Saturday, January 9, 2010

Everyone Will Suffer Now: Antichrist Superstar

Angel With The Scabbed Wings

The last chapter of the Triptych symbolizes the transition of Omega to the Wormboy and then finally into Antichrist Superstar.

To preserve the continuity of the series Adam never really leaves prison. He's still in the psychiatric ward as he progressively regained consciousness and began to realize he is actually mentally ill. Coma White is gone, everyone he thought would help him is miles away and everything else is in his head.

Feeling nothing but hate he still nurtures the idea of becoming a rockstar and break free just to take out all his internal rage against the world.

The declaration of his feelings lies in the first track "Irresponsible Hate Anthem"

The next track "The Beautiful People" is reminiscent of that forgotten city of Holywood and once again Adam travels only in his visions to the outside and wishes to take out all his rage on them, like a vengeance.

"There's not time to discriminate, hate every motherf***** that's in your


..."if you live with apes, man it's hard to be clean..."

His fantasy concludes with a visit to his prison cell from a girl she sees as a

groupie/whore, another broken woman just like him.

This is followed by the tracks "Dried Up and Dead To The World" and "Tourniquet". As if he still has hope to find a last chance for filling the void in his heart that could no longer be filled with Coma White or any other drug available

..."she's made up of hair and bone and little teeth, and things I cannot speak..."

Surprisingly the next day he receives a visit from a familiar face; this time it's for real. It was Eve White, from back home.After she lost Adam she dedicated herself to help him by helping out other damaged minds and became a criminal psychiatrist. The ambient now reminds us pretty much now of that of Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter.

However, this time Evie is more prudent and approaches Adam with the words he always wanted to hear. Apparently she has always been the answer to the question that's been written on his walls; "who am I?" She is determined to heal him and get him out so that he have a brand new beginning.

All of this sounds too promising and too beautiful, but Adam has changed a lot. So he declares in his sessions with Evie in the tracks "Little Horn" and "Wormboy"

"everyone will suffer yourself from this..." a strong warning is given

A glimpse of his lucidity is there as well:

"I know I'm slipping, I know I'm slipping away..."

The transformation from the Worm into the Antichrist is described in "Cryptorchid"

..."when a boy is still a worm it's hard to learn the number 7"

Regarding Marilyn Manson's strong passion for numerology 7 has been associated to good luck, perfection, even in some cases cleanliness opposed to 6 which is imperfect hence the 666 was believed to be the number of the beast.

"Prick your finger, it is done, the Moon has now eclipsed the Sun, the angel has spread its wings, the time has come for bitter things..."

"The Angel With the Scabbed Wings" can be also a loose reference to the Fallen Angel or in the Kabbalah Samael; the Angel of Death.

Ignoring how potentially dangerous Adam's new persona is Evie is still tempted to help him escape and fulfill his dreams. She also declares she's always been her biggest follower since day one, as in "Mr. Superstar" and "Deformography":

..."you're such a dirty, dirty rockstar, yeah!"

..."I know that I could turn you on, I wish I could just turn you off, I never wanted this."

The scene that follows is Evie preparing Adam with a new look.

The next track "Kinderfeld" presumably evokes a passage from Marilyn Manson's own past as he was

growing up with his sinister grandfather. In "Antichrist Superstar" this explains the origin of Adam's dark side responsible for all his pain:

..."he lives inside my mouth, he tells me what to say..."

"tell me something beautiful,
tell me something free,
tell me something beautiful
and i wish that i could be"

Adam says.

"this is what you should fear, you are what you should fear..."

The dark side emerged from a amily member (in my interpretation it's the father) who instilled fear into him saying that he would become exactly like him; history would repeat itself. However, the father left a long time ago. This is the first time Adam dares to speak about his own childhood. Since then his other self has become his companion, but also his victimizer. This is why it had different identities along these series.

The next tracks are the beginning of a new cycle. In the cover art of Antichrist Superstar you see several cycles, pretty much like the ones in life, or the phases of the Moon hence the lyrics:

"Prick your finger, it is done, the Moon has now eclipsed the Sun, the angel ha spread its wings, the time has come for bitter things..." and these lines are reprised in "Antichrist Superstar"

However, getting back to the story the authorities discover that Evie was Adam's former girlfriend so they decide to suspend this project completely. Before Evie is sent back she she shouts at Adam, "you can still get out, get out while you still can!"

