Nine Inch Nails put on a ferocious performance on Monday night in Brooklyn's, The Barclay's Center. Front man, Trent Reznor, delivered a well justified sound of electronic - computer generated music.
Reznor came straight out of Chicago's Wax Trax Records, which gave birth to Industrial music with such groups as Ministry, KMFDM, Pig, Meat Beat Manifesto and Nine Inch Nails to name a few.
Trent Reznor, now a 48 year old family man and an Oscar winner for the film sound track, "The Social Network," he also scored the soundtrack for the movie "Natural Born Killers."
Nine Inch Nails proved that the past several years have done little to diminish their logotype intensity. Performing with a five piece band that included Pino Palladino on bass with back up singers Lisa Fischer and Sharlotte Gubsin, back up singers the group never consisted of.
The group displayed a wider range of styles than the past. The industrial sound has been substituted with heavy doses of punk funk electronica exemplified by a sax solo.
The 26- song set was intense with barely a spoken word. The musical dynamics were textured for its maximum impact.
The band members were lined up, lighted as if they were performing from inside prison cells. There was a dazzling light show which accentuated the intensity of the powerful music. A transparent screen was lit to make the musicians look like they were in a metal grate and at times they looked like they were in a revolving cube. Time to time there were harsh lights to match the intensity of the show with a simple spotlight on Reznor.
Trent began to talk to his audience confessing, "Sometimes I feel like I'm in a weird dream. I had no idea that we would survive and make it this far." " I don't want to get too positive so now we're gonna play a song from the saddest record I've ever written," Then he sang "Even Deeper" from The Fragile.
The energy increased as the night moved forward with relentless aggression as NIN performed "Wish". "Burn" "Head Like A Hole" to name a few and concluded the evening with "Hurt" with a footage of carnivorous insects to concentration camp prisoners -
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March of the Pigs
All Time Low
Came Back Haunted
Find My Way
A Warm Place
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
The Day The World Went Away
While I’m Still Here