Download of the week: Marilyn Manson – The High End of Low

The dark lord of rawk is back with his seventh studio album and it’s a pretty ominous album at that, which can only mean one thing - fans of all thing

The dark lord of rawk is back with his seventh studio album and it’s a pretty ominous album at that, which can only mean one thing - fans of all things hellish are in for the typical barrage of caliginous and expletive filled tracks. And in true Manson style, The High End Of Low has a seemingly morose tone.

In fact, the album is so expletive filled his profane debut single Arma-goddamn-mother******-geddon had to have its title cut down to appease the public and make it radio friendly.

There are 15 tracks altogether with titles you’d expect from the lord of darkness, such as I Want To Kill You Like They Do In the Movies, I Have to Look Up Just to See Hell and Devour (nice). It’s not all dystopic though, with the dance/punky We’re From America, which doesn’t quite escape Manson’s  irreverent and direct tone. And not one to shy away from a bit of controversy, the album’s second song Pretty as a Swastika is sure to be a magnet for the usual angry mob who retaliate to his music in the typical knee-jerk witch hunt style.

This is Manson’s first LP with Twiggy Ramirez, who hardcore fans will know hasn’t collaborated with Manson since the immensely controversial Holy Wood, which was released in 2000.

The album cover is somewhat enigmatic, but as a commenter over at Blabbermouth put it, “The album cover makes him look like some evil 15 year old girl on MySpace”. Perhaps that’s what he was going for? If there’s any significance to this stance, we don’t get it.

It goes without saying this album has Parental Advisory all over it. But it’s all yours and available to download from Digital 7 for £5.