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An Omen - EP

How to Destroy Angels

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Album Review

Two years after the group's original EP, How to Destroy Angels delivered a second EP, An Omen EP, in November of 2012. Unlike the 2010 set, An Omen EP isn't quite a stand-alone release, as it's comprised of songs slated for their 2013 full-length debut, and it does indeed showcase a diverse band, one that certainly recalls NIN in places — the opening "Keep It Together" has a bit of the icy industrialism of Pretty Hate Machine — but this largely instrumental effort is spookier, richer than such a reductive statement suggests. "Ice Age" provides a prickly, seductive showcase for Mariqueen Maandig, who harmonizes effectively with Trent Reznor on the closing "Speaking in Tongues," but what's so appealing about An Omen EP is how it's at once out of reach and immediate. It is elusive yet not elliptical; it luxuriates in its sound but digs deeper than the surface. If it's not wholly satisfying as an EP, blame that entirely on how it winds up showcasing promise: hearing it, you want to know what How to Destroy Angels will do over the course of a full album.

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To all the "fans" who wish Trent would go back to NIN:

Love it or hate it, it's not your music, so don't presume to understand the artists' intent just because it doesn't suit your tastes. And you aren't in Trent Reznor's head, so don't presume to know why he's involved in this project. Trent's always been and innovator and an experimenter. Don't think he's going to stop following his muse just because you want more screaming and distorted guitars, the dude is beyond that stage of his life now.

Still, you gotta love the way people feel they are OWED the style of music that they expect from somebody.

If you don't like it, don't buy it, that's easier than ever these days.

Awesome

My only complaint is that there isn't more than six songs, but you know what they say... Quality > Quantity

missing a certain oomph

I listened to this albumn with an open mind but have reached the conclusion the whole thing plays out rather boring, not bad but just lacking a certain oomph. It is just experimental and edgy enough to keep me wondering what's next but never hits a climax.

Biography

Formed: 2010

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '10s

Named after a 1984 Coil single, How to Destroy Angels features Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, former West Indian Girl singer (and Reznor's wife) Mariqueen Maandig, and Atticus Ross. Work on the project began a few months after Nine Inch Nails' final show in September 2009, and the following spring, the group made their debut with the digital single A Drowning and a video for the song “The Space in Between,” which premiered on pitchfork.com that May. Soon after, the band made their self-titled debut...
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