Marilyn Manson has opened up on the double-sided concept of his forthcoming new album, We Are Chaos.
The shock rock star is set to release his 11th studio effort next Friday, September 11, via Loma Vista Recordings. The new record is the follow-up to 2017’s Heaven Upside Down.
Speaking in a new interview with Revolver, Manson offered further details on how the formatting of the record came to be.
“So I began it with the intro prose to try to set the tone for what was to come on the record,” he explained. “And we made it 10 songs so it would be treated, in the traditional sense, of how an LP works. How there’s a Side A and a Side B, because it changes.
“Just like in a movie or a play, there’s three acts. And we were very particular about how we pieced it all together, but it was not difficult. There were no extra songs that we left off.”
Manson went on to elaborate further on We Are Chaos, explaining about how painting the album’s official artwork while “on my knees” had “spawned Side Two of the record, ‘Infinite Darkness’, because that’s what I called the painting. And that’s the second side of the record.”
He also explained how he’d been “forced to become more creative” during the making of We Are Chaos as he was staying in someone else’s home while his house was being renovated.
“It’s almost like when you’re limited to only using black and white and you don’t have the whole color palette, metaphorically with music, as well,” Manson said. “So I was kind of stripped-down, so I could only go with my notebook to Shooter’s [Jennings, co-producer] studio.”
““I explore ideas on the album, such as perfume”, Manson said in a previous statement about We Are Chaos. “Something so beautiful, the scent can be remembered forever. But it is also flammable enough to burn down a house. It’s the fragile balance of power and the ones who hold the match or smell the loveliest. The paintings I did specifically to accompany the music…those are my reflections.”
We Are Chaos is out on September 11 and can be pre-ordered here.