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MARILYN MANSON The End gets 8/10

Marilyn Manson
The End
Loma Vista

8/10

Another cover from Marilyn Manson, this time an eight and a half minute take on The Doors’ sacred The End. It’s a collaborative effort with outlaw country rocker Shooter Jennings for upcoming Stephen King series The Stand, which Manson is reportedly also cast in.

The 1967 original of The End was pretty disturbing already, with its pairing of creepy instrumentals and incestuous lyrics, so it seems fitting Manson takes the reins for a modern day cover.

With his ghoulish gravelly vocals over rustic guitar and a ritualistic pulsing bass, Manson takes the next step in making The End even more obscure and sinister. Manson makes a little change to some of the original lyrics too, adding his own profanity-laden words to the track’s bridge. Not the heavy thrash beat of select earlier works, but an easy listen that’ll linger in your ears long after listening.

No stranger to adding his sinister and ominous touch to an ever-expanding covers catalogue, previous to his recent God’s Gonna Cut You Down cover he’s tackled Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Gloria Jones’ Tainted Love and Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus, producing some of his best work in the process. There are also some hidden gems; his takes on AC/DC’s Highway to Hell and the Beatles’ Come Together are dope as hell, too.

It’s unclear whether The End will make the forthcoming LP purportedly due before year’s end, but this certainly fits with its dark ‘southern’ tone, as referenced by Manson.

RYAN ELLIS

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