Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible 20
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.