An Omen EP - How to Destroy Angels

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 83
    With Atticus Ross, Reznor pieces together wintry electronic headphone epics and deftly threads Maandig's ghostly sensuality into enigmatic tapestries. [30 Nov 2012, p.73]
  2. Nov 15, 2012
    "Ice Age" is one of six songs on the group's fantastic new EP, and it stands out for singer Mariqueen Maandig's wisp of a voice.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    The first EP from How to Destroy Angels was, in fact, a fabulous mix of seduction and romanticism with a certain adrenaline. It wasn't an aggressive album although it was powerful in its own way. This Omen EP is somewhat flawed: there are no songs that will stick to your memory for days or even songs that will make check their names as they play on iTunes, but you can't say you didn't like it. For better or for worse, it's an album that you'll forget in a year but still an album you should be listening for a few days. Full Review »
  2. Dec 18, 2012
    How To Destroy Angels released their first EP back in 2010 and the only real fault I could find with their debut was that it sounded too much like Trent Reznor's other work, just with female vocals. This second EP definitely strays from Trent's normal sound but rather then settle on a sound of their own An Omen feels like Trent and his wife Mariqueen are wandering the wilderness in search of themselves. This becomes clear as soon as you hear the opening track "Keep it Together". It's minimalist and lacks any kind of real melody, a description that can be applied to the rest of the EP as well. In general, while enjoyable, An Omen feels like it's made by lost musicians; people doing what they enjoy but lacking direction at the same time. The second track, "Ice Age", stands as the high point with the rest of the EP lacking anything to make it particularly memorable. An Omen works quite well as background noise, but lacks the strength or spirit of an album that you actually feel like listening to. Hopefully How To Destroy Angels can find the sound they are looking for by the time they release their first full length album. Full Review »