Wednesday 19 September 2018

Review: Various Artists – 'We're In This Together: A Tribute To Nine Inch Nails'

'We're In This Together: A Tribute To Nine Inch Nails' 

Only a month after their impressive tribute to Bile, the Tribulations team unleash to arguably the biggest band to ever come out of the industrial scenes, Nine Inch Nails. There have been a few tribute albums to NIN over the years, including piano, lullaby, acoustic, and string quartet versions... so the contributing artists have their work cut out for them to come up with some different variations on the ample source material.

Acts such as Corlyx, Killchild, Man Woman Machine, Acidrodent, Visions In Black, Marc Lowe, The Cryptids and more take on iconic tracks such as 'Reptile', 'Wish', 'Heresy', 'Hurt', 'Into The Void', 'The Becoming', 'Gave Up', and Something 'I Can Never Have.

The variations in artistic styles are far greater her than say the previous Bile compilation, and some acts stick close to the source material while others go off in other directions. It's a shame there are two versions of 'The Becoming', and 'Reptile' – while both versions of each track are great – with no representation from 'Year Zero' or 'Hesitation Marks' it feels like the album could have covered more ground.

As with all compilations the mastering ties things together nicely once again by creating a cohesive sound from amidst the various genres at play here. Even with some major stylistic shifts in the track list the album flows nicely from start to finish.

Nine Inch Nails are a band that have been covered many times and in many different ways. Approaching this as a tribute album curator or a contributing artist is no small feat, and everyone involved once again deserves praise. And if this wasn't enough we can expect a tribute to Front Line Assembly in the near future as well.

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