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Fight Song
Nothing suffocates you more than The passing of everyday human events Isolation is the oxygen mask you make Your children breath into survive But... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Attacking God and country and rubbing his fellow citizens up the wrong way, is par for Manson?s course. Yet never has he done it with quite such passion.
  4. 70
    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.
  5. 70
    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.
  6. 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."
  7. Spin
    40
    With nothing fresh to moan about, it's like a seventh James Bond movie without any new gadgets. [12/2000, p.223]

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  1. canesen
    Jan 18, 2002
    10
    It's a great album.I specially like the Disposable Teens and Figth Song.I advise it to every Black Metalers
  2. TimothyW.
    Oct 15, 2001
    10
    Although just about every song in this album uses the word "God", I happen to think it is one of his best yet. I happen to like it a little Although just about every song in this album uses the word "God", I happen to think it is one of his best yet. I happen to like it a little more than Anti-christ Superstar, and thats just strange for me. Expand
  3. JacobN
    Feb 9, 2007
    10
    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 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
  4. NecroMadMan666
    Dec 31, 2002
    10
    Bad As Fuck Just Like The Rest..............If Your Gonna Be Dedicated You Better Fucking Know All There Is To Know About What Your Being Bad As Fuck Just Like The Rest..............If Your Gonna Be Dedicated You Better Fucking Know All There Is To Know About What Your Being Dedicated For ! Expand
  5. Aug 6, 2013
    10
    A Terceira Obra Prima Em Sequência Do Marilyn Manson Os Outros São Antichrist Superstar E Mechanical Animals.
    Top Hollywood.
    1-The Nobodies
    A Terceira Obra Prima Em Sequência Do Marilyn Manson Os Outros São Antichrist Superstar E Mechanical Animals.
    Top Hollywood.
    1-The Nobodies
    2-The Fight Song
    3-Disposable Teens
    4-Target Audience (Narcisus Narcosis)
    5-Cruci Fiction In Space
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  6. Jul 30, 2016
    10
    Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) is Manson's most angry, hard-hitting and straight-up album. It takes jabs at practicallyHoly Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) is Manson's most angry, hard-hitting and straight-up album. It takes jabs at practically everything that was wrong with American society at the time of the recording, and this album still feels relative almost sixteen years after it's release, which indicates that not much has changed since then. Expand
  7. Rick
    Nov 21, 2005
    0
    A 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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