How to Destroy Angels
When Trent Reznor "retired" Nine Inch Nails from the road with a series of farewell concerts in 2009, fans inevitably wondered when they’d next see the groundbreaking artist in action. After Reznor picked up an Oscar with soundtrack collaborator Atticus Ross for their brooding sounds in 2010's The Social Network, fans were rewarded with the announcement of a new band: How to Destroy Angels, a collaboration with Ross, Rob Sheridan and Reznor's wife, Mariqueen Maandig, on vocals. After a pair of EPs, their album debut, Welcome Oblivion, was a mingling of the ominous and embracing, set in Reznor's sweet spot of industrial-strength distortion and electronics. Now that Reznor has reformed NIN for both live and studio work, his How to Destroy Angels may slide into the background, which makes their appearance in the desert something not to be missed.