NIN takes crowd on wild rocky ride
Reznor and band delight fans with dark techno-metal
NINE INCH NAILS with PERFECT CIRCLE at the E
Center, June 17, 7:30 p.m.; one
Nine Inch Nails fans waited five years for
band-leader Trent Reznor's resurrection.
The wait was worth it.
Nine Inch Nails — Reznor, guitarist Robin Fink,
drummer Jerome Dillon and
multi-instrumentalists Danny Lohner and Charlie Closer —
took the rabid fans to the
depths of purgatory and back. And all was well.
The band burst on stage all painted up in death
masks as they cranked out
NIN made use of grinding guitars, static noise,
trash-can drums and grooving
basslines to cradle, toss and turn Reznor's angry shouts.
Reznor, rock's angry young man, made the most of
his angst through the strobing
The grids were strung low, giving an "in-your-face"
feel to the stage. Then, without
warning, platforms of colored lights illuminated the
smoky stage with a blood-red hue.
Snaking "March of the Pigs" and "Piggy," from the
million-dollar "Downward Spiral"
album, brought the mixed audience members to their feet.
On the downtime, Reznor took over the spotlight and
touched off the melancholy
solo, "The Frail," before the band snaked out "The
Wretched" from the new album, "The
Speaking of the title cut, Reznor soloed on that
one as well.
And when the band rolled into "Closer" and, later
on, "Starf——," the audience went
The mix was tight, and the music and fuzzy
anti-music added to the planned chaos
that made NIN famous.
Opening the show was A Perfect Circle, led by Tool
His new band, which sounds, oddly enough, like
Tool, got the fans of dark, gothic
metal primed for the ear-shattering blast of NIN.
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