Add Violence

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Add Violence
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ReleasedJuly 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)
Genre Industrial rock
Length27:13
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Producer
Nine Inch Nails chronology
The Fragile: Deviations 1
(2016)
Add Violence
(2017)
Bad Witch
(2018)
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 30
(2016)
Halo 31
(2017)
Halo 32
(2018)
Singles from Add Violence
  1. "Less Than"
    Released: July 13, 2017

Add Violence is the sixth extended play by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. Released through The Null Corporation and Capitol Records on July 19, 2017, it is the second in a trilogy of releases, following the EP Not the Actual Events (2016) and preceding the band's ninth studio album Bad Witch (2018). It was produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. [2]

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Industrial rock music genre

Industrial rock is an alternative rock genre that fuses industrial music and rock music.

Nine Inch Nails American industrial rock band

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. Singer, producer and instrumentalist Trent Reznor was the only permanent member until the addition of English musician Atticus Ross in 2016.

Contents

Moving away from the more aggressive nature of Not The Actual Events, the EP focused more on soundscapes and textures alongside their traditional elements, similar to that of The Fragile (1999), which resulted in more longform compositions. The release was promoted with two singles: "Less Than" and "This Isn't the Place", along with their accompanying music videos. Add Violence received a positive response from critics, and reached No. 17 on the U.S. charts.

<i>The Fragile</i> (Nine Inch Nails album) 1999 album by Nine Inch Nails

The Fragile is the third studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released as a double album on September 21, 1999 by Nothing and Interscope Records. It was produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Alan Moulder. It was recorded throughout 1997 to 1999 in New Orleans.

"Less Than" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, from their EP Add Violence. It was released on July 13, 2017 and the music video alludes to the video game Polybius, an urban legend about a video game used to data mine information from people to the government. On October 2017, it peaked at number 10 on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

Themes and composition

In an interview with Zane Lowe, Reznor said:

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic? 7.1/10 [4]
Metacritic 77/100 [5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [6]
The A.V. Club B- [7]
Consequence of Sound B [8]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 [1]
The Independent Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Pitchfork 7.3/10 [10]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [11]
Spin 7/10 [12]
Sputnikmusic 3.2/5 [13]

Critical reception for the EP was generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the EP received an average score of 77, based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [5] Gavin Miller from Drowned in Sound gave the EP a score of 8 out of 10, writing that "it's a little light on substance, but what we do get is a really fascinating insight into where Reznor is at with NIN at the moment". [1] Kory Grow of Rolling Stone also gave the album a positive review, saying that it "contains all the aggression, abjection and self-loathing that solidified Reznor's position as alt-rock's Original Angster but with the measured restraint of a man his age". [11]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

Drowned in Sound, sometimes abbreviated to DiS, is a UK-based music webzine financed by artist management company Silentway. Founded by editor Sean Adams, the site features reviews, news, interviews, and discussion forums.

<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and music critic Ralph J. Gleason, which became famous for its coverage of rock music, and for political reporting by authors such as Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine broadened and shifted its focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content.

Track listing

All tracks written by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. [14]

Trent Reznor American musician

Michael Trent Reznor is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is the founder, lead vocalist, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until adding long-time collaborator Atticus Ross as a permanent member in 2016. His first release under the Nine Inch Nails name, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success. He has since released nine Nine Inch Nails studio albums. He left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist until signing with Columbia Records in 2012.

Atticus Ross English musician, composer and record producer

Atticus Matthew Cowper Ross is an English musician, songwriter, record producer, and audio engineer. Along with Trent Reznor, Ross won the Oscar for Best Original Score for The Social Network in 2010. In 2013, the pair won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for their soundtrack to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He has worked with Reznor's band Nine Inch Nails since 2005, and became an official member of the band in 2016.

No.TitleLength
1."Less Than"3:30
2."The Lovers"4:10
3."This Isn't the Place"4:44
4."Not Anymore"3:07
5."The Background World"11:44
Total length:27:13

Personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes. [14]

Nine Inch Nails
Additional musicians
Allison Iraheta singer, musician

Allison Iraheta is an American singer from Los Angeles, California, who was the fourth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, Iraheta won the Telemundo competition Quinceañera: Mamá Quiero Ser Artista. Following the conclusion of Idol, Iraheta was signed to a record deal with 19 Entertainment and Jive Records. Her debut album Just Like You was released on December 1, 2009. She is currently the lead singer in the band Halo Circus.

Technical

Charts

Chart (2017)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [15] 44
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [16] 67
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [17] 15
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ) [18] 4
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) [19] 74
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [20] 36
US Billboard 200 [21] 17
US Independent Albums (Billboard) [22] 1
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard) [23] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [24] 5

Release history

RegionDateFormat(s)LabelRef.
WorldwideJuly 19, 2017 [25]
July 21, 2017 [25]
September 1, 2017 CD [25]
November 17, 2017 Vinyl [25]

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