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a new industrial band on the horizon

17 Feb

Ok, I may have exaggerated with this one. It seems like File Tranfer Protocol (from Akron, OH) is a band that exists since 2007. At least this is the date which marks this one-man-band’s first recordings.

Again, I found it through Facebook and fell in love with it completely. At first I felt like almost 15 years ago, when I first listened through Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral. Of course, I’m exaggerating here as well. FTP is maybe not as genius as NIN. But it’s a very good band and, with time, who knows what happens if this guy develops?

Is there something I don’t like? I cannot get used to the vocals, somehow. But I guess it’s a question of time. For sure my one sole criticism is the videos. They’re not so bad, especially for a totally independent band which, luckily, didn’t sell it’s stuff to any of the labels. Still, the guy makes really funny faces when singing. I understand he is emotional. After all – this is what we’re searching for in any music. Real, true emotions. So, no wonder Sean Rieger (the man behind FTP) makes faces while singing. Still, to me it looks kinda funny and the mimics seems more of a soul star than an industrial rock vocalist.

What do I like then? Everything else. The strong Nine Inch Nails influence. The typical industrial rhythms. The great harmonies. Guitar riffs, tempo changes and mood changes.

As I understand from the band’s website and their FB fanpage, the currently issued tracks will be part of the new album to be released, as I suppose, either this year or next year (depending on how quickly Sean Rieger works but this I can only suspect, I have no data on this). Well, for sure they’ve got one more fan that is eager to listen to the whole of it.

Man… I love independent artists. And I love the Internet X-D

To view FTP’s official website, click here.
To view FTP’s Facebook fanpage, click here.
To enter FTP’s blog, click here.

I’m including a youtube vid of World of One. However, do listen to Ivory Towers on FTP’s official website (or on facebook). It’s the best! Made my jaw drop!

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valentine’s day – and the most influential or interesting love songs of the previous two decades

15 Feb

Since it’s right after Valentine’s Day, I decided to pick some of the most influential and/or interesting songs on love from the last 20 years (2011 not included, of course).

I generally percieve the 1990s and 2000s as a very important moment in popular culture. Not only because it was the time of my high school/university years but mainly because it perfectly mixed influences of the music made by previous generations with new possibilities and music techniques. Grunge emerged from the influence of the 1960s rock. So did R&B which is rooted in funk, soul and, most importantly, blues. Rap continued to develop since the 1980s and so did punk rock. The 1990s however were direct descendants of the 1980 electronica and new wave. And since our age is defintely the computer age, we witnessed creation of new electro music genres and blending them with other musical influences. We witnessed the birth (or continuous development, as some may say) of industrial rock and industrial metal, nu metal, electro in a variety of genres – from early 90s trip-hop to contemporary electroclash.

Also, I think many things have changed in terms of defining ourselves as human, naming our needs and our emotions. Not only feminism became more important than ever but also many countries started their fight for LGBT rights. Racial and class divisions were and are discussed in all the parts of our world, especially since there is still a large group of fundamentalists in each and every of the religions that has ever existed – not that I am anti-religious, not at all. But,
frankly, I hate every fundamentalism.

Sex is also discussed in a different manner. And popular culture has been very important in the process of expressing our sexuality, our love, our desires. I think some of the songs of the last two decades reflect that process. Let’s take a look at some of them.

1990

Sinéad O’Connor Nothing Compares 2 U
Written in 1986 by Prince, O’Connor re-recorded this song in 1990 and quickly it became not only one of the greatest hits of this year but also O’Connors trade mark which made her rise to fame. A falling apart relationship of the past reaches its climax in the lyrics full of regret and passion at the same time which is only strenthened by a great voice of O’Connor. Her vocals tremble with passion and are torn apart with pain. Mesmerizing.
To view video click here.

 


Madonna
Justify My Love

Written by Lenny Kravitz and Ingrid Chavez. Highly controversial song with even more controversial video that’s  been censored and/or banned almost everywhere in the world. It marks the point in which Madonna slowly shifts from corny pop songs of the 1980s into much more ambitious projects which may have been pop but remained top quality and the best example to follow for the future generations. Also, it marks a slow shift from corny and puritan Reagan/Thatcher-era love imagery to a vision of a somewhat complicated sexuality. After all, can we imagine love and sex today without general questions about ourselves and human nature? Can we think of it not reffering to pain, hurting someone/ourselves, rediscovering our sexual identities, whether we’re straight, gay, or avoid labels at all costs? In 1990s it wasn’t that obvious. Luckily, we’ve got Madonna and we know that she turned her attention to wherever she spotted a taboo-topic.
To view video click here.

