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    Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:14:43

    How to destroy angels_ "An omen EP_" Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    "I don't believe in anything," Trent Reznor softly announces during "On the Wing" from An omen EP_, the latest How To Destroy Angels_ masterpiece.

    Nihilism never sounded so sweet. Reznor's voice reverberates with vitality and vulnerability through the smoke of disarmingly gorgeous production. The music itself gracefully breaks new ground with its synth swells and cyber howls, teetering between maddening and calming. The collective talents of Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Rob Sheridan make for quite the mind-numbingly majestic trip sonically.

    At the center of it all, chipping away at the icy intensity, singer Mariqueen Maandig rises like some sort of mythical siren. She delivers each line with palpable power, and hovers above the acoustic plucking of "Ice Age" almost magically. Maandig's got to be one of the most unique and undeniable singers on the planet, and around every bend, her talents shine through.

    "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters" remains extremely cinematic, conjuring all kinds of imagery with soft key strokes. Meanwhile, "Speaking in Tongues" spirals into progressive territory in that it's unlike anything you've heard. It's blindingly brilliant at the same time.

    You're going to believe in How to destroy angels_. An omen EP_ remains one of the year's best.

    Rick Florino
    11.20.12


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