It's an album we've been hearing about for a while now. Back in late 2010, Manson collaborator Twiggy Ramirez indicated that they were hard at work on the album, calling it "our best record yet." Then in September 2011, Manson posted on his site that the album would be called Born Villain, although he didn't indicate when the album would come out. (That same month, L.A. Weekly heard the album, describing it as "classic Manson: dark, sinister vocals over throbbing rhythms and heavy, thrashing guitars.")
The latest bit of news is that Manson recently appeared on The Alan Cox Show, where (according to Blabbermouth) he revealed that the first single, "No Reflection," would be dropping "soon." Still, there's not yet an official release date for Born Villain, a record that has a lot riding on it.
It's been a while since a Manson album really made a huge cultural impact, and for about a decade he's become more of a punchline than a legitimately subversive artist. That impression isn't entirely fair -- The High End of Low was a fine return to form creatively -- but now that he's no longer on Interscope he needs to prove not just that he's a Born Villain but also that he's still relevant in the rock world. For the legendary shock-rocker, that has to be a somewhat scary scenario to find himself in.
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