Marilyn Manson has released a teaser video for the title track of his upcoming tenth studio album, "SAY10", due in early 2017.
The clip, directed and conceptualized by Tyler Shields, sees Manson seated on his throne before tearing out pages of The Bible and beheading a blond man in a dark suit and red tie who resembles controversial Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Manson told The Daily Beast that the video is open to varying interpretations.
"Either way [Election Day] goes, the visuals are meant to create contemplation. Because it's obviously bigger than just [today]," he said. "It's about the desperate acts of people who believe something that is preached by an unbeliever.
"Right now we're in such a state of confusion when it comes to religion, politics, sexuality, and how they all tie together, and it's being turned into a circus and a sideshow — and that's something that I've been described as a ringleader of," Manson continued. "It seems like a time for me as an artist, and as an American artist, to make something that causes a new set of questions to arise that aren't simply statements."
Manson told Rolling Stone in a recent interview that he has no intention of voting in today's presidential election. "I don't find either candidate to my liking, so I choose to stand out of this one," he said. "And I don't think that's a coward's stance. A lot of people might say that. I just don't really want to be a part of this piece of history. Last time, I did want to be involved in some piece of history as a voter."
Asked for his thoughts on Trump, the shock-rocker said: "You're asking what I think about Trump, and it's a tough call because if you look back at old presidents that have been in the past, and you weren't old enough to know how they lived their lives, and you didn't live in the era that was so media-saturated and internet and just so many opinions swirling around., the world seems a bit chaotic more than it should be. But then when you simplify it, it isn't more chaotic. It just comes down to two things: Who has more charisma, and who are they appealing to. And neither one of them appeal to me."
Manson previously revealed that he voted for president for the first time in 2008, having thrown his support behind then-senator Barack Obama. He also voted for Obama in 2012, telling Time Out Chicago that he "never believed in the authenticity of the two-party system." He added: "Politics in this country is all what happens behind Oz's curtain."