"I'm in a mode in life where I wanted to tell stories with this record, and it's sort of like a wax museum of my thoughts, a study of the chamber of horrors in my head," Marilyn Manson told us last summer when we asked him about his forthcoming new album. "All the romance and hope you can have in the world, here in the End Times where it can be a different kind of apocalypse for each person listening to the record."
Today (July 29th), Manson finally officially announced the album, titled WE ARE CHAOS, and unleashed its haunting, soulful lead single and title track. (You can pre-order the album now via Loma Vista.) The 10-track LP, which is due out on September 11th, was jointly produced by Manson and outlaw country star Shooter Jennings, and features one of the shock-rock icon's paintings, "Infinite Darkness," on its cover. The album's title cut arrives accompanied by a striking video directed, photographed and edited by Matt Mahurin. Watch and listen above, and below, check out the cover art and track listing.
"When I listen to WE ARE CHAOS now, it seems like just yesterday or as if the world repeated itself, as it always does, making the title track and the stories seem as if we wrote them today. This was recorded to its completion without anyone hearing it until it was finished. There is most definitely a side A and side B in the traditional sense. But just like an LP, it is a flat circle and it's up to the listener to put the last piece of the puzzle into the picture of songs.
"This concept album is the mirror Shooter and I built for the listener — it's the one we won't stare into. There are so many rooms, closets, safes and drawers. But in the soul or your museum of memories, the worst are always the mirrors. Shards and slivers of ghosts haunted my hands when I wrote most of these lyrics.
"Making this record, I had to think to myself: 'Tame your crazy, stitch your suit. And try to pretend that you are not an animal,' but I knew that mankind is the worst of them all. Making mercy is like making murder. Tears are the human body's largest export."
WE ARE CHAOS track listing:
1. RED BLACK AND BLUE
2. WE ARE CHAOS
3. DON'T CHASE THE DEAD
4. PAINT YOU WITH MY LOVE
5. HALF-WAY & ONE STEP FORWARD
6. INFINITE DARKNESS
8. KEEP MY HEAD TOGETHER
9. SOLVE COAGULA
10. BROKEN NEEDLE