 

1991

Pearl Jam Oceans
Hard to say whether Eddie Vedder sings about his love to another person or about his love to surfing. Whatever it is, it is emotional and it marks the rise of grunge which dominated popular music for the most of 1990s.
To view video click here.

 

1992

En Vougue My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)
In fact a very difficult song – not every vocalist will be able to repeat it, trust me. Marks a trend for the years to come of forming girlsbands which do not necessarily need to know how to play an instrument but have to be sexy and, ok En Vogue, I gotta give you that, need to sing damn well to get to the top. It’s years before Destiny’s Child or Spice Girls (this one isn’t maybe the best example cause they vocally suck, LOL).
P.S. Check the choreography! What the fuck are these guys doing??? X-DD I just looollleeed! Nobody dances like this in vids anymore.
To view video click here.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge
Kiedis sings about his love to L.A. A true classic. And a classic video displayin less of L.A., more of Kiedis’ hairless chest opposed to long, shiny, commercial-like hair on his head. He actually moves his whole body in a way so you can take a closer look at both X-D
To view video click here.

 

 

Metallica Nothing Else Matters
An anthem. And a very insightful and sincere confession of James Hetfield (“I never opened myself this way”). Is he confessing to his bandmates or his girlfriend? Noone knows, but, what the heck, nothing else matters.
To view video click here.

 

1993

Nirvana Heart Shaped Box
Grunge at its height, less than a year before Kurt Cobain’s death. This song’s got it all. A strong riff, powerful chorus, amazing lyrics. It’s debatable whether it is about love although many sourses claim that the song was written for Courtney Love. Everything about love-hate relationships is written exactly here. And, though from the grunge era musically it is Alice in Chains and Soundgarden that I value most, I have to admit Cobain had a mesmerizing voice and great ability to write lyrics. As Wiki says: “Charles Cross wrote in his biography of Cobain Heavier Than Heaven that with the lyric “I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black”, Cobain “sang in what has to be the most convoluted route any songwriter undertook in pop history to say ‘I love you'”.”
Well, I won’t argue with Cross.
To view video click here.

 

Radiohead Creep
Less about love. More about the lack of it. An anthem of all the freaks, geeks and nerds. All those who were and are misfits. And a generation anthem as well. Used in Fincher’s Social Network last year and, earlier, covered by KoRn during their Mtv unplugged session – and there was a good reason for it.
“I want a perfect body. | I want a perfect soul. | I want you to notice | When I’m not around. | You’re so fuckin’ special. | I wish I was special (…)”. Hell yeah, welcome to modern times in which you have plenty of identity possibilities, well, far more than your grandma had, and, at the same time, none of them really suits you.
To view video click here.

 

1994

Blur Girls & Boys
Marks the point at which britpop is gathering more attention. Also, marks slow changes in our society that are still pretty new for some: “Love in the nineties | Is paranoid. | On sunny beaches | take your chances – looking for | Girls who are boys | Who like boys to be girls | Who do boys like they’re girls | Who do girls like they’re boys” – and a sweet conclusion – “Always should be someone you really love”.
To view video click here.

 

Tool Prison Sex
Less about love. More about the dark side of being a human. After all, it’s Tool. And, since it’s Tool, you can be sure it’s about pain, desire, having power over one another and excercising it on one another. Amazing song.
To view video click here.

 

1995

Alanis Morissette You Oughta Know
A feminist and a little hysterical scream in the post-grunge genre which, at the time, was considered rebellious. Today noone would consider these angry lyrics rebellious. Today it’s rather common that we express the feelings like: “It was a slap in the face how quickly I was replaced | Are you thinking of me when you fuck her?” At leasts in the songwriting, LOL.
To view video click here.

 

Portishead Glory Box
The video features Beth Gibbons dressed as a man. And, with her amazing and touching voice she sings: “give me a reason to be a woman”. Tiredness and helplessness. As in most alternative songs love is a more of a haunting experience rather than a sweet, pink-colored commercial for selling mascara.
To view video click here.

 

1996

Tori Amos Professional Widow
Widely rumored to be about Courtney Love who, maybe because of her artistic pseydonym, is definitely the muse of most rock and alternative songs of the 1990s.
Whether it is about Love or it’s just about any difficult man/woman relationship, it’s there. And, as it always is with Tori Amos, it’s breath taking and hard to classify.
To view video click here.

