One of my favourite recent albums is Marilyn Manson’s The Pale Emperor (and you can read my review of it in Beat magazine here). Manson seems to have been creatively reinvigorated by new collaborator Tyler Bates, composer for the films 300 and Guardians Of The Galaxy among other things. The Pale Emperor takes Manson into some dark places that seem more personal and raw than anything he’s done before. And Manson’s set at the Melbourne leg of the Soundwave festival was informed by this new approach. With Bates as band leader given free reign to choose his own drummer (Gil Yaron) and second guitarist (Paul Wiley) and with Twiggy Ramirez on bass, Manson’s old material has been recast with hints and hues from the Pale Emperor material. While nobody can guess how long Manson will follow this particular musical path, I hope he stays in this zone for a while and explores what this band can do.