Gosh, has it been more than ten years already since I first walked into a music store in Malaysia and walked out with Marilyn Manson's epic Antichrist Superstar? Time sure flies. I've finally obtained a copy of Eat Me, Drink Me a few days ago and have been listening to it for a few hours now - much to the annoyance of fellow Tube commuters.
I am enjoying the new direction that the band is taking, though I am not quite sure if it would ever top the Trent Reznor produced album. That was a classic album, much like Emperor's In the Nightside Eclipse, Carcass's Necroticism or Metallica's Master of Puppets. These just can't be topped in their respective genres (okay, NiN's Pretty Hate Machine would).
If you think you would be getting an Industrial album think again. The days of head banging, at least to Marilyn Manson, is long over since the shocking u-turn that was Mechanical Animals. Which is fitting because I have since grown up and musically Eat Me, Drink Me is the most mature album yet to be released by the band. Musically depressing the lyrics mainly centres around love (Manson himself calls this a 'romantic' album), quite the opposite to the hate filled contents of Antichrist Superstar.
Look out for a future review here. But an early verdict before that. You may hate it at first (a similar reaction I had was with The Killer's Sam's Town), but after 3 to 4 sittings you will find it to be very Manson-like. There are a couple of Industrial touches but nothing too special. You will find more Joe Satriani here than say Rammstein. So if you are expecting your Neue Deutsche Harte or pure Melodic Industrial you better look elsewhere.