Instead Adam creates a riot in prison and convinces everyone that he is the Antichrist:

..."the time has come, it is quite clear, our Antichrist is almost here!"

All Hell breaks loose, the most deranged minds follow the Disentegrator with the track "1996".

"Anti-people, now you've gone too far, here's your Antichrist Superstar!"

Again Adam addresses what's left of the remains of Holywood. After the damage had been done he looks back and contemplates:

..."there's not much left to love, too tired today to hate...I feel the empty, I

feel the minute of decay..."

Although Evie is around and it seems that everything is good now for a new beginning

, he continues sadly:

"I'm on my way now, I'd like to take you with me..."

The next lyrics take us back to the song of Holywood "Coma Black"

..."I would have told her then she was the only thing that I could love in this

dying world but the simple word of love itself already died and went away..."

Horrified by the Antichrist the people of Holywood decide to give death to the beast.

The ending tracks "The Reflecting God" and "Man That You Fear" helps us illustrate that. Evie knows that Adam is gone and dead to her and has no other option but to prepare him for his final sentence.

A similar scene is shown in "The Man That You Fear" video.

"...pray until you're number, asleep from all your pain..."

He knows he is about to be condemned and addresses Evie:

"...the boy that you loved is the man that you fear..."

"pray your life was just a dream, that cut that never heals..."

If only this was just a dream....

All dressed in black as if they were going to a funeral, Evie is forced to throw the first stone but she hesitates. The voice of a child is heard through the desert:

..."when all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed..."

In this last part Evie demands for this to be stopped. Adam continues and begs to be killed. Trying to contact her minds he tells her to continue, everything will be alright now. Encouraged by the crowd she throws the stone while her deranged lover looks to the sky for this all over?

Of course not. You see, one of the many interpretations I found on the Triptych so far is that "Holywood" addressed the issues on Adam's mind. In "Mechanical Animals" it was all about the body, and finally "Antichrist Superstar" was all about the soul.

In this final "chapter" the soul ends and in the next scene, Evie wakes up still in the futuristic city of Holywood and finds Adam still trapped in a state of a coma. As he slowly regains consciousness with her in the final scene they're back home again, in the Valley of Death.

However, Adam wakes up exactly where he began. As he stares at the walls in his room he realizes that all this time he has been projecting his biggest fears and is now relieved.

Outside there is a little girl playing in the street singing, "row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily , merrily, merrily , life is but a dream..."

Adam smiles and decides to repaint his walls as a sign for a new chapter in his life with the help of Evie. One last song remains on the top of his head:

"when one world ends, something else begins but without a scream, just to whisper because we just started over again..."

He still has a mission. The city his lives in can still be improved as well as everything else around them. There's still a chance for a revolution.

This concludes the story behind Marilyn Manson's Triptych albums. Other people may have their own version but this is what I discovered so far.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Into The Depraved New World: Mechanical Animals

"Inhale, exhale, let's all hail, it's a depraved new world afterall..."

Coma White, "the mannequin of depression"

One of the main characters Lenina in Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" dwells in London in the future a "biologically improved" being, Beta Plus to function in this new society. However she questions every now and then the practice of sex for recreational purposes, opposite to Bernard's philosophy, who is an outcast.

This gives us an idea to help illustrate the second part of the Triptych named "Mechanical Animals", which title origin has many different levels of interpretation but it openly suggests a story set in the future as well.

Looking back at "Holywood" to keep some continuity we left Adam in a prison cell waiting for a sentence. Instead he decides to end everything commiting suicide. Adam never really dies, but falls slowly into a coma in the same prison and as he slowly regains consciousness he is put into a psychiatric ward. It was obvious that the decaying Holywood society was no good.

On the next chapter "Mechanical Animals" opens with the track "Great Big White World" which parallels the title of the book mentioned above. Adam wakes up into another dimension of his self; this is Hollywood. Once again this society is full of many vices but the main difference is that it's incredibly irresistible and glamorous. A world in which feelings seize to exist and have been replaced with drugs. Without them its "drained of all colors".

The reason why the futuristic version of Hollywood is so empty can be the result or a side effect of Adam's desire to stop getting hurt by others, as this was the premise of Pink in "The Wall".


