Funeral march for agony’s last edge
The Holy Bible is pretty much always described as “dark”. Sure, it is that, but I’d say the best adjective is “aggressive” or “furious”. See, the album’s got a lot of darkness to its soul but it manifests that darkness as purifying rage, ready to attack on whatever part of society it sees fit at the moment.
The Intense Humming of Evil on the other hand is dark. Very dark. The creepy, ominous, pulsating heart of The Holy Bible. Situated as the penultimate track, the listener has waded through 11 tracks of dark, aggressive guitar rock to get to it and already knows the general gist of the album, but Intense Humming still surprises. Its sound is that of downright horror.
It’s the other holocaust song of the album but unlike the furious and raging Mausoleum, The Intense Humming of Evil is the funeral march to the gas chambers. Endlessly circulating drum loop and a grim, cold industrial beat working together as the chilling backbone, with some vicious and downright evil guitar sounds coming from James’ six-stringer. Dissonant, chaotic sounds coming from everywhere. Not to mention the long, long intro with its menacingly foreboding description of the post-holocaust trials.
It’s a downright terrifying song with a mercilessly evil atmosphere.
The US mix just enhances the atmosphere by introducing a voice clip to the background of the chorus. The mumble is completely indecipherable but adds a definite creep factor of its own to the song.
The darkest Manics moment in such a wonderful way.