The Holy Bible is the third studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on 29 August 1994 by Epic Records and was the last of the band's albums released before the disappearance of lyricist and guitarist Richey Edwards (credited as "Richey James" on the album sleeve), on 1 February 1995.
Edwards was severely struggling with depression, alcohol abuse, self-harm and anorexia nervosa at the time the album was written and recorded, and its contents are considered by many sources to reflect his mental state. The songs focus on themes relating to politics and human suffering.
The album won widespead critical acclaim, and is frequently cited as one of the greatest albums ever made. It has been described by the NME as "a work of genuine genius". Although it reached number six on the UK albums charts, global sales were disappointing compared to previous albums, and the record did not chart in mainland Europe or North America. The album was promoted with tours and festival appearances in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, in part without Edwards.
An expanded 10th Anniversary Edition of the album was released in 2004.
According to drummer Sean Moore,