Deep Six (song)

"Deep Six" is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson. The song was released to digital outlets on December 16, 2014 as the second single from the band's ninth studio album, The Pale Emperor (2015). A music video directed by Bart Hess was released on YouTube. The song was a hit on American Active Rock radio, peaking at number eight on Billboard's Mainstream Rock, becoming the band's highest peaking single ever on that chart.

"Deep Six"
Marilyn Manson-Deep Six.jpg
Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album The Pale Emperor
ReleasedDecember 16, 2014 (2014-12-16)
  • 5:03 (album version)
  • 4:10 (radio edit)
  • Manson
  • Bates
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"Third Day of a Seven Day Binge"
"Deep Six"
"Cupid Carries a Gun"
Music video
"Deep Six" (Explicit) on YouTube
"Deep Six" (Audio) on YouTube


Tim Noakes of Dazed wrote that the song is about "sin and sex."[4]


The song was released as a one-track single via music download services on December 16, 2014,[5] as the second single taken from the album.[6] A limited edition CD was released exclusively at Best Buy stores in the US a week later on December 23, containing both "Deep Six" and the album's other single, "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge", as double A-sides. A limited amount of these CDs came bundled with an exclusive T-shirt.[7] "Deep Six" also appeared on the soundtrack to the video game WWE 2K16.[8]

Music videoEdit

A music video directed by textile design artist Bart Hess[9] was released on to YouTube on December 19 to promote the single.[10] Despite often being described as making heavy-use of computer-generated imagery,[10][11] Hess has said on his Facebook account that the video was made "without the use of any CGI."[12] The video is inspired by the snake-on-a-staircase scene from Beetlejuice, with the "snake" imagery based on textured fabric designs Hess had previously created.[13][14] The music video features dancer Amy Gilson[15] and Burlesque artist Olivia Bellafontaine.[16] As of November 2020, the video has received 30 million views on YouTube.[17]

The video met with positive reception from critics. Graham Hartmann of Loudwire compared the video to some of Manson's previous work, saying that he has "delivered some of the most iconic and visually disturbing music videos ever to be aired on MTV and the like, but "Deep Six" embraces a minimalistic quality with a bit of sci-fi weirdness to boot."[18] Music Times noted that "Marilyn Manson [has always liked] to make you feel uncomfortable with his music and videos. While [Deep Six] is not one of Manson's craziest videos, it still gives you the creeps. In a good way."[19]


The video begins with footage of Manson standing in front of a white screen, performing the song while wearing a "reverse reverend outfit." As a nude Amy Gilson contorts her body, a rippling growth appears across the screen before breaking apart into several segments. The black cylindrical waveform slowly consumes Gilson's body while pulling it together and breaking it apart from multiple directions. Later in the video, it's revealed that Manson's head is leading the waveform. Another scene in the video makes use of the infinity mirror effect. In a scene which Rolling Stone described as "phallic",[10] the black cylindrical waveform delves into Manson's open mouth, and upon reversing direction, exposes never-ending rows of the black waveform protruding from his own mouth.[18][20]

Chart performanceEdit

The song debuted at No. 33 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart on the issue dated December 23, 2014 as the "greatest gainer" that week,[21] before rising to No. 8 on the chart dated March 14, 2015,[22] making it the band's highest peaking single ever on the chart.[23] The song also debuted at No. 46 on the US Active Rock chart with 186 spins,[24] and by January 6, the song had risen to No. 22 with 392 spins.[25] Adam Farell, creative director at Loma Vista Recordings,[26] said that the song's chart performance in late December was a "very, very good start" as "this is stations just wanting to play the song based on the reaction the fans had", stating that the song's official add date at radio stations in the US was scheduled for January.[27] The song went on to peak at No. 8 with 1,206 spins on the week ending March 10, 2015.[28]

Track listing and formatsEdit

Digital single
  1. "Deep Six" – 5:03
Best Buy-exclusive CD single
  1. "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge" – 4:27
  2. "Deep Six" – 5:03

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Pale Emperor.[29]



Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide December 16, 2014 Digital download Cooking Vinyl [5]
United States December 23, 2014 CD Loma Vista [7]
January 2015 Active rock radio [27]

In popular cultureEdit


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