After being bugged on social media for so long about doing some new Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor decided to silence his fans in the best way possible, by releasing 3 EPs in quick succession. Add Violence is the second in the line-up and is the perfect taste of what NIN is all about. Not that Trent has been sitting idly by all this time, he has made quite a name for himself in the film industry composing movie’s scores.
While it’s only 5 tracks long, Add Violence still packs quite a punch, showcasing the group's wide range, from the piano driven ‘This isn’t the place’ to synth-pop and industrial ‘Less Than’ to the just fucking weird ‘The Lovers’.
While ‘Not Anymore’ starts slow and gentle before ensuring you're awake with mad choruses and breakdown. Closer ‘The Background World’ wins the best background track, allowing you to drift away into your own thoughts before you realise it’s been 8 minutes and the song has slowly become feedback noise, it’s that gradual.
My brother got me into Nine Inch Nails a long time ago by introducing me to ‘Hurt’ that is easily one of their best tracks, while nothing on this EP is in that song's calibre, Add Violence is still a great release, and that’s coming from someone who prefers the more Industrial Metal side of things rather than the Synth-pop.
Add Violence is really for the die hard fans I think, not quite for the likes of me, but I still enjoyed it more than enough.