 

Bush Swallowed
Partly on love, partly on drugs. Definitely about obession. A rather forgotten British post-grunge band whose frontman is known more as Gwen Stefani’s husband. A pretty sensual video which more or less shows the tastes and trends of the 1990s.
To view video click here.

 

1997

Björk Jóga
An amazing song with the ever powerful vocal of Björk. Dedicated to a friend. Soulmate love and a very Shakesperian/turn of rennaissance/baroque theme of universe being in perfect harmony.
To view video click here.

 

 

1998

Massive Attack Inertia Creeps
A cryptic sensual message that doesn’t include love and sex only. Intense Middle Eastern/Indian motifs and a trance rhythm. Also marks the rise of trip-hop and development of future electro genres. Extremely powerful lyrics that start with: “Recollect me, darling | Erase me to your lips | Two undernourished egos | Four rotating hips” and a disturbing video.
To view video click here.

 

Placebo Pure Morning
The rise of softer still alternative rock. And an another cryptic message that makes me guess the relationship is or was somewhere in between being sex friends and lovers. Of course, it’s rock, so some guilt and regret spices up the whole. Amazing video and a sexually disturbing image of the androgynous Brian Molko.
To view video click here.

 

 

Smashing Pumpkins Ava Adore
Marks the slow death of the grunge-era bands. Smashing Pumpkins are, also, slowly going down. But Billy Corgan still remains disturbing being stylized as Nosferatu, from the 1922 German expressionist horror classic Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens, and singing: “It is you that I adore | You will always be my whore”. Of course in terms of style it’s a little rip off off Marilyn Manson. But, heck, it’s Corgan. I will always forgive him.
To view video click here.

 

Foo Fighters Walking After You
A Foo Fighter love song which embarrasses Dave Grohl until today. The song’s cute. His acting in the vid is a bit hysterical. Still, many of those who were raised on grunge as teenagers consider it a damn sexy video (even though Grohl looks funny in a suit.)
To view video click here.

 

1999

Nine Inch Nails We’re in This Together
It’s Reznor, so it’s always about torment, pain and obsession. Off of The Fragile, one of the most amazing rock albums in the history. And a culminating point of industrial rock hitting the largest audiences in history ever. Of course, as it always is with NIN, a damn good video. And, btw, more or less a moment when each rock star cut their hair and one day all of them (Chris Cornell, James Hetfield, Reznor and many more) appeared with a completely new hairdo X-D
To view video click here.

 

Beck Sexx Laws
Off of Midnite Vultures – the album which is totally devoted to love and sex. With a little of Beck’s amazing wit and some funky tunes.
Those who happen to know this album and live nearby the Baltic probably will remember Mixed Bizness with the lyrics: “Do you wanna ride on the Baltic Sea | I’ll be your mistress C.O.D.” although I suppose Beck meant the Swedes not the post-communist block X-D
To view video click here.

 

2000

PJ Harvey This Is Love
She keeps on rocking in the good old style. And still having a great sense for catchy rock riffs and sharp lyrics.
To view video click here.

 

 

 

Peaches Lovertits
She’s a hardcore feminist, she’s crazy, her performances are awesome and she speaks of love and sex with an almost exhibitionist sincerity. And she’s amazing. It’s the year 2000! Electroclash is rising!
To view video click here.

 

 

2001

Depeche Mode Dream On
Depeche Mode’s big come back after David Gahan’s fight with drug addiction. And a further rise of electro which actually owes a lot to Depeche Mode.
To view video click here.

 

 

2002

White Stripes Fell in Love with a Girl
A catchy rock song of a great band that in a quick time proved to be extremely professional and true to the roots of American rock. Great rhythm and a great riff. Plus, of course, Jack White’s vocal which you cannot confuse with anything else in this world. And lyrics in which he treats love seriously and she’s a player.
To view video click here.

 

2003

Beyonce Knowles feat. Jay-Z Crazy in Love
A consequent rise of the mix of R&B, soul and a bit of funk. And an addition of rap/hip hop. From En Vogue until Beyonce it’s over 10 years. Today, noone can imagine the world without Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Sean Paul, Busta Rhymes and many more. Well… it’s not so obvious. It’s enough to imagine the pre-1990s with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince etc. Not that I do not value them (I value Prince the most) but it’s been a long time and much has changed. Also the fact that Beyonce and Jay-Z are now a married couple X-D
To view video click here.

