Earlier this month, Marilyn Manson released “Don’t Chase The Dead,” a gothy second single from his new album WE ARE CHAOS. Now, the God of Fuck has dropped a music video for the track, with The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus starring alongside him.
As you’ll see, the video feels like it exists at the point where the world of Reedus’ film Boondock Saints and that of Manson himself collide. The footage shows the two of them and an unidentified female character fleeing from an art heist, with Manson suffering from a wound in his gut which seems to drown him in gore (in case you’ve never heard it before, gut shots are affectionately known as bleeders for obvious reasons). The car ride proves deadly, and ends in a way that one might not expect — unless they’re a fan of the kind of art-house cinema that Manson is obviously very into these days.
Check out “Don’t Chase The Dead” below:
Describing WE ARE CHAOS before its release, Manson has said, “When I listen to WE ARE CHAOS now, it seems like just yesterday or as if the world repeated itself, as it always does, making the title track and the stories seem as if we wrote them today. This was recorded to its completion without anyone hearing it until it was finished. There is most definitely a side A and side B in the traditional sense. But just like an LP, it is a flat circle and it’s up to the listener to put the last piece of the puzzle into the picture of songs.
“This concept album is the mirror Shooter and I built for the listener — it’s the one we won’t stare into. There are so many rooms, closets, safes and drawers. But in the soul or your museum of memories, the worst are always the mirrors. Shards and slivers of ghosts haunted my hands when I wrote most of these lyrics.
“Making this record, I had to think to myself: ‘Tame your crazy, stitch your suit. And try to pretend that you are not an animal,’ but I knew that mankind is the worst of them all. Making mercy is like making murder. Tears are the human body’s largest export.”
Marilyn Manson’s WE ARE CHAOS is out now on Loma Vista.
Words by Chris Krovatin