Welcome Oblivion (CD)


How to Destroy Angels

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03/04/2013

The debut album from How to Destroy Angels (or How to destroy angels_, if you’re being all NIN about it) allows Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor to sit in the producer’s throne he’s been keeping warm since scoring The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Here with his soundtrack co-producer Atticus Ross, as well as Nine Inch Nails graphic designer Rob Sheridan, Reznor creates a moodier, less hard-hitting landscape than his Nine Inch past, more in line with his soundtrack work and featuring the breathy vocals of Reznor’s wife, Mariqeen Maandig. Maandig’s presence is that of a fleeting ghost on many of the tracks, subtly unsettling on “Keep It Together,” on which she trades sexy whispers with Reznor. Maandig steps more into the spotlight on “And the Sky Began to Scream,” which sounds like a glitched-out remix of a Curve track with Maandig sounding as though she’s singing from underneath a pillow — creepy. By the time HTDA go full industrial throttle four tracks in on “Welcome Oblivion,” it’s a welcome thing, as Maandig finally lets loose with a shrieking vocal over the producers’ industrial thud. “Ice Age” sounds plucked from the glacial expanse of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a foreboding techno-folk ballad with lovely vocals from Maandig, who generally seems more comfortable with expressive shading than belting but emerges as a welcome human element of HTDA’s post-industrial gloom. Welcome Oblivion tempers its menace with icy beauty, though it’s just as fun when they go pop, as on “Too Late, All Gone,” in which Reznor can’t resist jumping on the mic for the song’s big chorus.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Wake-Up
How to Destroy Angels
2.
Keep It Together
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3.
And The Sky Began To Scream
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4.
Welcome Oblivion
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5.
Ice Age
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6.
On The Wing
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7.
Too Late, All Gone
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8.
How Long?
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9.
Strings And Attractors
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10.
We Fade Away
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11.
Recursive Self-Improvement
How to Destroy Angels
12.
The Loop Closes
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13.
Hallowed Ground
How to Destroy Angels

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