Marilyn Manson was heavily blamed for the shootings at Columbine, seen as an instigator that egged on a culture of rock & roll and violence. Concerned parents and communities members antagonized his violent lyrics and dark image, but Marilyn maintains that he was and is not responsible for anybody else’s actions. He and his band released Holy Wood in the wake of Columbine; with tracks like ones titled “Disposable Teens,” “In the Shadow of the Valley of Death” and “The Death Song,” the album was a rebuttal against the criticism. Mansen described it as “a declaration of war.”
Featuring performances by local artists, Columbine students, and others, Lullaby for Columbine is a commemorative album organized by a compilation of national artists to bring solace to the shaken community in Littleton in 1999. The album was intended to bring unity and emotional and spiritual healing through music to the families and the hurting Littleton community and beyond.
KMFDM, a German industrial band, formed in 1984 and was found, in the wake of the Columbine massacre, to be a favorite of Dylan and Eric. The two had posted lyrics from KMFDM songs (“Son of a Gun,” “Stray Bullet,” “Waste”) on Eric’s website. Furthermore, the date of the massacre coincided with the release of the band’s latest album Adios and Adolf Hitler’s birthday. As many started to link the band with Nazism, the lead of the band, Sascha Konietzko, released a statement offering his condolences to the victims and assuring the world his band had no connections to Naziism.