Marilyn Manson is unquestionably an industrial metal legend, and his influence on not just music, but the media is huge. The reason for this was that he was basically a shock rock act, but now that he's been around for over 25 years, it's only natural that he's no longer shocking. Despite him having a few classic albums I still enjoy, I think his lackluster 2010's were proof of this. I thought that WE ARE CHAOS was going to be Manson's best, at least in years, because the opener, "RED BLACK AND BLUE" is an absolute industrial rager, and the most vicious he's been in a long time. Manson proves that he can still be shocking though, and I really wish he didn't, because I wasn't expecting the following song, the title track, to be nothing but an overblown piece of radio pop rock. I thought this could just be a one time thing, because "DON'T CHASE THE DEAD" starts off aggressive, but then he just aggressively rips off Depeche Mode. "BROKEN NEEDLE" may have well been written by an emo Imagine Dragons, so that's about as listenable as one would think. The only other track I liked was "INFINITE DARKNESS", which was the only other one that sounded like a classic Marilyn Manson industrial track. Manson was always a tryhard edgelord, but these lyrics are so hard to digest, and they sound like they were copied from the diary of an edgy 13 year old, whose depression was cured by XXXTentacion. The compression is deafening, and it's way too overproduced, the whole thing sounds so synthetic. This is Marilyn Manson's worst record in my opinion, and I'm clueless as to why he's abandoning the style that made him so shocking, for something so tame, truly the complete opposite.
Favorite tracks: "RED BLACK AND BLUE", "INFINITE DARKNESS"
Least favorite tracks: "WE ARE CHAOS", "BROKEN NEEDLE", "PERFUME", "PAINT YOU WITH MY LOVE", "DON'T CHASE THE DEAD"