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4.2 out of 5
345 Ratings
345 Ratings
mcf810 ,

Great combo

Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and his wife Mariqueen Maandig (of West Indian Girl) make a great artist pair, as seen here on this EP. With his electronic creativity and her amazing voice, how could it not be perfect?

One thing to warn you about though, this EP is free to download from the How to Destroy Angels website. You can get a higher-def version including the HD music video for The Space In Between for only $2.00. So no need to pay the $5.94 here on iTunes.

asolon ,

Great spiritual successor to NIN (FREE ON BANDS WEBSITE!!)

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
Mariqueen Maandig, his wife
Atticus Ross, the producer of the last 4 NIN releases

I love me my iTunes, but c'mon! The artists themselves are offering it for free from their website-- go there and get it!!

H. A. D. ,

NIN with new vocal cords

The instrumental backing on this EP is sparse yet lush, enticing but off-putting, atmospheric and aggressive - just like NIN's latest project, Ghosts I-IV. That's not terribly surprising, since two-thirds of How to Destroy Angels' members were responsible for Ghosts. The third party on this outing, Mariqueen Maandig, who supplied vocals and lyrical content, undoubtedly adds some variety and helps focus the listener's ear - but whether she is as capable a musican as either Reznor or Ross is doubtful: some of the vocals border on grating, particularly on "Fur-Lined", and her lyrics for "BBB" verge on campy.
Of course, talent may not be at issue here: an artist can't shine if they are micromanaged, and Reznor and Ross are both renowned perfectionsists. Reznor's vocals are obviously present on four tracks, lending substance to Maandig's wispy croon but also distracting the listener from Maandig's unique tone. Also, the cadence and composition of Maandig's vocal line is extremely reminiscent of Reznor on "The Slip"; Reznor may not have let Ms. Mariqueen have much creative license. Not that I'm complaining - I view this release as yet another Halo in the ongoing NIN saga.

About How to Destroy Angels

Named after a 1984 Coil single, How to Destroy Angels feature Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, former West Indian Girl singer (and Reznor's wife) Mariqueen Maandig, and Atticus Ross (12 Rounds, NIN). Work on the project began a few months after Nine Inch Nails' final show of their Wave Goodbye tour in September 2009. The following spring, the group made its debut with the single A Drowning and a video for the song "The Space in Between," which premiered that May. Soon after, the band made its self-titled debut EP -- which was produced by Ross -- available as a free download. That July, How to Destroy Angels was released on CD through the Null label. In 2011, the group contributed a cover of Bryan Ferry's "Is Your Love Strong Enough" to the soundtrack of the David Fincher film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which Reznor and Ross also scored. The following year, How to Destroy Angels prepared their second release, An Omen EP, which became their first major-label recording. A full-length album called Welcome Oblivion appeared in March 2013, just after Reznor announced he was planning to take a new version of Nine Inch Nails on the road in 2014. Welcome Oblivion peaked at number 30 on the Billboard 200 and featured the single "How Long?" ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
FORMED
2010

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