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Linkin Park is an American band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with ...

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{"key":"200","name":"Linkin Park","bio":"Linkin Park is an American band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries. Its following studio album, Meteora, continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200 album chart in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world. In 2003, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth greatest band of the music video era and the third best of the new millennium behind Oasis and Coldplay.Having adapted the nu metal and rap metal genres to a radio-friendly yet densely layered style in Hybrid Theory and Meteora, the band explored other genres in their next studio album, Minutes to Midnight, which was released in 2007. The album topped the Billboard charts and had the third best debut week of any album that year. The band has collaborated with several other artists, most notably with rapper Jay-Z in their mashup EP Collision Course, and many others included on Reanimation. The band's most recent studio album, A Thousand Suns, was released on September 8, 2010. Linkin Park has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards.Charity:On January 19, 2010, Linkin Park released a new song titled Not Alone as part of a compilation from Music for Relief called Download to Donate for Haiti in support of the Haiti Earthquake crisis. On February 10, 2010, Linkin Park released the official music video for the song on their homepage. The single itself was released on October 21, 2011.On January 11, 2011, an updated version of Download to Donate for Haiti was launched, called Download to Donate for Haiti V2.0, with more songs to download. For the updated compilation, the band released Keaton Hashimoto's remix of The Catalyst from the \"Linkin Park featuring YOU\" contest.Shinoda designed two t-shirts, in which the proceeds will go to Music for Relief to help the victims of the 2011 T\u014dhoku earthquake and tsunami disasters. Music For Relief released Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief Japan, another compilation of songs, in which the proceeds will go to Save the Children. The band released the song titled as Issho Ni, meaning \"we're in this together\", on March 22, 2011 via Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief Japan.In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Linkin Park played at Club Nokia during the \"Music for Relief: Concert For the Philippines\" in Los Angeles, California, and raised donations for victims. The show was broadcast on AXS TV on February 15. Other artists during the tour included The Offspring, Bad Religion, Heart, and The Filharmonic.Official Site: http:\/\/www.linkinpark.com\/mainGenres: Alternative rock, nu metal, rap rockCurrent members:Chester Bennington \u2013 vocals (since 1999)Rob Bourdon \u2013 drums, percussion (since 1996)Brad Delson \u2013 lead guitar (since 1996)Dave Farrell \u2013 bass (1996\u20131998, 1999, since 2001)Joe \"Mr. Hahn\" Hahn \u2013 turntables, programming, samples (since 1996)Mike Shinoda \u2013 vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard (since 1996).Former members:Mark Wakefield - vocals (1996\u20131998)Kyle Christener - bass (1999)Scott Koziol - bass (2000\u20132001).Discography:Albums:1. Hybrid Theory (2000)2. Reanimation (2002)3. Meteora (2003)4. Live in Texas (2003)5. Collision Course (2004)6. Minutes to Midnight (2007)7. Road To Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes (2008)8. A Thousand Suns (2010).9. iTunes Festival: London 2011 (2011)10. Living Things (2012)11. Recharged (2013)12. A Light That Never Comes (Remixes) (2014)Singles:1. One Step Closer (2001)2. Crawling (2001)3. Papercut (2001)4. In The End - Include Previously Unreleased Material (2001)5. In The End (2001)6. In The End (2002)7. Pts.Of.Athrty (feat. Jay Gordon) (2002)8. Somewhere I Belong (2003)9. Faint (2003)10. From The Inside (2004)11. Breaking The Habit (2004)12. Numb (with Easier To Run -Live- ) (2004)13. Numb (with From the Inside -Live- ) (2004)14. Numb\/Encore (with Jay-Z) (2004)15. Numb\/Encore (2004)16. What I've Done (2007)17. Bleed It Out (2007)18. Shadow Of The Day (2007)19. Given Up (2008)20. Leave Out All The Rest (2008)21. New Divide (2009)22. Download To Donate For Haiti (2010)23. Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion! (2010)24. The Catalyst (2010)25. Waiting for the End (2010)26. Burning In The Skies (2011)27. Iridescent (2011)28. Burn It Down (2012)29. A Light That Never Comes (collab. Steve Aoki) (2013)30. Guilty All the Same (feat. Rakim) (2014)","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/200_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}
Iron Maiden
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Iron Maiden

There are multiple artists with this name:1) Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, east London, ...

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{"key":"24161","name":"Iron Maiden","bio":"There are multiple artists with this name:1) Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, east London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-seven albums, including fifteen studio albums, eleven live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations.Pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of US and UK platinum and gold albums, including 1982's The Number of the Beast, 1983's Piece of Mind, 1984's Powerslave, 1985's live release Live After Death , 1986's Somewhere in Time and 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band have undergone a resurgence in popularity, with their latest studio offering, The Final Frontier, peaking at No. 1 in 28 different countries and receiving widespread critical acclaim.Despite little radio or television support, Iron Maiden are considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, with The New York Times reporting in 2010 that they have sold over 85 million records worldwide. The band won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2002. As of October 2013, the band have played over 2000 live shows throughout their career. For the past 35 years, the band have been supported by their famous mascot, \"Eddie\", who has appeared on almost all of their album and single covers, as well as in their live shows.The band has changed their line-up several times up to 1999 when Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned to the band. Their current line-up is:Steve Harris (1975-): bass, backing vocals, studio keyboardsDavid Michael Murray (1975-): guitarPaul Bruce Dickinson (1981-1993 1999-): lead vocals (see also Bruce Dickinson, Samson)Nicko McBrain (1983-): drums, percussion (see also Trust)Janick Gers (1990-): guitar (see also Bruce Dickinson, White Spirit)Adrian Smith (1980-1990, 1999-): guitar, backing vocals (see also Bruce Dickinson and Psycho Motel).Former members:Doug Sampson \u2013 drums, percussion (1977\u20131979)Dennis Stratton \u2013 guitars, backing vocals (1979\u20131980)Paul Di'Anno \u2013 lead vocals (1978\u20131981)Clive Burr \u2013 drums, percussion (1979\u20131982)Blaze Bayley \u2013 lead vocals (1994\u20131998)Dennis Wilcock - lead vocals (1976\u20131977)Barry Purkis \u2013 drums, percussion (1977)Paul Day - lead vocals (1975\u20131976).Iron Maiden's work has inspired other sub-genres of heavy metal, including power metal and speed metal, and is generally thought of as an influence to any \"metal\" music containing dual-guitar harmonization. One example of their far reaching influence is that many bands from virtually every rock and metal sub-genre list Iron Maiden as one of their influences.Many of the band's songs are based on history, folklore, movies and books, such as Aces High, Brave New World, The Trooper, The Clansman, The Wicker Man, The Prisoner, Where Eagles Dare, Out of the Silent Planet, To Tame a Land(based on Frank Herbert's Dune) and Rime of the Ancient Mariner \u2013 in which words from the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem are incorporated into the song. http:\/\/www.ironmaiden.com\/2) Iron Maiden (later aka The Bolton Iron Maiden) is a late sixties doom-band. This Iron Maiden was formed in 1964 by Barry Skeels, Steve Drewett, Chris Rose and Alan Hooker as an acoustic band in Basildon, Essex that eventually evolved into a band called Iron Maiden. By 1966, the lineup was Skeels (bass), Drewett (vocals\/harmonies), Rose (lead guitar), Tom Loates (rhythm guitar) and Stan Gillem (drums); they played Rolling Stones and blues numbers under the name \"Growth\". Reduced to a two-piece, Drewett and Skeels played blues under the name of \"Stevenson's Blues Department\" in pubs and clubs in Essex and London. They supported a number of up and coming bands including Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, The Groundhogs and King Crimson.In 1968, Drewett and Skeels were joined by Paul Reynolds (drums) and Trevor Thoms (guitar). They released an acetate (God of Darkness\/Ballad of Martha Kent) under the then risqu\u00e9 name of BUM. When they signed to the Gemini label in 1970, the name was changed to the less risqu\u00e9 Iron Maiden. They recorded their debut album Maiden Voyage. Reynolds was replaced by Steve Chapman on drums and Iron Maiden released the single Ned Kelly\/Falling. This coincided with Mick Jagger's film \"Ned Kelly\". A planned Australian tour fell through. The Gemini record label also folded (with the loss of the debut album master tapes) and Skeels left Iron Maiden. The band carried on without him for a while, but the debut album was not released until 1998 using duplicate tapes owned by Skeels. This \"original\" Iron Maiden is often considered by fans as one of the earliest 'true' doom metal bands.However, soon after the \"original\" Iron Maiden was re-discovered , their name was officially changed to 'The Bolton Iron Maiden' since the Iron Maiden led by Steve Harris already had the name 'Iron Maiden' trademarked.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/24161_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}
Rammstein
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Rammstein

Rammstein is a German metal band which was formed in 1994, in Berlin, and consists of Till Lindemann (lead vocals), Rich...

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{"key":"1466","name":"Rammstein","bio":"Rammstein is a German metal band which was formed in 1994, in Berlin, and consists of Till Lindemann (lead vocals), Richard Kruspe (lead guitar and backing vocals), Paul Landers (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Oliver Riedel (bass guitar, \"Ollie\"), Christoph Schneider (drums and Electronic percussion, \"Doom\") and Christian Lorenz (keyboards, \"Flake\"). The band is widely accepted as part of the Neue Deutsche H\u00e4rte scene, alongside bands such as Oomph!, Laibach, and Die Krupps. Their songs are performed almost exclusively in German. They have sold over 22 million records worldwide. Rammstein's entire catalogue is published by Universal Music Group. Since its formation, Rammstein has had no changes in lineup.Although the majority of their songs are written in German, Rammstein has had success across the world. NameRammstein takes its name indirectly from the West German town of Ramstein-Miesenbach, the site of the flight show disaster on August 28, 1988. The band's signature song, the eponymous Rammstein, is a commemoration of the tragedy that took place at the Ramstein Air Base. The extra \"m\" in the band's name makes it translate literally as \"ramming stone\" to convey the Teutonic sound of their music. In a short period before the band became well known, they performed using the name \"Rammstein-Flugschau\" (literally meaning Rammstein-Airshow.)FormationRammstein was founded by guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe. In 1989, he escaped to West Berlin and started the band, Orgasm Death Gimmick. At that time, he was heavily influenced by American music, especially that of Kiss. After the Berlin Wall came down, he moved back home to Schwerin where Till Lindemann worked as a basket weaver and played drums in the band First Arsch (loosely translated as \"Apex Ass\"). At this time, Richard lived with Oliver Riedel, of the band The Inchtabokatables, and Christoph \"Doom\" Schneider (of Die Firma). Richard realized that the music he had previously created did not properly suit him. He envisioned something that would combine machines as well as the sound of hard guitars. The three started working together on a new project. Richard soon found it extremely difficult to write both music and lyrics at the same time, so he persuaded Lindemann to join Rammstein. Richard first discovered Till when he overheard him singing while he was working.Early Years (Pre-Herzeleid Era - 1994)A contest was held in Berlin for amateur bands in 1994, the winner of which would receive the opportunity to record a four track demo CD in a professional studio. Kruspe, Schneider, Riedel, and Lindemann entered and won the contest, which sparked the attention of Paul Landers, who wanted in on the project upon hearing their demo. To complete their sound, Rammstein then attempted to recruit Christian \"Flake\" Lorenz, who had played with Paul Landers previously in Feeling B. At first, Lorenz was hesitant, but eventually agreed to join the band.Herzeleid (1995 - 1997)Rammstein began to record their first studio album entitled Herzeleid in March 1995 with producer Jacob Hellner. They released their first single Du riechst so gut on August 17th and later released the album on September 24th 1995. Later that same year, they toured with Clawfinger in Warsaw and Prague. Rammstein headlined a tour of their own through Germany from December 2nd to December 22nd consisting of 17 shows which helped to boost the band's popularity. They then went on several tours throughout early 1996, releasing their second single entitled Seemann on January 8th 1996.On March 27, Rammstein performed on MTV's Hanging Out in London; their first performance in the UK. Rammstein's first major boost in popularity outside of Germany came when music director Trent Reznor chose two Rammstein songs, namely Heirate Mich and Rammstein, for David Lynch's new film, Lost Highway. The soundtrack for the movie was released in the US in the fall of 1996 and later in Europe April 1997.Rammstein then went on to tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland from September to October 1996, doing an anniversary concert on 27th September called '100 years of Rammstein'. Guests to the concert included Moby, Christiane Herbold (of Bobo) and The Berlin Session Orchestra, Berlin director Gert Hof was responsible for the light show.Sehnsucht\/Live aus Berlin (late 1996 - 2000)Rammstein started recording Sehnsucht in November 1996 at the Temple Studios in Malta. The album was again produced by Jacob Hellner. The first single off the album, entitled Engel was released on April 1 1997 and later reached gold on May 23. This prompted the release of a fan edition of the single, appropriately named Engel: Fan Edition. This contained two previously unreleased songs Feuerr\u00e4der and Wilder Wein. Release of the 2nd single off the album \"Sehnsucht\" was Du Hast which hit the German single charts August 1997 at number 5.Rammstein then continued touring in the summer whilst Sehnsucht was released on August 22nd 1997. The album reached number 1 after only two weeks in the charts. Simultaneously, Herzeleid and both the singles off Sehnsucht (Du Hast and Engel) were in the Top 20 of the German charts. Rammstein continued to headline sold out shows throughout Europe in September, October and November 1997 before releasing their cover of the Kraftwerk song, Das Modell. The single included another unreleased song entitled Kokain. On December 5th 1997, Rammstein embarked on their first tour of the United States, with support from KMFDM. On August 22nd and 23rd 1998, Rammstein played to over 17,000 fans at the Wuhlheide in Berlin; the biggest show the band have ever played there up to that date. Supporting acts were Danzig, Nina Hagen, Joachim Witt and Alaska. The show was professionally videotaped, intended to be released on their upcoming live DVD, Live aus Berlin. Rammstein embarked on a live tour with Korn, Ice Cube, Orgy and Limp Bizkit called the Family Values tour in September through to late October 1998. To further continue their success in the US, Sehnsucht received Gold record status on November 2nd. The Band was nominated at the MTV European Music Awards for Best Rock Act and performed Du Hast live on November 12th of that year.Rammstein had further success in 1999, starting off the year in February with a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 42nd-annual Grammy Awards. A year after it was filmed, the Live aus Berlin concert was released on CD on 30th August 1999, with a limited edition double CD also available. Two weeks after it was released, Live aus Berlin went to number one in the German Album Charts. On September 13th and November 26th 1999 the video and DVD versions of the concert were released respectively.Mutter (2000 - 2002)Rammstein's album Mutter recording took place in the south of France between May 2000 and June 2000, and was later mixed in Stockholm in October of that year. During the Christmas holidays 2000, Rammstein released an MP3 of Links 2 3 4 as a taster for their new album. 