"Add Violence" - Nine Inch Nails [Full Album Stream + Zumic Review]

Francesco Marano

by Francesco Marano

Published July 25, 2017

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.

For more, check out the Nine Inch Nails' Zumic artist page.

Nine Inch Nails ADD VIOLENCE EP cover art
Atticus Ross Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor
Electronic Industrial
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