Antichrist Superstar

Universal Music GmbH
Release date
7 Oct 1996
Running length
18 tracks
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1 Irresponsible Hate Anthem 4:16 159,854
2 The Beautiful People 3:43 556,817
3 Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World 4:16 108,104
4 Tourniquet 4:45 251,609
5 Little Horn 2:43 125,565
6 Cryptorchid 2:44 131,071
7 Deformography 4:32 118,332
8 Wormboy 3:56 110,314
9 Mister Superstar 5:04 118,490
10 Angel With the Scabbed Wings 3:52 129,598
11 Kinderfeld 4:52 103,870
12 Antichrist Superstar 5:15 169,050
13 1996 4:01 104,444
14 Minute of Decay 4:44 100,203
15 The Reflecting God 5:37 198,182
16 Man That You Fear 6:11 110,916
98 Non-Musical Silence (Marilyn Manson/Antichrist Superstar) 0:05 62
99 Untitled 1:39 22,506

About this album

Antichrist Superstar (sometimes written as Antichrist Svperstar as an allusion to Latin) is Marilyn Manson’s second full-length studio release and was released in 1996. The album raised public awareness of the band, and led to numerous protests due to the band’s supposed stance. It was produced by the band’s frontman and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The album has sold 7.5 million copies worldwide as of 2008.


The album’s title is a combination of the concept of the Antichrist with the title of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The influence of the latter can also be seen in the song “Angel with the Scabbed Wings”, which features a riff strongly reminiscent of a portion of the Jesus Christ Superstar score.

The album is considered a . In a three part storyline, an abused and apathetic person (represented by “The Worm”) becomes an influential celebrity and finally is transformed into the powerful “Disintegrator”. In an issue of Kerrang! magazine edited by Manson, he stated that the album was a tribute to—and inspired by—the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Much of the album content is deliberately vague, allowing listeners to draw independent conclusions.

Many of the album’s riffs are based around the notes of a diminished pentatonic minor scale.

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