HARDER! FASTER! With the changing of the seasons comes a changing of the gears, and the brand new edition of Clash Magazine finds us charging into autumn with four uncompromising cover stars whose forcible spirits inspire the breaking of conventions and the pushing of boundaries - the first of these, we can exclusively reveal today, is the one-man storm that is Marilyn Manson.
Braving the risks, Clash caught up with unpredictable dark lord in Berlin to discuss new album ‘Heaven Upside Down’, which is released this week.
“What I like about ‘Heaven Upside Down’,” he reveals, “is that it really doesn’t hold back. But it’s not mature, it’s not eloquent, but it is very poetic in a sense. I managed to say some really harsh things that could be interpreted romantically, politically, sexually, religiously, so I have to say that I am a bit proud of myself on that part.”
Discussing further the provocative and confrontational themes explored on the record, he explains that the songs are deliberately left open for interpration, and welcomes the inevitable reactions. “You know, in the past being blamed for things like Columbine, which really had nothing to do with my music, I can see this record being blamed for a lot of things,” he tells Clash, “and I hope it is blamed for things; that means it did something important. I’m not looking for harm necessarily as much as I’m looking for chaos. I’m just trying to be a tornado - just going through a town wrecking things. You can either get caught up in it or you can hide in the basement.”
At once both brutal and blunt, Issue 105’s cover story with Marilyn Manson presents a true cultural icon standing - despite the temporary derailment of this weekend’s unfortunate accident - on the precipice of a dynamic resurgence.
Also in this potent issue are features with Lil Peep, Vanessa White, Moses Sumney, Denzel Curry, Jessie Reyez, Tom Grennan, Paul Anderson, Jimmy Cliff, Wyclef Jean, Ty Dolla $ign, Bootsy Collins, and much more.
Clash Issue 105 is available to buy online now ahead of its release next week - get the magazine HERE.
Clash 105 with Marilyn Manson
Interview: Simon Harper
Cover Photography: Perou
Feature Photography: Rob Meyers
Other covers to follow every day this week!