Single Review: Cosmopolis – Nixon-Manson

For any listeners unfamiliar with them, Cosmopolis introduces their deliciously dark, disturbingly decadent sonic signature on their latest single, Nixon-Manson.

Cosmopolis is a Dark & Brooding Dream

As a band, Cosmopolis is everything you’d hope for if you grew up listening to the likes of The Cure, The Smiths, and Nine Inch Nails. And particularly from an artistic standpoint, they capture the vibe of Tim Burton films and Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story franchise.

Certainly, Cosmopolis embodies all the elements of 90s Industrial mixed with a touch of Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. And not surprisingly, this is exactly the sort of audience that this band appeals to. If you like true crime documentaries and your favorite time of year is Halloween season, Cosmopolis is probably for you.

Cosmopolis: Nixon-Manson
Cosmopolis: Nixon-Manson – used with permission

Cosmopolis Go Dark on Nixon-Manson

Right from the outset as a listener, you instantly get the eerie feeling that Nixon-Manson will be a macabre opus for Cosmopolis – and that’s absolutely the case. Along with the dark and moody visual stylings, this band has the musical chops to match.

Dripping with darkness in every measure, Nixon-Manson has an undeniable groove that hooks you from the start. In many ways, Nixon-Manson is the illegitimate love child of Marilyn Manson, Type O Negative, and The Cure – and that’s quite a potent combination, to say the least.

Imagery & Mood to Match

Certainly, you can down-tune guitars and dirty up the bass to achieve that dark vibe musically. But it’s another thing entirely when you have the mood to match – and it permeates with the right visuals and the overall look to pull it off successfully. And as far as this band is concerned, they certainly commit to the vibe they want to exude.

Meanwhile, clocking in at over six minutes long, Nixon-Manson gives Cosmopolis the freedom to realize their vision to the fullest extent. And they do just that with the accompanying music video as well. In a lot of ways, the accompanying video for Nixon-Manson checks all the boxes.

In addition to the minor arpeggios, you have ominous red lighting, a mystery house that may or may not be haunted, synthesizers, and more. Cosmopolis is a whole mood. And because of this, there will be listeners that won’t get it. But for those that do, this band has everything. And if they manage to capture all this in one single, there’s no telling what they’re capable of on a full-length record.

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