However Adam becomes horrified of this new dimension and wishes to revolt once again. He is still captive and while inside the padded walls he reflects upon his new plans.

Curiously, in Hollywood he discovers through TV a familiar face but with a different name. She is Coma White. In his state of unconsciousness he dreamt he was tied to this being as the first track describes;

"And I dreamt I was a spaceman, burned like moth in a flame and the world was so f****** gone..."

At some point both beings separated and fell to Earth like fallen angels. Only to discover that Adam is apparently insane and Coma White was captured and turned into a model/actress/singer.

She has been raised to the level of idol and they see her as the ultimate face of perfection.

While technically Coma White counts as the counterpart of Adam, at some point is also another side of himself that wanted to reach stardom and power but was forgotten. You can also interpret it as a shadow of his innocence in a female almost androgynous form. That explains why her anatomy is not entirely made up of a man or a woman.

On religious folklore however, androgynous and bisexual creatures are heavily referenced as angels and demons.

Getting back to "Brave New World" Lenina is induced again and again to be promiscuous. This aspect is loosely explored on album tracks "New Model No. 15" and "User Friendly" highlighting some of the incredibly sexual features of Coma White.

The second track "The Dope Show" openly describes the use of drugs as a means of pleasure, entertainment and success:

"There's lots of pretty, pretty ones that wanna get you high, but all the pretty, pretty ones will leave you low and blow your mind..."

In "Brave New World" all drugs have been substitued for "soma"; designed mostly to eliminate all the bad feelings. This idea could have been inspired by the context in London or also a response to the uninspiring ambient.

The third track "Mechanical Animals" Adam describes the nature of his relationship with Coma White after watching TV;obligated activity by the goverment.

At the same time he reveals part of his nature, trying to find an identity;

"...this isn't me , I'm not mechanical, I'm just a boy playing the Suicide King"

By the way, the Suicide King is also known as the King of Hearts and its equivalent on the Tarot would be King of Cups. In a few words, the King of Cups represents love, emotions, passion all that which Hollywood lacks. If we put this together with the idea that this society truly has been "drained of all colors" Adam has found a new purpose; to induce feelings into his universe once again by going back to his counterpart.

Thus, Adam reveals a new identity; Omega. Also known as "the end" described in the Revelations book of the Bible. In order to feel he must embrace Coma White and seal her into himself.

The next track "Rock Is Dead" echoes "Disposable Teens" because it exposes all the depravity Adam's audience has fallen into. This reminds me of the chapters of "Brave New World" where the character of John the Savage protests about the futuristic London with quotes from Shakespeare;

"O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world! That has such people in't!"

and Adam's response in "Rock Is Dead" is;

"all simple monkeys, alien babies, amphetamines for boys, crucifixes for ladies..."

You can also hear a second voice which may stand for Coma White:

"Anything to belong, anything to belong...God is in the TV..."

It seems that title "Rock is Dead" suggests that rock music combines raw emotions like rage and sometimes and none of this is visible or permitted in Hollywood. On another level it can be an osbcure reference for "God Is Dead!" in Nietzsche's words.

Moving on to the next track "Disassociative".

The opening lyrics;

"I can tell you what they say in space, that our Earth is too grey..."

"Space" was referring to the higher forces and that they might feel disappointed about the world they see. The world can also have a double meaning;

"I don't wanna float in fear, dead astronaut in space..."

Space is a like a hole to the mind which is another word for madness. Makes sense with the word disassociative or splitting into two selves: the Omega and the Alpha or Coma White.

However in the real world he is mad and fears not being able to recover. The song itself continues to have references to "space" as he slowly sinks into madness.

Adam is still trapped and hopeless. Is there a way out?

The next song "The Speed of Pain" is self explanantory. when he feels there is pain because he remembers he is still tied to Coma White. This becomes a love/hate relationship.

"I wish I could sleep but I can't lay on my back, cuz there's a knife for every day that I've known you."

Luckily, Adam is found by some outcasts named the Mechanical Animals and plan an escape from prison. Although technically there is no track to support this the next song is "Posthuman" which also describes Coma White. Apparently her figure has become a form of dictator and she sells the "fascism of beauty".

With this new band, Omega and the Mechanical Animals they plot to destroy this "mannequin of depression with the face of a dead star". The next track is "I Wanna Disappear".

