- Record Label: nothing/Interscope
- Release Date: Nov 14, 2000
Yeah, it's a party. And it's great rock music. Those who claim Manson "went back to Goth" and reclaimed Antichrist's noise after Mechanical proved too subtle for kids are only partly right. Okay, he virtually cloned his hit "The Beautiful People" in "Disposable Teens." And there are several familiar yell-and-stomp numbers on Holy Wood. But even those almost all contain a double-take chord change or a textural overdose or a mind-blowing bridge, and they'll be terroristic in concert. More important, there are a bunch of plain brilliant tracks where Manson anoints bits of rock history into his own church.
Previously merely noisy screechers with no sense of how to play their instruments, Marilyn Manson is now an accomplished and complex industrial-strength hard rock band... It's a point driven home by the group's new album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death). Though not as strong or consistent as the glammy Mechanical Animals, Holy Wood instead bridges the gap between that album and its dirtier, raspier predecessor, Antichrist Superstar, with songs that are catchy on the inside, but noisy on the outside.
Holy Wood is strictly derivative, but done with enough skill to stay entertaining. Even when the borrowing is more blatant (the guitars of "The Fight Song," for example, sound like a cross between Hole's "Plump" and Blur's "Song 2"), the album doesn't suffer noticeably.... As hard rock albums go, this one's a keeper. The problem is, Marilyn Manson aspires to something greater than that. He's plenty articulate next to the competition, and plenty adept at selling his message with powerful imagery and catch phrases. But strip away those ornaments, and what he's saying seems a bit too obvious.
Manson's most ambitious, musically accomplished, and -- dare we say it? -- mature album to date. Holy Wood treads too much over the same nihilistic territory, raging against a God he claims doesn't exist, and describing in detail a life that he says isn't worth living. That said, there are some musically powerful moments on the album, notably the eviscerating power chords on "The Fight Song" and the galloping rhythms of "Disposable Teens."
SpinWith nothing fresh to moan about, it's like a seventh James Bond movie without any new gadgets. [12/2000, p.223]
LILS8N"'Nov 1, 2001Amazing, pulls me through the deepest hellish things
CrashOverrideSep 26, 2001This is by far the best Marilyn Manson album yet.I can actually relate to the lyrics and I love how he stands up for what he believes in.
JacobNFeb 9, 2007Ok. Manson himself said hes not trying to corrupt people. He wants people to be more open about problems they have. The Album was totally Ok. Manson himself said hes not trying to corrupt people. He wants people to be more open about problems they have. The Album was totally fantastic. Manson knows how to blend fantastic lyrics with great beats. Marilyn Manson for president! 2008 bitch.… Expand
JanelleS.Aug 24, 2002I love it, as soon as it came out I ran and bought it. I think he keeps getting better(excluding mechanical animals)
May 24, 2011OK this album truly rocks, one of the best Marilyn Manson albums, i liked the first time i heard it, but later i jist love it, every song, theOK this album truly rocks, one of the best Marilyn Manson albums, i liked the first time i heard it, but later i jist love it, every song, the lyrics are amazing, very sincere, love it 10… Expand
Jan 6, 2016Magnus Opum of Marilyn Manson, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000),IS PERFECT from START to FINISH, Marilyn Manson isMagnus Opum of Marilyn Manson, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000),IS PERFECT from START to FINISH, Marilyn Manson is UNDERRATED,How?? he don't won grammy awards from this perfect metal album,and From Antichrist 96 and Mechanical 98… Expand
RickNov 21, 2005A terrible album that will only fill your mind with lies. The lyrics are disgusting. Rubbish pop rock - worth only to be thrown away. Don
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