Nightmare Fuel: Marilyn Manson
Portrait Of An American Family
- The album starts off with Marilyn reading the quite disturbing dialogue from the tunnel sequence from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and a good deal of the albums are chronicles of an apocalypse that loop perfectly if left to run on their own.
- The first track, "The Hands of Small Children", is nothing but distortions of children crying, nursery rhymes, an inexplicable unearthly moaning, and buzzing sounds.
- "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"... so wrong but ooooh so right.
- Rev. Manson's remix/cover thing (lyrics not all the same, music drastically different) of "I Put A Spell On You" can basically be summed up as "If you're in love with someone who does not love you back, prepare for a horrible revelation, and nightmares caused by self-hate."
- Listening to Antichrist Superstar all the way through while in bed with the lights off - not exactly nice... If none of the actual songs scare you, the hidden track "Empty Sounds of Hate" should do the trick: it's a collage of mechanical-sounding distorted voices saying things like "If you are hearing this, there is nothing I can do", "Something has grown in my chest... it is hard and cold...", and "When you are suffering, know that I have betrayed you". It doesn't help that "Empty Sounds of Hate" plays a good while after the final song on the album — which means that an unsuspecting listener who might leave the CD playing on a computer or stereo would become quite startled when their machine suddenly starts whispering eerie messages and murmurs of death. And, of course, the fact that the track contains a clearly audible layer of backmasking adds Paranoia Fuel to the creepiness of it all.
- "Man That You Fear", with its air of ruin and hopelessness. It seems to be about a guy confronting someone who loved him before his Start of Darkness. "Pray your life was just a dream..." The song can also be kind of a Tear Jerker, with its mournful air and the fact that Manson seems to always be on the edge of sobbing... and then the horrifying cacophony of sound after the lyrics end scares the hell out of you.
The world in my hands,There's no one left to hear you screamNo one left for youWhen all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed
- Holy Wood has its fair share of scary as well, with "The Fall of Adam" being reminiscent of "Man That You Fear". That track starts off as an acoustic lament with muffled thunder in the background as Manson sings of the revolution carried out in the previous tracks falling apart; "When one world ends, something else begins, but without a scream... just a whisper, 'cause we just... started over again." Then comes the the heavy, palm-muted guitar, with Manson going from a gentle half-whispered lament to a screeching, angry tirade. And the end isn't any less scary, with all sound fading into the buzzing of flies, a lead-in to "King Kill 33". That track is a half-whispered, half-shouted declaration of war through a strange voice filter, meant to display a possible interpretation of the Columbine killers' twisted rationale.
- All of Holy Wood is supposed to be based off of the Columbine Massacre. So take a good look at the lyrics. Every song is, in some way, supposed to be Klebold and Harris's thoughts, actions and beliefs. This can be either extremely depressing or extremely terrifying. Possibly a mixture of both.
- The album cover comes to mind. Very◊ effective...
- "This is Halloween! This is Halloween! Pumpkins scream in the dead of NIGHT!"
- "Suicide Is Painless": the Mash theme, originally a somewhat pensive song, now with distorted noises in the background that almost touch being something you can identify, but not quite, and a creepily level and unemotional lead voice.
- Manson's rendition of "Tainted Love" can be rather terrifying as well.
- There's a reason the music video to (s)AINT was controversial.