Born Villain (album)
- This article is about the album
- For the song see Born Villain (song)
- For the film see Born Villain (film)
|Studio album by Marilyn Manson|
|Released||April 25, 2012|
|Recorded||2009–January 2011 at Zane-a-Due in California|
|Genre||Industrial rock, alternative rock, alternative metal, industrial metal|
|Label||Hell, etc., Cooking Vinyl, Dine Alone Records|
|Marilyn Manson chronology|
Born Villain is the eighth studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It reached the first shelves on April 25, 2012, with a worldwide release ensuing on May 1, 2012. Born Villain is the first album released through vocalist Marilyn Manson's Hell, etc. imprint, much like the vanity label Nothing Records which carried the band's first decade of records. Cooking Vinyl acts as Hell, etc.'s parent label. The studio where Born Villain was recorded is the former home of Billy Zane, and is humorously referred to in the album's liner notes as "Zane-a-Due," a pun on the name Xanadu.
Born Villain is Marilyn Manson's first record since their contract with Interscope Records expired in late 2009. The band began writing during The High End of Low Tour in 2009, with Manson attesting to its "more romantic" yet "self-abusive" lyrics accompanied by elements of "suicide death metal." Rudy Coby said the album was being constantly revised, claiming, "I've heard the songs that are six months later and it's like throw all of the other songs away, before these six months. That's how much stronger they are." Guitarist Twiggy has said of Born Villain, "It's our best record yet, I think. I mean, everyone always says that, but I think this is our best work so far... It's kind of like a little more of a punk rock Mechanical Animals without sounding too pretentious."
- 1 Recording details
- 2 Promotion
- 3 Release
- 4 Hey, Cruel World... Tour
- 5 Track listing
- 6 Cover gallery
- 7 Release history
- 8 Chart positions
- 9 Album credits
- 10 Personnel
- 11 See Also:
- 12 References
- 13 External links
|"We will always be our worst audience, until we stop being an audience and start being an artist. Any art is flesh and blood, no matter how you perform, decorate or display it. But we all want the passionate horror of that blood. And blood is what I am here to bring."|
|—Marilyn Manson, in describing the new album.|
The prospect of an eighth studio album by the band was first confirmed by Manson during an interview with Metal Hammer on December 3, 2009. He elaborated, "We've just been released from our record contract with Interscope so I think a lot of the creative control on which my hands were tied on a lot of choices—the music videos—things like that. And the first example is the newest video, they clearly wouldn't have allowed me to make that video. So we started writing new songs on the road—a bit like [David Bowie's album] Aladdin Sane—I think people can expect a new record a lot sooner than we [expected]." According to Chris Vrenna, as of January 2010 the band was "just talking and coming up with concepts" for the album. On January 24, 2010, Manson confirmed on the band's official MySpace profile that "the new album is officially in motion."
In April 2010, during his appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, Manson divulged that the band had recorded 13 songs, one of which failed to appear in a television series about vampires. Manson also referred to the album as "very death metal," and voiced interest in releasing the album differently than previous Marilyn Manson records. He also indicated his friendship with Slayer as a vague influence on the record. During an interview with Full Metal Jackie, he stated that the album was halfway finished.
On May 7, 2010, both entertainer Rudy Coby and The Nachtkabarett's Nick Kushner were previewed material from the album, the latter describing it on Facebook as "fuckin hardcore." Elaborating on the band's musical direction, Manson claimed Twiggy was influenced by his touring experiences in 2009, particularly at the Rockstar Mayhem festival. Manson's father, Hugh Warner, told MansonWiki, "It will make a vagina wet. What can you say after that? If the vagina's wet, all things are good. That's what he told me when I was listening to it. It's very hard, very heavy, very good. Everyone should be extremely excited and happy."
During an interview with Eric Blair on November 3, 2010, Twiggy indicated the album was "almost done. It'll probably be out next year." For much of early 2011, Manson removed himself from the public spotlight and ceased almost all communication with his fans. During this time, on February 24, 2011, drummer Ginger Fish announced his departure from the group, prompting a search for a replacement. Manson took a short break from his self-imposed sequestration by appearing in the music video for the song "Tempat Ku" by Brunei pop outfit D'Hask, shortly after which he uploaded new photographs on Facebook, showcasing new imagery for the Born Villain era. On September 2, 2011, the album was officially titled Born Villain.
Born Villain, a short film directed by Shia LaBeouf, was released as a promotional trailer for the album. The idea for the film originated after Manson and LaBeouf struck up a friendship at a Kills concert. The actor, who "has always been intrigued" with the singer, then offered to direct his next music video. In order to convince him, LaBeouf gave Manson a screening of Maniac — his directorial collaboration with American rappers Kid Cudi and Cage. Impressed, Manson commissioned the aspiring director to create a "making-of" video documenting the album's recording and production.
