Controversial heavy metal rockstar Marilyn Manson released his eighth album today (May 1, 2012), titled 'Born Villain'.
Manson confesses it is very much a comeback album after feeling deep dissatisfaction with his previous two albums 'Eat Me, Drink Me' and 'The High End of Low'. "On the last two records, I think I started to write songs to make people feel like I was feeling rather than to make them feel something", he told CNN in an interview. "And I was feeling like s***, so that was a really stupid thing to do". The 43-year-old, who has in the past been accused of causing the Columbine High School Massacre of 1999, talks about how the album concludes his lifelong struggle for self-discovery. "I feel into a confusing state where I didn't want to be who I was. I needed to be the person I'm going to be, the person I should be. I had to accept that this is what I am".
The album uses frequent references to guns and flowers in its lyrics. In one track 'The Flowers of Evil' he took inspiration from the poet Charles Baudelaire, and in another he chose the name 'Pistol Whipped' in reference to the female part of a flower - the pistil. 'Born Villain' also includes a cover of Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' which features acting legend and musician Johnny Depp on drums and guitar.