Hows it going, dude? Long time no see. (Ha Ha Ha) But seriously, as much as I loved your excellent soundtrack work, I thought Id never get my hands on the follow-up to the holiest of relics, The Downward Spiral. I worried that the pressure of performing those one-of-a-kind hymns to the eternal sadness live so many times would drive you from the music business altogether. Ill bet those jerks in Orgy would have liked that. Those guys suck! Trent, we both know how sacred a song like Blue Monday by New Order is, and they treat it like yesterdays meatballs. It makes me sick! Peter Hook should hit them over the head with his bass. By the way, I always thought Hooky was the cutest member of New Order. I know, I know, everyone thinks Bernard hung the stars and the moon, but he has no passion. (Did you know he takes Prozac now? Thats no way to write sad songs!) Anyway, did you know Orgys guitarist used to be in 80s hair-metal band Rough Cutt? Its true! I have to admit their song Kids Will Rock was pretty hot, even if the subject matter was a tad cliché. Trent, as much as Im aligned with the inner misery of your haunted lyrics, I love how loud and anthem-like your rockiest songs are. The other day MTV played Slaughters Up All Night, and even though Slaughter were pretty silly, they sounded awesome coming out of my Optimus brand Radio Shack speakers. Then they played some Smashing Pumpkin thing, and it sounded like ants. And not the good kind of ant, as in Ant Music for Ant People! (Adam rules!) But annoying, buzzing, tiny, ugly ants from Hell! Oh my god, I havent even told you how much I worship the new album. It totally rocks! The highest compliment I can give is that when I close my eyes its as if Im listening to the last album all over again. I think you were right on in duplicating the same groundbreaking sound you came out with five years ago. Now that everyone has caught up with your brilliance, you can show them how its done! (Um, Filter? I dont think so. I know that guy was a friend of yours, but he will never fill your leather pants.) And I love how you havent given up on the way your songs start off really slow and creepy, and then GET REALLY LOUD AND ANGRY, and then get soft and sad again. You must do that like 20 times on the new album. The Mark Has Been Made starts out all dreamy like a 4AD album cover and then kicks ass like Queens We Will Rock You! Trent, I know it took you over two years and a whole lot of tears and black nail polish to record this epic of decadence, but it was worth the wait. This may be in bad taste, but do you ever feel bad that you werent mentioned as the reason behind all those school shootings? If it makes you feel better, Marilyn Manson was, and you made him what he is today! I know you guys arent talking, and your totally rockin Starfuckers, Inc. is supposed to be about him and his band. Maybe you can bury the hatchet someday. You two were such good friends! Did you know the Rolling Stones (Gag!) had a song called Star Star that was about the same thingI think it was about Warren Beatty (Double gag!!). Anyway, your CD has just come out (I thought CDsnSuch at the mall would start selling them at midnight like they did with the Limp Bizkit album, but theyre such retards there), and once again you are pioneering the marriage of heavy guitars, moody atmospherics, electronic drones and beats and aggressive singing. Just like Killing Joke 20 years ago. Werent they great! I just know that your albums will sound as fresh and exciting someday as their 1980 debut does now. (I know youll think Im queer, but Youth their bass player produced one of my fave Bananarama singles, Long Train Runnin a Doobie Bros. cover!) Just imagine what they could have come up with if theyd had a ton of money and two years in the studio. Back then, they made records in like two days. Your album truly runs the gamut of styles. All the way from With Sympathyera Ministry, to Cold Lifeera Ministry, to Twitch-era Ministry, to The Land of Rape and Honeyera Ministry, to current-day Ministry. Wow! Thats a lot to take in. Trent, Im sending a gift with this letter. Its a creepy amulet that my total Goth friend Prince Ivor got on eBay. The guy who sold it says Charles Manson gave it to Terry Melcher, the record producer, in the hopes that Paul Revere would record a song he had written, called Girl, Youll Be a Raider When You Die. But get this, Terry Melcher gave it to Sharon Tate as a housewarming gift when she moved into his old house. The legendary house where you created The Downward Spiral! Isnt that awesome! Anyway, the new album is the best. Its right up there with the greats: Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and the Leather Nun. I love how the two CDs are entitled Left and Right. Its like the left one represents aggression and sadness, and the right one represents anger and depression. And I love how Please is like Skinny Puppy without any of their icky bits about dead animals and boring politicians. Its about real life! Especially when you sing, All the fleshAll the sinThere was a time when it used to mean just about everything. And Where is Everybody? is almost like your own wicked version of rap. When you bust a move and sing, Pleading and needing and bleeding and breeding and feeding exceeding, I want to shout, You go boy! (Do you like rap?) Too bad most normal people couldnt begin to understand the depths of your tragic soul. You expose yourself to the world! Your songs sound like a hundred guitars are playing an elegy for the madness of humanity. Just dont wait another five years to put out another masterpiece, or you will have to compete with the new Guns N Roses album. (Ha Ha Ha) Yours in blood,
One devoted fan
PS: My friend Baron Olaf says your new haircut makes you look like that Garth Brooks comedy character, Chris Gaines. But the Baron is so lame.
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