Marilyn Manson Says New Album “The Pale Emperor” Is “What Was Meant to Be”

Image Courtesy of Jiro SchneiderMarilyn Manson's forthcoming album, The Pale Emperor, is his first record since 2012's Born Villain. However, Manson hasn't felt this confident about one of his albums since is 2000 effort, Holy Wood (in the Shadow of the Valley of Death).

"I haven’t felt this way since Holy Wood, where fate has brought things together for a reason," he tells NME. "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."

Manson recorded The Pale Emperor with film composer Tyler Bates, who worked on Guardians of the Galaxy and 300. In recording it in Bates' Los Angeles studio, Manson says that many of his vocals were first takes.

"This album is real rock and roll, and it happened naturally," he says. "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 [single] '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," Manson continues. "It felt right while it was happening, and there were no songs that didn’t get finished."

The Pale Emperor, featuring "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge," will be released on January 20.

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