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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely breathtaking.
Simply, without a big long spiel, this album is quite possibly one of the most stunning rock albums ever to grace the earth. Holy Wood is 20 tracks of music that is so wonderfully intense that it leaves you baying for more.
Fans of Marilyn Manson and anyone who has ever felt disaffected or dismayed with the state of the world should sit down and play this album with...
Published on 24 Jun 2004 by Ross D. Lovie

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, it's not bad. But....
However much I love Manson's music, I find myself thinking "I've heared this somewhere before..." To be honest after two years of waiting, since Mechanical Animals, Holy Wood... is somewhat disappointing. That's not to say it's a poor effort, far from it. It manages to combine good aspects of both "A C S", and "M A". However, it just lacks...
Published on 15 Nov 2000


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely breathtaking., 24 Jun 2004
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Ross D. Lovie "Rosco" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
Simply, without a big long spiel, this album is quite possibly one of the most stunning rock albums ever to grace the earth. Holy Wood is 20 tracks of music that is so wonderfully intense that it leaves you baying for more.
Fans of Marilyn Manson and anyone who has ever felt disaffected or dismayed with the state of the world should sit down and play this album with the volume as high as it can possibly go because it is quite literally a big middle finger on a CD in musical incarnation.
There is nothing on this album that Manson doesn't cover; gun-culture (namely the blistering attack on it in the powerful 'The Love Song'), obcession with celebrity, assassination (Kennedy, Lennon, etc.)
Some of his most powerful work to date can be found on this album, especially with regard to the anthemic 'Disposable Teens', a fist hammering industrial ballad devoted to the disposessed and unwanted.
Not all of the album is heavy and there are also some really beautiful tracks in which the melancholy and possibly even the hurt of Marilyn Manson himself seem to shine quietly through the lyrics (mind you, having just been blamed for the Columbine massacre, who wouldn't be upset?) An excellent, haunting example of this would be the powerful 'In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death'
Musically diverse and with a huge number of obvious and more subtle facets, this album is everything that a Marilyn Manson fan could ask for and stands out as a powerful statement against the throw-away and often cruel society in which we live. With tracks like 'Disposable Teens', 'The Nobodies', 'President Dead' and many others, I would think it fair to say that this is quite possibly the most powerful Marilyn Manson album released to date and will certainly take some effort to beat.
Marilyn Manson, the essence of the message summed up on one CD. If you haven't already, you REALLY need to buy this album. Powerful, bold...you certainly wont be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best By A Long Way, 26 Feb 2004
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Don't listen to this expecting Antichrist Superstar Part 2, because it's not. It's not nearly as industrial sounding or experimental. Other reviews seem to sugest that this sounds like a failed attempt to emulate that record, but I have to disagree. This is a far more commercial sounding record, but don't let that put you off, it is merely the inevitable result of an increased profile and therefore budget.
The variety of songs on here is astounding. I think this must be his only record where not a single song sounds remotely the same, yet they're all connected within the musical soundscape he creates on the record, meaning that you'll probably either like all the songs, or none of them. There are heavy songs, mellow songs, fast songs, slow songs, experimental songs, songs obviously designed to be singles, and all manner of musical wonders. The singles (Disposable Teens, The Fight Song, The Nobodies) are all very good, but look a little deeper into the album, and fans will find much better tracks. Deep and meaningful lyrics make you realise that Brian Warner is a very intelligent man who knows what he is talking about. He doesn't lash out at the Government and organised religion for pure controversy, he lashes out because he's angry, and he presents his reasons through some wonderful songs. Just listen to Target Audience, with its contrasting mellow verses and heavy choruses, or the live anthem The Death Song. Read the lyric sheet provided while listening to this album, and you'll get a journey into the head of one of the most importenet figures in music today. His ideas will stay with you long after the record finishes, challenging you to question your own beliefs, and that's what makes this record so special: You can listen to it just for the brilliantly written and surprisingly diverse slelection of songs, or you can take a trip into a world of hate and anger, and you're likely to feel quite differently about things if you do. The record makes it mark in more ways than one, and it's likely to wind the band a great deal of new fans. This is a timeless collection of musical and lyrical genius, and it's not just shock-rock aimed at rebellious teenagers, it's music for the thinking man, nad, if nothing else, it will make you think, in the way that all the best records do.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the album, 7 May 2005
