Michael Buckner, Getty Images Back in November of 2012, music auteur Trent…
- Posted on Mar 5th 2013 3:38PM by Aaron Brophy
That's when it hits: This isn't Trent Reznor fucking us like animals, or marching with the pigs or giving up or whatever. This is Reznor experiencing a bright sunshiny day. Or at least whatever equals a bright sunshiny day in his world.
Though "The Wakeup," "And the Sky Began to Scream" and the title track all feature signature Reznor-style clomp, it's clear Mariqueen's presence salves much of the hate contained in his machines.
If anything, it's the Dengue Fever-hinting plucks of "Ice Age" that hold the most promise for How to Destroy Angels' future. Far removed from the rest of the album's NIN-lite, it's an intriguing and entirely different direction for the Reznor family and one that could separate the band from the Nails' overwhelming shadow.
The Bottom Line: If you've bro'd down expecting Welcome Oblivion to be "Closer" redone with a chick singer you've come to the wrong place. This is more like Delerium with less dancing and more atmosphere.