2001 was a busy year for Rammstein, starting out in January and February with the band playing the Big Day Out festival in Australia and New Zealand. January also heralded the shooting of the video for their upcoming single Sonne, recorded in Potsdam at Babelsberger Filmstudios from 13th to the 15th. The video was released on 29th January 2001. The single for Sonne was released on February 12th 2001 in Europe, featuring an Instrumental version of the song, two remixes by Clawfinger, and Adios off the upcoming album. Mutter was released on April 2nd 2001, sparking another Rammstein tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On May 14th, the second single off the album Links 2 3 4 was released, along with a video of the single on May 18th. After a tour throughout Europe in June, the band then toured USA, Canada and Mexico from June 2001 to August 2001. Ich Will, the third single from the album was released on September 10th 2001 and a Tour edition of the Mutter album was released, featuring alternative artwork and live versions of Ich Will, Links 2 3 4, Sonne, and Spieluhr. Between January 8th and January 12th 2002, Rammstein travelled to Prague to participate in a minor scene from the movie 'xXx'. The band is seen in the opening scene of the action movie performing a concert with their song Feuer frei!. Feuer frei! was released across Europe as first single from the xXx Soundtrack on 14th October 2002. Rammstein released two remixes of the song, Furthermore, the single's tracklisting included Du Hast and B\u00fcck Dich cover versions by Battery. The single cover was an artwork by New York artist Robert Longo. The video for the single was cut by Rob Cohen, which is partly the Rammstein performance at the beginning of the movie and partly snippets from the movie itself.Reise, Reise (2003 - 2005)Rammstein recorded Reise, Reise at the El Cortijo studio in southern Spain between November 2003 and December 2003, it was later mixed at Toytown studio in Stockholm, Sweden in April and May 2004. The first single off of the album was Mein Teil, released on 26th July 2004. The shooting for the video is shot in the Arena, in the Treptow district of Berlin. Outdoor shooting takes place at the Deutsche Oper (Opera House) U-Bahn station on Bismarckstrasse. The director is Zoran Bihac, who was also behind the Links 2 3 4 video. The Amerika video is filmed on the 6th and 7th of August 2004 in the ruins of the former chemical factory in R\u00fcdersdorf near Berlin, Germany under the direction of J\u00f6rn Heitmann (who also directed the Ich will video, among others). The spacesuits for the moon scenes were borrowed from Hollywood and 240 tons of ash was needed to create the moon landscape. The video premiered on 20th August 2004.The second single from Reise, Reise was Amerika, released on September 13th 2004. With the album released on September 27th, it went straight to top 10 charts throughout Europe. According to the Billboard charts, Rammstein were now the most successful German-language band of all time. Rammstein then toured Germany through November and some of December 2004, releasing the single Ohne Dich on 22nd November.In February 2005, Rammstein tour Europe again. Ending on February 28, 2005, Rammstein will have played 21 concerts in front of more than 200,000 spectators in 10 countries. Keine Lust was the fourth single released from Reise, Reise on 28th February 2005. From May 27th 2005 to July 30th 2005, Rammstein play festivals all around Europe and in Russia. Footage from these concerts eventually end up on Rammstein's live DVD V\u00f6lkerball, released later in November 2006.Rosenrot\/V\u00f6lkerball (2005 - 2006)In August 2005, Rammstein revealed the name of their latest studio album, Rosenrot. Their first single from the new album, Benzin, was released on October 5th 2005, with its video premiere on 16th September 2005. The album Rosenrot was released worldwide on October 28th 2005. Directly following the release, the album continues the success-story of forerunner Reise, Reise and takes the top 10 charts in 20 different countries. December 16th 2005 spelled the release of the title track on the album Rosenrot. The video for Mann Gegen Mann was released on 6th February 2006, with the single being released on March 3rd. On February 19th 2006, Rammstein had the honour of having an asteroid named after them, 110393 Rammstein. Some believe their name was chosen because of the music video for Amerika, which displayed the six members of the band floating above the moon sporting NASA's astronaut suits. On November 17th the first Rammstein Live DVD since Live aus Berlin from 1998 is released. V\u00f6lkerball shows concert-performances by the band in England, France, Japan and Russia. The Special Edition is extended by a second DVD, which contains the documentaries \u201cAnaconda in the net\u201d by Mathilde Bonnefoy and the \u201cMaking of the album Reise, Reise\u201d by Rammstein guitarist Paul Landers. The limited Edition is released as a large black\/white photo-book with photos by Frederic Batier, who had accompanied the band through their recent tours. The Photo-book edition contains 2 DVDs and 2 Live albums.Liebe ist f\u00fcr alle da & Tour (2007\u20132011)The band took a time out in 2006, and began work again in 2007. The band didn't tour during 2007 due to album production. The recording process took reportedly two years.In July 2009, the title track \"Liebe ist f\u00fcr alle da\" leaked onto the internet, along with promotional materials. This has led Universal Music to take action against certain fan sites.The single \"Pussy\" was released on September 16, 2009, especially for the adult website Visit-x. The video contains graphic scenes of male and female nudity as well as women engaging in sexual activity with the band members, although the actual sex scenes were performed by body doubles. The women featured in the video are German porn stars.The album Liebe ist f\u00fcr alle da was released October 16. On November 8, 2009 Rammstein began the first leg of the Liebe ist f\u00fcr alle da Tour In Lisbon, Portugal.The video to \"Ich tu dir weh\" was released on December 21, 2009 on the adult website Visit-x, just like the video to \"Pussy\", after advertisement on the band's official German website; it depicts the band on stage in a similar configuration as the one on their 2009\/10 tour. Any references to the video on the official website have since been deleted. The single has been released on January 15, 2010.On April 23, 2010, Rammstein released their video \"Haifisch\". Unlike the video to \"Ich tu dir weh\", it contains more of a storyline rather than a performance. The single was released during May and June 2010.As part of their European summer tour, Rammstein performed at the 2010 Rock AM Ring Festival on Friday 4th - Sunday 6 June 2010. They also headlined several shows across Europe on the Sonisphere Festival, including their first ever outdoor UK performance at Knebworth Park, performing the day before Iron Maiden. On Sunday July 18, 2010, Rammstein played in front of more than 130,000 people in Quebec City on the Plains of Abraham as the closing show for the Festival d'\u00e9t\u00e9 de Qu\u00e9bec. It was their first North American appearance in 9 years. The band have confirmed that their last tour dates of 2010 will be in the Americas. After several South American dates the band will perform a show at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York- their first US show in nine years, Tickets sold out within 30 minutes of being on sale. It is also confirmed that they will be playing at Big Day Out 2011 in Australia and New Zealand.Made In Germany 1995\u20132011 (2011\u2013present)On November 11, 2011 Rammstein released the single \"Mein Land\", on December 2 the album \"Made in Germany 1995\u20132011\".StyleAlthough Rammstein is often generalized as Neue Deutsche H\u00e4rte, its music spans a variety of related styles, including industrial hard rock, heavy metal and electronic music with influences of punk rock, pop music and gothic rock, due to their use of keyboards to emulate strings, choirs or pianos. The band was influenced by Laibach, a Slovenian neo-classical and industrial group. Other influences include, Oomph!, and Ministry, but the contrast between individual songs such as Du riechst so gut, Bestrafe mich, Ohne dich and Te quiero puta! makes the band difficult to classify, though most simply refer to them as industrial metal. The band's diverse range of influence has made them appealing to tastes of all kinds, but they are chiefly renowned in industrial, electronica, and heavy metal circles.The band has a flair for costumes of all sorts, both in live shows and in videos. In the Keine Lust video, all members of the band except Flake were dressed in fat suits. In the Amerika video, all members of the band wore space suits. Live, the band experiments even more with costumes. In the Volkerball concert, among others, Till would change constumes in between songs, dressed accordingly for each song. For example, in Mein Teil, he was dressed as a butcher, in Reise, Reise, a sailor. The rest of the band each wears their own preferred costume, but none as outlandish or themed as Till's.Rammstein's style has tended to divide critics, some of whom have responded with memorable comments. Jam Showbiz (April 2001) described Mutter as \"music to invade Poland to.\" New Zealand's Southland Times (Dec. 17, 1999) suggested that Till Lindemann's \"booming, sub-sonic voice\" would send \"the peasants fleeing into their barns and bolting their doors,\" while the New York Times (Jan. 9, 2005) commented that on the stage, \"Mr. Lindemann gave off an air of such brute masculinity and barely contained violence that it seemed that he could have reached into the crowd, snatched up a fan, and bitten off his head.\" Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic commented that \"their blend of industrial noise, grinding metal guitars, and operatic vocals is staggeringly powerful.\" \"We just push boundaries,\" said Till Lindemann in an interview with rock magazine Kerrang!. \"We can't help it if people don't like those boundaries being pushed.\"LyricsNearly all of Rammstein's songs are in German. However, the band did record Engel (English version) (Angel), Du hast (English version) (\"You have\", which is most commonly confused with \"You hate\", since 'hast' and 'hasst' sound phonetically identical. In the English version of the song, the lyric is translated to \"You hate\" for stylization purposes.), and Amerika (English version), as well as covers of the songs Stripped (Depeche Mode) and Pet Sematary (The Ramones). In addition, the songs Amerika, Stirb nicht vor mir (Don't Die Before I Do) and Moskau (\"Moscow\") contain not only German verses, but also English and Russian choruses, respectively; Te quiero puta! (\"I love you, whore!\") is entirely in Spanish. Oliver Riedel commented that, \"German language suits heavy metal music. French might be the language of love, but German is the language of anger\".The lyrics of Rammstein and above all their talk by singer Till Lindemann are an essential element of music and shape the perception by fans and a wider public. This is, among other things that are often very controversial, and taboo subjects such as sadomasochism (B\u00fcck Dich, Rein Raus and Bestrafe Mich), homosexuality (Mann gegen Mann), incest (Spiel mit mir and Tier), pedophilia (Tier and Halleluja) , Necrophilia (Heirate mich), Pyromania (Benzin and Hilf mir), cannibalism (Mein Teil), the game with religious images (Asche zu Asche, Engel) having sex and violence (Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?).Wordplay is a fundamental component of Rammstein's lyrics. In many instances, the lyrics are phrased such that they can be interpreted in several ways. The song Du hast, for example, is a play on German marriage vows (Willst Du, bis der Tod euch scheidet, treu ihr sein f\u00fcr alle Tage? - \"Will you, until Death separates you, be faithful to her for the rest of your days?\"). In the song, the traditional affirmative response, Ja (\"Yes\"), is replaced by its negation Nein (\"No\"). The final repetition of this line further perverts the meaning of the original vows through a minor change in the wording Willst Du, bis zum Tod der Scheide \u2026 (Will you, until the Death of the vagina \u2026). The song starts, in fact, with a play on words: Du\u2026 Du hast\u2026 Du hast mich\u2026 meaning \"You have me\". This line is often mistaken for \"You hate me\", because in German, there is no clear distinction between the pronunciation of Du hasst which means \"you hate\" and Du hast which means \"you have\". The word game is later resolved as the line is completed; Du hast mich gefragt (\"You asked me\"). Confusingly, the band did also make an English version of the song named You hate which was not translated directly from Du hast. While many arguments about 'Du Hast' are around, it is known that Rammstein used this wording to mislead and create humour in the song. It was a play with the pronunciation of words, causing many non-native speakers of German to be confused.Live PerformancesRammstein has achieved particular fame (not to mention notoriety) for its hugely over-the-top stage show, using so many pyrotechnics that fans eventually coined the motto \"Other bands play, Rammstein burns!\" (a quip at Manowar's song \"Kings of Metal\", which states, \"other bands play, Manowar kill\"). After an accident in the Arena in Berlin where some burning decoration parts fell on the audience (September 27, 1996) the band took to employing professionals to handle the pyrotechnics; Lindemann himself is now a licensed pyrotechnician who spends entire songs engulfed head-to-toe in flames. He has suffered multiple burns on his ears, his hair and his arms.The heat is so intense that on occasion, people have been carried out of Rammstein concerts suffering from heat exhaustion, and lighting gantries have been seen glowing red-hot from repeated fireball hits. The variety of the pyrotechnics can be seen in a recent concert playlist, which includes such items as \"Lycopodium Masks\", \"Glitterburst Truss\", \"Pyrostrobes\", \"Comets\", \"Flash Trays\" and \"Mortar Hits\".The band's costumes are equally outlandish. During the Reise, Reise tour they were wearing Lederhosen, corsets and vague military uniforms with steel helmets, while during the Mutter tour the group kept to the themes of the album artwork and descended onto the stage from a giant uterus while wearing diapers.According to Kruspe, the on-stage wackiness is entirely deliberate (Rammstein's motto according to Schneider is: \"Do your own thing. And overdo it!\"). The aim is to get people's attention and have fun at the same time: \"You have to understand that 99 percent of the people don't understand the lyrics, so you have to come up with something to keep the drama in the show. We have to do something. We like to have a show; we like to play with fire. We do have a sense of humor. We do laugh about it; we have fun\u2026 but we're not Spinal Tap. We take the music and the lyrics seriously. It's a combination of humor, theater and our East German culture, you know?