If you’re not familiar with the band, How To Destroy Angels, it is the latest project from Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor. In collaboration with his wife, Marqueen Maandig and Atticus Ross the group released a free six-song, self-titled EP earlier this year. The lead single, “The Space In Between” came accompanied with a beautifully disturbing video that hit 1.5 million views on Youtube in no time. The sound of the band was reminiscent of the Downward Spiral days, which in my bank of relevant memories were some of the fondest I’ve ever had. To say I’m a fan of the album is an understatement. But, six songs and some beautiful imagery left me wanting more.
After a few months no news had surfaced and the anticipation dwindled, that is until this afternoon when I aimlessly wandered onto the Internet to discover Trent had written a letter, which I’ve shared below.
Sorry for the radio silence lately… I’ve been busy! There’s a number of things to be revealed over the coming months. Some you may expect, others you may not. Patience, my friends.
“Today’s news is about my band How To Destroy Angels. I’m happy to announce we’ve formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it’s called An Omen EP. As you may have guessed, it’s an EP. It contains six songs, some of which are from our full-length LP which is coming early next year.
We are making some videos, we are going to be performing live, and that’s all the details I have for now on those matters.
Regarding our decision to sign with Columbia, we’ve really spent a long time thinking about things and it makes sense for a lot of reasons, including a chance to work with our old friend Mark Williams. There’s a much more granular and rambling answer I could give (and likely will in an interview someplace) but it really comes down to us experimenting and trying new things to see what best serves our needs. Complete independent releasing has its great points but also comes with shortcomings.
We are all very excited about you checking out the new stuff. Wish I could tell you more, but you know how this works… it would take all the fun out of it!”
Stay tuned! — Trent Reznor