This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
Here is a bit more background information about the album, that I didn't include in my previous review (Great - but not his best).
Here's a bit of background to the album: After the Columbine killings, Manson was blamed for the killings (although it was later found the kids who did the shooting hated Manson and his music), Manson's Rock is Dead tour (Mechanical Animals) was cut short, and Manson, fearing for his life, fled to his home where he had to spend 3 (count em!) whole months hiding in his attic from the public. He spend the months ferociously writing song after song for the album 'Holy Wood', very embittered. Manson wrote an article about the Columbine Killings for Rolling Stone magazine, which you find if you look around a bit.
The album is mainly about society, especially American society, and how the media glamorises deaths. Manson has moved on from his personas of the Antichrist Superstar and the androgynous alien rockstar Omega, and is now (though less obvious) Adam Kadmon, the original human (from Jewish mysticism). Manson said: "It was sort of pointing out that circle that religion is the origin of entertainment, and I was trying to show that I could relate my life to characters in history like Christ or Kennedy or John Lennon and how people are often martyred for being misunderstood".
[...] says "The album itself is a product of Hebrew Kabala, celebrities and serial killers, biblical scripture, freemasonry, history, and bizarre internet resources. He draws on the Tarot cards, much as he does front page news, to produce his most brilliant work". The site is great for analysing MM and his works. A moderately detailed analysis of Holy Wood and of the other albums can also be found at [...]
There is no doubt about it, spend long enough analysing the lyrics, and you will see that Manson put a huge amount of depth into this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subversion at its most comically subversive, 15 Sep 2001
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This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
I've browsed through the other reviews, including one which said that Marilyn Manson was a poor lyricist. I can't see that. Manson is obviously a very clever writer. He can't be taken too seriously, but we can see where he is coming from when he says "I never hated the one true God, but the God of the people I hated". He's attacking everything he feels is wrong, everything that gives him grief and pain. 'Holy Wood' is the first Marilyn Manson album I've listened to, and it is a fantastic one. Never mind the lyrics and the vocals, you've got a good heavy metal band supporting Marilyn Manson, and this combination means that he can win such awards as Kerrang!'s best album without any dispute. This is one of the albums of the year, but please remember that Marilyn Manson wouldn't really perform acts he talks about, on much the same line as Eminem. It's a scare album for parents, but one kids can listen to, rebel to, and not go too far.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'cut the head off...grows back hard', 27 Jan 2001
This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
The god of **** comes back with a renewed purpose on this album after the more mellow mechanical animals...... manson turns in yet another cd of blinding material ranging from the sublimly reflective (a place in the dirt , in the shadow...) to the venomous spitting anthems of old (fight song , death song )plus some more experimental stuff (cruci-fiction in space ,count to six and die).Manson is clearly shaping up to become a song writing genius alongside dylan and lennon but the narrow-minded and ignorant stil fail to see past his image and anti-religion views and ultimately miss out on one of the most gifted musicians who has come along in a long time.Holy wood is a natural progression for manson who just seem to be getting stronger and stronger and his song writing seems to improve with every record.Where manson moves next musically we dont know but you can bet whatever he does will be intelligent, inspired and incredible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood In The Shadow Of Death, 31 May 2007
This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
The mass killings in Columbine left a dark shadow over America, with the powers that be desperately looking for some one to blame, the person elect was Marilyn Manson.

Manson came out swinging, and with this record said, that if your going to point the finger at me, I will point the finger right back at you and tell the real reasons that this happened.

The reason he cited, were organised religion and alienation of those who don't fit in with ideal of what is expectable to belong in high school , as well as Americas vast appetite for guns.

This is a breathtaking collection of songs, that at first seem very superficial shock songs, but when the surface is starched, all of what was mentioned before leaps to the forefront.

