How to Destroy Angels (band)

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How to Destroy Angels
How to Destroy Angels live 2013.jpg
How to Destroy Angels live in 2013
Background information
Also known as HTDA
Genres
Years active 2010—present
Labels
Associated acts
Website howtodestroyangels.com
Members

How to Destroy Angels (sometimes stylized How to destroy angels_) is a musical group featuring Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross,[4] and Rob Sheridan[5] (who is also the group's art director).[6] The group is named after a 1984 Coil single of the same name.[7] Recently, the band has added Alessandro Cortini to their lineup as a touring member.

Releases[edit]

The band's first release was a self-titled EP, released on June 1, 2010.[8] The band released a single from the album, "A Drowning", as digital downloadable content,[9] and a second song, "The Space in Between," debuted as a music video on Pitchfork on May 14, 2010.[10] A third track, "The Believers," was made available through Wired magazine's iPad application, along with a dissection and breakdown of the song, and through a free digital download from the official website. "The Believers", is also featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 film Limitless.

The band recorded a cover of the Bryan Ferry song "Is Your Love Strong Enough?"[11] which was released December 9, 2011 on the soundtrack for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

On September 21, 2012, Trent Reznor announced that the band's second EP, An Omen EP would be released on Columbia Records in November 2012. They had also confirmed that a few of the songs from the EP would later appear on the band's first full length album in 2013.[12] The song "Keep It Together" from the EP was released as a single on October 9, 2012. A music video was released for the song and directed by the band themselves. Two other songs from An Omen EP were also given music videos: "Ice Age", directed by John Hillcoat, and "The Loop Closes", which was also directed by the band.

On January 10, 2013, it was announced that the band's debut studio album, Welcome Oblivion, would be released on March 5 through Columbia Records.[13] It includes the tracks "Keep It Together", "Ice Age", "On the Wing", and "The Loop Closes" from An Omen EP. A deluxe edition of the album also includes the How to Destroy Angels EP.

The first single from Welcome Oblivion, "How Long?", was released on January 31, 2013, along with a music video directed by Shynola.[14]

Discography[edit]

How to Destroy Angels discography

How to Destroy Angels logo
Releases
Studio albums 1
EPs 2
Singles 3
Music videos 5

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[15]
US
Alt.

[16]
US
Electronic

[17]
UK
[18]
Welcome Oblivion 30 8 2 101

EPs[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[15]
US
Alt.

[16]
US
Electronic

[17]
US
Indie

[20]
How to Destroy Angels 151 8 22
An Omen EP
  • Released: November 13, 2012 (US)[22]
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: 12", digital download
42 10 1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Electronic
Digital

[23]
"A Drowning" 2010 20 How to Destroy Angels
"Keep It Together"[24] 2012 An Omen EP
"How Long?"[25] 2013 Welcome Oblivion
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Is Your Love Strong Enough?" 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo[26]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"The Space in Between" 2010 Rupert Sanders[27]
"Keep It Together" 2012 How to Destroy Angels[28]
"Ice Age" John Hillcoat[29]
"The Loop Closes" 2013 How to Destroy Angels[30]
"How Long?" Shynola[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trent Reznor pegs early 2012 release date for How to Destroy Angels full-length". HitFix. December 26, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ Hartmann, Graham (November 1, 2012). "Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels reveal video for "Keep it Together"". Loudwire. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (January 31, 2013). "How To Destroy Angels Release Video For “How Long?”". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Trent Reznor Answers How to Destroy Angels Questions on Facebook". Pitchfork. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  5. ^ "New single and upcoming EP from How to destroy angels". 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  6. ^ Goodman, William (2010-04-28). "Trent Reznor and Wife Form New Band". Spin. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Breihan, Tom (2010-04-28). "Trent Reznor and Wife Mariqueen Maandig Are How to Destroy Angels". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Aditham, Kiran (2010-04-27). "How to Destroy Angels = Trent Reznor + Wife?". Prefix. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Phillips, Amy (2010-05-04). "How to Destroy Angels: "A Drowning"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Phillips, Amy (2010-05-14). "Trent Reznor Unleashes How to Destroy Angels' Bloody, Fiery Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/destroyangels/status/141996508655534080 Twitter. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  12. ^ Martins, Chris (September 21, 2012). "Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels to Release 'An Omen' EP". Spin. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "How to Destroy Angels announce debut album Welcome oblivion". Consequence of Sound. January 10, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ Hilton, Robin (2013-1-31). Trent Reznor: New Band, New Song, New Video, Still Terrifying. NPR Music. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  15. ^ a b "How To Destroy Angels – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "How To Destroy Angels – Chart history: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "How To Destroy Angels – Chart history: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: New Entries – CLUK Update 16.03.2013 (wk10)". zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Welcome Oblivion". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ "How To Destroy Angels – Chart history: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ Breihan, Tom (May 27, 2010). "Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels to Give Away Debut EP for Free". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  22. ^ "An Omen [EP, Limited Edition]". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  23. ^ "How To Destroy Angels – Chart history: Dance/Electronic Digital Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Keep it together". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  25. ^ "How Long? – Single". iTunes Store. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  26. ^ "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)". iTunes Store. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  27. ^ "How To Destroy Angels: "The Space in Between" (2010)". Vimeo. May 14, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  28. ^ "How to destroy angels: "Keep it together" (2012)". Vimeo. November 1, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  29. ^ "How to destroy angels_ "Ice age" (2012)". Vimeo. November 29, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  30. ^ "How to destroy angels_ "The loop closes" (2013)". Vimeo. January 5, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  31. ^ "How to destroy angels: "How long?" (2013)". Vimeo. January 31, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 

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