Perhaps you’re feeling nostalgic for middle school or high school. So you throw on the black eyeliner, unearth the black cargo pants and jacket with unnecessary straps and throw on some Marilyn Manson, the unofficial artist of late ’90s angst. Well, Marilyn thinks just like you, because he threw it back for his new album.
The Pale Emperor, released in January, was distributed in the usual ways—CDs, mp3, naturally—but also on polycarbonate PlayStation discs. No, there wasn’t a secret Twisted Metal car included. So why? Art directors Hassan Rahim and Willo Perron told Kill Screen the reason was simple: The aesthetic was dope—and to limit piracy. “When you open the CD it’s pitch black, but we also added a thermal texture on top,” Rahim said. “After it gets hot during playback, the disc comes out all white.” By that criterion, it was a success: look how cool it is! Maybe this will bring physical, non-vinyl mediums back? Maybe? Hello?