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A collaboration by Gilles R. Maurice


Long before Manson's incarnations of several apocalyptic Beasts from the Bible's book of Revelation, and before verses from Revelation 12 were reproduced in the artwork for Antichrist Svperstar ), the band had already alluded to these holy scriptures, in the 1994 single 'Get Your Gunn' video. Indeed, stressing the vitriolic aspect of this pamphlet on the dramatic absurdity behing the 1993 anti-abortion murder of Dr. David Gunn, selected apocalyptic prophecies from Revelation chapters 9 and 13 can be seen subliminally scrolling in several sequences (reconstructed here by NACHTKABARETT collaborator Gilles R. Maurice).



The fragments displayed during the two first choruses are prophecies that can more or less relate to abortion, the seeking of death it represents, and a talion-like suggestion of what should be done to those who practise it, but the choice of these particular verses paradoxically leads to the aberration of Gunn's murder and killing in the name of life. From this perspective it's a perfect manifestation of the Marilyn/Manson dichotomy of opposites.


"And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."

Revelation 9:6

"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."

Revelation 13:10


The video also displays several close-ups on a bloodied document of biblical nature, possibly an unfolded pro-life Christian leaflet, evoking the violence of abortion and Gunn's tragic murder. The two verses printed in the center are clearly identical to the scrolling passages previously discussed, which gives a whole new dimension to Manson's choice of these particular passages, directly borrowing from his ennemies to destroy them :

"the prolife I will kill"

Marilyn Manson, Get Your Gunn

The third passage subliminally scrolling on the screen during the last seconds, probably not a quote from the same pro-life leaflet but rather Manson's answer to it and to Gunn's murder directly quoted from the Bible, is another prophecy from Revelation 13 pertaining to the number of the Beast. Both an example of the band's prominent allusions to Satanism and the number 666 during its Spooky Kids years, and a premonition of Manson's later incarnations of the Beast of Revelation, including its often attributed earthly manifestation Nero Caesar :


"Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six."

Revelation 13:18
Former guitarist Daisy Berkowitz and the Ouija-styled guitar he used to play during the 'Portrait' and 'Smells Like Children' eras.



S e e   a l s o   o n   T h e   N A C H T K A B A R E T T :

HIDDEN SAMPLES - REVELATION #9 | Fourth track of the Get Your Gunn single, bearing in its title a much more obvious allusion to the Bible's Revelation 9 than the video's Rev 9:6 subliminal passage. Another reference to abortion is to be found as well, with Manson's sampled words "Spread me open / stick to my ribs / are all your infants in abortion cribs", spooky whispers that would later evolve into lyrics for the song 'Man That You Fear' on Antichrist Svperstar.

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