The songs sounds like a parody of what happened to him and Coma White. His rage is evident and won't stop until he's heard.

Finally this comes to Coma White's attention and Omega is invited to visit her.

The place seems to be very inviting and seductive. This parallels to "Brave New World" chapters 10 to 18, when John the Savage enters the World State.

Omega, however is seduced by some very powerful drugs with the promise that they will make him famous and powerful just like he always wanted.

The lyrics explain his dilemma:

"I don't like the drugs but the drugs like me".

After succumbing to these fabulous new drugs Omega sees that now Coma White will be available to everyone and be copied or cloned into the "New Model No. 15"

Omega runs mad thinking that if this happens this will definitely degrade her spirit and will never be able to save her. The only way to help each other is by creating mutual feelings so they can bind and be in peace.

Example of this song "Fundamentally Loathsome":

"When I hate I know I can feel, but when you love you know it's not real..."

Coma White addresses his counterpart and strongly warns him that if they go back to being just one person the world of Hollywood will perish as in the Apocalypse, as the energy of their souls is so intense like a collision or a big bang. As in "The Last Day on Earth":

"I know that it's the last day on Earth; we'll be together while the planet dies..."

Finally, the world itself doesn't end, Omega just jumps into another dimension. This time he has another personality and talks about the loss of Coma White, like in a form of a peaceful requiem:

"All the drugs in this world won't save her from herself."

Love is no more, only hate.

He goes back to the same place where he started; the psychiatric ward. The background is more obscure and this time the padded walls become his only and best friends. His final revelations and nightmares are about to become real...

While believing that Coma White would permit Omega feel again and perhaps pursue love, it actually became a long forgotten promise and disappeared. Remember "Coma Black" from Holywood? the song says:

"...the simple word of love itself already died and went away..."

To conclude the similarities with "Brave New World" John the Savage loses his mother and feels enormous guilt and decides to punish himself. Sadly, this becomes a public and televised event for entertainment purposes.

The way this ending and "Antichrist Superstar" are linked is that once again the public has corrupted and created a new being, yet a reflection of their biggest fears.

Still, all Adam has now is hate, as in "Irresponsible Hate Anthem". His final transition is into a world with no name posing as the Antichrist Superstar.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Back To Holywood Part 4: Echoes from "The Wall"

"Hello, hello, hello, is there anybody in there?"

I'm sure every generation has listened to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and watched its companion movie. But very few times do we come to a point where we can actually understand what was going on through Roger Water's mind.

It was said to be based on personal experiences, like many songs out there. In this particular case it explores one of the topics that's been around the history of mankind; the search for the self and the resorting to isolation.

The need to feel protected is fairly approved, while the desire to not feel at all to stay away from society as far as possible is not.

Holywood (in the Shadow of the Valley of Death) has some parallels to "the Wall" even though there is not a defined plot or storyline. However at the end of Manson's album we find out that its main character Adam choses to be deprived of all feelings due to the major depression he suffers after being judged and sentenced by the people of Holywood. If you explore further into the Mechanical Animals it handles every now and then the concept of feeling "numb", i.e. "Great Big White World" which lyrics say:

"it's a great big white world where we are drained of all colors."

Colors might be referring to "feelings" since everytime we watch them they produce a different effect.

As an expriment to see how much Marilyn Manson was influenced by "The Wall" I decided to mirror both albums to compare the storylines and their outcomes.

Let's start with "The Wall" and Track 1: In The Flesh?

"Tell me, is something eluding you sunshine? Is this not what you expected to see?, and you'll just have to claw your way through this disguise..."

And now Track 1: GodEatGod

"Dear God, do you wanna tear knuckles down and hold yourself, dear God can you climb off that tree, meat in the shape of a "T"...

Both songs have a narrator which calls out to a common enemy. In the case of Pink, the main character in "The Wall" addresses the public, Adam openly addresses "God" but not sure if the traditional one. What both of these characters have in common is that there is a deep conflict with the other party. And if we dig deeper in a way Adam progressively becomes famous, like a rockstar which is the same fate of Pink.

Now Track 2: The Thin Ice

The song goes back to the fragile childhood period that Pink went through with his father. In way they give him strong advice about the perils of life.

On track 2 of Holywood the next song is "The Love Song". Although the context that it handles is different there are still references to mother and father.