\"Their onstage antics have led them to trouble as well. During their stint on the American Family Values Tour 1998, alongside acts such as rapper Ice Cube, Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Orgy, the band was arrested for indecency. In one of the more infamous moments, Rammstein's vocalist, Till Lindemann engaged in simulated sodomy with the keyboardist, Christian Lorenz, during their performance of \"B\u00fcck dich\" in Worcester, Massachusetts. They were subsequently arrested and fined $25 and spent the night in jail. The band attempted to appeal the fine, but spent more in legal fees and court fees than the $25 fine.Covers and AdaptationsRammstein's songs have been covered by a number of other artists, These include: * Engel : The group Gregorian reworked Engel as a Gregorian chant for their album The Dark Side. The same song has been covered by Belgian girls choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers, resulting in a very quiet, brooding version; contrary to the original.The Chilean aggrotech\/industrial metal band Vigilante also covered this song on their 2008 remix album. * Mein Herz brennt : The German composer Torsten Rasch has produced a classical symphonic song-cycle entitled Mein Herz brennt (\"My heart burns\"), based on the music of Rammstein. * Seemann : by Nina Hagen and Apocalyptica. This cover impressed Rammstein so much that they took Apocalyptica as co-headliner on tour with them in Spring 2005, and invited the band on stage to perform \"Ohne dich\" (\"Without you\") and \"Mein Herz brennt\" (\"My Heart burns\") together. The \"Benzin\" single also featured a remix of the song, called Kerosiini by Apocalyptica. * Ohne dich : by Laibach. * Wei\u00dfes Fleisch : by the German death metal band Debauchery covered the song for their Back In Blood album. * \"Mein Teil\" : A bluegrass version appears as a bonus track on the band Hayseed Dixie's 2007 album Weapons of Grass Destruction.Rammstein has also done several covers themselves, including Das Modell (\"The model\") by Kraftwerk, \"Stripped\" by Depeche Mode and \"Pet Sematary\" by Ramones (sung by keyboardist Christian \"Flake\" Lorenz). A cover version of Schtiel (\"Calm\") by Aria (\u0410\u0440\u0438\u044f) was released by Till Lindemann & Richard Kruspe as a side project, due to disagreement with Universal records label.It was recently announced that the German pop singer Nena, author of 99 Luftballons (\"99 Air Balloons\"), will be doing an album of covers named Cover Me in which it will feature a Rammstein cover of the song Ein Lied. Till Lindemann appears as a guest singer along with Richard Kruspe on guitar on the Apocalyptica album Worlds Collide. They took on David Bowie's song Heroes, which was released in German as Helden. Lindemann sings the German version, making his song the only German-language song on Worlds Collide.Rammstein singles traditionally also have a great quantity of remixes, particularly often from Clawfinger and Meshuggah.ControversiesImageryDescribed by the New York Times as a \"powerful strain of brutally intense rock\" who \"bring gale-force music and spectacular theatrics together\", Rammstein has been a band with a highly controversy-prone nature. Rammstein have not been shy about courting this controversy and have periodically attracted condemnation from morality campaigners. Their stage act earned them a night in jail in June 1999 after a liquid-ejecting dildo was used in a concert in Worcester, Massachusetts. Back home in Germany, the band has faced repeated accusations of fascist sympathies due to the dark and sometimes militaristic imagery of their videos and concerts, including the use of excerpts from the film Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl in the video for Stripped. Their debut album Herzeleid, released in Germany in 1995, originally had a cover featuring the band members' upper bodies without clothing; critics accused the band of trying to sell themselves as \"poster boys for the Master Race\". Rammstein have vigorously denied this and said that they want nothing to do with politics or supremacy of any kind. Christian \"Flake\" Lorenz, annoyed by the claim, has remarked that it's just a photo, and should be understood as such. Herzeleid has since been given an alternate cover in the United States, depicting the band members' faces.The song Links 2 3 4 (Links being German for \"left\") was written as a riposte to these claims. According to Kruspe, it means, \"'My heart beats on the left, two, three, four'. It's simple. If you want to put us in a political category, we're on the left side, and that's the reason we made the song\". On the other hand, this is also an allusion to a military marching cadence since \"Links, 2, 3, 4\" is typically heard during marching practice in the German army with \"links\" referring to the left foot. The song is also a reference to the saying \"the heart beats left\", repeatedly used by Oskar Lafontaine, in 2001 a famous member of the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany), now leader of the Left Party (Die Linke), and almost the title of a book written by him (the title is Das Herz schl\u00e4gt links instead of Mein Herz schl\u00e4gt links \u2013 \"The heart beats left\" instead of \"My Heart beats left\")..According to the German online music magazine Rammstein, through this song, positioned themselves on the side of Oskar Lafontaine. They write: Rammstein binden den Lafontaine-Spruch \"Mein Herz schl\u00e4gt links\" in ihren Text ein und zitieren eine Zeile aus einem alten Hannes Wader-Arbeitersong (\"Links, zwo, drei, vier; links, zwo, drei, vier; wo dein Platz Genosse ist, reih Dich ein in die Arbeitereinheitsfront, wenn Du auch ein Arbeiter bist\"). (Rammstein embed the Lafontaine saying My heart beats left into their lyric and cite a line of an old Hannes Wader workers' song (\"Left, 2, 3, 4; left 2, 3, 4; where your place is comrade, line up into the Workers' United Front, if you are a worker\").)Christian \"Flake\" Lorenz recently stated on an on-line chat that the song was created in order to show that the band could write a harsh, \"evil\", military-sounding song that was not about Nazi ideals.Relation To Violent EventsRammstein were cited in relation to the Columbine High School Massacre in 1999, when photos of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold wearing Rammstein T-shirts were revealed. Though there was no evidence to correlate the two events, the band felt obliged to issue a statement: \"The members of Rammstein express their condolences and sympathy to all affected by the recent tragic events in Denver. They wish to make it clear that they have no lyrical content or political beliefs that could have possibly influenced such behaviour. Additionally, members of Rammstein have children of their own, in whom they continually strive to instill healthy and non-violent values\".Coincidentally, on September 10, 2001 the single and video clip of Ich will (\"I Want\") was released which portrays the band as terrorists who want to get a message across and receiving a kind of terrorist award for their \"actions\". In the United States the video clip was broadcast only late at night after the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City although many media officials and politicians requested the video to be pulled from broadcast completely.Following the tragic conclusion of the Beslan school hostage crisis in Russia in September 2004, the Russian authorities claimed that the terrorists had \"listened to German hard rock group Rammstein on personal stereos during the siege to keep themselves edgy and fired up\". The claim has not been independently confirmed.Band members said this about the issue: \"There's been a lot of talk about that, but if there are radical feelings in people anything can wake them \u2013 a painting, a picture, whatever. It's just a coincidence that it happened to be our music. It's important to think about what caused them to make their decisions, how they became animals, not their taste in music. Whenever something like this happens it's like 'Okay, let's blame the artist'. Such bullshit. (Till Lindemann). \"Our music is made to release aggression, and people listening to it are also needed to do that, but it's not our fault. Should we stop making hard music because bad people might like it?\" (Christoph \"Doom\" Schneider).Pekka-Erik Auvinen, the perpetrator of the Jokela school shooting in November 2007 also included Rammstein in one of his favourite bands. He noted though that, the music among other things was not to blame for his decisions.VideosIn October 2004, the video for Mein Teil (\"My part\") caused considerable controversy in Germany when it was released. It takes a darkly comic view of the Armin Meiwes cannibalism case, showing a cross dressed Schneider holding the other 5 band members on a leash and rolling around in mud. The controversy did nothing to stop (and may even have helped) the single rising to No. 2 in the German charts. Meiwes (who was convicted of manslaughter in 2004, then retried in 2006 and found guilty of murder) brought suit in January 2006 against the band for infringement of rights to the story. The outcome resulted in a loss for the band of $5.5 million.The band's own views of its image are sanguine: \"We like being on the fringes of bad taste\", according to Paul H. Landers, while Christian \"Flake\" Lorenz comments \"The controversy is fun, like stealing forbidden fruit. But it serves a purpose. We like audiences to grapple with our music, and people have become more receptive\".Not all of Rammstein's videos feature excess and pushing the limits of conventional taste. The video of Ohne Dich (\"Without You\") from Reise, Reise can only be described as lushly filmed and touchingly melancholy.The video for Mann gegen Mann (\"Man against man\") from their studio album Rosenrot may have caused some controversy, as most of the band members are naked in the video. The lead singer Till Lindemann is wearing what can best be described as a \"latex panties\" - most likely because he does not have an instrument with which to cover his genitalia. In addition, there are multiple naked men in the video, with clearly visible buttocks, though genitalia could be seen at 32 seconds into the video on Christian \"Flake\" Lorenz through the arm of the guitarist (Richard Z. Krupse) and below the keyboard. He is wearing a flesh-colored thong to prevent this. The video has been played uncensored on MTV. The video has been rated FSK 16 in Germany and therefore can be played on television only after 10pm. The first single from Liebe ist f\u00fcr alle da, \"Pussy\", shows body doubles of the band members having sex in the uncensored version of the music video.Discography * 1995: Herzeleid * 1997: Sehnsucht * 2001: Mutter * 2004: Reise, Reise * 2005: Rosenrot * 2009: Liebe ist f\u00fcr alle da * 2011: Made in Germany","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/1466_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"150,000 - 300,000"}
Lindemann
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Lindemann is a musical project founded by Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann with Swedish producer and multi-instrumental...

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In Flames
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In Flames is a Swedish metal band from Gothenburg, formed in 1990. The band’s earlier work is considered to be a major...

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{"key":"1441","name":"In Flames","bio":"In Flames is a Swedish metal band from Gothenburg, formed in 1990. The band\u2019s earlier work is considered to be a major influence on the melodic death metal music genre, although they have changed styles into a more alternative metal sound on more recent albums. Since the band\u2019s conception in 1990, they have received numerous awards and released ten studio albums and one live DVD. The band has enjoyed increased popularity in recent years, both in its native Sweden and internationally. As of 2008, In Flames has sold over two million records worldwide.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/1441_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Insomnium
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Insomnium is a melodic death metal band from Joensuu, Finland. They are influenced by doom metal and progressive metal. ...

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{"key":"71226","name":"Insomnium","bio":"Insomnium is a melodic death metal band from Joensuu, Finland. They are influenced by doom metal and progressive metal. Their lyrics often deal with subjects such as darkness, mourning, loss, pain, and nature.Insomnium began to take shape during the bleak spring of 1997. In the quiet town of Joensuu, located in the easternmost part of Finland, four young men were forming a fierce metal band. From the beginning it was clear that this band would make music that was brutal yet melodic, full of contrasts and changing atmospheres. They took what they regarded as the best aspects of their favourite bands and moulded these influences into a new kind of entity. The result was the marriage of melodic Scandinavian death metal and traditional Finnish tunes. The lyrics turned out to be sorrowful, dream-like tales of love and death that usually took place amidst the Finnish nature. Influences were taken from Finnish folklore as well as world literature.After two years of intensive training Insomnium made their first demo cd, which received praises from all over the world. The second demo was made the following year and gained a lot of attention as well. This time, record companies got interested. In the beginning of 2001 founding members, Ville Friman (guitar), Markus Hirvonen (drums) and Niilo Sev\u00e4nen (bass\/vocals), attached a new guitarist, Ville V\u00e4nni to the band. Now Insomnium was stronger than ever and ready to rise to the next level. A deal with Candlelight was signed the same spring and recording of the first album began in the summer.- In the Halls of Awaiting - was released in April 2002 and it introduced a band that had evolved in many ways. The legacy of Scandinavian death metal was still the core of the music but new layers had appeared around it. There were more nuances and depth in the songs, and the music was more versatile and challenging than before. Progressive shades had crept into the songs, and in many ways the band had stepped aside from the mainstream of melodic death metal. Debut album received excellent reviews in many magazines around the globe, especially in Germany, Finland and North America. The recording of the second album began in summer 2003. The process was somewhat painful but finally in December the new album was ready. - Since the Day It All Came Down - continues the development that the first album began. Songs are more versatile and surprising, progressive influences are ever clearer. Some tracks may even be described as experimental. But the straightforward side of the music hasn\u00b4t gone anywhere, since catchy guitar-harmonies, crushing riffs and soothing acoustic interludes are all still there. Melodies are still the most essential element in the music of Insomnium, but this time the tunes are even more melancholic and wistful than on the debut album. This is a sad and dreary album, heavier and gloomier than the first one, and undoubtedly more challenging. So when you take this path, keep in mind that it takes a while before your eyes get used to the dark\u2026..And darker it got. With their third release, - Above The Weeping World -, the music got more agressive, harder, louder and the progressive elements grew once again. The first European tour is over, and Insomnium is once again a step closer to world domination.Their fourth studio album \"Across The Dark\" was released on the 7th of September, 2009 via Candlelight Records.Their new album \"One for Sorrow\" was released October 2011. On September 9th, 2011 Insomnium released the music video \"Through The Shadows\" from their 2011 album One For Sorrow.In November 2011 Insomnium embarked on their first headlining European tour, with support coming from Before The Dawn and MyGRAIN. During April 2012 Insomnium returned to tour the UK as the main support act for British metal band Paradise Lost. The tour was almost two weeks long and played all over the country. Vreid was also present on the tour as the opening act.Official website: http:\/\/www.insomnium.net","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/71226_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Nightwish
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Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist ...

