Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes

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"Astonishing Panorama of the End times"
Promotional single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Celebrity Deathmatch (soundtrack)
Released November 16, 1999
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre Speed metal[1]
Length 3:30 (clean edit)
3:59 (original version)
Label Nothing Records
Interscope Records
Songwriter(s) Twiggy Ramirez (music)
John 5 (music)
Marilyn Manson (lyrics)
Producer(s) Marilyn Manson
Audio sample
"Astonishing Panorama of the End Times"

"Astonishing Panorama of the End Times" is a song by Marilyn Manson. It was the only single on the Celebrity Deathmatch soundtrack. It was nominated for the Best Metal Performance Grammy in 2001 but lost to "Elite" by Deftones.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" (Clean Edit) (a.k.a. Kill Your God) – 3:31
  2. "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" (Original Version) – 3:59

Song[edit]

Manson, who had guest starred on Celebrity Deathmatch before, was asked by MTV to write a song about the show. Manson composed a song about people's obsession with violence and how they're influenced by TV which he felt fit the show's satire about society.[3]

Near the end of the song, the lyric "This is what you should fear, you are what you should fear" from Manson's song "Kinderfeld" off their earlier album, Antichrist Superstar is recurred. This song was recorded during the Antichrist Superstar sessions but was not released until several years later.

The song features many stylistic similarities (including vocal delivery and guitar riffs) to the classic Ministry song "Burning Inside",[4] released 10 years earlier and also the song "Drug" by Killing Joke on the album Mortal Kombat: More Kombat.

The backward lyrics at the beginning of the song, when played forward, are a boys chorus singing "and to die with dignity, sing to the...", a sample from the film 1984.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Pete List and it featured Marilyn Manson as a Celebrity Deathmatch character performing in the Deathmatch arena. The first part of the video was used in the episode Fandemonium II right before a fight between Manson and Ricky Martin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Chuck, ed. (November 20, 1999). "Marilyn Manson: Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes (Clean Version)". Reviews and Previews. Billboard. Vol. 111 no. 47. p. 26. Retrieved September 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ "2001 Grammy Awards". Metrolyrics.com. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Strife of Brian". Kerrang!. No. 760. July 24, 1999. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ Alec Chillingworth (September 6, 2016). "The 10 most underrated Marilyn Manson songs". Metal Hammer. Future Publishing. Retrieved September 13, 2017.