Posts Tagged ‘Marilyn Manson’

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HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS: New EP Available For FREE Download

June 5, 2010

HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS


Source: HowToDestroyAngels.com

Download it HERE.



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HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS: ‘THE SPACE IN BETWEEN’ Video Posted

May 17, 2010

HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS





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MARILYN MANSON, EVAN RACHEL WOOD To Star In ‘SPLATTER SISTERS’

May 17, 2010

MARILYN MANSON and EVAN RACHEL WOOD


Source: Variety.com

Veteran producer Edward R. Pressman and filmmaker David Gordon Green are teaming to produce Adam Bhala Lough’s retro slasher film “Splatter Sisters,” with Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood attached to star.

Film, penned by Lough, is the first in a planned franchise and is a sexploitation-serial-killer-slasher-road-movie circa 1989.

Read more HERE.

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NINE INCH NAILS’s TRENT REZNOR Returns With HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS – New Song, ‘THE DROWNING’, Posted

May 4, 2010

HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS


Source: Pitchfork.com, HowToDestroyAngels.com

HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS is [Trent] Reznor’s collaboration with his wife, former West Indian Girl frontwoman Mariqueen Maandig. They will release their self-titled debut EP this summer. Check out a new track call ‘THE DROWNING’ below.

More info HERE and check out the bands official website for more media HERE.

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MARILYN MANSON Vs. POGO Lawsuit Update: Settlement Revealed

December 24, 2009

MARILYN MANSON With Pogo Pre Lawsuit Days


Source: Blabbermouth.net, Southern California Public Radio, Myspace.com/MarilynManson

Marilyn Manson’s insurance coverage will pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit brought against him by a former member of his band, but all of the money will go to the plaintiff’s attorney, a lawyer for the goth rocker said today.

Read more HERE.

Just a few days ago, it was reported that:

The settlement of a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson by a former band member is being held up by the filing of a $72,000 lien for attorneys’ fees, lawyers told a judge today.

Read more on that HERE.

Marilyn Manson posted his reaction to the current state of the lawsuit on his Myspace page:

MARILYN MANSON reacts to current state of lawsuit with POGO (click image to enlarge)



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MARILYN MANSON Vs. POGO Lawsuit Resolved – Almost…

December 21, 2009

MARILYN MANSON With Pogo Pre Lawsuit Days


Source: Southern California Public Radio, Myspace.com/MarilynManson

The settlement of a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson by a former band member is being held up by the filing of a $72,000 lien for attorneys’ fees, lawyers told a judge today.

Read more HERE.

Marilyn Manson posted his reaction to the current state of the lawsuit on his Myspace page:

MARILYN MANSON reacts to current state of lawsuit with POGO (click image to enlarge)



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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Announce U.S. Headlining Dates, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA To Support

December 12, 2009

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE


Source: KillswitchEngage.com

Ticket info HERE.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, DARK TRANQUILITY tour dates:

2/4 House of Blues, Boston, MA
2/5 House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
2/6 NorVa Norfolk, VA *KsE and Dark Tranquility only
2/8 House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL
2/10Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
2/11 Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
2/12 Sonar, Baltimore, MD
2/13 House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH
2/15 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
2/18 First Avenue Loop Station, MN
2/19 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
2/20 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
2/21 The Egyptian Room at the Murat Center, Indianapolis, IN
2/23 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
2/24 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin, TX *KsE, Dark Tranquility and special guest
2/25 Warehouse, Live Houston, TX
2/26 Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
2/27 Concrete Street Amphitheatre Corpus Christi, TX *KsE, Dark Tranquility and special guest
3/01 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
3/03 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
3/05 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
3/06 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
3/07 The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
3/09 Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
3/10 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
3/12 The Great Salt Air, Magna, UT
3/13 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
3/14 The Midland by AMC, Kansas City, MO
3/15 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
3/16 Rocket Town, Nashville, TN *KsE, Dark Tranquility and special guest
3/18 Irving Plaza, New York, NY
3/19 Irving Plaza, New York, NY
3/21 The Dome, Wallingford, CT



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THRALL WORLD EXCLUSIVE: “REMEMBERING KRISTOV” Part 2: “Kristov – 1, Cancer – 0”

November 24, 2009

MARAZENE circa 04.21.06 from l to r: Kristov, Stiph, Thrall, Gash, Skum - backstage after A Pearl Room performance with American Head Charge. This picture was taken only weeks before Kris would be diagnosed with cancer.