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{"key":"25019","name":"Nightwish","bio":"Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. The band soon picked up drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and then bassist Sami V\u00e4nsk\u00e4 after the release of its debut album, Angels Fall First. In 2002, V\u00e4nsk\u00e4 was replaced by Marco Hietala, who also took over the male vocalist role previously filled by Holopainen or guest singers.Although Nightwish have been prominent in their home country since Angels Fall First, they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the albums Oceanborn, Wishmaster and Century Child. Their 2004 album, Once, has sold more than one million copies and was the band\u2019s breakthrough in the United States. Their biggest US hit single, Wish I Had an Angel, received MTV airplay and was included on three US film soundtracks to promote their North American tour. The band produced three more singles and two music videos for Once, as well as a re-recording of Sleeping Sun for the \u201cbest of\u201d compilation album, Highest Hopes, before Turunen\u2019s dismissal in October 2005. Her last performance with Nightwish was recorded on the live album End of an Era; after the show, the other members announced to Turunen that she was no longer a member of Nightwish.In May 2007, Nightwish announced Anette Olzon as Turunen\u2019s replacement. That September, the band released their sixth album, Dark Passion Play, which has sold almost 2 million copies. The album\u2019s lead single, Amaranth, became one of Nightwish\u2019s most successful in Europe. The supporting tour, one of the band\u2019s largest, started on October 6, 2007 and ended on September 19, 2009. The band released an EP\/live album, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places), in March 2009 as a CD\/DVD, and their seventh studio album, Imaginaerum, was released globally on various days in late 2011\/early 2012.On October 1, 2012, Nightwish announced that they had parted ways with Olzon and would be finishing the current tour with ReVamp and former After Forever vocalist Floor Jansen. In October 2013, Nightwish made Jansen and longtime session uillean piper Troy Donockley permanent members of the band, and they are featured in the new album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, released March, 2015. The band also announced that drummer Jukka Nevalainen would be taking a temporary leave from the band due to insomnia, being replaced by drum technician Kai Hahto for the upcoming album and tour. 1 BIOGRAPHY1.1 Formation (1996)After playing keyboards in several heavy metal bands in the 1990s, including Nattvindens Gr\u00e5t, Perkele B\u00f6rk and Darkwoods My Betrothed, Tuomas Holopainen decided to create his own project while sitting around a campfire with friends in 1996. He immediately had a clear idea of the music: experimental acoustic music he wrote himself, similar to the music usually played around campfires, but with a distinct sound and atmosphere, played on his keyboards.He soon invited friend and schoolmate Emppu Vuorinen to play acoustic guitars, and the classical vocalist Tarja Turunen, who shared the same music teacher, Plamen Dimov. The three musicians recorded their acoustic demo Nightwish in winter 1996. The name Nightwish was derived from their first song together \u2013 the demo also included the song The Forever Moments, and an early version of Eti\u00e4inen.1.2 Debut album and first tour (1997-1998)In early 1997, following the release of the Nightwish demo, Jukka Nevalainen joined the band, and acoustic guitar was replaced with electric guitar. The addition of heavy metal elements to the band\u2019s existing experimental style gave the band a different sound, forming the core of the Nightwish sound.The band entered the studio in April 1997 to record seven songs for their second demo, Angels Fall First. In May 1997, the demo made its way to the Finnish record label Spinefarm Records, who wanted to release it as the band\u2019s debut album of the same name. The label signed Nightwish to a two album deal, and the band returned to the studio to record four songs more to accompany the tracks of the demo. The full-length album Angels Fall First was released in November 1997 and reached number 31 on the Finnish album charts, with the single The Carpenter reaching number 3 on the Finnish singles chart. The The Carpenter single was released as a split with label mates Children of Bodom and Thy Serpent; the album is also one of the two releases which features Holopainen\u2019s vocals, appearing on four of the album\u2019s eleven tracks alongside Turunen\u2019s. After encountering a mixed critical reception in their first year of existence, the band made their live debut in their hometown Kitee in December 1997. Since they were missing a bass player, Samppa Hirvonen joined them as a sessional live member. Marianna Pellinen was also a sessional live member as an additional keyboard player and a backing vocalist for Turunen. There were plans to make Hirvonen a permanent member, but he joined the army as part of Finnish army conscription just as they began recording Oceanborn, so they asked Sami V\u00e4nsk\u00e4 to join instead, since Tuomas knew him from the band Nattvindens Gr\u00e5t. During the winter of 1997 and 1998, the band performed only seven times, because Turunen was finishing her schooling, and Nevalainen and Holopainen were serving their obligatory Finnish military service. Nightwish returned to the studio in August 1998 as a five-piece to record their follow-up album for Spinefarm Records.1.3 International success (1998-2000)In October 7, 1998, Nightwish released their second full-length album, Oceanborn, in Finland only. Adopting a more technical and progressive sound than Angels Fall First, Oceanborn saw the band abandon much of the ambient and folk elements present on their debut release, with the exception of the song Moondance. In contrast to the female vocals of Turunen, the album also featured guest growling vocals by Tapio Wilska (ex-Finntroll), since Tuomas did not want to sing again. Wilska is also a former member of Nattvindens Gr\u00e5t.Oceanborn was better received than the previous album, with AllMusic writing that the album \u00bbas a whole works great\u00ab, with songs that are \u00bbvery strong\u00ab. Oceanborn was an instant success in Finland, reaching number 5 on the Finnish album charts. The album\u2019s first single, Sacrament of Wilderness, hit number 1 on the Finnish singles charts, where it stayed for several weeks. The album\u2019s release was initially limited to Finland, but because of the success of Sacrament of Wilderness, Spinefarm released Oceanborn internationally in the spring of 1999. In May 1999, Nightwish recorded the single Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse), and in one month the single sold 15\u202f000 copies in Germany alone. Following the band\u2019s first international success, Nightwish was added as the opening band for Rage\u2019s 1999 European tour. Both the album Oceanborn and the singles Sacrament of Wilderness and Walking in the Air were certified gold in Finland in August 1999.While in the studio in early 2000 working on their third album, Nightwish was accepted in the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest tryouts with the song Sleepwalker. Despite winning the public vote, Nightwish eventually finished in second place, with the jury choosing local gospel singer Nina \u00c5str\u00f6m to represent Finland.In May 19, 2000, Nightwish released their third studio album, Wishmaster. This debuted at No. 1 on the Finnish album charts, and was certified gold in Finland after three weeks at number one. Critical response to the album was mixed, with Allmusic citing the album as repetitive, and saying \u00bbas a whole album, it can be a little annoying, even frustrating\u00ab. However, German magazine Rock Hard declared Wishmaster Album of the Month, despite competing against long-awaited May releases from Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi. Following the release of Wishmaster, Nightwish embarked on their first world tour, playing dates in South America, Mexico, Canada, and the first headlining European tour with Sinergy and Eternal Tears of Sorrow. In the summer, the band returned to Europe, appearing at the Wacken Open Air festival and the Biebop Metal Fest.1.4 New bassist and symphonic elements (2001-2003)In 2001, Nightwish recorded a cover of Gary Moore\u2019s Over the Hills and Far Away together with two new songs (10th Man Down, unreleased from Oceanborn sessions, and Away, unreleased from Wishmaster sessions) and a remake of Astral Romance (from the Angels Fall First album) with Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica) singing Tuomas\u2019 part. This new material was released as their first (and until 2009 the only) EP, Over the Hills and Far Away.The record also included guest performances by Tapio Wilska once again on 10th Man Down. Nightwish\u2019s version of Over the Hills and Far Away was well received by fans, becoming a frequent part of the band\u2019s live performances, but the other songs never had a great break-through and have not been re-released, with the exception of a live performance of 10th Man Down on End of Innocence with Marco Hietala (current bass player and male vocalist). In the same year, they also released (as VHS, DVD and CD) their first live album, From Wishes to Eternity, recorded during a show in Tampere, Finland, on December 29, 2000.Soon after the release of Over the Hills and Far Away, Nightwish met what has been described as one of their hardest points as a band. The issues centered on the bassist, Sami V\u00e4nsk\u00e4, who had started misbehaving towards the band, according to Holopainen, by missing appointments and failing to take gigs as seriously as the other members did. After the band discussed of his behavior with V\u00e4nsk\u00e4 several times, without getting any change, everyone simply stopped caring and tensions grew. Meanwhile, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen had started complaining about his role in the band, feeling like \u00bba hired gun who would only do what he\u2019s asked to\u00ab. According to their music teacher, Plamen Dimov, he and Holopainen have totally different characters, and thus difficulties were expected to arise. But Vuorinen was told to stay cool and \u00bbbite the bullet\u00ab, and the problem was never addressed again.Later, Holopainen confessed that, at that time, he seriously started thinking about breaking Nightwish up. After a gig in Russia, he sent a text message to fellow musician Tony Kakko of metal band Sonata Arctica, telling him that he did not think he had a band any longer, and asking him what plans he had for next year. After Nightwish\u2019's last gig for the Over the Hills and Far Away tour in 2001, Holopainen called their labels Drakkar and Spinefarm, unofficially declaring Nightwish was over. He told them he might produce another album, but he\u2019d never perform another show with the band. The same message was also written on the band\u2019s message board. Straight after the last gig, Holopainen went on a week-long hiking trip to Lapland with Tony Kakko. During the hiking trip, they talked about the band and Holopainen decided he could not break up Nightwish that easily. When he returned from Lapland he immediately received a phone call from Ewo Pohjola, CEO of Spinefarm, offering himself to become their manager and help him straighten things up, and Holopainen agreed.In order to continue with Nightwish, Holopainen decided some changes were in order. Beside choosing Ewo as their new manager, he also asked V\u00e4nsk\u00e4 to leave the band. Marco Hietala (Tarot) was asked to replace V\u00e4nsk\u00e4, effectively leaving his previous band Sinergy. As well as playing bass guitar, Hietala would also perform male vocals. Holopainen has since said publicly that he and V\u00e4nsk\u00e4 still keep in touch, contrary to rumours saying that they have not met since. However, they are not interested in making another project together.In 2002, Nightwish released Century Child, along with the singles Ever Dream and Bless the Child. The main difference from previous albums is the use of a live Finnish orchestra on the tracks Bless the Child, Ever Dream, Feel For You and The Beauty of the Beast. An enduring favorite of fans, though, is the band\u2019s version of The Phantom of the Opera, from the famous musical of the same name by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The song was repeatedly played on concerts until vocalist Tarja Turunen was replaced with Anette Olzon, whereupon the band announced that they would never play the song live again.Century Child was certified gold two hours after its release, and platinum two weeks afterwards. It set a record on the Finnish album charts as well: Never before had a first place album been so distant from the second place. After the Bless the Child music video, a second one was recorded, without any single support. The chosen track was End of All Hope. The clip contains pieces from the Finnish movie Kohtalon kirja (English: The Book of Fate).In 2003, Nightwish released their second DVD, the documentary End of Innocence. It tells the story of the band in Holopainen, Nevalainen and Tapio Wilska\u2019s words for two hours. The documentary also features bits of live concerts, exclusive footage, etc. Vocalist Tarja Turunen also got married during the summer of 2003, and there were rumours that the band was about to be dissolved. These rumours were, at the time, proven to be false, as the band continued to play concerts for another year and released another album. Tarja\u2019s marriage later played a part in her dismissal from the band in the autumn of 2005.1.5 Chart-topping success of Once (2004)A new album, Once, was released on June 7, 2004, along with the first single, Nemo (Latin: \u201cNo one\u201d), from that album. The single topped the charts in Finland and Hungary, and reached the charts in six additional countries. Nemo remains the band\u2019s most successful single release to date.Once utilizes a full orchestra in nine of the eleven songs on the album. Unlike Century Child, Nightwish decided to look for an orchestra outside of Finland this time, choosing the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It is also their second album to feature a full-length song in Finnish, Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (Finnish: \u201cDeath Makes an Artist\u201d). Once has sold triple platinum in Finland, platinum in Germany and Gold in six other countries, it also reached No. 1 in the Greek, Norwegian and German album charts, and charted the Top Ten in France, Hungary and Sweden. The following singles were: Wish I Had an Angel (featured on the soundtrack of the film Alone in the Dark), Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan (released only in Finland and Japan) and The Siren. Besides the commercial success, Once was also well received by critics, with many positive reviewers drawing comparisons with Oceanborn.The success of the album allowed them to perform Once Upon a Tour, taking them to play in many countries the band had never visited before. Nightwish performed at the opening ceremony of the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, held in Helsinki, highlighting the acclaim the band had gained. A \u201cbest of\u201d album, Highest Hopes, was released in September 2005. The compilation also featured a live cover High Hopes]\/track] (from the Pink Floyd album The Division Bell). Besides High Hopes, a remake of Sleeping Sun (from Oceanborn) was included on the album and released as a single. A video for the remake was shot, featuring a medieval battle, and can be found on the German release of the single and as a separate DVD released by Spinefarm.1.6 Turunen's dismissal (2005)The four other members of Nightwish had decided that it was best to continue Nightwish without Turunen. After a concert in the Hartwall Areena (Helsinki) on October 21, 2005, recorded for the live album End of an Era (released June 2006), they expressed their decision through an open letter which was given to Turunen by Holopainen, and afterwards posted on the band\u2019s website. It was written by Holopainen and signed by all four band members. The main justification given in the