Marilyn Manson, the iconic metal musician and artist, has talked about his 11th studio album, ‘We Are Chaos,’ which was released on September 11, and explained what kind of experience he perceives his album as.
Manson has finally released his long-expected album, ‘We Are Chaos,’ after the same-titled song came out on July 29, 2020. He has been giving interviews in which he opens up about the recording process of the album that came 3 years after his last work, ‘Heaven Upside Down.’
During his recent conversation with the Consequence of Sound, Marilyn has revealed his mindset when creating the theme of mirrors in ‘We Are Chaos.’ So as to give the experience of a movie throughout the album, Manson said that he imagined filling it with mirrors and wanted the audience to fill in their own story when they are listening.
He added that it’s a concept record that tells a story that’s going to be different for every single person, including himself, every time he hears it. Manson also admitted that he always asks people if they get a happy ending from the album or is it a sad or tragic one.
Here is what Marilyn Manson said about theme of mirrors and his movie-like album:
“I wanted the record to be a book. I’ve imagined I just filled all the pages with mirrors, and you fill in your own story when you listen to it. It’s a concept record that tells a story that’s going to be different for every single person, including me, every time I hear it, but it’s definitely, there’s an arc to it.
I’m still wrapping my head around it because it’s still new to me, but I always ask people, ‘Do you get a happy ending from it or is it a sad ending or is it tragic?’ I wanted it to be like any movie or any great book or any painting or any poem that it becomes part of the listener’s experience, not just mine.”
“And it just reminds me of what I got out of my favorite records growing up, whether it be [David Bowie’s] ‘Diamond Dogs’ or [Alice Cooper’s] ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ or [Pink Floyd’s] ‘The Wall’ or something where you feel like you’re a part of something bigger that you can insert yourself into.
And I think escapism is an important thing to have now. I wasn’t necessarily anticipating being in lockdown when I wrote the record, but it happens to be a good escape for me to have done it and to listen to it now, and to see what people will think when it comes out.
Hopefully, it will give them a way to interpret it in a way that maybe I didn’t even realize.”
You can check out the rest of the interview here.