There are many reasons that you should own this record, the best reasons being

1. The Nobodies
2. The Fight Song
3. Crucifixion in space
4. Disposal Teens
5. Burning Flag

Are all examples of Manson left of centre look way of telling a story, this is a cautionary tale of how America is losing its way and the reasons for it, at least the reason according to Manson.

Also in over an hour and ten minuets of music, encompassing industrial, straight hard rock, techno and pop over tones into one Manson most expansive and impressive releases to date.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manson Comes Out Fighting:, 21 Nov 2000
This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
After taking the moral-majority's blame for the Columbine Highschool Massacre - Mr Manson has come out fighting.
I can't stop listening to this album. I'm a big Manson fan and own all their albums, but lyrically I think this is the best yet. The lyrics are powerful and hard hitting, and amazingly it's the most rebellious album Marilyn Manson have ever released.
This album is more similar to 'Antichrist Superstar' than the last album, 'Mechanical Animals', and this is a good thing.
The album dives in and tackles issues such as religion and being an outsider, issues which so many of us can identify with today. All in all it's a 'pissed-off' album and that is exactly where Manson should be. The guy is extremely intelligent and he has more to say in this record than most artists say in a career.
The first half of the album is instantly likeable, the second half grows on you until it becomes just as likeable. 'The Fight Song' , 'Coma Black' , 'Burning Flag' , 'The Love Song' and 'Target Audience' are all superb tracks with excellent lyrics.
But most of all - Manson is now being played on daytime Radio 1. This is a GOOD THING. The more people who hear this mans music, the better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album, 24 Aug 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
Many people consider Marilyn Manson to be the pioneer of modern gothic rock. Many, by token, also consider him to always sing songs which have so much angst in them it would satisfy the entire teen population of America. However, whilst this album proves this correct, such songs as Fight Song, The Death Song and Born Again particularly belting out at a pace, it also manages to show the other side of Manson, tracks such as Target Audience fill the middle ground, and others like Lamb of God and Count to Six and Die are examples of the more gentle thoughtful side of the artist, the latter in particular leaving the listener with a growing feeling of unease and fear throughout its unfortunatly short 3 minutes. And the best thing about this album? The fact that Manson has, seemingly with ease, pulled of such a diverse peice of work, and made it look so superbly polished at the same time. All 20 songs are great, some take another listen, some take another few, but overall this is his best work to date. If you are unsure about whether you want to buy this album take it from me, its a superb record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album is ...brilliant! Buy it, you'll like it!!, 2 July 2001
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This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
Holy Wood is a brilliant album, it contains a large range of music genres. In songs such as "disposeable teens" and "the Fight song" we see a hard, fast, heavy metal music. But in songs such as "In the shadow of the valley of death" the music is quieter and thoughtful even. Of, course, there is the usual "Manson" element of the album, in his way of not conforming to normality. This album isn't full of Soppy Love songs as you have grown to expect from Manson. He sings of Hate, Drugs and Violence. To top it all off, the album cover. Now who else would have the cover of their new album depicting themselves nailed to a cross with their bottom jaw missing? well, not many. He is still ballsy in the extreme and still doesn't seem to give a damn what people think of him. Absolutely great, get out there and get your hands on a copy of HolyWood by Marilyn Manson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very, VERY good, 14 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
I always thought of Marylin Manson as a psyco-maniac goth rocker with no sense of musical talent whatsoever - how wrong I was!. This album clearly demonstrates Marylin Mansons capability and their talent to play on the emotions of many people.
There is clear variation on this album. From hard hitting music such as 'The Fight Song' to softer, lyrical songs such as 'In the valley of the Shadow of Death.' Particular favourites of mine are: 'Target Audience', 'The Nobodies' and 'Disposable Teens'. The other songs are certainly worth listening to but there are too many good ones to list.
Even if you fell into the same trap as me and assume Marylin Manson are a bunch of satan-worshippers, you MUST listen to this and appreciate the music that has been produced by this controversial, yet surprisingly talented rock band.
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