letter for Turunen\u2019s dismissal was that the band felt that both her husband Marcelo Cabuli (an Argentine businessman) and commercial interests had changed her attitude towards the band.Turunen responded to the incident twice, during press conferences in Finland and Germany, saying that her dismissal came entirely as a shock to her, given that she had not been notified before the letter was given to her. She felt that the personal attacks on her husband were unwarranted, and that playing the issue out in public was \u00bbsenselessly cruel\u00ab. She expressed these feelings through her own open letter, which was published on her personal website, and through various TV, magazine, and newspaper interviews.1.7 Hiatus and new lead singer (2006-2009)In order to find a replacement for Turunen as the female vocalist of the band, on March 17, 2006 the band allowed vocalists interested for the position to send in demo tapes as an audition for the spot. During this time, speculation began to emerge about who would eventually be chosen, and the band stated on their website that fans should not believe any source other than the band itself for information regarding the new vocalist. In the end, the 35-year-old Alyson Avenue\u2019s ex-lead singer, Anette Olzon, from Sweden, was chosen.In September 2006, the band entered the studio to record their sixth studio album, Dark Passion Play. In May, next year, Anette Olzon was announced to replace Turunen. Holopainen has said in interviews that he did not wish to reveal her identity until new material was available because he did not want fans judging her by nothing more than a picture, or past work.The day after this revealing, May 25, 2007, charity single Eva was released for download only as the first offering from the new album, and the first featuring Olzon. It was originally scheduled for release on May 30, but the date was changed because of a leak on a British music download site. On June 13, Nightwish revealed the title and artwork for the new album on their official website, as well as the name and cover of the second single , Amaranth; it was released in Finland on August 22 and included a bonus track entitled While Your Lips Are Still Red written by Tuomas as the main theme track for the upcoming Finnish feature film Lieksa!. The single achieved gold status in Finland after less than two days in stores.Dark Passion Play was released around Europe in the last week of September, 2007, in the UK on October 1, and the United States on October 2. It was awarded double platinum in Finland the second day after its release and took the number one position on the charts of Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Hungary and Croatia and got in top 100 in other 16 countries, including the United States.On this album, male vocalist Marco Hietala has more freedom in the use of his voice: he sings back up in the songs Cadence of Her Last Breath and Sahara, lead vocals in the songs The Islande, Master Passion Greed and While Your Lips Are Still Red, and chorus in the songs Bye Bye Beautiful and 7 Days to the Wolves. He also sings one part in The Poet and the Pendulum, besides singing back up in the chorus. Before the band found the new singer and the album was recorded, Marco sang on all the demo versions. Holopainen also sang on the demo versions of Bye Bye Beautiful and Master Passion Greed but these songs have never been released.On September 22, 2007, the band hosted a secret concert at Rock Caf\u00e9 in Tallinn, Estonia, disguising itself as a Nightwish cover band called Nachtwasser. Their first official concert with Olzon was in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 6, 2007. The Dark Passion Play tour thus started, visiting the United States, Canada, most of Europe, Asia, and Australia. The third single of the album was Er\u00e4maan viimeinen, a previously unreleased vocal version of the instrumental Last of the Wilds. It was released in Finland only on December 5, 2007. On this song, Jonsu of the Finnish pop and rock band Indica performs the Finnish vocals. Bye Bye Beautiful, the fourth single, was released on February 15, 2008, and concerns the 2005 dismissal of Turunen, as does one other song on the album, Master Passion Greed. The single includes yet another bonus track, Escapist, which is also included on the Japanese version of Dark Passion Play. Within a week after the release, the fifth single was announced to be The Islander. It was released over a month after the release of its music video, shot in late 2007 in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland.The Dark Passion Play tour turned out to be Nightwish\u2019s longest tour yet, lasting from the fall of 2007 to September 2009 when it ended with a concert in Hartwall Arena \u2013 the band\u2019s second concert there \u2013 with the band Apocalyptica.On March 6, 2009,Nightwish released a new live EP entitled Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places). The eight live tracks were recorded during the Dark Passion Play World Tour in 2007\u20132008, and the album also includes one b-side from the Bye Bye Beautiful single, one b-side from the Amaranth single, a previously unreleased demo version of Cadence of Her Last Breath, and a bonus-DVD with three music videos as well as a 37 minute documentary called Back in the Day is Now.1.8 Imaginaerum, Olzon\u2019s dismissal (2009-2012)In the June 2009 edition of the Finnish magazine Soundi, Holopainen stated that he had started work on a new Nightwish album. In October 2009, rumors about the new album\u2019s name were going around with the title Wind Embraced, but lead vocalist Anette Olzon listed the rumors as \u00bbnot true\u00ab and said that the songs for the new album had not yet been completed apart from 3 songs written before May 2009. Holopainen said in a 2010 interview that \u00bbI can\u2019t reveal to you anymore but there is going to be a big twist so to say, on the next album.\u00ab In an interview with uillean piper Troy Donockley (who recorded with the band on Dark Passion Play), when asked about his involvement in the new album, he stated \u00bbOh yes, I will be playing on the next album and from what Tuomas has told me, it is going to be something extraordinary\u2026\u00abOn February 1, 2010, Olzon stated on her blog that Holopainen had nine songs ready for the new album. She also stated that the band will be meeting in the summer to make a demo, and fans should not expect anything any earlier than fall of 2011. In April, 2010, Holopainen revealed on the Nightwish homepage that he had finished writing the songs, and on June 2, it was announced that he had finished recording the pre-production demo.The band announced in late 2010 that more information of the album\u2019s actual content would be released in late January, but on February 1, the official website bore a statement written by Holopainen that because of the schedule changes he can\u2019t yet give away as much details as he would have wanted, but more information will be out after a couple of months. He added, however, that \u00bbit still is the Burton-Gaiman-Dal\u00ed-amusement-park we are about to enter\u00ab; In the same statement it was revealed that the album will be a theme album and \u00bbmood changes seem to be more present than ever before\u00ab, and the orchestration demos he had received from Pip Williams were described as \u00bbbeautiful, twisted, tribal and cinematic stuff\u00ab. In the Finnish version of the statement, it was also revealed that a few songs will not get any orchestrations at all, differing from their latest album on which all songs had the background orchestra.Announcements continued throughout 2011. On February 10, Nightwish announced on their website that the new album title would be Imaginaerum. They also declared that the band had been preparing a movie based on the album, which would be released in 2012 and directed by Stobe Harju, who previously directed the music video for The Islander. On August 22, 2011, it was announced on their official website that the album of Imaginaerum would be released at the end of the year. On August 31, Nightwish announced on their website their decision to change Imaginarium title to Imaginaerum \u00bbIn order to avoid mix-ups with various things named IMAGINARIUM\u00ab. Then on September 2, Nightwish announced on their website that the new single called Storytime will be released on Friday, November 11 and on September 9, Nightwish revealed the cover and tracklist.On January 11, 2012, Nightwish announced on their website that the second single The Crow, the Owl and the Dove would be released on February 29. Roadrunner Records announced that Nightwish would be releasing a 10\u2033 LP titled Trials of Imaginaerum in conjunction with Record Store Day (April 21, 2012). The 10\u2033 LP is a two sided picture disk, which contains four early demos of Storytime, The Crow, The Owl and The Dove, I Want My Tears Back and Slow, Love, Slow.On October 1 2012, Nightwish announced via their Facebook page that they were parting ways with Olzon. According to the press statement, \u00bbit has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover\u00ab. This announcement came days after Olzon fell ill and was unable to perform; Nightwish used replacement singers from the opening band, Kamelot, and Olzon later expressed her disappointment, saying \u00bbI was never asked if it was OK that they used Elize and Alissa in the show night I don\u2019t think it\u2019s a good decision they made and I\u2019m sorry for those of you who came to see the whole band but got something else. But I was very ill and this decision wasn\u2019t mine.\u00ab According to the statement, Floor Jansen (ex-After Forever, ReVamp) will sing for the remainder of the Imaginaerum World Tour.On January 11, 2013, Olzon announced on her official blog that she was pregnant with her third child, due in spring 2013. This was a contributing factor to her being dismissed. The band then released a statement on their website declaring that the reason Olzon gave for her dismissal and other statements she made were untrue and that Olzon herself had agreed to help find a replacement while she was on maternity leave. Later on, Olzon gave several interviews in which she told that she never agreed with a replacement, even when she was pregnant, and proposed to the band to postpone the tour, culminating on her firing. She also added that she was against Jansen joining the band in her period of maternity, mainly because the difference of their vocal styles.1.9 Endless Forms Most Beautiful, arrival of Floor Jansen and Troy Donockley (2013-present)In an interview with Metal Hammer in November 2012, Tuomas Holopainen stated that they already had a rehearsal place booked from July 2014 to September 2014, but before they began rehearsing the band members would be taking a break from Nightwish for several months.On 9 October, 2013, Nightwish announced Dutch singer Floor Jansen as the permanent replacement for Olzon. Troy Donockley has also been announced as a full-time member, making the band a sextet for the first time. According to the band\u2019s webpage, the band would enter the studio in 2014 to record their eighth full-length album for a 2015 release. This album was set to contain Nightwish\u2019s longest song to date.At the end of November, the band released the live album Showtime, Storytime. Despite the recording happening when they were only tour members, it is the first Nightwish release to feature Jansen, and to have her and Donockley credited as band members. The album also carries a documentary containing the behind-the-scenes of Jansen\u2019s first days in the band and the process of replacing Olzon.In May, 2014, Tuomas updated his official website, stating that he and producer Tero \u00bbTeeCee\u00ab Kinnunen have been recording 12 demos (and possibly 3 bonus tracks) for the new album in Hattula, Finland. The band expected to start rehearsing in July in Eno, Finland, with the recording finished on January 2015, and the album released in Spring that year, \u00bbIf everything goes as scheduled\u00ab. Commenting on the music, Tuomas said: \u00bbIt\u2019s still too early to analyze the material more closely, but the album will once again explore all the ends of the spectrum, bringing the very best out of the newcomers Floor and Troy. And stealthily the album ended up having a theme running through it.\u00abOn August 6, the band announced that founding member and drummer Jukka Nevalainen would not be part of the upcoming album due to his very difficult insomnia. Kai Hahto (Wintersun) would be taking his place in the album and the upcoming tour.Evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins will be a guest star on the album, with Holopainen stating that he had \u00bbbeen so enthusiastic about this kind of literature for the past few months, and will be for the upcoming months, that it\u2019s going to come out somehow.\u00abIn November, the band filmed a music video for \u00c9lan, one of the tracks of the album. On December 8, the band announced that it would be the first single from the album, which would be released on February 13, 2015.The new album\u2019s cover art and its title, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, were revealed on December 22, along with a release date of March 27, 2015.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/25019_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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Slipknot is an American alternative/nu metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in 1995, the group was founded by percus...

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{"key":"1431","name":"Slipknot","bio":"Slipknot is an American alternative\/nu metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in 1995, the group was founded by percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray. After several lineup changes in their early days, the band consisted of nine members for the greater part of their tenure: Sid Wilson, Paul Gray, Joey Jordison, Chris Fehn, Jim Root, Craig Jones, Shawn Crahan, Mick Thomson, and Corey Taylor. However, the death of Paul Gray on May 24, 2010, left the band with only eight remaining members. Former guitarist Donnie Steele will be the band\"s touring bassist in 2011.Slipknot is well known by their attention-grabbing image, aggressive music style and chaotic live shows. The band had somewhat of a meteoric rise to success following the release of their self-titled debut album, Slipknot, in 1999. The 2001 follow-up album Iowa further increased the band\"s popularity. After breaking for their first hiatus, Slipknot returned in 2004 with Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and once again in 2008 with their fourth album All Hope Is Gone, which debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200. The band has also released one live album, 9.0 Live, and four DVDs. Slipknot hosted their first annual music festival, called Knotfest, which was held on August 17, 2012, at Mid-America Motorplex near Pacific Junction, Iowa and August 18, 2012, in Somerset, Wisconsin. The long awaited fifth studio album is in the works and is expected to be released in 2014. Taylor has described the forthcoming album as \"very dark\" and a cross between Iowa and Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). On February 27, 2014, all of Slipknot\"s social media outlets and official website content was blacked out. No reason for this has been said, however the band are still recording their next album.Slipknot has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, resulting in one win. Wait and Bleed \u00e2\u20ac\u201c Best Metal Performance, 2001 (nomination) Left Behind \u00e2\u20ac\u201c Best Metal Performance, 2002 (nomination) My Plague \u00e2\u20ac\u201c Best Metal Performance, 2003 (nomination) Duality \u00e2\u20ac\u201c Best Hard Rock Performance, 2005 (nomination) Vermilion \u00e2\u20ac\u201c Best Metal Performance, 2005 (nomination) Before I Forget \u00e2\u20ac\u201c Best Metal Performance, 2006 (winner) Psychosocial \u00e2\u20ac\u201c Best Metal Performance, 2009 (nomination)","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/1431_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"300,000 - 500,000"}
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Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn ...

