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Mai 2007

 

Nine Inch Nails

Brixton Acadamy, London

 

 

Autor: Victoria Durham

 

 

 

NINE INCH NAILS

SUPPORT: LADYTRON

BRIXTON ACADEMY, LONDON

Given the usual five-year gap between albums, few people would have bet on Nine Inch Nails returning so soon after the release of With Teeth‘. But the clean and sober Trent Reznor is clearly a man of his word, and having promised to deliver its follow-up in a speedier fashion, he’s done just that with the ambitious ‘Year Zero‘. Only one track from the new record features in tonight’s set - such is its complexity - and even then it‘s the relatively safe option of first single ‘Survivalism‘. With songs instead pulled mainly from ‘The Downward Spiral‘ era, fans are treated to Nine Inch Nails at their most dark and volatile, but not before the sultry electro-pop sounds of Ladytron have worked some understated magic.

When Nine Inch Nails arrive on stage, it‘s without the grandiose stage sets that accompanied their last US tour. Instead, the band rely on elaborate lighting and copious amounts of dry ice for visual impact. Two songs in with the classic rock groove of ‘Last‘ you‘re reminded why - this is all about the power of the music. Even Trent Reznor, now a far more relaxed and confident performer, prefers to spend half the time obscured by smoke. The effect is more like an immense party than a gig, with Heresy‘, ‘Closer, Wish‘, and ‘Head Like A Hole’ all serving as brilliant examples of how danceable Reznor‘s music is. Let‘s hope he has something bloody good up his sleeve for next time, because as live shows go, this one just reached perfection.

Victoria Durham

 

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