Contrary to popular belief, it seems the upcoming Marilyn Manson
album, Antichrist Superstar, will not feature a collaboration between
Marilyn Manson and the Church of Satan's "Black Pope" Dr. Anton LaVey. Speaking
to music press in Australia --where the Smells Like Children EP was
belatedly released recently and "Sweet Dreams" has only just dropped out of the
top 40 -- Manson said LaVey is a friend and "a big influence" but unfortunately
he has not collaborated on the album. Antichrist Superstar is set for an
October 8 release. Manson described recording the album as "a very trying
experience" and claimed he put himself close to death by experimenting with
drugs, pain and sleep deprivation. "I've found out all I want to find out, it's
all one big musical ritual to me," he said.
Trent Reznor produced
Antichrist, and according to Manson, that has delayed work on the next
Nine Inch Nails album. Manson was cagey about the pair's working relationship.
"Sometimes we work very closely, sometimes we don't talk at all," said Manson.
"He's probably done more on this record than in the past and in some ways he
worked less than in the past. It has been a long and trying experience like I
said, and because he has had to kind of take from all my experiences and help
me make it come true, he also got dragged in."
Manson also confirmed that
guitarist Daisy Berkowitz left the band at the start of recording. Bassist
Twiggy Ramirez doubled up on guitar during the studio sessions, and as yet no
replacement has been confirmed. According to Manson, Berkowitz "had different
music in his mind" and "was not in philosophical agreement" with the
"I wish him luck, it's a hard place to leave," Manson chuckled when
asked where a musician could possibly go after being in a band as controversial
as Marilyn Manson.