Label: Nothing Records - 0694907902 • Format: CD Album, Enhanced, Club Edition • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Industrial
It was released on November 11, by Nothing and Interscope Records. A rock opera concept albumit is the final installment of a triptych that also included Antichrist Superstarand marked a return to the industrial metal style of the band's earlier work, after the glam rock -influenced production of Mechanical Animals After its release, the band's eponymous vocalist said that the overarching story within the trilogy is presented in Paper Cuts (Alt Version) 1994 - Cage - Cage WKCR 92-99 chronological order: Holy Woodtherefore, begins the narrative.
In the aftermath of the Columbine High School massacre on April 20,national news media reported that the perpetrators were How Could An Angel Break My Heart - Kenny G - Greatest Hits the band's T-shirts during the rampage, and had been influenced by their music.
As their first release after the massacre, the record was Manson's rebuttal to the accusations leveled against him and the group, and was described by the vocalist as a "declaration of war". It was written in the singer's former home in the Hollywood Hills and recorded in several undisclosed locations, including Death Valley Born Again - Marilyn Manson - Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death) Laurel Canyon. His ambitions for Holy Wood initially included an eponymous film exploring its backstory—a project which has since been abandoned and was modified into the as-yet-unreleased Holy Wood novel.
The album was released to generally positive reviews. Several writers praised it as the band's finest work, and multiple publications ranked it as one of the best albums of British rock magazine Kerrang!
In the US, Holy Wood was not as commercially successful as the band's preceding records, debuting Waterloo - ABBA - Waterloo number 13 on the Billboard However, it became their most successful album internationally, debuting in the top twenty of numerous national charts.
InKerrang! A decade on, there has still not been as eloquent and savage a musical attack on the media and mainstream culture In the late s, Marilyn Manson and his eponymous band established themselves as a household name,  and as one of the most controversial rock acts in music history. On April 20,Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot dead 12 students and a teacher and wounded 21 others, before committing suicide.
Under mounting pressure in the days after Columbine, the group postponed their last five Born Again - Marilyn Manson - Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death) American tour dates out of respect for the victims and their families.
The letter named Marilyn Manson for producing songs which "eerily reflect" the actions of Harris and Klebold. On May 4, a hearing on the marketing and distribution of violent content to minors by the television, music, film and video-game industries was held by Rollin On - Double - Rollin On United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
The committee heard testimony from former Secretary of Education and co-founder of conservative violent entertainment watchdog group Empower America William Bennettthe Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaputprofessors and mental-health professionals. Speakers criticized the band, its label-mate Nine Inch Nailsand the film The Matrix for their alleged contribution to a cultural environment enabling violence such as the Columbine shootings.
After concluding the European and Japanese legs of their tour on August 8, the band withdrew from public view. Are people understanding what I'm trying to say? Am I even gonna be allowed to say it? Several of the tracks that appear on Holy Wood date back toprior to the release of Antichrist Superstar although much of this material consisted of "scattered ideas". The vocalist contrasted his songwriting sessions between the two, calling sessions with the latter "very focused", saying that most of their compositions would be completed before being taken to the rest of the band for consideration.
In contrast, his sessions with Ramirez were less demanding, and the pair frequently experimented with absinthe. Drummer Ginger Fish worked constantly on new material, and is credited with performing keyboards and programmingwhile keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy provided input on "President Dead" and "Cruci-Fiction in Space".
Altogether, the band wrote musical fragments, of which between 25 and 30 became songs. Band members maintained a low profile during the album's recording. Manson indicated that their website would be their "only contact with humanity" during this period.
Manson also explained that the acoustic songs were "acoustic" in the sense that they were not recorded with electronic instruments, but he said the album's sonic landscape would be "intrinsically electronic". Manson announced on December 16,that the album was progressing under the working title In the Shadow of the Valley of Deathand that its logo would be the alchemical symbol for mercury. On February 23,Manson delivered a minute lecture via satellite to a current-events convention, "DisinfoCon ", aimed at exposing disinformation where he posed the question, "White teenagers, why are they mad?
