Track of the week

Hunned Bandz

Tanukichan

The Null Corporation / 2018
6.2

Bad Witch


Nine Inch Nails

By: Alex Horner

Technically considered a full length album, this EP-length release leaves more to be desired from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. You can’t but help compare a band’s newest works with their best releases of the past. On its own, Bad Witch is a pretty good record. It’s got some quirky new synth-noise bits that are really impressive and fun to listen to and the lyrics are short and catchy but eloquent, heavy but not abyssal. When you start to ask the question of whether or not the band is improving and advancing something new with this release, the answer is no. Even after multiple listens, Bad Witch simply does not evoke even close to the same level of emotion as older NIN records.

I appreciate the different atmospheric, ambience approach and those sorts of tracks can be great (they came close on “Play the goddamned part”) but I feel like that mark was just barely missed overall on this record. The lack of visceral emotion conveyed by the long instrumental sections just feel like a lot of filler noise for a pretty short record. Given more time to trim the fat and fill the gaps, I think Bad Witch could have been a great EP to end the trilogy.

Best song: “God Break Down the Door”
Worst song: “I’m not from this world”

Bad Witch


Nine Inch Nails

By: Alex Horner

The Null Corporation / 2018
6.2

Technically considered a full length album, this EP-length release leaves more to be desired from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. You can’t but help compare a band’s newest works with their best releases of the past. On its own, Bad Witch is a pretty good record. It’s got some quirky new synth-noise bits that are really impressive and fun to listen to and the lyrics are short and catchy but eloquent, heavy but not abyssal. When you start to ask the question of whether or not the band is improving and advancing something new with this release, the answer is no. Even after multiple listens, Bad Witch simply does not evoke even close to the same level of emotion as older NIN records.

I appreciate the different atmospheric, ambience approach and those sorts of tracks can be great (they came close on “Play the goddamned part”) but I feel like that mark was just barely missed overall on this record. The lack of visceral emotion conveyed by the long instrumental sections just feel like a lot of filler noise for a pretty short record. Given more time to trim the fat and fill the gaps, I think Bad Witch could have been a great EP to end the trilogy.

Best song: “God Break Down the Door”
Worst song: “I’m not from this world”