Sad news: The music world mourns the loss of Ray Manzarek (74), founding Member and keyboarder of The Doors, White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte (44) and Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder (63). R.I.P.!
German Hardrockers BERSERKER will donate 18.000€ to the Berlin cancer charity for children on May 25. November 2011 BERSERKER front man Schröder was diagnosed with cancer, now he is cancer-free. In 2012 the band collected money for this charity at their concerts and will also continue to do so in the future. Slayer´s Jeff Hanneman is dead: he passed away at about 11AM on May 2nd near his Southern California home because of liver failure due to an infection after a spider bite. R.I.P. Jeff!
The Siberian Jay music video "I´m Holding" featuring Mikko Sirén from Apocalyptica on drums - we reported about the videoshoot in our "1h with" Special - can be watched here: http://youtu.be/C-hSNurZVcs
Here we have it: Marilyn Manson´s latest album, „Born Villain“, and I am not impressed. Sometimes it seems that musicians make albums just for the sake of making albums (with an empty wallet as a secondary motivation, perhaps) instead of making great creations because otherwise they would explode.
The album has the general feeling that this has already been done and we´ve heard it already ages ago. Due to this, I had to listen the album four times through before I could write this review –I just kept on forgetting if the songs were any good. The best comparison would be a re-heated hamburger –all the ingredients are there, but it´s just blaah.
This album has probably the worst song Manson ever made, namely “Pistol Whipped.” The main reason for this shock is the simple fact, that it´s the same guy, who created masterpieces, like “Mechanical Animals.” What can I say; the better you are, the higher the expectations are and why on earth “Pistol Whipped” landed on this album, is beyond me. There are some songs, which balance on the border of okay and good, like “Slo-Mo-Tion”, “The Gardener” and the Carly Simon cover “You´re so Vain,” where Johnny Depp came in to collaborate.
All in all, the album can be described in one word: meh. The only reason I would buy the album would be to say that I have all of his albums.