Beat magazine of Australia is featuring Marilyn Manson on this week’s cover and asked the shock-rocker if he really wants to offend and shock with ‘The Golden Age Of Grotesque’, or does he have another agenda. “I put past all the things I had done in the past three records – Religion and politics – to realize that the music was the religion and politics for me now,” he says. “I think I came to terms in my life, that the art is the religion, and it is the politics. So there was no need to discuss other people’s religions any more. Instead I created something for myself, an outlet, that I could take my imagination and put it into the world and let them see it. And some people hate it, and some people love it. And that’s exactly the way it should be.” Beat.com.au has since removed the article.