"Got a crush on a pretty pistol, should I tell her that I feel this way? Father told us to be faithful..."

In this song there is a search for approval from a higher source or for counsel.

Now Track 3: Another Brick In The Wall: Part 1 and Track 4: Another Brick In The Wall: Part 2

Pink recalls the time his father passes away after the war and laments that he has to live in a very gloomy environment.

The school where he grows up is highly repressive and conservative.

Track 3 in Holywood is "The Fight Song", an example of the lyrics:

"Isolation is the oxygen mask we make our children breathe into survive"

"I'm not a slave to a god that doesn't exist."

Most of the song gives you the impression that it's talking about an inner rebellion. This is also true with "Disposable Teens" track Number 3 and their response is similar to the one on "Another Brick In The Wall: Part 2."

Now to Track 6: Mother

In general the song speaks about the overprotectiveness of Pink's mother and her sympathy for helping him build a wall.

While Track 5 and 6 bear little to no resemblance we go to Track 7: In The Shadow Of The Valley of Death

In this case the mother is not mentioned or referenced in any way yet it's the complete opposite of the other song; a strong desire for independence and not wanting to be alone at the same time.

"I wish that I could be a king, so I'd know that I am not alone."

The song, "Disposable Teens" does tell addresses mom and dad as figures that contributed to make his existence more terrible.

Moving on to Track 7: Goodbye Blue Skies

The title speaks on its own; the loss of innocence and the side effects of war on children.

"Cruci-fiction In Space" track 8 acts like a response to this song. The violence and the media have transformed the once innocent Adam into a product, a tool:

"This is your creation, the atom of Eden was bomb."


"This is evolution; the monkey, the man, then the gun."

Now Track 8: Empty Spaces

Although it's not actually a song Pink mesmerizes and thinks already about building a wall because he is distanced with his wife.

On track 9 "A Place In The Dirt" Adam abandons all hope and decides to finish what he started to become the perfect tool; put a barrier in his heart.

"There's a windshield in my heart...dress me up and make me your dying god."

This helps to understand that while Pink's objective was to reinforce and build a wall to isolate, Adam's purpose is become a tool or by-product of society and decide to openly attack it instead of running away. Adam's intentions continue to be revealed into track "The Nobodies"

"We're the Nobodies who wanna be somebodies, when we're dead they'll know just who we are."

In "Young Lust" you can notice Pink's transition into becoming a rockstar by referring to a "stranger in this town", almost a "nobody"?

The other song also mentions, "today I'm dirty and I want to be pretty..."

and "Young Lust", "Oh, I need a dirty woman, oh, I need a dirty girl."

Now to "One of My Turns". The song doesn't have much lyrics but it describes an episode in which a groupie tries to seduce Pink and instead trashes the place.

"The Death Song", however exaggerates this reality and mocks the media, as if Adam were staring into a TV screen, "we sing the Death song kids 'cuz we got no future, and we wanna be just like you."

The next "Wall" song "Don't Leave Me Now" speaks about a rupture; echoes from Pink's past relationship with his wife and the groupie.

On "The Lamb of God" you can hear two voices; one is Adam and the other presumably a female who responds in the end,

"if you die and there's no one watching and your ratings and you're forgotten, if they kill you on the TV, you're a martyr and a Lamb of God..."

Adam is warned that if he's still engaged in the Holywood society, not only he can run the risk of being left alone and forgotten, but what's is that he can become so empty that he will disappear. Yet, if he is a victim of this society and triumphs by being a martyr he will be redeemed and become a legend, inmortal.

Now "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3"

Pink draws his own conclusions and openly decides to abandon it all, thinking he will not "need anything at all."

In the next Holywood song "Born Again" Adam realizes after receiving some very disturbing advice that by being the "Lamb of God" he will become inmortal and be born again. So instead of being afraid to retreat from Holywood he rejoices and is welcomed

"I'm someone else, I'm someone new, I'm so stupid just like you."

The next "Wall" song is "Goodbye Cruel World", which also speaks for itself. The isolation is complete:

"Goodbye cruel world, there's nothing you can say to make me change."

On "Burning Flag" however, Adam states this;

"right now I feel I belong for the first time..."

He celebrates the idea of belonging but also there is a dark destructive side of him, so instead his true nature is so shocking that it brings death instead. And it carries on;

"multiply your death, divide by sex, add up the violence and what do you get?"

