Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes

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"Astonishing Panorama of the End times"
Promotional single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Celebrity Deathmatch (soundtrack)
ReleasedNovember 16, 1999
Format CD single
Genre Industrial metal [1]
Length3:30 (clean edit)
3:59 (original version)
Label Nothing Records
Interscope Records
Songwriter(s) Twiggy Ramirez (music)
John 5 (music)
Marilyn Manson (lyrics)
Producer(s) Marilyn Manson
Audio sample

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Track listing

  1. "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" (Clean Edit) (a.k.a. Kill Your God) – 3:31
  2. "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" (Original Version) – 3:59


Manson, who had guest starred on Celebrity Deathmatch before, was asked by MTV to write a song about the show. Manson composed a song about people's obsession with violence and how they're influenced by TV which he felt fit the show's satire about society. [3]

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Music video

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