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  • Vinyl (4 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00B1OWEX0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. The wake-up
2. Keep it together
3. And the sky began to scream
4. Ice age
Disc: 2
1. Welcome oblivion
2. On the wing
3. Too late, all gone
4. The province of fear
Disc: 3
1. How long?
2. Strings and attractors
3. Recursive self-improvement
4. Unintended consequences
Disc: 4
1. We fade away
2. The loop closes
3. Hallowed ground
Disc: 5
1. The wake-up
2. Keep it together
3. And the sky began to scream
4. Ice age
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Debut 2013 album from the LA collective led by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nailsn in collaboration with his wife Mariqueen Maandig, and longtime offsider Atticus Ross. Includes "How Long?".

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Monster Zero on 22 April 2013
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There are times when HTDA sound like b-sides to Trent's 'Year Zero' or 'Ghosts' sessions, but there are times when they sound more like their own, unique thing. Trent working with Atticus Ross again means HTDA still need to keep pushing their own sound to fully break away from the mould of the last few NIN releases, but Mariqueen's soft vocals are a good start. You'll need to like quirky, sometimes cold but always interesting minimalist electronica for this, but while they're pretty postmodern in avoiding traditional song structures, this is an album that buzzes away happily at the edge of your conscious mind rather than getting all up in your grill and shizz.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2013
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Five years after his last vocal studio album, Trent Reznor returns with a new band, and a sort of new identity. Teaming up with his wife on vocals - ok, that sentence sounds terrifying, but at least it shows that his musical palette has changed -, as well as Atticus Ross (who has been Reznor's musical foil for many years on soundtrack work) and longstanding alumni in visual artist Rob Sheridan, How To Destroy Angels are both clearly children from the Nine Inch Nails camp, and a seperate identity. Musically, it follows the template of Reznors work for the past fifteen years, with densely layered, atmospheric pieces that unfold slowly with measured menace. Sonically, there's barely a guitar here, built on a slow and uncoiling air of general malaise, like a tense, angry Massive Attack.

Which is a nice way of saying that it is as good as a Nine Inch Nails record. There's little sense of a bold new musical identity - especially after the "Ghosts" double album and the soundtrack releases - but a more refined approach. Soncially it is the calmest release in his non-soundtrack work, lacking much in the way of organic instrumentation : it's all keyboards, drum machines, textures and the occasional vocal. But that is not a bad thing - the record operates largely as a duet , with Reznors icy whispered vocals and Marrianne's monosyllabic, clipped melodies that are used more as punctuation, unclear words - aside from the odd sentence - in a way that sounds luxurious but uncomfortable.

Over the length of a full record though, the formula ages slightly. It all sounds the same - variations on a theme - as the record moves to a conclusion, slowly but confidently.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By nin/ja77 on 4 Mar 2013
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Following on from last Novembers lead in EP "An Omen"; How To Destroy Angels have now released their first full length album "Welcome Oblivion" which comes almost 3 years after their self-titled debut EP. Those who didn't bother checking out the "An Omen" EP will be surprised at the different sound the band now have adopted. There is a lot more subtly to their sound now and that includes the vocals.

The album is mainly built up over a vast array of electronic beats, loops, drone guitars and a lot of electronic bleeps combined with whispered vocals. This is evident on the first track the mainly instrumental "The Wake-Up". People who are already familiar with Trent Reznor and long-time collaborator Atticus Ross will notice a lot of the music shares similarities with the two's score for David Finchers "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" such as on "We Fade Away" which almost features an identical droning guitar in the background as was used on the track "She Reminds Me Of You" from that movies score. The title track itself has more than an influence of former British Band Curve(who were produced by long-time Reznor collaborator Alan Moulder, who also mixed this album) all over it, including the scream and shout vocals.

Four tracks from last years "An Omen" EP make their way onto the album including the standout near 7 minute long "Ice Age" which features a more stripped back sound which features the sound of plucked strings as Mariqueen Maandig sings over it. The brilliant "The Loop Closes" is also included and is a song that is very reminiscent of "Into The Void" off "The Fragile". The closet they get to a mainstream pop song is on the catchy "How Long".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. J. O'Neill on 22 April 2013
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Nine Inch Nails meets Massive Attack, with extra glitchy beepy stuff thrown in. Much more chilled out and meditative than NIN (tracks tend not to shift too much, or too dramatically. Guitars and shouting more or less absent). While the music is unmistakably the sort of thing Reznor/Atticus Ross have been doing since "Ghosts" and "Year Zero" (and if you loved the latter album, you'll like this - YZ is without a doubt the NIN album this HTDA release sounds most akin to) Mariqueen's vocals do have an understated, slightly spooky quality that Reznor's nasal brooding/shouting persona lacks in some ways.

The songs from the "An Omen" EP are all here (that'll teach me to pay attention), and I thought they were all great - it's really more of the same, so if you liked that EP, it's a safe bet. I got into the songs I'd never heard almost straight away, with the exception of 2 or 3 in the middle.

Production is solid, if you're an old hand at NIN then it won't blow you away like the 90s albums did, but still, absorbing ambience and bass that will give your headphones a workout and massage your head a bit.

Overall this is well worth a few quid, 1 star deducted because of the 2 or 3 tracks I don't rate so much (not awful, just not as good as the rest). Also the melody from "On the Wing" is a bit too much like "I can see clearly now" by Johnny Nash & this one is probably just me but the harmonies on "How Long?" remind me too much of "Mama" by The Spice Girls.

...I feel weird leaving it on that note, so I'll finish up by saying I prefer this release to "With Teeth" by Nine Inch Nails (not trolling).
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