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Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible 20

Album Review

Still-vital anniversary edition of the Manics’ bleak, black chronicle of fury and despair.

Tragedy adds a morbid magnitude to art, but Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible was a classic even before it became a self-fulfilling prophesy. Having weathered a slight backlash over the plush pomp of 1993’s second album Gold Against The Soul, they holed up in Cardiff’s tiny, tinny Sound Space Studios, determined to re-channel Magazine, Joy Division, Wire and PiL. Cue an urgent, black metallic masterpiece of scorched industrial fury.

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