Emigrate ft. Marilyn Manson — “Hypothetical”
Marilyn Manson — “This is Halloween,” from the album/soundtrack Nightmare Revisited (2008).
How could I not start the week off with this classic? I chose Manson’s version, as it’s my favorite, but here are two alternates you might enjoy!
Panic! at the Disco
It’s the week of Halloween! This is the perfect time to bring your attention to 2008’s Nightmare Revisited, a collection of Danny Elfman songs — composed for the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas — reimagined by contemporary artists such as Marilyn Manson, Flyleaf, and Korn.
I went to see Sköld in Atlanta last Sunday. Their opening acts were Optic Oppression and Echo Black. Both bands deserve to be gushed over, but this post is for Optic Oppression.
I didn’t have the chance to check out Optic Oppression prior to the show (because I fail at life). However, one song into their set, I was already sold. The band was highly energetic and as interactive as possible. Front man Kendall Cage was an absolutely mesmerizing performer. My mom was with me and as far as she was concerned, Kendall stole the show. I had the chance to speak to all three of the members throughout the night and they were very gracious, which is always a plus.
Pairing mostly clean vocals with a mix of electronic rock, synth rock, and industrial rock/metal, Optic Oppression has a sound reminiscent of Godhead, Orgy, and the earlier incarnations of Finger Eleven and Marilyn Manson. There is also a hint of Deftones and Crosses in some cases, the music having that moody, dark, slightly surreal vibe that I adore.
I am still familiarizing myself with Optic Oppression, but I can say with certainty that they are one of my new favorite bands. My fingers are crossed that they will play relatively close by again. If you ever find them listed on a bill, get your ass to that show! Don’t be like me, though: go ahead and listen to them right now.
Below, I am sharing three of the tracks that have stood out to me (so far). Be sure to head over to their official site, where you can score a free download of their Find a Way EP, and like/follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Apple Music, etc.
“Big Boys Don’t Cry”
Marilyn Manson — “User Friendly”
Marilyn Manson — “Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)”
Rasputina — “Transylvanian Concubine” (Manson Mix)
Crosby, Stills, & Nash: “Norwegian Wood” (The Beatles cover)
Dr. Melancholia: “Genie in a Bottle” (Christina Aguilera cover)
Maven ft. Marilyn Manson: “Hard On For Love” (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds cover)
Goo Goo Dolls: “Give a Little Bit” (Supertramp cover)
Nonpoint: “In the Air Tonight” (Phil Collins cover)
Marilyn Manson ft. Johnny Depp: “You’re So Vain” (Carly Simon cover)
Marilyn Manson — “The Speed of Pain”