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Charles Manson "Inner Sanctum" 7"

Posted on Friday, May 7th, 2010 @ 6:21am » permalink

Charles Manson - Inner SanctumRight out of the "unexpected and seemingly out of nowhere" department, Holy Terror Records (along with a mysterious entity under the ATWA Records banner) has just released this three-song, 14-minute 7" of new, previously unreleased Charles Manson material. How a release of this nature comes to fruition is beyond me, but… you can't deny it's a curious occurrence! I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I'm a diehard fan of Charles Manson's musical output, as I honestly haven't heard a great deal of it over the years, and it's just not the type of thing most people listen to on a regular basis – or necessarily for its musicality, in many cases. Beyond those who possess a keen interest in all things esoteric, there's the simple fact that the man's psyche tends to put forth some intriguingly odd shit, you know? In this case, the "songs" seem to have been separated out from what was likely a largely improvisational, stream of consciousness recording session – one that quickly transitions from standard blues riffs or loose guitar noodling to hypnotic lulls of repeated notes as background texture; while Manson's peculiar subject matter is delivered through relaxed singing, hushed whispers, or even straight spoken word during "Labor of the Mind". The sound quality's as rugged as you'd expect from a performer who is and has been incarcerated for decades, but such a reality obviously makes perfect sense. It won't be for everyone, but it is an interesting and unusual piece of work that should not be deemed a mere "collector's item". Here's a little taste of what's to find:

Charles Manson "Air" (excerpt)

I believe the 100 red-vinyl pre-orders sold out rather quickly, and I'd wager the remainder of the pressing (1,000 copies on black) will be on that path as well, seeing as there are quite a few Manson collectors out there. Whatever your rationale, if this is something that interests you, pick one up while you still can…


@ Holy Terror Records


  1. Joe says:

    What is up with the Charles Manson worship? I'm not trying to be argumentative, I'm just wondering if someone can explain what its all about?

    I was listening to NPR a few weeks ago (I live in colorado, where manson has been kept in prison)…and they were interviewing the prison guards about various famous prisoners and they were talking about manson.

    Apparently he likes to talk incoherently and smear shit on the walls of his cell. What is so appealling about that? is the man really a genius or some batshit-crazy retard? from what I've heard, I'd go with the latter.

    I'm all for shock value in metal, but Charles manson is a fucking moron.

    I wish everyone would stop with the mindless worship – thats what lead to the tate-labianca murders in the first place.

    and he doesn't talk about "intrigingly odd shit" what your hearing are the brain dumps of psychosis – there is no cohesive message, its like listening to a CD skipping.

    blah blah blah.


    I felt the same way about Kevin Federline until I realized that "PopoZão" is a true masterpiece on so many levels.

  3. R Sylvester says:

    Joe, you seems so upset!
    not to take away from your "intriguingly odd" rant but,
    Manson is in prison in California.

  4. Adrianoso says:


    May 7th, 2010 @ 12:52 pm
    I felt the same way about Kevin Federline until I realized that "PopoZão" is a true masterpiece on so many levels."


  5. Marcus Garvey says:

    Even if you don't like the rambling improv and the sound of prison toilets flushing in the background (i do) Manson actually wrote some great songs. There is talent there amongst the insanity, and some times one is the other and the other is one. Is one. Is one.

  6. m says:

    i like a lot of his songs personally. i don't really see much "mindless worship" either.

  7. WTF! I need to cash in on this fucking thing somehow or atleast have people mention my name in the endless stream of blogs. Why is manson pictured inside the Universal mind? Why cant he be shown to be behind bars so teenagers on the internet can know the plight of a political prisoner?

  8. XLX says:

    anyone got a download link? cant find it anywhere and im not a record nerd.

  9. Monster at the Meadowlands says:

    Federline comment = best thing I've read on the internet since April 24th 1938.

    Re the "Manson worship," Manson's appeal is he's a funny fucker in a world of extremely boring dicks. Imagine the fuck outta that.

    XLX: HT sends you a link to download the record in MP3 format when you purchase the 7" in their shop at holyterror.com.

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