. It’s what was meant to be.”

The album was recorded at Bates’ home studio in Los Angeles, and Manson revealed several of his vocals were from first takes. He said: “This album is real rock and roll, and it happened naturally. It felt like ‘Wow, this is suddenly what I’m supposed to do.’ Tyler would write the music and say ‘Would you like to sing on this?’ At the end of ‘Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge’, you can hear me improvising lyrics, going ‘Mm, mm, hmm’ while Tyler’s guitar comes across my vocals. It felt right while it was happening, and there were no songs that didn’t get finished.”

Manson’s only confirmed UK show is on June 13, when he headlines the second stage of Download Festival, the same day that Muse headline the main stage. On December 5, Manson guested at The Smashing Pumpkins’ concert at London’s Koko, performing ‘Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge’ and ‘Ava Adore’.