Though the title of the album may scare many of you off from listening to it, allow me to explain/give a brief summary of the album and its meaning. I actually find it very interesting. It is not anti Christianity, by the way. If you don't like metal, I recommend that you not listen to the album. The story of ACSS (I am going to describe this as short and basic as I can so it's not incredibly long) is about a character called "The Worm". The Worm is an abused, ignored and "insignificant" being, and the world he lives in is ruled by a master and slave dynamic. Slaves being the "Weak" or "Victims" and the masters being "The Beautiful People". The Worm tries to begin a revolution against the beautiful people but he is rejected by the victims, who don't want rebellion.
The Worm "wallows for a time in sorrow and self-pity then concludes to exercise his will to power and seize authority with his own hands". He essentially works his way to become powerful himself. After he "transcended his lesser nature" he becomes cold, apathetic, and bitter and becomes the "Antichrist Superstar" after he realizes that what people wanted is what he wanted to end, and people do not deserve salvation. And finally "he embarks on a final scorched earth campaign of apocalypse, delivering condemnation".
Antichrist Superstar is a satire album, reflecting society and American culture. The songs are a linear path from the Worm's transformation to the Antichrist Superstar, through his mind and how he see's the world (and how the world see's him). While the lyrics are written with a story reflecting these things, the album is also, in a way, Marilyn Manson's auto biography. With many (if not all) of the songs being written after different experiences throughout his life. "Kinderfeld" for example was written about/inspired by his porn addicted grandfather, which he discovered when he was a child. "Minute of Decay" was written after person turmoil Manson was facing at the time, and even began to cry as he sung.
Manson plays the character of the Antichrist Superstar, as a point. He's trying to reflect the hypocrisy society and America has created, and he's representing what happens when you put so much corruption into one human being. (Among many other things he is trying to say)
Keep in mind, this is just a small description of what I have gathered. I'm sure there are a lot of things I haven't mentioned, as there are a lot of things within the meaning of the (back)story of the album, and the band's music itself.
Some of my favorite songs in the album:
I like cryprotchild because the worm is transitioning from an insignificant, meaningless speck that nobody cares about into something strong and powerful that nobody can stop.
I hope this wasn't too long of a post. Sorry if it was.
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