is the second studio album by American Antichrist Superstar band rock , released on October 8, 1996, by Marilyn Manson and Nothing . It was recorded at Interscope Records in New Orleans and produced by the band's Nothing Studios along with eponymous vocalist , former Sean Beavan producer Skinny Puppy and Dave Ogilvie of Trent Reznor . The recording of the album was marred by excessive drug use, which provoked a high level of antagonism between band members. Consequently, it was their last release to feature contributions from founding guitarist Nine Inch Nails , who acrimoniously quit partway through recording. Daisy Berkowitz
and a rock opera , concept album Antichrist Superstar was the first installment in a trilogy which included succeeding releases (1998) and Mechanical Animals (2000). The central storyline on the album revolved around a supernatural being who seizes all power from humanity in order to initiate an Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) apocalyptic ; a end event populist who is driven solely by resentment, misanthropy and despair, he uses his newfound position to destroy the world. The record can be seen as a demagogue , utilizing this premise as a metaphor for the perceived social critique elements of fascist . conservatism in the United States
Preceded by "
", whose music video received three nominations at the The Beautiful People , the album was both a critical and commercial success. 1997 MTV Video Music Awards of Lorraine Ali credited Rolling Stone Antichrist Superstar with ending the dominance of within popular music. In the years since its release, various publications have listed it among the best albums of the 1990s. The album debuted at number three on the grunge , and has sold almost two million copies in the United States alone. As of 2011, worldwide album sales had surpassed over seven million copies. Billboard 200
The album was supported by the controversial "
", which was heavily criticized by elements of the Dead to the World Tour . Nearly every North American venue the band visited was picketed by religious organizations, predominantly because of unfounded, exaggerated claims of onstage drug use, Christian right , and bestiality , including Satanic rituals and even animal . The band also found itself the target of human sacrifice , which attempted to implicate the group in a fan's congressional hearings . Several previously unreleased recordings were issued on soundtracks throughout 1997, including " suicide " and " Apple of Sodom ". Long Hard Road Out of Hell