Tom Sinclair
November 17, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Marilyn Manson
genre
Rock

We gave it a B

Yeah, Marilyn Manson’s satanic mutant bogeyman shtick is as tired as the warmed-over sci-fi clichés on his putative concept album Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a trick or two tucked away in his codpiece. Here, he abandons the glammy slickness of ’98’s Mechanical Animals, upping the brute-force quotient to concoct a pulverizing metallic symphony that makes Rob Zombie sound like elevator music. Rejoice or weep as you see fit — this is the hateful huckster’s most potent effort yet. B

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