Deseret News

June 2000

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 performance only. 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 industrial-strength techno-metal.

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 stage lights.

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 Fragile."

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 wild.

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 frontman/vocalist Maynard James Keenan.

His new band, which sounds, oddly enough, like Tool, got the fans of dark, gothic metal primed for the ear-shattering blast of NIN.

Too bad.

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This article is provided courtesy Keith Duemling and Tracy Thompson from the collection previously located at SUS.