Aug 5, 2020

Marilyn Manson,Wrath Of Killenstein, Metallica

Category: CD/Video Reviews


Marilyn Manson

“We Are Chaos” Single

 The brand new song by Marilyn Manson, co-written/produced by Shooter Jennings is a fine example of how an artist should mature over time.

 Sounding like it could have been on the “Mechanical Animals” record, “We Are Chaos” is a well polished, highly developed idea which Shooter and Manson forged from raw emotion and powerful pop.

 David Bowie has always been a driving force in Manson’s style and this new single is shining proof.  The industrial edges have been smoothed over and this song displays a grown up sound for Mr. Manson; the song itself is a creative masterpiece.  

 I used this term several years ago to describe the “Eat Me, Drink Me” record and I will apply it to this new single as well:  “We Are Chaos” is pure adult contemporary goth music.



“Divination En Blakk”

 I discovered The Wrath of Killenstein in 2013 when they performed at “Rock Harvest” in Maryland.  The band featured a spooky lead singer who looked like a walking nightmare.  The band was heavy, noisy, and chock full of anger.

 Flash forward to 2020 and the band has a new EP out entitled “Divination En Blakk” which sounds like a nightmare transcribed to music.

 “Enter The Beast” opens the record with a dark overtone and it sounds like a demonic ritual.

 “The Summonen” is a symphonic rocker that sounds slightly like Cradle of Filth with it’s heavy synth overtones.  Musically this song defines the sound of Killenstein and demands the listener to pay attention.

“Within” is a driving number that features dazzling guitar work during the solo break.

 “Boogeyman” has a devilish double kick drum which is accompanied by Killenstein’s devilish vocals!  Molded from demonic soundscapes and childhood nightmares, this one is an audio version of October 31 (Halloween Day)!

 “St. James Infirmary” is creepy.

 “The Woman That I Love is Dead” closes this EP out with six minutes of brooding, blood thirsty, ghoulishly grim darkness.  This one is reminiscent of Type O Negative at times and rounds out this EP quite nicely.

 For a limited time, if you order anything from the bands official Merch page you will receive a limited edition Live dvd which was recorded at Gussy’s in New York.  The DVD offers those who can’t experience the band in person a taste of what their live experience is all about.

 For merch, show dates, and more info on Killenstein go to:


September 23, 1989

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

 Metallica’s You Tube/Facebook Free Concert series featured a vintage show from the “…And Justice For All” tour.  

 This concert was the final show of the US tour and the video was shot on Lars’ personal camcorder.  The show starts off filmed from the side of the stage and winds up being shot from the crowd.  There are several missing scenes from the show due in part to the camera man roaming through the venue and at one point the video is stopped by a security guard who is unaware that it’s the Metallica crew who are filming the show.

 The video shows recording limitations due to the technological limitations of 1989.  The video footage has been paired with soundboard audio which makes the concert an amazing time capsule for this era of the band.

The show opens with “Blackened” which leads into “For Whom The Bell Tolls”.  Watching James, Kirk, and Jason lead the charge up front while Lars bashes his drums so valiantly you realize how superb this era of the band truly was.  The “…And Justice For All” era is often overlooked due in part to The Black Album being the bands big commercial breakthrough, but the “Justice” era was clearly the band in their prime.  Metallica had risen to the point where they were a headlining arena act, they had four amazing records under their belt, and the band had paid their dues and earned their place in the metal world.

 During Kirk’s guitar solo a person wearing a Kermit the Frog costume takes the stage and Kirk sets on his back while playing “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix.

 “The Four Horsemen” features a costumed horse galloping across the stage.

 The band goofs around during “Am I Evil” and switches instruments. James plays drums, Lars sings lead vocals, Kirk is on bass, and Jason plays guitar.

 21 songs are performed in all.  During Jason’s bass solo a portion of “To Live Is To Die” is played.

 Before starting “Seek and Destroy” the band perform a snippet of “Twist of Cain” by Danzig.  The band also tease “Run To The Hills” by Iron Maiden later in the show.

 There are three encores and the band toss out several covers which include, “The Wait”, “Last Caress”, “Am I Evil”, and “Breadfan” which closes the show.


Author: Bob Suehs