Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence – EP Review by Killian Laher
Nine Inch Nails release what is said to be the scond in a trilogy of EPs following last December’s Not The Actual Events. It opens with the industrial-electro of Less Than, a good old-fashioned NIN stomper in the mould of The Hand That Feeds. A complete about turn then for The Lovers, which is a creepy atmospheric piece along the lines of Trent Reznor’s soundtrack work, while the glacially-paced This Isn’t The Place is almost old-school Reptile House-era goth, albeit played with keyboards. Both tracks are really fine in a dark, spooky way. Things get noisier with the static-drenched Not Anymore, another balls-out shouty track before the final track The Background World, which starts out like a slab of Depeche Mode-style angst before descending into seven minutes of gradually building ear-splitting noise.
PS. Beware of the promised/threatened ‘physical component’. Purchasers of December’s Not The Actual Events EP received a package of scary (and messy!) black powder.
1. Less Than
2. The Lovers
3. This Isn’t The Place
4. Not Anymore
5. The Background World