Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) is the fourth studio
album by American rock band Marilyn Manson, released in November 2000 by
Nothing and Interscope Records. A rock opera concept album, it is the
final installment of a triptych that included Antichrist Superstar
(1996), marking a return to the band’s industrial metal style. The album
was released to generally positive reviews; some praised it as the
band’s finest work, and multiple publications ranked it as one of the
best albums of 2000. British rock magazine Kerrang! later included it on
its list of the best albums of the decade. Holy Wood was not as
commercially successful in the US as the band’s preceding records,
debuting at number 13 on the Billboard 200, but it became their most
successful album internationally, and made the top twenty of numerous
national charts. It was certified gold in several countries, including
Canada, Japan, Switzerland and the UK. Three singles were released from
the record: “Disposable Teens”, “The Fight Song” and “The Nobodies”. The
album was covered on the band’s worldwide Guns, God and Government Tour.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Franco-Dutch War: The French Army fought against the armies of
Austria and Brandenburg.
Nellie Tayloe Ross was inaugurated as Governor of Wyoming, the
first woman to serve as governor of a U.S. state.
Second World War: Australian and British troops defeated
Italian forces in Bardia, Libya, the first battle of the war in which an
Australian Army formation took part.
Alexander Dubček came to power in Czechoslovakia, beginning a
period of political liberalization known as the Prague Spring that ended
with a military intervention by the Warsaw Pact nations to halt reform.
Mikheil Saakashvili was decisively re-elected as President of
Georgia in “the first genuinely competitive presidential election” in
the history of the country.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. A conscious choice or decision.
2. The mental power or ability of choosing; the will.
3. (linguistics) A concept that distinguishes whether or not the subject or
agent intended something.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
How should we deal with intrusions of fiction into life, now that
we have seen the historical impact that this phenomenon can have? …
Reflecting on these complex relationships between reader and story,
fiction and life, can constitute a form of therapy against the sleep of
reason, which generates monsters.
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