2004

HIM Join Me in Death
The iconic anorectic kinda (but only kinda) dark and kinda (but only kinda) gothic king of Finnish rock. Lame lyrics and lame songs. And dozens of bands following this path. A slow birth of emo-crap.
To view video click here.

 

 

Maroon 5 This Love
The iconic anorectic kinda (but only kinda) nerdy and kinda (but only kinda) cute king of whinining pop rock bands for teenage pussies. And dozens of bands following this path. A slow birth of contemporary “alternative” pop rock bands which have nothing to do with the word “alternative” whatsoever.
To view video click here.

Yes, I want to doom the year of 2004 and erase it from the history X-D

2005

All-American Rejects Dirty Little Secret
A little pop rock shit with some teenage boys trying hard to look all sexy. Sadly, this is what defines many bands pop & rock bands today. But at least they play their instruments.
The love message is unclear but, heck, what do I know about contemporary disturbed teenagers?
To view video click here.

 

2006

Amy Winehouse Back to Black
She may be drugged, hideous and sick. I don’t care. Noone sings with her voice. Noone sings with such tension. Noone is as funky and soul-ish at the same time. And noone is so cruel as she is when she sings: “He left no time to regret | Kept his dick wet | With his same old safe bet | Me and my head high | And my tears dry | Get on without my guy”.
To view video click here.

 

2007

Regina Spektor Fidelity
One of those who follow the path once established by Tori Amos who is a pioneer in here. Ok, some may argue Carole King was first but that’s a different story, imho.
An amazing example of how alternative pop may mean something ambitious and, still, widely known.
To view video click here.

 

2008

The Raconteurs Old Enough
A little bit of folk rock and a little sour lyrics: “you never speak so I have to guess you’re not free”. Great song and a little hope that maybe whining teens is not everything that is left.
To view video click here.

 

 

2009

Lady Gaga Poker Face
She actually looks kinda pretty in this vid. Who would have guessed she’d become the Marilyn Manson of pop? Still, though I’m not a pop fan myself, I’m happy for her achievements. She’s still far more talented than most of the pop starlets and, at least, she has a strong voice she knows how to use instead of Britney’s hums, ohs and umhs which annoy me as hell. Plus, when it’s about love, Gaga is more into obsession, gambling with the feelings and love/hate relationships. And she tries to escape any label. As an electro fan, I definitely prefer this when it comes to pop than Spice Girls or Backstreet Boys :-]
To view video click here.

 

2010

Deftones Rocket Skates
As usual for Moreno the lyrics are cryptic. But, in my opinion, it does include a difficult love/hate relationship. Moreno’s voice is perfect as ever and the whole strength of emotions that tear him apart culminate with the words: “Guns, razors, knives | Fuck with me”. One of the best singles of 2010.
To view video click here.

 

 

Violent Soho Jesus Stole My Girlfriend
A nice rock tune with a little sarcastic lyrics by an Australian alternative rock band. She leaves cause Jesus means more to her than him.
To view video click here.

 

 

 

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if you destroy angels, you’re left with demons

11 Jun

It’s fucking brilliant! It’s fucking awesome! And yes, screw all the goth-children whining about Reznor getting married, Maandig singing and whatever else they could be whining about. The main point here is – that we all know these demons from somewhere… hmm… let me think. Yep, we all know where from.

Finally, the EP by How to Destroy Angels is out! And I am absolutely not disappointed. It is clear that Reznor is heading more towards trip-hop than rock. But, on the other hand, isn’t it the core of industrial after all? And, no regrets, trust me, this actually is Nine Inch Nails, this is Reznor and the sole difference of this project is the change of the leading vocals (which are entirely handed over to Mariqueen Maandig) and heading to the more electro-direction.

It is in many ways similar to Ghosts. You can hear it especially in The Believers. In many ways it goes back to the core of Reznor’s music, with its obsessions, hypnotic trance-like rhythm, electronic noises and so on – e.g. Parasite which is my favorite. No questions about that.

The guitar maybe doesn’t get too sharp. And, well, it’s not the leading instrument here. There are moments where you can hear the tension of the riffs and slides. But even when speaking of Nine Inch Nails, you have to admit that Reznor is a natural born pianist. All of his music is definitely composed by a person whose first and main instrument was the piano – you can understand this kind of thinking when listening to the way how Reznor creates harmony and completes different melodies together. This is not imagination of a guitarist. This is pure piano. And, hence, How to Destroy Angels’ EP is also true to Reznor’s model of creating music. Maybe it’s just more noticeable since the guitar plays less important role here than it did in Nine Inch Nails.

