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Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

  • Summary: The 15-track surprise release is one of the two new albums (Ghosts V: Together being the other) that continues Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' instrumental Ghosts series.
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  • Record Label: The Null Corporation
  • Genre(s): Industrial, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Experimental Ambient, Industrial Metal
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 1, 2020
    Reznor’s letter paints Ghosts V: Together as hopeful and Ghosts VI: Locusts as fearful, but the moods evoked by both are too richly layered to just dichotomize the two records along such bold lines. ... Locusts harbors pockets of peaceful reflection (such as the one-two respite of “Trust Fades” and “A Really Bad Night”).
  2. 85
    If destruction is more your appetite, then Ghosts VI: Locusts provides an aural embodiment of the uncertainty and discourse.
  3. Mar 27, 2020
    The last thirty minutes or so of Ghosts VI: Locusts feels that little bit more cathartic and rewarding by the end of it. What starts off as simple, sombre piano notes eventually swells up to synthetic ambiences, and the rise of a mechanically unsettling apex for the album’s closing quarter. Both of these albums require time set aside to really benefit from their journeys, but it’s time well spent if you’re willing to accept it.
  4. 80
    On the other hand, Part 2 is as unsettling as a record entitled ‘Locusts’ should be. ... What follows is a collection of music that is both deeply cinematic – ‘The Worriment Waltz’ is positively Hitchcockian, ‘Trust Fades’ could be lifted from one of Akira Yamaoka’s acclaimed Silent Hill soundtracks – and yet comes over much like you’d imagine the end of the world would sound.
  5. Mar 27, 2020
    The music turns much darker Ghosts VI, which, by proxy, makes it the more interesting of the two. ... Unlike the first Ghosts collection, these albums feel like distinct artistic statements.
  6. Apr 28, 2020
    As a reflection of the times, Ghosts VI: Locusts might be the more accurate soundtrack to a world on the brink of an uncertain future, wiping away any goodwill fostered by the deceptive serenity of Ghosts V: Together.
  7. Mar 31, 2020
    These two Ghosts volumes feel much more concrete and ambitious than the original quartet. Each has its own clear-cut identity, too: Volume six (Locusts) is where the dread creeps in. ... Yet without Together’s relatively rousing melodic template and pacing to propel it, Locusts often feels like its titular swarm, devouring itself for 80-plus minutes until there’s not much left by the end.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 30, 2020
    Perhaps it was pure coincidence, perhaps Reznor and Atticus were simply reading the zeitgeist, but Ghosts VI: Locusts immediately stands outPerhaps it was pure coincidence, perhaps Reznor and Atticus were simply reading the zeitgeist, but Ghosts VI: Locusts immediately stands out as the definitive soundtrack to a world on fire. Expand
  2. May 29, 2020
    Thrilling and complete, Ghosts VI: Locust sees Nine Inch Nails improving on their instrumental prowess like never before.
  3. Apr 3, 2020
    Worthies of my library (3/15):
    - Run Like Hell
    - Trust Fades
    - A Really Bad Night

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