Marilyn Manson’s new album, The Pale Emperor is coming up fast, as it’s due on January 20th, so the goth-rocker has released another track to promo it. First we were hit with Third Day of a Seven Day Binge back in October, which was a very dark and introspective track, as the title implies. It was a slow, almost shambling and had major focuses on Manson’s wailing, loose, and slowly deteriorating vocals. Guitars really aren’t what stood out on that track, although they added quite a bit of texture to the song, and the solo was good to break up Manson’s vocals a bit.
Here’s the video for Third Day of a Seven Day Binge as a reminder:
Now, however, with Deep Six, Manson seems to be trying to show the other side of the spectrum. It starts off with some gothic, distorted drums and a bit of drone before collapsing into an edgy guitar riff and some fast drum beats. The instrumentals are a much bigger focus on this track, but Manson still holds a spotlight as well. As opposed to offering the tortured wails presented on Third Day of a Seven Day Binge, Manson gives angered screams and twisted whispers. The song takes on ideas that aren’t quite as dark as well. While Third Day of a Seven Day Binge talks about addiction and drug use, Deep Six is more focused on love and betrayal. He repeats the same corny line throughout the song “You wanna know what Zeus said to Narcissus?/ You better watch yourself.” It’s the kind of pun that makes you chuckle a bit at first, but also makes you think.
You can listen to Deep Six here: