Marilyn Manson Brian Warner is not the cultural iconoclast he once was.
His role as the US right's bête noire was first snatched by Eminem, then rendered obsolete by world events.
The result is a timely sound of tension, delivering the thrills of Technicolor melancholia and existential angst.
Sound: 10 Songs: 12 Gigs: 11 Style: 14 Attitude: 8 Total: 55 Interpol34.
Interpol On the face of it, there is nothing new about this New York sextet.
Their austere black suits and scraped-back hairstyles derive from Kraftwerk; their oddly English-sounding, taut, percussive rock amalgamates Joy Division, early Banshees, Kitchens of Distinction and the Cure.
At first viewed as a pallid imitation of the band that Cobain built, merely copying Nirvana's loud-soft stop-start formula, the Foos gradually began to reveal their strengths, notably a gift for spectacular pop hooks and a mastery of cranked-up riffs.
However, the historical reference points combine to create something undeniably postmodern.