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{"key":"239","name":"Marilyn Manson","bio":"Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz. The group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s, until the band shortened the name in 1992. The band's lineup has changed between many of their album releases; the current members of Marilyn Manson are the eponymous lead singer (the only remaining original member), bassist Twiggy Ramirez, live guitarist Paul Wiley, drummer Gil Sharone, and live percussionist \/ keyboardist Daniel Fox.Until 1996, the name of each member was originally created by combining the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and the last name of an iconic serial killer (e.g. Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson). The members of the band dress in outlandish makeup and costumes, and have engaged in intentionally shocking behavior both onstage and off. In the past, their lyrics often received criticism for their anti-religious sentiment and references to sex, violence and drugs. Their performances have frequently been called offensive and obscene, and, on several occasions, protests and petitions have led to the group being banned from performing.As this controversy began to wane throughout the 2000s, so did the band's mainstream popularity. Despite this, in June 2003, veteran rock journalist Jon Wiederhorn of MTV.com referred to Marilyn Manson as \"the only true artist today,\" and the frontman and band continues to have a strong cult following in 2016. Marilyn Manson has garnered much success: four of the band's releases have achieved multi-platinum and three albums have gold, and the band has seen seven of its releases debut in the top ten, including two #1 albums. Marilyn Manson has sold over 50 million records._________________________________________________________________________________________________\u2014HISTORY\u2014The Spooky Kids: 1989-1993In 1989, Brian Warner was a college student working toward a journalism degree, and gaining experience in the field by writing music articles for a South Florida lifestyle magazine, 25th Parallel. It was in this capacity that he was able to meet several of the musicians to whom his own band would later be compared, including My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.He met Scott Putesky shortly afterward and, after showing him some lyrics and poems he had written, proposed that they form a band together. Warner, guitarist Putesky, and bassist Brian Tutunick recorded their first demo tape as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids in late 1989, taking on the stage names of Marilyn Manson, Daisy Berkowitz and Olivia Newton Bundy, respectively. They were soon joined by keyboardist Perry Pandrea, also known as Zsa Zsa Speck, who shortly left the band after the fourth show. Stephen Bier, who called himself Madonna Wayne Gacy, was his replacement; Bundy was replaced by Gidget Gein in 1990, born Brad Stewart. In 1991, drummer Fred Streithorst joined the band, with the stage name Sara Lee Lucas.The stage names used by each member were representative of a concept the band considered central: the dichotomy of good and evil, and the existence of both, together, in every whole. \"Marilyn Monroe had a dark side,\" explained Manson in his autobiography, \"just as Charles Manson has a good, intelligent side.\" Images of both Monroe and Manson, as well as of others equally famous and notorious, were common in the band's early promotional materials.The Spooky Kids' popularity in the area grew quickly, largely because of radio DJ Scott David of WYNX-FM, an early fan who eagerly played songs from the band's demo tapes on the air; and because of the band's highly visual concerts, which drew from performance art and used many shock techniques. It was not uncommon to see onstage naked women nailed to a cross, a child in a cage, or bloody animal body parts; Manson, Berkowitz, and Gein variously performed in women's clothing or bizarre costumes; and, for lack of a professional pyro-technician, they would occasionally set their own stage props on fire.The band would dramatically contrast these grotesque theatrics with elements drawn from the culture of the members' youth in the 1970s and 1980s: characters from that era's children's television made regular, often somewhat altered, appearances on Marilyn Manson flyers and newsletters, and were frequently sampled in the music. They continued to perform and release cassettes\u2014shortening their name to Marilyn Manson in 1992\u2014until the summer of 1993, when the band drew the attention of Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, who at the time had just founded his own record label, Nothing Records.Portrait of an American Family: 1993-1995Reznor offered Marilyn Manson a contract with his new label and the opportunity to support Nine Inch Nails on their upcoming headlining tour. The band accepted both offers, and recording sessions for its national debut, Portrait of an American Family, began in July 1993. Working with producer Roli Mosimann at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, the band recorded a selection of new songs along with material from their Spooky Kids repertoire and, by the end of Autumn 1993, had completed the first version of their debut, titled The Manson Family Album.However, it was not well received. The abrasive sonic \"rawness\" that Mosimann's production had brought to such groups as Swans had failed to materialize on The Manson Family Album; Reznor and all the band's members found it flat and lifeless, and poorly representative of Marilyn Manson's dynamic performances. \"I thought, 'This really sucks', Manson explained, \"so I played it for Trent, and he thought it sucked.\" At the same time, the band was having difficulties with Gidget Gein, who had begun to lose control of his addiction to heroin. While reworking the album the band played two shows in South Florida under the name Mrs. Scabtree. Not much is known about the complete lineup, except that Manson performed on the drums, Gacy on keyboard, Berkowitz on guitar, and Jeordie White of Miami thrash metal band Amboog-a-Lard and Jessicka of Jack Off Jill sharing vocal duties. Four other local musicians, bassists Mark Dubin of Sister Venus and Patrick Joyce from The Itch, guitarist Miles Hie, and violinist Mary Karlzen, were also involved.In October 1993, Reznor agreed to rework the production on Marilyn Manson's album, taking them and their tapes to The Record Plant in Los Angeles. Gein, who had been hospitalized after an overdose, was not invited. After seven weeks of mixing, remixing, and rerecording, the album \u2014 now titled Portrait of an American Family \u2014 was ready to be presented to Interscope Records. Even as the first single Get Your Gunn was beginning to receive radio airplay, Gein received a letter declaring his services \"no longer needed\" by the band after he overdosed on heroin for the fourth time; he was replaced by White, of Amboog-a-Lard, who undertook the alias Twiggy Ramirez.In December 1993, Ramirez first performed as the band's new bass player on a week's worth of headline dates through Florida with Jack Off Jill opening. While playing Club 5 in Jacksonville, Manson was accused by the town's Christian Coalition of violating the town's adult entertainment codes. Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka was accused of solicitation and offering to engage in lewdness. Both singers were arrested and charged with misdemeanors.Portrait of an American Family was released on July 19, 1994 in the US through Nothing\/Interscope. On the first date of a fourteen-week national tour opening for Nine Inch Nails, Ramirez made his national touring debut. It was during this tour that Manson had the occasion to meet with Church of Satan founder Dr. Anton LaVey. After a cordial meeting, LaVey honored Manson with the title of \"Reverend\" \u2014 meaning, in the Church of Satan, a person who is revered by the church, and not necessarily one who dedicates his life to preaching the religion to others, as with a priest or minister. Manson would use this title in album liner notes, citing himself as \"Reverend Marilyn Manson.\"On February 6, 1995, the band released the Lunchbox single, which featured a cover of Gary Numan's Down In the Park. In March 1995, the band began its first national headlining tour, a two-month outing with Monster Voodoo Machine as support; this would be drummer Sara Lee Lucas' last tour with the band. Tension between Lucas and Manson had apparently grown as the tour wore on and, on the next-to-last night of the tour, Manson secretly decided to end the show with a flourish: during a performance of Lunchbox, he doused Lucas' drum kit in lighter fluid and set it ablaze \u2013 with Lucas still attempting to play on behind it. (Manson apparently forgot that the band had one more date to play.) Lucas quit the band after the final gig the next night.Less than two weeks later his replacement, Kenneth Wilson, better known by his stage name Ginger Fish, joined the group. Marilyn Manson was touring again, this time on a bill with Danzig and Korn.That tour ended in summer 1995, after which the band relocated to the new home of Nothing Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana to begin work on the third single from Portrait of an American Family, Dope Hat. Accompanied by a music video which featured Manson in the role of Willy Wonka in a shock-horror version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the proposed single for Dope Hat eventually developed into an hour-long EP called Smells Like Children.The album's fifteen tracks of covers, remixes, and bizarre sonic experiments also included the band's version of the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), which would prove to be Marilyn Manson's first legitimate hit: the video was placed in heavy rotation on MTV (in stark contrast with the \"Dope Hat\" video, which MTV had banished to late-night airplay only a few months before) and the mainstream music press was suddenly clamoring to cover the group. It was also around this time that the group began to experiment with goth makeup, and more bizarre outfits.A seven-month headlining tour followed, from June through February, during which the band began to debut new material including Irresponsible Hate Anthem, Minute of Decay, Tourniquet, and Smells Like Children (an early incarnation of Kinderfeld). Rumors of a new album circulated widely during this time, and were confirmed when the band returned to Nothing's New Orleans studio in early 1996 to perform what Manson termed \"a musical ritual designed to bring about the Apocalypse.\"Antichrist Superstar: 1996-1997Marilyn Manson's second full-length studio album, Antichrist Superstar, was released on October 8, 1996. The rock opera concept album was recorded at Nothing Studios with Trent Reznor himself acting as executive producer; the process of making the album was reportedly a long and difficult one, highlighted by experiments allegedly involving sleep deprivation and near-constant drug use in an effort to create an environment suited to the album's moody and occasionally violent content. During this time, antagonism between band members was high, which caused the departure of guitarist and Spooky Kids founding member Daisy Berkowitz.With Berkowitz out of the band, Twiggy Ramirez performed lead guitar for much of the recording of Antichrist Superstar, and the group placed an ad seeking a new guitarist for its upcoming tour; Timothy Linton, auditioned for and was given the position. Breaking with the six-year tradition of icon \/ killer naming structures, the newest member was dubbed Zim Zum \u2013 a name derived from Kabbalah, one of the major sources of inspiration for the album.The album's first single, The Beautiful People, made a fairly major impact on the alternative rock charts, and created enough anticipation for Antichrist Superstar that the album debuted at #3 on the album charts. The band's frontman was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine who also awarded the band their Best New Artist accolade for 1996. \"I've always felt in my heart that we were going to get there,\" remarked Manson. \"I don't think there's any reason why someone with as much to say as me should be limited to saying it to a few people. I should be on the same scale as the Spice Girls or Michael Jackson.\"The year-and-a-half long \"Dead to the World Tour\" in support of the album followed; it was the band's longest and widest-ranging tour yet, and included Marilyn Manson's live debut in Alaska, Hawaii, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, South America, Asia and Australia as their fame spread to all corners of the world. In the United States, however, the band was receiving more attention than ever before, and not all of it was positive.As the tour was getting underway, the band found itself the target of congressional hearings, led by Senator Joseph Lieberman, to determine the effects, if any, of violent lyrics on young listeners. Lieberman would later go on to refer to Marilyn Manson as \"perhaps the sickest group ever promoted by a mainstream record company\". In addition, nearly every performance on the tour was picketed by religious organizations, pleading with fans to not see the musician who once said \"I think every time people listen to this new album maybe God will be destroyed in their brainwashed minds.\"On November 10, 1997, the band released a remix\/live EP called Remix & Repent, featuring new versions of Antichrist Superstar's four singles, The Beautiful People, Tourniquet, Antichrist Superstar, and Man that You Fear, alongside songs recorded live on the U.S. leg of the Dead to the World Tour. Two unreleased songs from the Antichrist Superstar recording sessions were contributed to film soundtracks: Apple of Sodom to David Lynch's Lost Highway, and The Suck for Your Solution to the Howard Stern's Private Parts: The Album.As the year ended, Manson made the announcement of the upcoming publication of his first book, the autobiographical The Long Hard Road Out of Hell; the book was released in February 1998, along with another live document of the world tour, a home video entitled Dead to the World. It also came to light around this time that Antichrist Superstar would be the first installment in a concept album trilogy and that the release of the follow-up was, according to the band, also imminent, accompanied by early rumors of the involvement of Billy Corgan and The Dust Brothers with the as-yet-untitled album.Mechanical Animals: 1998-1999On September 15, 1998, Marilyn Manson released the second part of his triptych, Mechanical Animals, an album strongly influenced by David Bowie and his 1974 album Diamond Dogs. Interscope's promotion of the album was massive, including an enormous billboard of singer Manson as an androgynous extraterrestrial over Times Square, and repeated appearances on MTV and other networks to promote the album and the single The Dope Show; propelled by the success of Antichrist Superstar and by this press push, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.The band had recast itself in a new image for this album; Marilyn Manson were now a glam rock outfit, setting aside the bleak darkness of the previous record for a more concealed morbidity and borrowing its visual presentation largely from Bowie, and from Roxy Music and its contemporaries. By this time, the band had permanently relocated to Los Angeles, and Zim Zum had been replaced by glam-influenced guitarist John Lowery, who joined the band as John 5.After a brief promotional tour, the band set out on the \"Beautiful Monsters Tour\" with Hole and Monster Magnet as support. The tour, however, would be a problematic one: on March 1, 1999, the three bands played the first show in Spokane, Washington; by March 14, Hole had left the tour and Manson had broken his ankle, forcing postponements of some shows. The tour was then renamed the \"Rock is Dead Tour\" and both Jack Off Jill and Nashville Pussy were asked to take select remaining opening slots on tour.Less than three weeks after the tour resumed, two students (Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold) at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado killed thirteen people, and then took their own lives; early media reports declared them fans of \"violent\" music and video games. Substantial attention was directed at the frontman. On April 28, out of respect for the victims, the band canceled the remaining dates of the tour, and would not reappear in Denver until the 2001 Ozzfest.Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death): 2000-2001The latter half of 1999 and much of 2000 was a period of relative silence for Marilyn Manson. The band spent over a year quietly writing and recording in a studio in Death Valley, with only the single Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes \u2014 an outtake from Antichrist Superstar \u2014 appearing during that time. On November 14, 2000, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) was released. Returning to the darker, more abrasive sound of Antichrist Superstar, much of the album's content was written in response to the Columbine massacre. The album's third single, The Nobodies, was directly inspired by the shootings.Described by the band as the third part of the trilogy begun with Antichrist Superstar and continued in Mechanical Animals, its overarching theme is an exploration of the relationship between death and fame in American culture, and its lyrics and artwork contain many references to John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald, John Lennon and Mark David Chapman, and even Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. The international \"Guns, God and Government Tour\" expanded upon the exploration of America's fascination with violence, and with the tour's logo \u2013 a rifle and handguns arranged to resemble the Christian cross \u2014 Manson made no attempt to conceal what he saw as the source of that fascination.The band also revealed that within Marilyn Manson's massive concept album trilogy, Holy Wood serves as a prequel to Mechanical Animals and Antichrist Superstar despite the latter two preceding Holy Wood in release date. Each of the three albums contain its own storyline distinct from one other but also linked together abstractly in a fourth larger overarching storyline encompassing all three. Manson has offered this much in the way of an interpretation: \"Holy Wood is about wanting to fit into a world that didn't want me, and fighting really hard to get there. The album's deepest elements are idealism and the desire to start a revolution. If you begin with Holy Wood, then Mechanical Animals really talks about how that revolution gets taken away from you and turned into a product, and then Antichrist Superstar is where you're given a choice to decide if you're going to be controlled by the power that you created or if you want to destroy yourself and then start over. It just becomes a cycle.\"On May 16, 2001, Manson announced on the band website that he planned to quote the Bible at his next concert, to \"balance out\" his violent lyrics, \"so we can examine the virtues of wonderful Christian stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrifice. Now that seems like entertainment to me.\" On June 21, 2001, Manson did indeed read from the Bible onstage in Denver, Colorado, presenting such passages as Leviticus 20:9 (\"For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall surely be put to death\") and Psalm 137:9 (\"Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.\")This tour was documented in a DVD release of the same name, released October 29, 2002 and described by Manson as \"This will help you see what it's like to be nailed to this wrecking ball\" on the DVD packaging. In addition to a compilation style concert from the tour (songs from multiple individual shows edited to appear as single performance), the DVD includes a short thirty minute film titled \"Death Parade\" in the style of an All Access Pass for the tour.Seven years later it was followed by Guns, God and Government \u2013 Live in L.A. Released in Blu-ray on November 17, 2009, it depicts the sixteen song set of the Los Angeles performance in its entirety.The Golden Age of Grotesque: 2002-2003With the \"triptych\" of the previous three albums now complete, Marilyn Manson was free to begin a fresh project. In 2002, Jonathan Davis of Korn invited Marilyn Manson into a studio to record vocals on a track he wrote titled Redeemer. The song, produced by both Jon and Richard Gibbs, was then released on the Queen of the Damned soundtrack. Marilyn Manson also released a music video for their cover of Soft Cell\u2019s Tainted Love for the Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack. After finding inspiration in the decadent Swing era of the 1920s, the band recorded The Golden Age of Grotesque that year and the album was released on May 13, 2003.Eschewing the lyrical depth and volume of symbolism and hidden meaning of Holy Wood, the new album was relatively straightforward; in an extended metaphor, Manson compares his own often-criticized music to the entartete Kunst banned by the Nazi regime. New member Tim Skold, replacing Twiggy Ramirez, added a new dimension to the band's sound; he brought with him from KMFDM the band's use of heavy industrial beats, influenced by the popular nu-metal sound at the time. The album debuted at No. 1 on the album charts, selling over 118,000 copies in the US its first week of release. It won a 2003 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for \"Album of the Year.\"Another world tour, the \"Grotesk Burlesk Tour\", followed, which furthered the album's Weimar Republic-inspired theme by adding elements of German Kabarett to the group's performances. Elaborate artwork by Gottfried Helnwein appeared in the band's stage dressing, and the members began appearing both on-stage and off- in designer suits and with fashion superstars.Lest We Forget and Hiatus: 2004-2005Lest We Forget: The Best Of was released on September 28, 2004. It was referred to by Manson as his \"farewell\" album when earlier that month, coinciding with Trent Reznor leaving New Orleans for the west coast, the Nine Inch Nails website officially announced \"nothing studios: 1994\u20132004\", suggesting that Nothing Studios was closed. This later proved to be the end of the associated vanity record label, as well as Manson's business association (effectively then shifting the band to a full Interscope contract) when Reznor successfully sued co-founder John Malm for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty (amongst others).Lest We Forget was supported by a series of \"greatest hits\" performances on the \"Against All Gods Tour.\" After the release of the single Personal Jesus, the band made a number of promotional appearances including a performance on MADtv; at one of these, the Comet awards show in Germany, drummer Ginger Fish fell from his drum riser, fracturing his skull and wrist. Former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna replaced him; after recovering from the accident Fish had been recording and performing with a new band, Martyr Plot, before rejoining Marilyn Manson.John 5 had also been replaced; Mark Chaussee of Fight took over lead guitar on the \"Against All Gods Tour,\" and was subsequently replaced in the studio by Tim Skold. Though John 5 denied any hostility towards Marilyn Manson following the announcement of his departure, at the band's appearance on the Rock am Ring music festival in 2003 an incident took place between John 5 and Marilyn Manson where Manson kicked and then shoved the guitarist. John 5 responded with anger, throwing off his guitar mid-song and raising his fists to Manson, before resuming the song. Lest We Forget was certified Gold in 2005.Celebritarian Corporation: 2006Beginning in January 2006, and continuing for some months, Marilyn Manson's official website was updated several times, adding new artwork and music, and making obtuse references to The Celebritarian Corporation, an art movement led by the frontman. Merchandise has since become available featuring logos such as the \"double cross\" (a variation on the Cross of Lorraine), as well as the slogans \"we will sell our shadow to those who stand within it\" and \"do not seek death; seek destruction.\"There were rumors about a new album all year long, but the frontman was focused on showcasing his watercolor artwork and sharing his ideas about his film Phantasmagoria. Marilyn Manson finally came back into the music world with their performance of This is Halloween - a cover for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 31, 2006. This was the first performance since the Against All Gods tour ended in 2005, and the last performance with Madonna Wayne Gacy in the band. It was then that Manson started talking about his next album co-written with Tim Skold.Eat Me, Drink Me: 2007-2008Marilyn Manson's sixth studio album, Eat Me, Drink Me, was released on June 5, 2007, debuting at number 8 in the United States with more than 88,000 copies sold. Released more than four years after The Golden Age of Grotesque, Eat Me, Drink Me marked another drastic change in musical styles that the band has become famous for \u2013 opting for a more introspective direction. One remarkable note of the album is that it was written entirely by Manson and Skold in a rented home studio.The album is also the first major label Manson album without Madonna Wayne Gacy (Pogo) as a listed member, making lead singer Marilyn Manson the only original member since Portrait of an American Family. Chris Vrenna, who temporarily replaced Ginger Fish on drums during the Against All Gods Tour, replaced Pogo to become the band's full-time keyboardist. Marilyn Manson co-headlined a tour with Slayer in order to promote the album with Bleeding Through as the opening act and Deadly Apples on select dates.Rumors also circulated for some time that Marilyn Manson wrote the song Mutilation Is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery as an attack on the band My Chemical Romance. He later denied this, stating that it was aimed at people in general who sought to imitate him. In another interview Manson stated that \"I'm embarrassed to be me because these people are doing a really sad, pitiful, shallow version of what I've done.\" In response to this, Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance claimed nothing Manson could say would bring the band down.On January 9, 2008, Marilyn Manson posted a bulletin on MySpace confirming that former bassist Twiggy Ramirez had rejoined the band, resulting in the exit of Tim Skold. Skold and Manson had apparently began writing new material before the personnel change. Future collaborations with Skold were not ruled out.The High End of Low: 2008-2009The band's seventh full-length studio album began recording sessions following the conclusion of their \"Rape of the World Tour\" on March 2, 2008. On November 29, 2007, Marilyn Manson fansite \"The Heirophant\" reported that the frontman planned to start writing songs for the new record on January or February (2008). The actual recording took place at Manson's Hollywood Hills home between November 2008 and January 5, 2009. The last song, called 15, was completed on the evening of Manson's Jan 5 birthday\u2014hence the name.Manson said, \"after my greatest hits album Lest We Forget: The Best Of came out, I took a long break from music because it was a period where I was not sure who I wanted to be. I left music for a while but that's not an error I want to repeat in the future.\" He mentioned Kerry King, James Iha, and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as likely contributors. During an exclusive interview titled Everyone Will Suffer Now at the now-defunct fansite MansonUSA (The Heirophant) on January 11, 2008, Manson shared, \"I just feel like there is a big change happening now. It's going to be the one. Eat Me, Drink Me is opening the window and this is going to be the Hurricane Katrina.\" Since parting company with Skold and reuniting with Ramirez, the band had occupied themselves with work on the album to achieve their target of a February 2009 release. It was soon followed by the announcement of new tour dates. In an interview with Steppin' Out, Manson described the then-nascent record as, \"very ruthless, very heavy, and very violent.\"On August 14, 2008, Manson announced at a public interview in Seoul, Korea that former Limp Bizkit guitarist and current Black Light Burns frontman Wes Borland had joined the lineup, replacing Rob Holliday on guitars. The band attended the ETP Festival and were wrapping up production on the new album. However, Borland left a few months later to reunite with Limp Bizkit for the third time. Borland told UK's Kerrang Magazine that he quit after seeing none of the nine songs he wrote for the record make the final cut, and was extremely dissatisfied at the thought of being just a hired gun.On October 5, the band played a special show at the annual Hot Topic managers meeting. The show took place at the Los Angeles International Airport's Marriott Hotel. During an after party for the 2008 Scream Awards, Manson was overheard comparing the new album to Antichrist Superstar and stating the album was \"pretty much finished.\" He expected a new song to be released before the end of the year and expressed desire to release the record by Valentine's Day. In an interview on the February 2009 issue of Revolver Magazine, he revealed the title of two songs, namely, I Wanna Kill You Like They Do in the Movies and Armagoddamnmotherfuckinggeddon. The album's producer Sean Beavan, later posted a Myspace blog revealing two more song titles: 15 and Four Rusted Horses. Manson told Revolver \"I've got my fire back,\" and the record \"really wipes the floor with everything we've done before.\"A statement was released by Manson on Christmas Eve in order to dispel rumors that had been circulating regarding his relationship with Evan Rachel Wood and a speculated collaboration with rapper Ne-Yo. On January 12, a new song title was divulged by Rudy Coby, a collaborator and friend of the frontman. The song is called Devour and was said to be the album's first track.It was announced that Marilyn Manson would perform with Slayer again as headliners for the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour in 2009. The press release for the tour stated that \"Manson is currently in the studio working on his seventh studio album scheduled for release May 18th on Interscope Records.\" On February 2, Rolling Stone confirmed the album had been officially titled The High End of Low.On March 18, 2009, Kerrang! reported that the album contained a total of 15 tracks and revealed another new song entitled We're from America. Manson said on the latter song, \"I think a lot of people will hear the track and initially think it's just political, but it's not just that, it's also me describing a lot of fucked-up scenarios that I'm going through in my personal life. Someone asked me, 'Why are you so fucked up?', 'Well, I am from America.' I hate the fact that so many people have fucked the country up, and so many people fucked up my personal life and I allowed it to happen. So in a way, I feel like America as a whole feels, but in no way does that make me a tree-hugging patriotic freedom rocker.\" The track was released exclusively on the band's official website as a free download on March 27, 2009. On April 7, it became available for purchase as a digital single.The album's official first single, Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon, arrived in radio stations on April 21. It peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart. On April 16, 2009, marilynmanson.com was updated with a new splash page featuring the projected album artwork as well as the track listing for The High End of Low. The record was released on May 26, 2009. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 with 49,000 copies sold. Despite reaching a higher charting position than Manson's prior studio effort Eat Me, Drink Me, which debuted at #8, it arrived with the lowest opening week sum of any of Manson's albums since The Last Tour on Earth opened with sales of 26,000 units in 1999.After much fan speculation and no official announcement, Andy Gerold joined Marilyn Manson in the capacity of live bassist for \"The High End of Low Tour\" after former bassist Twiggy Ramirez switched to lead guitar duties. Gerold played his first show with the band on June 3, 2009, in Brno, Czech Republic. As of 2011, Gerold is still the youngest musician to play in the band, preceding former drummer Sara Lee Lucas by nearly seven years. During the summer of 2009, the band co-headlined the 2009 Mayhem Festival with Slayer. Later in October 2009, the band headlined the internationally advertised visual kei event, V-Rock Music festival.Born Villain: 2010-2013The eighth studio album by Marilyn Manson entered the writing phase during \"The High End of Low Tour\" in 2009. Bassist Twiggy projected a release date of 2011 through Cooking Vinyl Records and Marilyn Manson's own label Hell, etc. It is the band's first album since allowing their contract with Interscope Records to expire back in late 2009. Marilyn Manson attested that the lyrical content of the album would be \"more romantic\" yet \"self-abusive,\" and described the sonic elements of the record as \"suicide death metal.\"The prospect of an eighth studio album by the band was first confirmed by the frontman himself during an interview with Metal Hammer on December 3, 2009. He elaborated, \"We've just been released from our record contract with Interscope so I think a lot of the creative control on which my hands were tied on a lot of choices\u2014the music videos\u2014things like that. And the first example is the newest video, they clearly wouldn't have allowed me to make that video. So we started writing new songs on the road\u2014a bit like David Bowie's album Aladdin Sane\u2014I think people can expect a new record a lot sooner than we expected.\" According to Chris Vrenna, by January 2010, the band was already \"talking and coming up with concepts\" for the album. On January 24, 2010, Manson confirmed on the band's official MySpace profile that \"the new album is officially in motion.\"In April 2010, during his appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, Manson divulged that the band had recorded 13 songs, one of which failed to appear in a television series about vampires. He referred to the album as \"very death metal\" and voiced interest in releasing the album differently from previous Marilyn Manson records. He also indicated his friendship with Slayer as a vague influence on the record. During an interview with Full Metal Jackie, he stated that the album was halfway finished.On May 7, 2010, both entertainer Rudy Coby and The Nachtkabarett's Nick Kushner were previewed material from the album, the latter described it on Facebook as \"fuckin' hardcore.