In thinking about my times with Kristov over the course of the last 8 years this is what comes to mind. I thank you for understanding a random missed detail during a time of mourning.

I wrote this for myself. To make sure I would not forget. But I also wrote it for Kris. To make sure noone else would forget what he meant to me and to the band MARAZENE.

I miss my friend.

I found out Kris had cancer on May, 17th of 2006 at a HIM concert at Congress Theater. Nikk had slowed down to take a phone call while we were walking up to the entrance of the venue and I would later find out it was Kris who was relaying to us the awful news. It was extremely serious. He required immediate surgery. He would need further treatment with follow up chemotherapy.

This was also the same night our video for the song ‘XecuTe’ was making it’s Chicagoland area debut on JBTV. The ‘XecuTe’ video had been a major project for me not only as a band member but as my first significant producer credit. For the band, the video was our big introduction to fans who were outside the Chicago area that we had met online through various social networking sites. It was a teaser for the eventual touring we would do in ’06 and ’07. The celebration fell a little flat and the whole evening seemed a bit out of place.

Needless to say, cancer was a difficult thing to wrap the brain around. I had no real personal experience with the disease. Kris was far too young to have developed such a bitch of a diagnosis. I would find out later on that Kris had suffered from mild symptoms of his condition as far back as the 2002 tour with BILE that he was a part of. So he basically started fighting the disease properly well into the onset. It would prove to be a very difficult thing to manage with the cancer having that much of a headstart.

What I do remember about all of this very clearly is that one minute I’m up to my eyeballs in deadlines for album mixes, album artwork, CD tour dates, phone calls, emails, follow up phone calls, lining up press for the album – all very typical for an independent band – and then *KA-BOOM* Kris all of a sudden gets dragged off (literally) for major surgery that he has to do without a second thought or choice just to survive. Head-spinning doesn’t begin to describe the situation. It was a split second requirement for Kris and we (the band) had all of ten fukking days to figure out wtf we were going to do about our ‘MachiNation’ CD show which was scheduled for May 27th at Kinetic Playground in Chicago.

The first time I actually visited Kris in the hospital after the surgery was a very stressful time. I distinctly remember the feeling while we were on the way that I was just going to freak out. I think I hid that well but inside the thoughts were a chaotic jumble. You have to consider that over the years of playing shows with him and rehearsing and hanging out that Kris was a given. He was a rock to me. He always had my back and I didn’t even have to think about it. Even through hard times there was respect. So I knew I would have to brace myself for whatever came my way that night. I know I had a beer on the way to the hospital just to calm my nerves. I had a beer in the hospital room with me tucked away in my coat. At the least I needed something to take the edge off and something to do with my hands. It was a very sad moment watching my friend struggle in a weakened state I never thought possible. There was no logic to it whatsoever. Here was a key change I had no note to cover.

Cancelling the CD shows seemed the obvious thing to do – but nothing was ever really that obvious in those days. It would have destroyed the momentum we had built up for our album and I don’t see how the math would have added up to us taking part on the National tours in ’07. We definitely would not have been prepared for them. Odds are we would never have left Chicago and we would have always been remembered as the band that could have been. Our detractors would have loved that.

For the most part, Kris and the band received a tremendous outpouring of support from our friends in the Chicagoland area but there were a couple of notable local nitpickers and naysayers that had been doing their best to derail the bands overall progress that we had been making by stirring up the pot about “leaving Kris behind” and all sorts of nonsense. But these people never had the bands best interests in mind. These were just a few people voicing an invalid opinion about a band and a collaboration that they never really fully understood. Kris, Nikk, and myself were determined to make a musical statement the likes of which the city of Chicago would always remember.

There had to be another way and Kris and I spoke about the pros and cons of cancelling or postponing this event or that event at one of my hospital visits. Our focus was always on building for the future but that didn’t mean we weren’t keen to the possibility of obstacles along the way.

What we eventually decided to do was to turn our CD show in to a sort of tribute to Kris’s struggle and with Kris’s blessing we agreed to play the out of town shows with a sub drummer. Kris believed in our album. And he was determined to fight like hell to rejoin us as soon as he could to help push it. So with the bands complete understanding and unified from the get-go we set our sites like we wrote our music – with a bigger picture in mind.

Marazene always planned for the future – and Kris was always a part of that plan.

On the night of our CD show I suggested that our videographer for the evening tape well wishes for Kris who was still recovering. Our MC for the evening made sure to dedicate the evening to Kris and there were many many toasts in the name our struggling friend that night. He wasn’t present but Kris was certainly on everyones minds.

Kris underwent an intense chemotherapy regimen in Spring 2006 following his surgery and determined fukk that he was, still managed to join us on the road for most of our shows. Despite all the hardships involving logistics I knew I wanted him there rather than have somebody else. And contrary to what many people think (including myself in the beginning) the doctors favored his staying involved with the band when it came to shows. They thought it was good to keep Kris active and involved. To keep things positive, etc.

Toward the end of 2006 I was able to land some really cool shows for MARAZENE with OTEP in Minneapolis, MN, and MUSHROOMHEAD in Flint, MI, and Chicago’s House of Blues through some of my connections. It was an especially optimistic time for the band which would end up leading to our first National tour with Mushroomhead the following year in March of 2007. I was able to confirm a tour with Deadstar Assembly about a week later for April of 2007. With the band at full strength and ready to promote the ‘MachiNation’ album it was nothing but shows, shows and more shows.

It was every bands dream to be able to tour in support of the music they created. And by not putting the brakes on in 2006 Kris, Nikk, and myself were able to capitalize on the momentum and do even cooler things in 2007. This completely invalidated the whole “leaving Kris behind” nonsense and consequently confounded both our local critics and our local competitors who – for the most part – have yet to acknowledge Kris’s struggle and the bands achievements that were borne in the shadow of incredibly negative odds and faced completely on our own.

Kris’s chemo regimen wrapped up long before we did the National tours but the after effects were still present. We wore the battle scars of a nasty fight for survival (his hair [dreadlocks] had fallen out) but it didn’t matter to him. I don’t know if I would’ve made the same decision to leave the house while still recuperating from an illness such as his and I think that gives you a good idea of how Kris – through thick and thin – managed to live his life to the limit no matter what was thrown at him. It’s what I admired about him. The never-say-die, middle-finger-in-the-air-mentality. It’s one thing to rock out with your cock out. It’s quite another thing altogether to undergo rigorous surgery, chemotherapy, and travel to do shows to rock out with your cock out. I’d be willing to bet that most people (myself included) wouldn’t leave the house until they were 100%.

Kris won the first battle with cancer. And he was able to join us on our tour dates and two National tours because of it. That’s quite an accomplishment and a victory for Kris and the band he helped found, however you want to look at it, by any measure of success.

to be continued…

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The Return of SKOLD

November 5, 2009

SkoldEquipment

TIM SKOLD


Source: Skold.com

TIM SKOLD is returning to his pre-KMFDM/pre-Marilyn Manson solo efforts via a new SKOLD album which is due sometime in early 2010.

After stints with KMFDM, Marilyn Manson and SKOLD vs. KMFDM, as producer/songwriter/guitarist/bassist, Tim Skold once again records as SKOLD.

Growing from production duties on Marilyn Manson’s cover versions of “Tainted Love” and “Personal Jesus” to songwriting and production duties on the Marilyn Manson albums “Golden Age Of Grotesque” and “Eat Me, Drink Me”, SKOLD has returned darker, harder and heavier than ever.

More info HERE. In the meantime, check out three new songs HERE.

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THRALL WORLD EXCLUSIVE: “Remembering Kristov” Part 1 – Minneapolis Meets Chicago

October 28, 2009
RIP Kristopher "Kristov" Kemp: 10.28.74 -- 01.26.09

In thinking about my times with Kristov over the course of the last 8 years this is what comes to mind. I thank you for understanding a random missed detail during a time of mourning.

I wrote this for myself. To make sure I would not forget. But I also wrote it for Kris. To make sure noone else would forget what he meant to me and to the band MARAZENE.

I miss my friend.

