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Unraveling the Meaning of Marilyn Manson's New Teaser Video

Marilyn Manson's new teaser video, by which he announced his new record label Nuclear Blast and introduced us to new music after nearly four years, is also rich with imagery and symbolism in its brief one minute and ten second duration. It's not clear if this teaser is complete in itself or just a portion of something else to come, nonetheless I observed a possible explanation as to what we may be looking at, and I wanted to share my thoughts and open it up to criticism so we can arrive at the truth. From what we have gathered so far, we know that Manson is bringing back the imagery of the Tryptich ( Antichrist Superstar , Mechanical Animals , Holy Wood ), with a special emphasis on the revolutionary theme of Holy Wood , since a parallel is being drawn to what inspired its creation (Manson being blamed for inspiring the Columbine shooters, the cancelation of his tour that ensued and his ultimate comeback) with Manson's current troubles of accusations against him and his s

Marilyn Manson's 55th Birthday Party

Footage and photos have emerged from Marilyn Manson‘s 55th birthday party last night, including the moment that he was serenaded by his friends (led by Taylor Bates with piano accompaniment) and blew out the andles on his custom-made cake.

The celebration was hosted by Manson's good friend and collaborator Tyler Bates, and the guests included many known supporters and long time friends of his.

In some past birthday celebrations, guests would be given a drink menu of various alcoholic beverages, but this year, like last year, it was a sober birthday party, featuring Kittie Pig non-alcholic beer.

Though we were never told what his wish was before he blew out the candles, his gathered friends did call out for him to make a speech, to which he said: "2024 is gonna be our year!" Sounds like a wish and a promise combined of exciting things to come, including, reportedly, a new album.

As was previously reported, Manson's wife Lindsay had earlier in the day posted a series of photos of Manson on Instagram, including a message sending him some birthday love, which Manson reposted. In this message she referred to Manson as "my Angel", and included the famous image of Alexandre Cabanel's "Fallen Angel" dating to 1847. This same image was on Manson's birthday cake, which is fitting as it is engulfed in the flames of the candles that are then extinguished by Manson's breath. Inspired by Milton's "Paradise Lost", Cabanel depicts Lucifer with perfect physical form and darkening wings as he is about to be banished and cast out paradise, and a tear of rage emerges from his eyes while his muscles are tense and ready to fight back. We've seen this before.

In a June 2001 interview after the release of Holy Wood, Manson talked about the Triptych he created and how it is to be interpreted in chronologically reversed order as a revolution, with Holy Wood being equivalent to Lucifer before his fall, Mechanical Animals the immediate outcome of the fall, and Antichrist Superstar as the final result. He says:

"[Holy Wood is about] wanting to fit into a world that didn't want me, and fighting really hard to get there. The album's deepest elements are idealism and the desire to start a revolution. If you begin with Holy Wood, then Mechanical Animals really talks about how that revolution gets taken away from you and turned into a product, and then Antichrist Superstar is where you're given a choice to decide if you're going to be controlled by the power that you created or if you want to destroy yourself and then start over. It just becomes a cycle."

To a certain extent, one gets a sense that we are beginning this cycle again in a different form.

Check out some of the photos and footage below: