Overall — 9⁄109⁄10
How to Destroy Angels is the debut extended play by post-industrial group How to Destroy Angels. The six-song EP was released as a free download via the band’s website on June 1, 2010, and a retail CD was released on July 6, 2010. A “Hi-Def Upgrade” was also available, with higher quality audio and the music video for the song “The Space in Between”, while “A Drowning” was officially released as a single.
As with many of Trent Reznor’s official releases, each is designated with a unique name and number; this release is “SIGIL 02”.
How To Destroy Angels starts off with a fairly upbeat song with a brutal music video called “The Space In Between”. Together with “A Drowning” these are the two songs that I believe will appeal to the public the most.
As with most of Reznor’s work, the self-titled EP consists mainly of experimental tracks with a lot of breathtaking synth’s. This time around, it has a feminine touch to it as Mariqueen Maandig Reznor is the heart of the band.
What I particularly like about this EP is the analog style and feel of both the music and artwork. While many Nine Inch Nails fans claim How To Destroy Angels sounds just like Nine Inch Nails, it has a totally different atmosphere that needs a few listens to appreciate the magnitude of the sound.
I enjoyed listening to How To Destroy Angels debut EP, and I feel it’s definitely a leap forward in modern music, merging analog and digital into one entity.