“As an artist my duty is to ask the questions. The viewer must answer them.”
That is how Marilyn Manson, ever the provocateur, describes the incredibly graphic new music video for “SAY10,” the title track off his upcoming 10th studio album, due sometime this year. The video, directed and conceptualized by Tyler Shields, depicts a besuited Manson seated on his throne in a caliginous, smoky room. “Cash is the poor man’s money,” he sings, before tearing out pages of a Bible, and, in a lightning-fast montage: beheading a blond man in a dark suit and red power tie who resembles Donald Trump.
You can watch the clip here (NSFW):
The short clip finds Manson on a throne, meditating and tearing up a Bible as the sparse production and hushed vocals of “Say10” loom overhead. As the song churns towards its peak, Manson tosses the good book to the side and a striking montage ends with a shot of a decapitated man in a red power tie lying in his own blood. “You say God/ And I say Satan,” Manson bellows.
Despite the imagery and the clip’s release on the eve of the 2016 election, Manson said it is open to interpretation. “It’s about the desperate acts of people who believe something that is preached by an unbeliever,” he said, adding: “Right now we’re in such a state of confusion when it comes to religion, politics, sexuality, and how they all tie together, and it’s being turned into a circus and a sideshow – and that’s something that I’ve been described as a ringleader of. It seems like a time for me as an artist, and as an American artist, to make something that causes a new set of questions to arise that aren’t simply statements.”
Can’t wait for an epic comeback to be honest.