Wyatting - Sonoi - Tropics Of Holland adult entertainment killing our children? Or is killing our children entertaining adults? Manson's ambitions for the project initially included an eponymous film exploring the album's backstory. Abandoning his attempt to bring Holy Wood to the screen, Manson announced plans to publish two books accompanying the album. Dick and would be followed by a coffee table book of images created for the project.
Manson described Holy Wood as a "declaration of war. While it can be viewed on several levels, he said its simplest interpretation is to see it as a story about an idealistic man whose revolution is commercialized, leading him to "destroy the thing he has created, which is himself.
The central character is the protagonist Adam Kadmon   —a name derived from the Kabbalah which means "original man". Disenchanted by what he finds, he fashions a counterculture revolution,  only to have it usurped and co-opted by Holy Wood's consumer culture, and he finds himself appropriated as a figure of Holy Wood's ideology of "Celebritarianism": an ideology in which fame is the primary moral value of a religion deeply rooted in celebrity worship and martyrdom;   where dead celebrities are revered as saintsand John F.
Kennedy is idolized as the contemporary Nat Nu - SideKick - Nat Nu Christ. The phrase "guns, god and government" is repeated multiple times throughout the album. It is suggested that these are the root cause of violence, and the album examines the role conservative American culture supposedly played in the Columbine massacre: specifically, what Manson perceived as its Nobody Beats The Beats - The Second Coming EP of gun culture, the inadequacies of traditional family valuesthe American inclination toward war-mongering solely for profitand the Christian right's proclivity for moral panic.
Christ's death is also compared to Abraham Zapruder 's film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy which Manson called "the only thing that's happened in modern times to equal the crucifixion. When you've got " Helter Skelter " [taken from the Beatles song of the same name ] written in blood on someone's wall, it's a little more damning than anything I've been blamed for. The record is primarily an industrial metal album,  although it has also been described as hard rock and gothic rock.
He also said that the record was intended to be the " industrial White Album ", and that he wrote Holy Wood in the same house where The Rolling Stones wrote their single " Let It Bleed "—another source of inspiration.
Like Antichrist Superstar before Born Again - Marilyn Manson - Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)Holy Wood uses a song cycle structure, dividing the album into four movements. It opens with the sound of a focal-plane shutter in slow-motion capturing gunshots ringing in the background while onlookers scream then transitions to Adam as he meditates in the desert. Manson explained: "I was suggesting with the lyrics that the father is the hand, the mother is the gun, and the children are the bullets.
Where you shoot them is your responsibility as parents. Manson singled out "Target Audience Narcissus Narcosis " as his favorite song on the album and said that it describes every person's desire for self-actualization. Manson also plays a mellotron. The song is long, which is a deliberate numerological reference to frame of the Zapruder film—the frame displaying the moment of impact of the fatal head shot which killed Kennedy. The first portion consists of samples and a 'death loop' [N 4] over a simple strum from John 5's Gibson acoustic guitar that make way in the second portion for a bass guitar and drums over plucked chords.
Manson elaborated that: "Mark David Chapman came along and proved him very wrong. That was always something growing up that was very sad and tragic to me". Kennedy and John Lennon to criticize the media's veneration of death, and for turning tragedy into televised spectacle.
Unusual recording techniques were employed for its rhythm and acoustic guitar parts. The song's guitar tracks were led by Ramirez and supplemented by contributions from John 5. Ramirez and John 5 collaborated on the guitar compositions for "Coma Black"; the song alternates between Ramirez's "warped guitar" and the phaze guitar employed by John 5, with Manson providing additional rhythm guitar support.
John 5 recorded guitar parts for "The Fall of Adam" in the pouring rain in an effort to extract a unique sound and deliberately mistuned his Gibson for the song's intro to "produce a sweeter sound. It concludes on a cliffhanger ; it ends with the sound of a solitary bullet being loaded into a revolver against a background of distant fireworks followed by the chamber being spun repeatedly. Its hammer is cocked six times, although its trigger is pulled only five times.