Maandig’s voice is weird. I’m afraid she’s not a great vocalist and her abilities are rather mediocre. But I have to admit that she really fits the atmosphere of the whole. Her singing is sometimes flat, numb which makes the music even more creepy and hypnotic. Many people will point out that her singing can get a little bit boring after a while. True. But on the other hand I wouldn’t criticize too much. Can you imagine a hysterical and powerful female voice with this kind of music? No way. Sure, you’ll say Beth Gibbons did it. But honestly? Even though I admire Beth Gibbons a lot, her constant despair connected with depressing lyrics makes me more tired than numb, alien, flat voice which makes the whole surreal and much darker than raging guilt and trembling (yuck! Disgusting!) If you didn’t learn yet that a whisper is far more violent than any scream, well, then you probably shouldn’t listen to this record.

What I absolutely love about the record is that it reminds me of Ghosts so much. And, yes, I will admit it, it is one of my favorite of Reznor’s records. I love the rhythm in The Believers – reminds me a bit of ethnic music. Fur Lined is surprisingly pop for me – kinda punk rock, very catchy. But it’s just mistaking the listener cause the further you go the more layers of music pile up on one another and it all comes to a strong synthesizer close which gets mixed with distorted guitar sounds in the end. Very Reznorish. BBB – total electro-trance. Maandig and Reznor are speaking (Reznor more in the background), almost whispering which makes it even more hypnotic. Strong electronic beat is organizing the whole – it’s so powerful it’s almost consuming and feeding off of your brain. (Damn, I can really write esoteric shit, if I try hard! LOL!)

And, no, this is not the best album by Trent Reznor. But it’s ambitious, it’s powerful and it’s a consequent route that Reznor had once planned for himself – you can hear the echoes of all of his previous works and each of the albums, nevertheless if you hate some of them or not, if you’re a true orthodox believer in Pretty Hate Machine, The Downward SpiralThe Fragile or Year Zero, every following album goes beyond what had already been created. How to Destroy Angels’ EP is NOT an exception.

The most important key to this consequent approach is not only the music itself but also the lyrics. One may have thought that since Reznor had married and settled down, he would have created happy, hippy love songs. Well, he didn’t. You can all sleep safe and sound. The themes remain the same – oppression, domination, obsession and the whole complexity of it all. Perhaps this is why I fell in love with Parasite which only seems to be a naïve love duet. The irritating guitar sound in the intro already tells you where we’re heading. The beat is impudent and pushy. Then the noise starts. Maandig and Reznor start to sing. They sing in unison – it’s more between a whisper and a melody. And it’s so hypnotic, each word is spoken with unbelievable tension, although the voices are pretty flat. The lyrics are more about obsession than love – so typical of Reznor. And by each repetition of the word ‘parasite’ concluded with a strong guitar/electro noise, you just know that… hell… guys, you want it or not, you hate it or you love it, it doesn’t matter. This IS Nine Inch Nails.

And let’s just drink to this and be happy cause that means it’s not over as we all have thought a year ago. Just stop whining and download it right now (click here)!

Reznor is back!

24 May

After the final tour of Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor settled down, got married and stated that there is no possibility for Nine Inch Nails to tour/record anything in the nearest future. However, on May 4th 2010 a single (A Drowning) was issued by a band called How to Destroy Angels. The band includes Reznor, his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, a former vocalist for West Indian Girl and Atticus Ross, known for his previous cooperation with NIN. Subsequently the band released a video The Space in Between on May 14th 2010. And? We are expecting an EP in summer 2010, although nobody knows what does “summer 2010” mean yet cause it may be June and it could also mean August.

I will be absolutely honest about it. I am totally thrilled by the idea of How to Destroy Angels (the name itself is a tribute to Coil). Definitely – this is not Nine Inch Nails. But it is very much Trent Reznor. And there are various reasons for it.

