The 20th Anniversary of The Holy Bible
By Denise Beltran
Behold good people for it is the 20th anniversary of The Holy Bible. Not anecdotes and cautionary stories about Jesus, but The Manic Street Preachers (link) third studio album. The Holy Bible, which was released on August 29, 1994 had themes that related to politics and human suffering. Most of the material that was written and recorded is said to have reflected the mental state of rhythm guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards, who then disappeared on February 1, 1995.
The Manic Street Preachers have embarked on a tour where they will be playing the album in full and that a special edition of the album will be released on the 8th of December. The special edition of The Holy Bible will include remastered tracks, a recording of a famous gig done in Astoria in 1994, and will also contain a 40 page book full of rare photos and handwritten lyrics written by Richey and the rest of the band.
The Holy Bible is considered by NME to be the “darkest album ever released in the history of music” and its musical style shifts from post-punk to art rock. Influences the band pay homage to are Joy Division and Wire.
Significant tracks to check out in case you haven’t heard of The Manic Street Preachers are “She Is Suffering” and “Revol”.