Add Violence is an extended play by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. It was released digitally on July 19, 2017, two days ahead of its scheduled release date, under Trent Reznor‘s label The Null Corporation. It will be followed by the release of a physical component the week of August 8 and a CD release on September 1. A vinyl release was also announced with no release date set. This marks the second EP in a proposed trilogy following the 2016 release of Not the Actual Events. The final EP of the series is expected to be released before the end of 2017.
The album was announced on July 13, 2017, and the lead single “Less Than” and an accompanying music video directed by Brook Linder were released online. On July 18, “This Isn’t the Place” was released with an accompanying music video directed by Alex Lieu.
Less Than—-Right from the opening notes, this plays as one of the most accessible NIN tracks in recent memory. The music is reminiscent of the early days of the band….the remarkable melody is addictive as hell. Reznor still maintains an edge an an anger, this is remarkable all the way around.
The Lovers—-Melding directly from the previous track, the blips and beeps are accompanied by a whispered, distant vocal. This track is markedly darker and sparse. Reznor sings with a tortured voice that leaves me a bit sad and introspective. The emotions displayed are remarkable. A really great track.
This Isn’t The Place—-Again, a moody and dark atmospheric intro. The sparse music plays like a movie soundtrack song. The slow plodding music fills you with some anticipation as you wonder where this is all going. The tortured vocal finally enters at the two minute mark and leaves me somewhat uninspired and unimpressed.
Not Anymore—-A bit more of a jaunty intro dissolves into a pleasant static noise that reminds me of the old days. Reznor delivers a vocal that lies underneath all of the noise. The music is super aggressive and still manages to be pretty accessible and pleasant to listen to. A favorite track of mine….layer of sound stacked on layer of sound…..fantastic!
The Background World—-Clocking in a over 11 minutes in length, this takes you on a journey all of its own. Trent sounds like a youngster…..his voice has not aged a bit. The level of emotion is as strong as the first note on the debut album….none of the purpose has been lost. The strains of slight orchestration that rides underneath the machines give the song a very full sound. The melody line is addictive and pleasant…..adding to the listening pleasure. The vocal comes in and out….fading behind the beats than stepping forward again. As I said…this is a journey in its own right. The track eventually dissolves into an unsustainable wall of white noise and distortion that leaves a sour taste in your mouth…..but you know to expect this from Trent.
**** out of 5