The first time I ever spoke with Kris was over a phone call in early Spring 2001 when I was still living in Minneapolis and sorting through my immediate and future plans for a possible relocation to Chicago. We met by fate, chance, or karma (as most musicians do) when I responded to a Chicago Reader ad loaded with all kinds of bells and whistles that just happened to be looking for a bassist. It seemed like a good opportunity at the time and it was through this initial contact that I got Kris’s phone number. I gave him a call to test the waters and get an idea of just wtf I might be getting myself into by a move to the Windy City. I asked Kris his advice on areas to check out (and areas to stay away from) and stuff like the local Chicago music scene while just feeling out a potential future bandmate. I always appreciated the optimism that Kris made me feel about taking such a big leap into the unknown.

The first time I met Kris in person was at House of Blues in Chicago at an Orgy/Spineshank concert. It was the designated meeting place we set up to introduce myself to the band or – Bar Star Azzemblage – as I like to call it (the band never really did anything) he and I would join together very briefly in 2001.

One thing I have noted since this night was that even though Kris and I attribute our initial meeting as through this particular project, Kris had this theory that we would have met regardless for two connected and specific reasons. One was that he mentioned that I was pretty driven and was already on a path to Chicago one way or another no matter what. This is true. I had been looking for an excuse to make the jump to lightspeed. Two was that we were shooting for a similar goal. So I happen to agree with Kris’s logic.

By the end of the evening we all ended up at an afterparty held at a local dive (which has since changed its name) called Jub Jub Club over off Fullerton and Halsted in Chicago. The place was small and the bathroom of the club was like the smallest one in the world and people were just piling in to do coke off the sink and if you were lucky enough you got to use the bathroom before you pissed yourself.

Rammstein was blaring over the DJ speakers (“Hierate Miche”) at some point in the evening and Kris was asking where I had first heard of them. I told him the David Lynch mindfukk movie ‘Lost Highway’ and we proceeded to have this crazy intense conversation about bands, music and all that stuff that musicians talk about when they first meet. There was a good vibe. We hit it off and I was extremely excited about moving.

Kris had seen the future but as it turns out – it wasn’t with the band I had moved down to Chicago to join. In fact, he bailed out of that situation completely within several months of my relocation. Kris had been working on some dark, heavy, electronic musical filth on the side with a guitar player named Nikk Skum. Kris introduced me to Nikk at a Dope concert held at Chicago’s Metro Cabaret Theater on one of our many excursions.

From the onset Nikk and I hit it off and we talked about working together and putting together an album of covers for shits and giggles. But once we got into the studio together and started jamming the symmetry of our writing styles became obvious and we went with that instead. Our first jams sessions ended up being ridiculously productive and everything pointed to an inevitable destiny. There was a magic in the air in those early days.

Nikk and I would eventually go on to write the ‘MachiNation’ album in 2005-2006 as well as loads of other tracks that didn’t make the album. The two of us really had a knack for complimenting each others songwriting. Together, Kris, Nikk, and myself would refine that material at dozens of Chicagoland area shows. As of this writing, ‘MachiNation’, stands as one of my most important life acheivements and I’m only happy to be able to say that Kris played a critical role in that acheivement.

I gave the benefit of the doubt to the project I moved to Chicago to join and stuck with it much longer than I should have. By the time I said “fukk it” I was in a place where I could barely recognize myself. And while the ending may have been disappointing – the optimism and possibilities with a newfound musical manifest with Kris and Nikk seemed endless. The bottom line was – I had seen enough of the Windy City to realize there was nothing here that I couldn’t accomplish and that I could do more in expressing my musical ambitions with Kris and Nikk in what our friends and fans have come to know as MARAZENE.

And so it was.

In 2003 the beginnings of an early developmental phase of MARAZENE took a major step forward playing a show at a suburban Chicago bar in Barrington called Penny Road Pub. And it steadily got bigger from there. By 2005 Nikk was fronting the band after moving over from guitar and I was singing secondary lead vocals. In our continuing evolution as a band it’s easy to point to this time period as a critical jump forward in our bands ability to compete and excel on a National and International level. The goal of just being one of the best bands in Chicago wasn’t even remotely close to being anything more than a means to an end. We were always shooting for something much much bigger.

In January of 2006 we headlined our biggest show to date at Chicago’s legendary Metro Cabaret Theater for about a thousand of our closest friends. The music for ‘MachiNation’ was being test driven around the block for what we knew would be some very active years to come once an album was released.

to be continued…