When Marilyn Manson teased a Valentine’s Day release for his 10th studio album, the iconic musician wasn’t messing with you. In an exclusive interview with Loudwire, the Antichrist Superstar revealed why the February release date didn’t come to pass and why his upcoming album, Heaven Upside Down, will be better for it.

In July 2016, Marilyn Manson announced his new album would be called SAY10 and see a Valentine’s Day 2017 release. However, Valentine’s Day came and went with no new album, new song or even a statement from Manson, leaving fans completely in the dark. When we asked Manson about it, he revealed he wasn’t happy with the album when Valentine’s Day came around and subsequently wrote three new songs that ended up being some of the record’s strongest.

“If the record came out when I intended it to, when I thought it was finished back in February, it would not have ‘Revelation #12,’ ‘Heaven Upside Down’ or ‘Saturnalia.’ Those are three of the most key songs that really tell the story,” Manson explains. “Those lyrics were all written, but I had not found a home for them. Those three songs take place in the three places where if it were a film, it’s the opening, it’s the middle and it’s the ending. Then there’s the song after 'Heaven Upside Down,' it’s sort of the end title credits where it’s really surmising the story of the record, which is to be interpreted by the listener.”

Manson adds, “I wanted to draw people in sonically and lyrically. I’m glad. This record was meant to come out now, for whatever reason. Things had to happen in my life, everything had to happen for a reason for it to come out now.”

In May, Manson revealed that the album would now be called Heaven Upside Down. A release date has not yet been announced. Stay tuned for our entire interview with Marilyn Manson coming soon.

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