As we now know, Marilyn Manson is a musical chameleon who has been able to navigate his way through a variety of hard rocking styles over the years, continually keeping things fresh. But in 1998, Manson was still a star on the rise and somewhat still living in the shadow of Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, who served as a mentor to Manson during his early work. With his Mechanical Animals album, which arrived on Sept. 15, 1998, Manson began to assert himself as a creative force to be reckoned with by evolving to a sound we hadn't previously heard from the singer and his band.
"People probably expect us not to be able to function without the heavy hand of Trent," Manson said in a Rolling Stone interview at the time of the album's release. "Not that I have a chip on my shoulder or need to prove something, but I think this record establishes that we have our musical identity without someone telling us what to do."
For Mechanical Animals, Manson relocated to Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon area and began experimenting with a more glam rock style and look. The musician called upon producer Michael Beinhorn to oversee the disc, while Sean Beavan also added some production touches to the disc.