\" Elaborating on the band's musical direction, Manson commented on Twiggy being influenced by his touring experiences in 2009, particularly during the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Manson's father, Hugh Warner, described the album:\"It will make a vagina wet. What can you say after that? If the vagina's wet, all things are good. That's what he told me when I was listening to it. It's very hard, very heavy, very good. Everyone should be extremely excited and happy.\"During an interview with Eric Blair on November 3, 2010, bassist Twiggy Ramirez indicated that the new album was \"almost done. It'll probably be out next year. It's our best record yet, I think. I mean, everyone always says that, but I think this is our best work so far\u2026 It's kind of like a little more of a punk rock Mechanical Animals without sounding too pretentious.\"For much of the early half of 2011, Marilyn Manson removed himself from the public spotlight and ceased almost all communication with his fans or the outside world. On February 24, 2011, the band's longtime drummer Ginger Fish announced his resignation from the group, prompting a search for a replacement. Meanwhile, on March 18, 2011, Marilyn Manson took a short break from his self-imposed sequestration by appearing in the music video for the song Tempat Ku by Brunei pop outfit D'Hask. On March 23, 2011, he uploaded new pictures onto the band's Facebook page, in a different style of previous photos. The new style suggested the 'new era' of Marilyn Manson had begun, further generating anticipation for the upcoming release.On May 22, 2011, the band's website underwent a complete overhaul. A short 26 second snippet of a new song, tentatively titled, \"I am among no one (excerpt from an undisclosed song with an unreleased title)\" was uploaded to the redesigned main page along with a new logo to signify their eight studio album and the new era. The logo consisted of the letter M repeated four times in a spiral pattern, each with one long tail. At the end of the long tail is the Chinese trigram \u2632 (\u96e2 l\u00ed) of the I Ching. Read lengthwise or up-and-down, it formed Hexagram 30, \"Radiance,\" also called \"the clinging\" and \"the net.\" The origin of the character is rooted in symbols of long-tailed birds such as the peacock or the legendary phoenix. The CMYK coloring was also notable with regard to an acrostic formed by Manson, in a journal entry that accompanied the site changes, which spelled out the words \"Christianity Manufactures Yesterdays Killers.\"On June 3, 2011 the Brazilian edition of the Portuguese broadsheet newspaper Destak confirmed that agents for the band had finalized negotiations for the group to tour in Brazil and other South American countries as part of the SWU Music & Arts Festival beginning on the second week of November 2011. The Brazilian music festival also saw a change in venue for 2011. While organizers have yet to finalize details, it was speculated that the event may be held at the S\u00e3o Paulo municipality of Paul\u00ednia. Manson appeared live via the Ustream broadcast of Fleischer's Universe on June 21, 2011, where he announced that the new album title will be revealed within a week. He also divulged the following lyrics, \"The center of the universe cannot exist if there are no edges\", of a yet to be released song. The album title was not, in fact, revealed within a week, but was announced on September 1 as Born Villain via Twitter.After being impressed by his directorial work on one of Kid Cudi's music videos, Marilyn Manson employed the actor Shia LaBeouf to work on the album artwork as well as create a \"making-of\" video documenting the album's recording and production.On November 22, 2011, it was announced that Chris Vrenna had officially left the band after contributing to the writing and production of Born Villain.Two months prior to release, the band begun to support the album with the Hey Cruel World\u2026 Tour. On May 1, 2012, Born Villain was released worldwide. It debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, No. 3 on Top 100 Rock albums, and No. 1 on both Top Independent Albums and Hard Rock Albums. Marilyn Manson continued touring for the album by performing joint concerts with Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper on the Twins of Evil Tour and Masters of Madness Tour.The Pale Emperor: 2013-2016Marilyn Manson started production for his ninth studio album in 2013. In early 2014, drummer Gil Sharone of Stolen Babies revealed he had been working on the new album since November. Manson premiered Cupid Carries a Gun on April 27 when it was used as the opening theme to the television series Salem. The song was composed and produced alongside Tyler Bates, who was also confirmed to act as co-producer for the upcoming album.The song was described by Manson as \"the last track we finished for my new album,\" indicating that he had completed production for his next studio album. On June 25, bassist Fred Sablan confirmed he had left the band, on good terms, and was replaced by Twiggy for their summer tour, with Tyler Bates to take over as lead guitarist and Paul Wiley as a live rhythm guitarist.The band completed a Summer tour in Europe, and a second new song entitled Killing Strangers premiered in the film John Wick on October 24. It was announced that another track would be released soon. Momentarily after it premiered on BBC Radio 1, the third new song (and first digital single) entitled Third Day of a Seven Day Binge was released as a free download at Marilyn Manson's official website on October 26. It was accompanied with a new video and MM logo.The band performed several new songs live for the first time in October and early November, when they played a handful of concerts around southern California. An early 2015 North American tour called The Hell Not Hallelujah tour was announced shortly afterwards. The band also announced multiple festival dates in Australia, United States, and Europe.On December 5, Manson settled a fifteen year rift with The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, by performing Third Day of a Seven Day Binge and Ava Adore with the band at the Camden Palace Theatre in London. This is the second time Manson has done guest vocals at a Smashing Pumpkins show. The first time, Manson and Twiggy performed Eye and The Beautiful People with the original Smashing Pumpkins in October 1997 at the Bridge School Benefit in Los Angeles, CA.A fourth new track called Deep Six was released on YouTube through Marilyn Manson's official website on December 14. The track was released as a single on December 16, while a double A-sided CD single of Third Day of a Seven Day Binge with Deep Six was released exclusively at Best Buy on December 23. Cupid Carries a Gun was released as the third digital single from The Pale Emperor on January 7, 2015.The ninth album entitled The Pale Emperor was released on January 19 (UK) - January 20 (US), 2015. Marilyn Manson went on their seventeenth world tour in January to support the new album. Guitarist Tyler Bates departed from the Hell Not Hallelujah tour in April to focus on film and television projects. Live guitarist Paul Wiley assumed his role as lead guitarist. In the summer of 2015, the band co-headlined with The Smashing Pumpkins on the End Times tour in North America. In the summer of 2016, the band will go on a North American tour with Slipknot._________________________________________________________________________________________________\u2014THE BAND MEMBERS\u2014Current members:Marilyn Manson - vocals (1989-present)Twiggy - bass, backing vocals (1993-2002, 2008, 2014-present), guitar, backing vocals (2009-2013)Paul Wiley - live guitar, backing vocals (2014-present)Gil Sharone - drums (2014-present)Daniel Fox - live percussion, keyboards (2015-present)Previous members:Ginger Fish - drums (1995-2004), (2007-2011)Zim Zum - guitar (1996-1998)John 5 - guitar (1998-2003)Tim Skold - bass (2003-2005), guitar (2007)Mark Chaussee - live guitar (2004-2005)Chris Vrenna - drums (2004-2005), keyboard (2007-2011)Rob Holliday - live bass (2007), live guitar (2008)Wes Borland - live guitar (2008)Andy Gerold - live bass (2009)Fred Sablan - live bass (2012-2013)Jason Sutter - live drums (2012-2013)Spencer Rollins - live keyboard (2013)Tyler Bates - guitar, backing vocals (2014-present)The Spooky Kids members:Daisy Berkowitz - guitar (1989-1996)Olivia Newton Bundy - bass (1989-1990)Zsa Zsa Speck - keyboard (1989-1990)Gidget Gein - bass (1990-1993)Madonna Wayne Gacy - keyboard (1990-2006)Sara Lee Lucas - drums (1991-1995)_________________________________________________________________________________________________\u2014THE TOUR LINE-UPS\u2014Local Shows (1990-1994):Marilyn Manson - vocalsDaisy Berkowitz - guitarOlivia Newton Bundy - bass (1990)Zsa Zsa Speck - keyboard (1990)Gidget Gein - bass (1990-1993)Madonna Wayne Gacy - keyboard (1990-1994)Twiggy Ramirez - bass (1993-1994)Sara Lee Lucas - drums (1991-1994)Opening for Nine Inch Nails (1994):Marilyn Manson - vocalsDaisy Berkowitz \u2013 guitarTwiggy Ramirez \u2013 bassMadonna Wayne Gacy \u2013 keyboardSara Lee Lucas \u2013 drumsPortrait of an American Family tour (1994-1995):Marilyn Manson - vocalsDaisy Berkowitz \u2013 guitarTwiggy Ramirez \u2013 bassMadonna Wayne Gacy \u2013 keyboardSara Lee Lucas \u2013 drumsOpening for Danzig (1995):Marilyn Manson - vocalsDaisy Berkowitz \u2013 guitarTwiggy Ramirez \u2013 bassMadonna Wayne Gacy \u2013 keyboardGinger Fish \u2013 drumsSmells Like Children tour (1995):Marilyn Manson - vocalsDaisy Berkowitz \u2013 guitarTwiggy Ramirez \u2013 bassMadonna Wayne Gacy \u2013 keyboardGinger Fish \u2013 drumsDead to the World tour (1996-1997):Marilyn Manson - vocalsZim Zum - guitarTwiggy Ramirez - bassMadonna Wayne Gacy - keyboardGinger Fish - drumsMechanical Animals tour (1998-1999):Marilyn Manson - vocalsJohn 5 - guitar, acoustic guitarTwiggy Ramirez - bassMadonna Wayne Gacy - keyboard, percussion, programmingGinger Fish - drumsBeautiful Monsters tour with Hole (1999):Marilyn Manson - vocalsJohn 5 - guitar, acoustic guitarTwiggy Ramirez - bassMadonna Wayne Gacy - keyboard, percussion, programmingGinger Fish - drumsRock is Dead tour (1999):Marilyn Manson - vocalsJohn 5 - guitar, acoustic guitarTwiggy Ramirez - bassMadonna Wayne Gacy - keyboard, percussion, programmingGinger Fish - drumsGuns, God and Government tour (2000-2001):Marilyn Manson - vocals, additional guitarJohn 5 - guitarTwiggy Ramirez - bassMadonna Wayne Gacy - keyboard, percussion, programmingGinger Fish - drumsGrotesk Burlesk tour (2003):Marilyn Manson - vocals, saxophoneJohn 5 - guitar, bassTim Skold - bassMadonna Wayne Gacy - keyboards, percussion, programmingGinger Fish - drums Against All Gods tour (2004-2005):Marilyn Manson \u2013 vocals, saxophoneMark Chaussee \u2013 guitar, bassTim Skold \u2013 bass, double bass, backing vocalsMadonna Wayne Gacy \u2013 keyboards, percussion, programmingChris Vrenna \u2013 drumsRape of the World tour (2007-2008):Marilyn Manson - vocalsTim Skold - guitar, backing vocals (2007)Rob Holliday - bass, backing vocals (2007), guitar (2008)Chris Vrenna - keyboardWes Borland - guitar (2008)Twiggy Ramirez - bass (2008)Ginger Fish - drumsThe High End of Low tour (2009):Marilyn Manson - vocals, additional guitarTwiggy: - guitar, bass, backing vocalsAndy Gerold - bass, guitarChris Vrenna - keyboard, percussion, programmingGinger Fish - drumsHey, Cruel World\u2026 tour (2012-2013):Marilyn Manson - vocals, additional guitarTwiggy - guitar, backing vocalsFred Sablan - bassJason Sutter - drumsTwins of Evil tour with Rob Zombie (2012):Marilyn Manson - vocals, additional guitarTwiggy - guitar, backing vocalsFred Sablan - bassJason Sutter - drumsMasters of Madness tour with Alice Cooper (2013):Marilyn Manson - vocals, additional guitarTwiggy - guitar, backing vocalsFred Sablan - bassSpencer Rollins - keyboard, additional guitarJason Sutter - drumsSummer Europe tour (2014):Marilyn Manson \u2013 vocalsTyler Bates \u2013 guitar, backing vocalsPaul Wiley \u2013 guitar, programming, backing vocalsTwiggy \u2013 bass, backing vocalsGil Sharone \u2013 drumsThe Hell Not Hallelujah tour (2015):Marilyn Manson \u2013 vocals, tambourineTyler Bates \u2013 lead guitar, backing vocals (January-April)Paul Wiley \u2013 rhythm guitar (January-April), lead guitar (April-May), backing vocals, programmingTwiggy \u2013 bass, backing vocalsGil Sharone \u2013 drumsThe End Times tour with The Smashing Pumpkins (2015):Marilyn Manson \u2013 vocalsPaul Wiley \u2013 lead guitar, backing vocalsTwiggy \u2013 bass, backing vocalsGil Sharone \u2013 drumsDaniel Fox \u2013 percussions, keyboardsSummer North America tour with Slipknot:Marilyn Manson \u2013 vocalsPaul Wiley \u2013 lead guitar, backing vocalsTwiggy \u2013 bass, backing vocalsGil Sharone \u2013 drumsDaniel Fox \u2013 percussions, keyboards_________________________________________________________________________________________________\u2014DISCOGRAPHY\u2014Discography as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids:1990 - The Raw Boned Psalms (demo)1990 - The Beaver Meat Cleaver Beat (demo)1990 - Big Black Bus (demo)1990 - Grist-O-Line (demo)1991 - After School Special (demo)1991 - Lunchbox (demo)1992 - Live as Hell (live)2004 - Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows (compilation)2004 - Thrift (single)Discography as Marilyn Manson:\u2014Demos\u20131993 - The Family Jams1993 - Refrigerator1993 - The Manson Family Album1996 - Antichrist Superstar Demos\u2014Studio Albums\u20141994 - Portrait of an American Family1996 - Antichrist Superstar1998 - Mechanical Animals2000 - Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)2003 - The Golden Age of Grotesque2007 - Eat Me, Drink Me2009 - The High End of Low2012 - Born Villain2015 - The Pale Emperor\u2014EPs and Live Albums\u20141995 - Smells Like Children (EP)1997 - Remix & Repent (EP)1999 - The Last Tour on Earth (live)2005 - The Nobodies: 2005 Against All Gods Mix (EP)2007 - Hot Topic Exclusive Download Card (EP)2012 - Slo-Mo-Tion Remix EP (EP)\u2014Compilations\u20142004 - Lest We Forget: The Best Of\u2014Singles\u20141994 - Get Your Gunn1995 - Lunchbox1995 - Dope Hat (promo)1996 - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)1996 - Antichrist Superstar (promo)1997 - The Beautiful People1997 - Tourniquet1997 - Man That You Fear (promo)1997 - Long Hard Road Out of Hell (soundtrack)1998 - The Dope Show1999 - I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)1999 - Rock is Dead1999 - Coma White (promo)1999 - Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes (promo)2000 - Disposable Teens2001 - The Fight Song2001 - The Nobodies2001 - Working Class Hero (promo)2002 - Tainted Love (soundtrack)2003 - mOBSCENE2003 - This is the New Shit2004 - Personal Jesus2007 - Heart Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)2007 - Putting Holes in Happiness2007 - You and Me and the Devil Makes 3 (promo)2009 - We're From America2009 - Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon2012 - No Reflection2012 - Slo-Mo-Tion2014 - Third Day of a Seven Day Binge2014 - Deep Six2015 - Cupid Carries a Gun2015 - The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles (promo)\u2014Soundtracks\u20141997 - Lost Highway (Apple of Sodom and Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover - I Put a Spell On You)1997 - Private Parts: The Album (The Suck for Your Solution)1997 - Spawn: The Album (Long Hard Road Out of Hell)1998 - Dead Man on Campus: Music from the Motion Picture (David Bowie cover - Golden Years)1999 - Detroit Rock City: Music from the Motion Picture (AC\/DC cover - Highway to Hell)1999 - Celebrity Deathmatch (Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes)2000 - Blair Witch Project 2: Book of Shadows (Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman cover - Suicide is Painless)2001 - Not Another Teen Movie: Music from the Motion Picture (Soft Cell cover - Tainted Love)2001 - From Hell: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (The Nobodies (Wormwood remix))2002 - Queen of the Damned: Music from the Motion Picture (Redeemer)2002 - Resident Evil Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (The Fight Song (Slipknot remix), Resident Evil Main Title Theme, Seizure of Power, Reunion, and Cleansing)2003 - We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones (Ramones cover - The KKK Took My Baby Away)2003 - Party Monster: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (The La La Song)2005 - Saw II: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Irresponsible Hate Anthem (Venus Head Trap remix))2006 - The Nightmare Before Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack \/ Nightmare Revisited (Danny Elfman cover - This is Halloween)2007 - Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Companion Pack (Putting Holes in Happiness (Guitar Hero Remix) by Nick Zinner)\u2014Collaborations\u20141997 - Sexless Demons and Scars (Jack Off Jill - Swollen)1997 - Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (DMX - The Omen)1997 - Transylvanian Regurgitations (Rasputina - Transylvanian Concubine (The Manson Mix, Radio Edit), Transylvanian Concubine (Yes Sir, Mr. Sir Mix))2000 - The Marshall Mathers LP (Eminem - The Way I Am (Danny Lohner Remix))2001 - 2000 Years of Human Error (gODHEAD - Break You Down, I Sell Society, 2000 Years of Human Error)2009 - The Remix (Lady GaGa - LoveGame (Chew Fu Ghettohouse Fix))2013 - Avril Lavigne (Avril Lavigne - Bad Girl)2013 - Amicalement (Mr. Oizo - Solid (feat. Marilyn Manson))2014 - Diary of a Trap God (Gucci Mane - Pussy Wet)2014 - Silent So Long (Emigrate - Hypothetical (feat. Marilyn Manson))","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/239_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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