Despite having one of the shortest retirements in music history, I think everyone is happy to see Trent Reznor resurrecting Nine Inch Nails as soon as he did. On the back of their new album “Hesitation Marks” the Industrial monoliths returned to the UK arena tour in support of the album and have quickly escalated themselves back to their previous highs.
Opening the night were Cold Cave (6/10), who were fine if you like Depeche Mode and absolute agony if you don’t. The Californian two piece ploughed through their heavy 80’s electronica influenced set and for the most part won over the waiting crowd. The use of projections thrown onto the black back drop of anarchy and other counter culture images provided a fitting backing to the 80’s tinged gothic soundtrack.
The thing about Nine Inch Nails (9.5/10) is that with Trent you will never get the set you want, but in some strange way he almost delivers you the set that you need. Though they will never deliver the “Greatest Hits” set that you may desire but what you will receive will leave you speechless.
Not to say that tonight was sparse of hits, the triple header of ‘Terrible Lie’,’March Of The Pigs’ & ‘Piggy’ early in the set provided the near perfect start to the night and of course that near the end of the set the hits came thick and fast with the likes of ‘Wish’, ‘Head Like A Hole’ and ‘Hand That Feeds’ all making their appearance well known.
But tonight the highlights where the cuts from the under appreciated “Year Yero” with the likes of ‘Survivalism’ and ‘ The Beginning of the End’ standing toe to toe with the likes of ‘Closer’ and ‘Burn’. The most surprising track of the night was ‘The Great Destroyer’ which exuded the raw power and crushing power of the collapse of a thousand suns.
The ending two of the spellbinding ‘The Day The Whole World Went Away’ and the anthemic ‘Hurt’ brought the evening to an end in solemn and earth crushing bleakness but in a good way, almost a cathartic experience.
Nine Inch Nails setlist:
Somewhat Damaged, The Beginning of the End, Terrible Lie, March of the Pigs, Piggy, Reptile, Survivalism, Gave Up, Sanctified, Disappointed, All Time Low, The Warning, Closer, The Great Destroyer, Wish, Burn, The Hand That Feeds, Head Like a Hole
Encore: The Day the World Went Away, Hurt