First of all, much has been said about the relationship between Reznor and Maandig. Internauts are pretty harsh on Maandig in particular which is pretty weird. I know that most of the whining goth girls are still aged 15 and believe that one day they will marry a fairytale prince, whether it be Reznor, Robert Pattinson or Johnny Knoxville. However, it’s still surprising to me since I thought that NIN is most popular in the generations of today’s 30- and 40-year-olds. Second thing is even more surpising to me and, I gotta say… kinda scary. Maandig has been called “Yoko Reznor”, accused of destroying Nine Inch Nails, mocked and attacked. A huge amount of comments posted in the internet state that she has no talent at all and that her only quality is that she is actually very good-looking. From my perspective it’s all more than ridiculous. Artists have their own personal lives, you know. Lives that they are entitled to, lives that are not necessarily meant to be public, things that we have no right to take away from them. But the weirdest thing is happening right now with blaming Mariqueen Maandig for absolutely everything. Let me say it clearly. She is NOT Reznor’s Yoko Ono. She did not destroy Nine Inch Nails. If you want to accuse her of anything, at least be consequent, guys. Nine Inch Nails for years, throughout its whole existence, was a one-man-band. Nine Inch Nails was Trent Reznor. It’s not a band like the Beatles that included four talented musicians one of which had a demonic wife (and I think that Ono’s influence is highly overrated). Of course, there were several extremely talented musicians that were part of Nine Inch Nails but in fact this is a one-man-band, a group that in its essence was always dismantled and redesigned like lego pieces according to the project that it was working on – actually, I believe that the inventor of such a scheme is Frank Zappa 🙂

Moreover, I think that this weird strategy of blaming the women of famous and acknowledged musicians shows that you guys really have some bad gender issues. Mhm… let me think… various women of Jim Morrison (who obviously led to his path of self-destruction), Yoko Ono (who destroyed the Beatles), Courtney Love (who killed Kurt Cobain)… Guys! This is truly embarrassing…

Secondly – the funny thing is that changing a bit, switching to a band of three (while still, I believe, absolutely leading the band), giving up vocals for Maandig, changing the name of the band – fine, it’s all sweet but How to Destroy Angels are just a new form of Nine Inch Nails. Check it out for yourselves. Let’s pick The Space in Between – it’s a very good example. See the video.

The style, the music, the obsessive beat, the loop that is the base of the song. The tension in the music and the rising noise which culminates in the end of it with the continuous guitar sounds. The lyrics – voyeurism, mostly perceived as part of the decaying society, is one of the key concepts in Reznor’s art, you can see it in his lyrics, in the videos of NIN, in the screenings shown during NIN gigs. The Space in Between is literally screaming: “Trent Reznor”.

What has changed? Well… Some of us will find it hard with getting used to the new vocalist. Maandig is not a bad vocalist, I like her voice and I like her style of singing but it is very different from how Reznor sings. In my opinion it’s an advantage. Not that I don’t like the way Reznor sings – I think his voice was one of the key instruments in NIN – but I think it’s a fresh change. Reznor has a very emotional way of expressing things with his voice, it includes whispering, all kinds of screaming, hissing, howling. Maandig seems as if she was… numb. And, frankly – I love it! It gives the music a little surreal taste. It is as if she would be performing a person from a different world, a ghost maybe, someone who isn’t exactly real. I think the irreality of this voice makes HDTA’s music more haunting, more obsessive. In A Drowning it is as clear as in The Space in Between. Putting Maandig as the main vocalist is a major and a very brave change and I am looking forward to hear more of her vocal abilities which have been criticized so much for no real reason. Not every female vocalist is obligated to be hysterical and arguments that Maandig should sing more in the style of Tori Amos or Beth Gibbons of Portishead are really ridiculous. Apart from her style – the question remains, if she has got talent… And my answer is: we don’t know. We haven’t seen much so far and it’s really difficult to judge after listening to two tracks. But I wouldn’t be so harsh on Maandig cause her voice is harmonized with the atmosphere of both of the tracks in a perfect way. We should wait for the record and I am hoping that it will include more of her voice than we had a chance to listen to until now.

Finally, I am looking forward to this Reznor-Maandig-Ross cooperation (ok, ok, let’s cut the crap, we all know it’s just Reznor, lol). I don’t think Nine Inch Nails is gone and even though I was very disappointed and sad last year, thinking that NIN is breaking up and I will never hear anything new by Reznor anymore, right now I think that it will never be gone. HTDA is yet another amazing transformation of a truly experienced and mature artist. And if there are new musicians around him, no matter if it’s his wife, his friend or if it’s strictly business, I can only say that I cross my fingers for them and I am very curious about the effects of their creative cooperation.

P.S. And The Space in Between really ROCKS! Yes!
If you want to enter the official website of How to Destroy Angels, click here.