Welcome Oblivion

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Welcome oblivion
HTDA - Welcome Oblivion album vinyl cover.jpg
Cover of the vinyl edition
Studio album by How to Destroy Angels
Released March 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)
Genre Post-industrial, electronica
Length 65:26 (Standard Edition)
94:11 (iTunes Bonus Tracks Version)
75:10 (Vinyl Edition)
Label Columbia
Producer How to Destroy Angels
How to Destroy Angels chronology
An omen EP_
(2012)
Welcome oblivion
(2013)
Sigil numbers chronology
Sigil 03
(2012)
"Sigil 04"
(2013)
Singles from Welcome oblivion
  1. "How Long?"
    Released: January 31, 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/5 stars[3]
NME 8/10 stars[4]
Pitchfork (6.2/10)[5]
Toronto Star 3/4 stars[6]

Welcome Oblivion (stylised as Welcome oblivion) is the debut studio album by American post-industrial group How to Destroy Angels. It was released on March 5, 2013 on Columbia Records.[5][7][8][9]

Promotion[edit]

The release date for the album was announced on January 10, 2013, via the band's official blog.[7][9][10] The album cover for the vinyl edition and the tracklist was announced on January 31, 2013.[5] The iTunes Store version of the album carries the six tracks that made up the band's first EP How to Destroy Angels as bonus tracks.

The music video for "How Long?", directed by London-based art collective Shynola, was released on January 31, 2013.[5][11]

The album was posted for streaming in its entirety on Pitchfork on February 19, 2013.[12]

Formats[edit]

The album was released on both CD and vinyl editions, with different artworks for each. The vinyl version also contains two extra tracks, "The Province of Fear" and "Unintended Consequences", as well as a slightly different running order. These songs are also included on a white label CD that accompanies the vinyl copy.[5]

Track listing[edit]

CD and Digital Editions
No. Title Length
1. "The Wake-Up"   1:43
2. "Keep It Together"   4:27
3. "And the Sky Began to Scream"   3:57
4. "Welcome Oblivion"   3:46
5. "Ice Age"   6:53
6. "On the Wing"   4:52
7. "Too Late, All Gone"   6:15
8. "How Long?"   3:54
9. "Strings and Attractors"   4:28
10. "We Fade Away"   6:41
11. "Recursive Self-Improvement"   6:28
12. "The Loop Closes"   4:50
13. "Hallowed Ground"   7:18
Total length:
65:26
Vinyl Edition
No. Title Length
1. "The Wake-Up"   1:43
2. "Keep It Together"   4:27
3. "And the Sky Began to Scream"   3:57
4. "Ice Age"   6:53
5. "Welcome Oblivion"   3:46
6. "On the Wing"   4:52
7. "Too Late, All Gone"   6:15
8. "The Province of Fear"   4:13
9. "How Long?"   3:54
10. "Strings and Attractors"   4:28
11. "Recursive Self-Improvement"   6:28
12. "Unintended Consequences"   5:18
13. "We Fade Away"   6:41
14. "The Loop Closes"   4:50
15. "Hallowed Ground"   7:18
Total length:
75:10

Personnel[edit]

The album personnel, as adapted from the liner notes:[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion". Allmusic. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gerber, Justin (March 6, 2013). "Album Review: How to Destroy Angels – Welcome oblivion". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Wood, Mikael. "Review: The cool and collected 'Welcome Oblivion'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ David Renshaw. "How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion". NME. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Currin, Grayson (March 6, 2013). "How to destroy angels_ - Welcome Oblivion". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rayner, Ben (March 4, 2013). "Trent Reznor's new band How To Destroy Angels release Welcome Oblivion: album review". Toronto Star. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (January 10, 2013). "How to Destroy Angels 'Welcome Oblivion,' and New LP, With Tape-Mangling Video". Spin. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ Childers, Chad. "How to Destroy Angels to Release Debut Album ‘Welcome Oblivion’ in March". Loudwire. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "How to Destroy Angels announce debut album Welcome Oblivion, share video for "The loop closes"". Consequence of Sound. January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ http://blog.destroyangels.com/post/40178862280/how-to-destroy-angels-the-loop-closes-from-an
  11. ^ Hilton, Robin (January 31, 2013). "Trent Reznor: New Band, New Song, New Video, Still Terrifying". NPR. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Stream How to destroy angels_: Welcome Oblivion on Pitchfork Advance pitchfork.com". February 19, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013.