Since temporarily dissolving Nine Inch Nails following a series of emotional, high octane 'Wave Goodbye' shows in 2009, Trent Reznor has been something of a busy boy. 2010 saw the re-master and re-issue of NIN's debut opus Pretty Hate Machine, followed by a couple of award winning film soundtracks for David Fincher. In that time he also managed to get married and pop out a couple of kids while working on music with his wife Mariqueen Maandig, soundtrack partner in crime Atticus Ross and NIN's art director Rob Sheridan. This collective are known as How To Destroy Angels, and after a misfiring self-titled EP, they return with their debut full length, Welcome Oblivion.
Although How To Destroy Angels is, on the surface, a much more collaborative project than Nine Inch Nails ever was, Welcome Oblivion is covered in Reznor's finger prints much more so than the other members, especially Maandigs old band West Indian Girl. There is certainly no breezy folk rock going on here. What is going on instead is glitchy electronic music. That being said, if you were expecting a Nine Inch Nails record, you will be disappointed.
The album opens with a short introduction before launching into the brooding, slow moving Keep It Together. Rather than being an explosive opening track Keep It Together is best described as minimalist. It is repetitive and builds very slowly with a great deal of menace. It might take a while to get used to this sound, but through headphones this is such an interesting piece of music.
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