Nine Inch Nails has released a five-track EP titled Add Violence. This is the second in a trilogy from the band, following last year’s Not The Actual Events.
Add Violence highlights Trent Reznor's ability to channel a range of moods with electronic rhythms, haunting effects, and aggressive guitars. Over the 5 songs on the EP, the feel of the record shifts from excited and uplifting to anxious to calm and mediative to angry, before a final violent outburst.
Lead single "Less Than" may be the most radio-friendly track in the collection, featuring a driving beat and building melodic elements. "The Lovers" and "This Isn't the Place" set a relaxed vibe while creating an aura of darkness.
"Not Anymore" is an industrial gem with Reznor's passionate screams and jagged rhythms. Closing out the EP is the nearly 12-minute "The Background World," the longest non-remix studio track that Trent has released under the NIN name. It's a pulsing tune that melts into a volcanic eruption of noise over a dissipating beat.
While Add Violence is unlikely to attract many new Nine Inch Nails fans, it does give us a glimpse into what's cooking in Trent's laboratory. After 25+ years, Reznor is still full of creative ideas and pushing new boundaries in the genre of electronic rock.
Pick up a CD version of Add Violence on Amazon. It's scheduled to be released on September 1, 2017.
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