The result of the sixth and final chamber is left for the listener to determine. Manson posted a four-minute video clip on the band's website on December 16,featuring clips of two previously unreleased songs.
The first clip was of a rock song which later became "Disposable Teens", while the second was a rough demo of a cover of Frankie Laine and Jimmy Boyd 's single "The Little Boy and the Old Man" composed by Wayne Shanklin a year earlier as "Little Child"; it was most popularly performed under the title "Mommy Dear" in the movie The Naked Kiss. On September 18, Manson announced that the album's US release would be postponed until November 14 to fine-tune the final mixand that its first single would be "Disposable Teens".
Artwork for the album was designed by Manson and P. Manson began conceptualizing it as he wrote the songs, and Brown and Manson worked in tandem to realize the imagery after deciding to do the work themselves. The cover art, which portrays Manson as a crucified Christ with his jawbone torn off, is intended as a criticism of censorship and America's obsession with martyrs. It is a cropped reinterpretation of The Hanged Man Tarot card. Kennedy's coroner report, displaying the words "clinical record" and "autopsy".
The cover was controversial; editions of the album sold at Circuit City came housed in a cardboard sleeve featuring an alternative cover, while Walmart and Kmart refused to stock the album at all.
My jaw is missing as a symbol of this very kind of censorship. This doesn't piss me off as much as it pleases me, because those offended by my album cover have successfully proven my point. A set of fourteen redesigned Major Arcana tarot cards, based on the Rider-Waite deckwere commissioned by the singer for the album's artwork. The cards depict band members in surrealistic tableau. Each card was reinterpreted to reflect the iconography of the album's lyrical content: The Fool is stepping off a cliff, with grainy images of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and a JFK campaign poster in the background; The Emperorwith prosthetic legs, is sitting in a wheelchair clutching a Born Again - Marilyn Manson - Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death) in front of an American flag; Justice weighs the Bible against the brain on his balance scale.
The cover itself represents The Hanged Man. Three singles were released to promote the album, with "Disposable Teens" being released as its lead single. The latter had been released the previous year on the soundtrack to Celebrity Deathmatch. From November 1, the UK division of Interscope held a contest to promote the album. The contest invited fans to log onto the band's website daily to pick up a series of coded clues which led to a hidden message. Fans who solved the riddle received an exclusive download, and were entered into a drawing for a one-week trip for two to meet the band in Hollywood.
Tickets for the show were given out via their website, in radio contests, and to the first album buyers at Tower Records on Broadway in New York. Bill O'Reilly argued that Late 20s - Best Coast - Late 20s b/w Bigger Man kids" without direction from responsible parents could misinterpret the message of his music as endorsing the belief that "when I'm dead [then] everybody's going to know me.
Well, I think that's a very valid point and I think that it's a reflection of, not necessarily this programme Sonofold - The Early Years (File) of television in general, that if you die and enough people are watching you become a martyr, you become a hero, you become well known.
So when you have these things like Columbine, and you have these kids who are angry and they have something to say and no one's listening, the media sends a message that says if you do something loud enough and it gets our attention then you will be famous for it. Those kids ended up on the cover of Time magazine twice, the media gave them exactly what they wanted.
That's why I never did any interviews around that time when I was being blamed for it because I didn't want to contribute to something that I found to be reprehensible. In mid, Universal Music Group was criticized for airing commercials promoting the album during episodes of Total Mente Estagnada - Fina Flor Do Entulho - Orgia De Domingo Á Tarde Live.
Manson suspected that former Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman played a role in the criticism. Manson announced prior to the release of "The Fight Song" that "The Nobodies" would be issued as the album's Born Again - Marilyn Manson - Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death) single, whilst indicating a desire to film its video in Russia because "the atmosphere, the desolation, the coldness and Sturmesbrût - Im Tal Des Jägers architecture would really suit the song.