EAT ME, DRINK ME
Label: Marilyn Manson / Interscope
Manson's falling out with former pal Trent Reznor may have soured his penchant for NIN-esque industrialism, as Eat Me, Drink Me sets the stage for a new hell where melodic, post-punk goth reigns. In fact, if it wasn't for Manson's echoed, achy drones, the album could be mistaken for a Killers collaboration with the Devil. With the aid of guitarist/bassist Tim Skold, who adds a Slash-like mass of weighty guitar solos to the mix, Manson's more rock-oriented style may turn on a whole new set of fans -- even those who don't find cannibalism and sadism particularly seductive.