There are really only two types of Manson songs, both of which are well-represented on Grotesque: First are the uppity, electrometal fuck-you stompers, including the onomatopoeic "Doll-Dagga Buzz-Buzz Ziggety-Zag." The standout "Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth" adds a clever hip-hop hook to the chorus and fuses metal, rap, and industrial.
Second are the syrup-paced, creepy-crawly, industrial-weirdo tunes, including "Para-Noir" and the title track. Lyrically, Manson sticks to his usual subjects: resistance to authority, drugs, persecution, sex, and violence. Grotesque is hardly revolutionary, but it sounds great and rocks hard. The album debuted at No. 1 in the United States and several European countries, proving that Manson's dope show still has a willing audience.
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