Add Violence

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Add Violence
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EP by Nine Inch Nails
Released July 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)
Genre Industrial rock
Length 27:13
Label
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
  2. "This Isn't the Place"
    Released: July 18, 2017

Add Violence[2] is the sixth extended play (EP) by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. It was released digitally on July 19, 2017 through Capitol Records, two days ahead of its physical release under Trent Reznor's label The Null Corporation. It was followed by the release of a physical component the week of August 8 and a CD release on September 1. A vinyl release was also announced with no release date set. This marks the second EP in a proposed trilogy following the release of Not the Actual Events (2016).[3] The final installment of the series was released on June 22, 2018 as Nine Inch Nails' ninth studio album Bad Witch.[4]

The album was announced on July 13, 2017, and the lead single "Less Than" and an accompanying music video directed by Brook Linder were released online. On July 18, "This Isn't the Place"[5] was released with an accompanying music video directed by Alex Lieu.

Themes and composition[edit]

In a telephone interview with Zane Lowe of Beats 1 Radio, Trent Reznor said:

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.1/10[7]
Metacritic77/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[9]
The A.V. ClubB-[10]
Consequence of SoundB[11]
Drowned in Sound8/10[1]
The Independent3/5 stars[12]
Pitchfork7.3/10[13]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[14]
Spin7/10[15]
Sputnikmusic3.2/5[16]

Critical reception for the EP has been generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 77, based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8] 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".[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.[17]

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[edit]

Credits for Add Violence taken from liner notes.[17]

Nine Inch Nails[edit]

  • Trent Reznor – songwriting, arranging, production, programming, performance
  • Atticus Ross – songwriting, arranging, production, programming, performance

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Sharlotte Gibson – additional vocals (track 1)
  • Allison Iraheta – additional vocals (track 1)

Technical[edit]

  • 42 Entertainment – world integration and execution
  • Tom Baker – mastering
  • John Crawford – art direction
  • Corey Holms – additional design
  • Chris Holmes – engineering
  • Church Lieu – additional concept development
  • Dustin Mosley – engineering
  • Alan Moulder – mixing
  • Jun Murakawa – engineering
  • Geoff Neal - engineering
  • Chris Richardson – engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 44
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[19] 67
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[20] 15
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[21] 4
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[22] 74
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 36
US Billboard 200[24] 17
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[25] 1
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[26] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[27] 5

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Worldwide July 19, 2017 [3]
July 21, 2017 [3]
September 1, 2017 CD [3]
November 17, 2017 Vinyl [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Miller, Gavin (July 19, 2017). "Ep Review: Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ Sodomsky, Sam. "Nine Inch Nails Detail New ADD VIOLENCE EP, Share New Song "LESS THAN": Listen". pitchfork.com. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Nine Inch Nails: Add Violence – New Ep Coming 21 July – nine inch nails". nin.com. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ Pitchfork [@pitchfork] (May 10, 2018). "Update: A representative for NIN has confirmed that Bad Witch is an album, not an EP p4k.in/zDVHilU" (Tweet). Retrieved May 10, 2018 – via Twitter. 
  5. ^ "Review: Nine Inch Nails - "This Isn't the Place"". Spin. July 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Trent Reznor says he doesn't know what the final part of Nine Inch Nails' EP trilogy will sound like". NME=. July 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Add Violence by Nine Inch Nails reviews". www.anydecentmusic.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Add Violence [EP] by Nine Inch Nails - Metacritic". Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  9. ^ Yeung, Neil. "Add Violence, Nine Inch Nails". AllMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ Ryan, Kyle (July 21, 2017). "Nine Inch Nails, Foster The People, and more in this week's music reviews • Music Review • The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ Ham, Robert (July 24, 2017). "Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence / Album Reviews / Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  12. ^ Gill, Andy (July 26, 2017). "Album reviews: Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy, Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence, Arcade Fire - Everything Now". The Independent. Retrieved July 30, 2017. 
  13. ^ T. Collins, Sean (July 25, 2017). "Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Grow, Kory (July 21, 2017). "Review: Nine Inch Nails' 'Add Violence' EP - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  15. ^ Cook-Wilson, Winston (July 24, 2017). "Review: Nine Inch Nails 'Add Violence' / SPIN". Spin. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Review: Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence / Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Add Violence (liner notes). Nine Inch Nails. The Null Corporation. 2017. 
  18. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence %5BEP%5D". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  19. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence %5BEP%5D" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  20. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  21. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Top Albums (13 Oct – 19 Oct 2017)". Productores de Música de España. Archived from the original on October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence %5BEP%5D". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  24. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  25. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  26. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  27. ^ "Nine Inch Nails Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017.