Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) [UK Bonus Tracks] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 2000, Marilyn Manson not only was recovering from his fans' rejection of Mechanical Animals, he was scarred from Columbine and, worst of all, he was no longer America's demon dog. What was Brian Warner to do, standing on such uneasy ground? As a smart man and savvy marketer, he knew that it was time to consolidate his strengths, blend Omega with Antichrist Superstar, and return with a harsh, controversial, operatic epic: a vulgar concept album to seduce his core audiences of alienated teens and cultural cops. The resulting album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), is intended as the third part of the trilogy beginning with Antichrist Superstar,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 2000, Marilyn Manson not only was recovering from his fans' rejection of Mechanical Animals, he was scarred from Columbine and, worst of all, he was no longer America's demon dog. What was Brian Warner to do, standing on such uneasy ground? As a smart man and savvy marketer, he knew that it was time to consolidate his strengths, blend Omega with Antichrist Superstar, and return with a harsh, controversial, operatic epic: a vulgar concept album to seduce his core audiences of alienated teens and cultural cops. The resulting album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), is intended as the third part of the trilogy beginning with Antichrist Superstar, and its convoluted story line is fairly autobiographical, but the amazing thing isn't the story -- it's that he figured out to meld the hooks and subtle sonic shading of Mechanical Animals with the ugly, neo-industrial metallicisms of Antichrist. Consequently, it's easy to see this as the definitive Marilyn Manson album, since it's tuneful and abrasive. Then again, much of its charm lies in Manson trying so hard, perfecting details in the concept, lyrics, themes, production, sequencing, the tarot card parodies in the liner notes, the self-theft, the self-consciously blasphemous cover art. There's so much effort, Holy Wood winds up a stronger and more consistent album than any of his other work. If there's any problem, it's that Manson's shock rock seems a little quaint in 2000. Eminem's vibrant, surrealistic white-trash fantasias were the sound of 2000, while Marilyn Manson's rock operas, religious baiting, and goth gear are from an era passed. It's to Warner's credit as, yes, an artist that Holy Wood works anyway. [The British release adds an alternate version of "The Nobodies."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2001
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 606949082925
  • Catalog Number: 490829
  • Sales rank: 142,622

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marilyn Manson Primary Artist, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Mellotron, Synthesizer Bass, Optigan, Ambience
Danny Saber Loops
Dave Sardy Rhythm Guitar
Madonna Wayne Gacy Synthesizer, Drums, Keyboards, Mellotron, Loops, Siren, Synthesizer Strings, Ambience
Twiggy Ramirez Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Ambience, Guitar (Leslie)
Bon Harris Synthesizer, Piano, sleigh bells
Ginger Fish Drums, Loops, Siren
John 5 Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer Guitar, Sampling, Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Marilyn Manson Arranger, Composer
Paul Northfield Engineer
Dave Sardy Producer, drum programming
Madonna Wayne Gacy Sound Effects
Twiggy Ramirez Composer
Bon Harris Programming, drum programming
P.R. Brown Art Direction
Greg Fidelman Engineer, Digital Editing
Ginger Fish drum machine
John 5 Composer
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