Rare Marilyn Manson Track Appears In Season One Of The Punisher

If you’re anything like the crew at Ghost Cult, you’ve made time to binge watch some or all of Marvel’s The Punisher series on Netflix this past weekend. The series has already made a theme of using music in a compelling way, with the use of Metallica in the run-up to the premiere. If you got up to episode 11, you heard an amazing song as the background shot of Frank Castle dealing with some painful memories with the New York City skyline behind him. That song is ‘Fated, Faithful, Fatal’, by Marilyn Manson, a bonus track from 2015s excellent release, The Pale Emperor (Loma Vista Records). The track is essentially an alternate version of another song on that album, ‘The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles’. You can hear the track below.Continue reading

Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down

Nearly a quarter-century into his career, Marilyn Manson continues to explore the grimy underside of humanity that makes other artists shy away to safety, and enthralls his fans. This is not an easy task and while his missteps have been very public, it would take a very jaded listener to find fault with the recorded consistency he has put down, especially of late. I’m not sure why 2015s The Pale Emperor (Hell, etc) took so many off guard; as if the man wasn’t capable of holding our attention any longer. That album exuded a mature brilliance; an almost “an elder statesman of rock” type of vibe. A modern classic rock album, the type we used to get often, but are now scarce since real rock gods are dead or in hiding. Manson is not ashamed to swing his sticky rock star dick around, but it’s his writing, lyrics and vocal delivery that really sent that album over the top. In some ways he has actually done one better on the follow-up, Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista/Caroline International).Continue reading