"This arrangement is arranged. Imagine us engaged in flames."
Marilyn Manson is back with a brand new album for the insanity that is 2020, offering up WE ARE CHAOS today, September 11. Manson's previous release was 2017's Heaven Upside Down.
"Am I garbage or God?" he asks, kicking off the record with the in-your-face attack "RED BLACK AND BLUE" which seems to serve as a scathing response to the enigmatic rocker's portrayal in the media over the years as well as a commentary of society at large.
“When I listen to 'We Are Chaos' now, it seems like just yesterday or as if the world repeated itself, as it always does, making the title track and the stories seem as if we wrote them today,” Manson said about the 10 new songs, which were reportedly completed back in April in collaboration with songwriter and producer Shooter Jennings.
“There is most definitely a side A and side B in the traditional sense,” says Manson. “But just like an LP, it is a flat circle and it’s up to the listener to put the last piece of the puzzle into the picture of songs.
“This concept album is the mirror Shooter and I built for the listener – it’s the one we won’t stare into. There are so many rooms, closets, safes and drawers. But in the soul or your museum of memories, the worst are always the mirrors. Shards and slivers of ghosts haunted my hands when I wrote most of these lyrics."
“Making this record, I had to think to myself: ‘Tame your crazy, stitch your suit. And try to pretend that you are not an animal,’" he continues. "But I knew that mankind is the worst of them all. Making mercy is like making murder. Tears are the human body’s largest export.”
Manson was ready to hit the road in 2020 in support Ozzy Osbourne's North American tour but was sidelined due to Osbourne's battle with Parkinson’s disease and other injuries, however, he is still on the bill to appear at Japan's rescheduled Knotfest in January 2021 with Slipknot, Korn, and more.
WE ARE CHAOS is now available everywhere.