Manson and LaBeouf produced the film throughout July of 2011 under the management of California-based production company Vanderson Inc. The film borrows a variety of "very intense, graphic imagery" from a number of sources including Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 film The Holy Mountain, Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel's 1929 short film Un Chien Andalou, as well as Shakespeare and theology. LaBeouf explained that "we tried to make Manson's 'Un Chien Andalou' macabre 'Macbeth' — that's sort of what that became." Manson, for his part, described his intention with the film as "both an homage and a mockery of the history of Cinema." On August 17, bassist Fred Sablan leaked the film's official website on his Twitter feed. The website announced the project's August 28, 2011 inaugural screening at the Los Angeles Silent Movie Theatre. Vrenna has claimed that Born Villain is not a music video but "a full thing." He also mentioned that the film contains short clips of the album and its own score, referencing the album track "Overneath the Path of Misery" which plays throughout the video.
A coffee table book of photographs, titled Campaign, was also attached to the project. Released alongside the film by LaBeouf's Grassy Slope Entertainment production company through various retailers, the book contains images of Los Angeles taken by LaBeouf and his girlfriend, Karolyn Pho, during a night traversing the city with Manson. A DVD of Born Villain is also included with the book. LaBeouf and Pho took an unconventional approach to promoting the project by vandalizing various locations in the city with handbills of the book and film's promotional posters. Simultaneously, the book was made available for pre-order and served as a "ticket" to an in-store book signing with LaBeouf and Manson as well as a private screening of the film at niche bookstore Hennessey & Ingalls' Hollywood outlet on September 1, 2011.
On February 9, 2012, Manson confirmed on The Alan Cox Show that the first single from Born Villain would be "No Reflection." Details were vague, with Manson only stating that the single would be "coming soon." Manson also told the host that he would be starting work on a music video for "No Reflection" the following week. A few weeks later on March 6, 2012, the single artwork and a release date of March 20 were announced via Amazon. Shortly before the song made its debut on the radio station KROQ, Manson encouraged fans through his Twitter feed to tune in and listen to the premier.
On June 27, 2012, Marilyn Manson posted via his official facebook shooting was in progress for the Slo-Mo-Tion music video. On August 11, 2012 the artwork of the Slo-Mo-Tion single was revealed through Manson's official facebook with a statement the single will be released the week after. As of August 20, 2012 the single has yet to be released.
On February 7, 2012, photographer Dean Karr held a photo shoot with Manson for the artwork of Born Villain. Karr alluded to his time photographing the artwork for Antichrist Superstar in 1996 when he declared online, "New Marilyn Manson album cover shoot tonight, history shall be repeated!" Several of the shots were released a few weeks later in the March 2012 issue of Revolver, in which Manson spoke about the album.
On March 16, 2012, Steven Coy confirmed through his Facebook page that the artwork was being finalized. Six days later on March 22, the cover art for Born Villain appeared on Amazon.com, before going into heavy rotation on other retailer websites, as well as on the band's own Facebook page and official website. The cover photograph was taken by Lindsay Usich. Concerning other areas of the album's packaging, Born Villain is the band's first studio album not to include liner lyrics.
Hey, Cruel World... Tour
To support the release of Born Villain, Marilyn Manson staged their ninth world tour, the Hey, Cruel World... Tour. Rumors about the tour's itinerary began as early as June 3, 2011, when the Brazilian edition of the Portuguese broadsheet newspaper Destak published that agents for the band had finalized negotiations for the group to tour in Brazil and other South American countries as part of the SWU Music & Arts Festival in November 2011. Despite this, the band's supposed inclusion in the roster failed to materialize. The tour's 2012 itinerary was confirmed on October 2011 to include an Australian leg from late February to early March as part of the five-day 2012 Soundwave Festival music festival.
- "Hey, Cruel World..." – 3:44
- "No Reflection" – 4:36
- "Pistol Whipped" – 4:10
- "Overneath the Path of Misery" – 5:18
- "Slo-Mo-Tion" – 4:24
- "The Gardener" – 4:39
- "The Flowers of Evil" – 5:19
- "Children of Cain" – 5:17
- "Disengaged" – 3:25
- "Lay Down Your Goddamn Arms" – 4:13
- "Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day" – 4:18
- "Born Villain" – 5:26
- "Breaking the Same Old Ground" – 4:28
"You're So Vain" features as the closing track on standard versions of the album released internationally. "No Reflection (Radio Edit)" is only available as a bonus track with either digital edition of the album on the iTunes Store and the Japan release of the physical album. The deluxe edition of the album includes several songs Manson kept from the standard release because he felt the album was too long.