Now in "Hey You" Pink tries to get outside the wall realizing he made a mistake.

Compared to Coma Black, there is also a lament, when Adam knows his wrath has gone too far:

"My mouth was a crib and it was growing lies...this was never my world, they took the angel away..."

Coma Black is divided in two parts: Eden Eye and the Apple of Discord. The first part seems like a lament coming from the Adam that came to bring death into Holywood and the second part is already addressing the love of his life, the one he can never have:

"Her heart a blood-stained egg we didn't handle with care, it's broken and bleeding and we can never repair..."

The next "Wall" song is "Nobody Home"; a rough description of the void and the loneliness Pink is already wrapped up in.

After experiencing tragedy in Holywood Adam apparently tries to go back into the valley of Death. Sadly, in the place he once called home he's a total stranger. He recalls, as in "Valentine's Day"

"I saw that pregnant girl today, she didn't know that it was dead inside..."

This part is probably referring to the shadow of his own mother. The song parallels again to the Wall's "Vera":

"Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn, remember how she said that we would meet again..."

Apparently this song is a loose reference to a Vera Lynn song, meaning that all hope is gone.

In "Valentine's Day" the loss of hope is represented this way;

..."even though it was alive, some of us are really born to die."

Adam was a great promise but he was corrupted.

At this point both characters have realized that they're left alone and feel nostalgic, with memories of their lost childhood. This is noticeable on "Bring The Boys Back Home"

The next track of "The Wall" which is one of the most emblematic ones of the album "Comfortably Numb" Pink resorts to drugs to cope with his problems, since his isolation is deep.

The Holywood track, "The Fall of Adam" continues with a sad fate. He is apparently sentenced for his bad deeds:

"The Abraham Lincoln towncars arrive to dispose of our King and Queen..."

The Holywood citizens have decided to kill their "god", since their philosophy relies pretty much on whatever they put on TV:

"Do you love your guns, do you love your god and your goverment?"

However, in the film "Comfortably Numb" is followed by a scene where Pink is thrown into a police car for having trashed his apartment. He reveals a suit inspired by the Nazi imagery. The show he is about to play continues on "The Show Must Go On" and "In The Flesh"

Now "In The Flesh" has this little passage:

"Are there any queers in the theater tonight, get 'em up against the wall..."

By this point Pink believes himself to be a fascist dictator. And on another part of the song;

"If I had my way I'd have all of you shot!"

On "King Kill 33" you hear this;

"Is this what you wanted? This is what you get."

and also:

"You wanted so bad to make me this thing" and "I am not sorry, I am not sorry this is what you deserve."

Again, both characters are addressing an audience and expose themselves as an aberration of their society, so don't feel sorry for what you created.

The last part of "The Wall" is like the climax of the story. "Run Like Hell" depicts Nazi-like characters causing chaos and anarchy. It parallels with "King Kill 33". Be afraid, be very afraid.

By "Waiting For The Worms" Pink reassures that he is invincible and unreachable. Still on "King Kill 33" Adam is struggling to survive and claims to be unvincible and still embraces that promise to be born again. "You can never kill me..."

What's interesting to point out now is that both characters face a trial. In "Stop" Pink states;

"And I'm waiting in this cell because I have to know, have I been guilty all this time."

and on "Count To Six and Die" there seems to be the sound of the bars of the prison cell on the background. Adam is on Death Row and is waiting. And although the next songs to parallel this part would be The Wall's "The Trial" and "Outside The Wall", Adam completates in his prison cell the idea of suicide by playing russian roulette. His last words:

"I got an angel in the lobby, he's waiting to put me in line, I won't ask forgiveness, my faith has gone dry."


..."and it spins around, 1, 2, 3 and we all lay down, 4 ,5, 6, some do it fast, some do it better in smaller amounts..."

While the outcome in "The Wall" is that Pink eventually re-integrates with society, the fate of Adam is completely different. Apparently he transitions into another self. After commiting suicide he starts over into another dimension of his self, even changing his name and into a new world, as in Mechanical Animals's "Great Big White World".

In way while Pink Floyd's "The Wall" does offer an optimistic ending and a promising future,"Holywood" has an ending but also a beginning into another world which is not so optimistic.

For the next album "Mechanical Animals" I will use "Brave New World" as a guide. See you soon!