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Album Review: Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

51GfuKen80L._SY300_Album:  The Pale Emperor

Label:  Hell, Etc.

Release Date:  20 Jan 2015

Length (deluxe edition):  66 Minutes

Songs:  13

Previous Albums:  8 studio albums

Genre:  Shock Rock / Industrial / Alternative

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Monday Metal Madness – Grammy Nominations 2012

grammy_awardLast year, for the 2011 Grammy Awards (click here for our 2011 poll), there were some cool deserving bands nominated for an award.  Dream Theater received their first nomination and Mastodon and Megadeth were also nominated.  However, it was Foo Fighters who swept anything and everything related to Rock/Metal.  Nothing bad on them, they deserve to be awarded for their work, they are a great band.  But, it’s painfully obvious that the Grammy Committee is still unable to draw the line between Rock, Hard Rock, and Metal. They need to separate these categories completely.  Incidentally, A Metal State of Mind voters wanted Dream Theater to win.

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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Favorite Videos of 2012

FilmAfter looking at my top 10 favorite videos of the year, I can imagine I missed out on so many cool videos.  Since seeking out videos on YouTube is pretty much my only avenue for visually stimulating music, I miss out on quite a bit due to lack of time.  If the could only be extended a couple more hours…

The other best avenue for checking out cool videos is through you readers, bloggers, and friends on facebook or other blog sites and I thank you for opening my eyes each year to so many awesome bands.   Below is a list of videos I thought were cool enough to make my top 10 for 2012.  I will keep my commentary short and let the videos do the talking because that’s what they are supposed to do.  And if you watch these videos and understand the meaning behind the music, then the video served its purpose.  I do have one exception and I will explain that one when I get to it at #5.

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Theme Thursday – Bands I Want To See Live

Other than listening to metal, one of my other favorite things to do is going to live shows and listen to it at ear-numbing decibel levels.  Being 39 and having a job has given me ample time and decent resources to see shows wherever I have lived at that moment in time.  Location has also been a huge factor.  Growing up near Boston, MA and living in San Antonio, TX, Northern California, and England has made things much easier to catch my favorite bands.  For that, I am very thankful yet, some bands still elude me.  I have managed to catch Megadeth 14 times, Slayer 10 times, and Dream Theater 5 times, plus many others multiple times, but for some reason others have slipped away; some by no fault other than my own.  This list is of bands I have yet to see live and still want to see live very much. If you have seen these bands live and think I shouldn’t go, let me know.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #95-91

Continuing on with our Top 100 list at The History of Metal, I bring you my next five with a little bit of justification.  If you haven’t checked out The History of Metal or THOM as we call it, please do it’s a cool forum to talk about and share metal.  The page creator does a great job as keeping topics fresh and he also takes the time to pose challenges to the group; Top 100 Albums being one of them.  I think the best part of this whole challenge besides getting to see everyone else’s choices is to reminisce about why I love these albums so much.  It gets me listening to some of these I haven’t heard in a while.  Not to mention, seeing everyone elses favorites gets me to explore some things I haven’t heard yet.  Enjoy!

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Album Review: Marilyn Manson – Born Villain

Marilyn Manson’s 8th studio album, Born Villain, boasts over an hour of new music.  The veteran shock-rocker has returned after three years with an eclectic mix of heavy, progressive, and in-your-face lyrical poetry.  Born Villain is long (14 tracks) which includes a good cover of You’re So Vain originally recorded by Carly Simon in 1972.  The variety of style used this time around explores Manson’s musical capacity to still create something new and different.  Lyrically, Born Villain is Marilyn Manson continuing to push buttons and cross boundaries.  Musically, the album is much more diverse than what I am used to.  That might be a good or bad thing depending on where you stand concerning all things Marilyn Manson.  When it comes to Manson, there are two well-defined sides of the love/hate fence.  For me, I walk the fine line in the middle.

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Video of the Week and It’s Not for the Weak! Content Warning! Marilyn Manson

I am not picking this video because I am some huge fan of Marilyn Manson.  I think he is talented artistically and musically, but overall not a top-10 for me.  Of his albums, I like Mechanical Animals the best.  It was more moody, slow, and darker and I happen to like that feel.  I like some of the heavier stuff in songs of his like The Beautiful People and Mobscene.  For the most part though I generally like a few songs of each album.

This new song (Born Villain) is accompanied by a video that is not for those that are underage so here is the DISCLAIMER:  This video has sexual and possibly disturbing images and if you are under 18 we are not responsible for your nightmares.  Go talk to you Mommy or Daddy before viewing.

So, I guess my question to you is..What is Art?  Where do you draw the line between art and something that is simply grotesque?  When you see this video does it offend?  Do you think Marilyn Manson is becoming more in touch with his artistic side or has he just found another way to shock people?  Personally, I do not shock easily.  I would expect something like this from Marilyn Manson and appreciate his work. 

One thing I found after watching this video is that I missed the song completely.  Isn’t that the point about watching a video is to see the song come to life somehow?  Well, I missed the boat on that one and had to watch the video again.  I am not digging the song so much.  It’s not what I like about Marilyn Mason music.  As I mentioned before there is a certain sound of his I like and the rest is hard for me to get used to.  I would love to see a show though.  I should have went when I had the chance, but didn’t.  So what are your thoughts on this new piece of Marilyn Manson art?