- "You're So Vain" – 4:02
- "No Reflection" (Radio Edit) – 3:31
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|This promo has no front cover, only a front insert.|
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|Japan||April 25, 2012||Victor Entertainment||CD||ASIN: VICP65058 |
|European Union||April 27, 2012||Universal Records
|Worldwide||April 30, 2012||Cooking Vinyl Records||2LP Vinyl
|United Kingdom||April 30, 2012||Cooking Vinyl Records||CD||ASIN: COOKCD554|
|Canada||May 1, 2012||Dine Alone Records||CD||ASIN: B007KIZ6IG|
|USA||May 1, 2012||Cooking Vinyl Records||2LP Vinyl
|Italy||May 2, 2012||Edel Local||CD||ASIN: B007LQJCFK|
|Taiwan||June 10, 2012||Cooking Vinyl Records||Digipack
In its first week on sale, Born Villain broke iTunes Top 10 album charts in 22 countries, placing eighth in Poland; seventh in Ireland; sixth in the Czech Republic; fourth in Japan and Canada; third in Germany, Denmark and Spain; second in the United Kingdom, Austria, Finland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Japan; and first in Belgium, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France and the United States; in the United States, the album peaked at number three on the iTunes chart for all genres. By May 3, Born Villain claimed the top position of Loudwire's Top Rock Albums of 2012 (So Far) list. The album made it's debut at number 10 on the Billboard 200, number 3 on the Billboard Rock Albums, number 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart, number 1 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, number 2 on the Billboard Alternative Album Chart, number 5 on the Billboard German Album Chart, number 8 on Billboard Canadian Album Chart, number 10 on the Billboard Digital Albums Chart, and number 4 on the Billboard Tastemaker Albums Chart.
Produced by M. Manson
Co-produced by Chris Vrenna
All lyrics by M. Manson - Music by Twiggy - Except tracks 2, 4, 5, 12: Music
by Twiggy & M. Manson; Tracks 3, 8, 9: Music by M. Manson
Additional writing by Chris Vrenna on all song except tracks 3, 8, 9
Additional writing by Fred Sablan on track 5
Mixed by Sean Beavan for SOS Management - Mixed at the blue room
Engineered by M. Manson, Chris Vrenna & Mike Riley - Recorded at Zane-A-Due
Mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering
Photos by Lindsay Usich Logo art by Agata Alexander
Art direction and design by M. Manson & Steve Coy
Management: Tony Ciulla for Ciulla Management
Legal: Michelle Jubelirer - Business Management: London & Co. Booking Agent: Rick Roskin,
Emma Banks, Chris Dalston for CAA Publicity: Jennie Boddy at Press Here
Published by: Songs of Golgotha Music (BMI), Blood Heavy Music (BMI), My Little Music (ASCAP)
Bonus Track: "You're So Vain" - Words and music by Carly Simon published by Universal
Music Publishing group (ASCAP) - Produced by Bruce Witkin, Johnny Depp & M. Manson
Drums: Johnny Depp & Jason Sutter - Bass: Bruce Witkin - Recorded by Bruce Witkin &
Keenan Wyatt at studio 1480 - Vocals: M. Manson - Keyboards: M. Manson & Bruce Witkin
Guitars: Johnny Depp, M. Manson & Bruce Witkin
(P) & (C) 2012 Hell, etc., Under exclusive license to Cooking Vinyl Ltd in association
with Shamrock Solutions Ltd and Robinstone LLP - All rights of the producer
and owner of recorded work reserved - Unauthorized copying, hiring,
renting, public performance and broadcasting of this record is
prohibited - Marketing by Downtown Records - Distributed by
Ingrooves Fontana and Essential USA
Cooking Vinyl.Com - Info@CookingVinyl.com - Made in USA
- Marilyn Manson – vocals, lyrics, guitar, keyboards, compositions, production
- Twiggy – guitar, bass, keyboards, backing vocals, compositions
- Fred Sablan – bass, guitar, compositions
- Chris Vrenna – keyboards, synthesizers, programming, drums, percussion, compositions, production
- Jason Sutter – drums ("You're So Vain")
- Sean Beavan
- Lindsay Usich – photography
- Tony Ciulla – management
- Bruce Witkin – bass, keyboards, guitar, production ("You're So Vain")
- Johnny Depp – guitar, drums, production ("You're So Vain")
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