Marilyn Manson drummer Chris Vrenna quits the band

Former Nine Inch Nails sticksman departs the band ahead of the release of 'Born Villain'

Marilyn Manson drummer Chris Vrenna has announced that he has left the band.

The former Nine Inch Nails sticksman, who had previously played as the band’s touring keyboardist, was named as the band’s permanent drummer in April 2011, replacing longtime drummer Ginger Fish who departed in February and has since joined Rob Zombie‘s live band.

Vrenna, who has played drums on the band’s forthcoming eighth studio album ‘Born Villain’, said in a statement: “I’m incredibly proud of the work I did with Manson and look forward to the release of ‘Born Villain.’ I wish my brothers well but with the recording largely completed I felt it was time to return to other facets of my career which involves production work, film scoring, and future musical collaborations”.


Vrenna will now focus on DJing alongside his continued work providing scores for video games and films. He is also expected to resume working as programmer and engineer.

‘Born Villain’ is set to be released in February next year. The record is the follow-up to Manson‘s 2009 album ‘The High End Of Low’, which was his last for longtime record label Interscope Records. He has since signed a new deal with Cooking Vinyl.