Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore, 04/30/2013
While many may lament the shift in Trent Reznor’s emphasis away from the harder edge and abrasive sounds of Nine Inch Nails toward the more melancholy and lush ambience of How to Destroy Angels, it can’t be denied that the act has garnered a significant amount of acclaim. Blending angelic melodies courtesy of vocalist Mariqueen Maandig (and sometimes Reznor), backed by the noisy constructions of Reznor, Atticus Ross, Rob Sheridan, and live member Alessandro Cortini, How to Destroy Angels may not be as angry as Nine Inch Nails, but is no less compelling in its artistry and musical intrigue.
With a visual style that can best be describe as a minimalist exercise in 21st century technoid psychedelia, the true impact of How to Destroy Angels’ music is best felt in the live environment, as demonstrated by this photo gallery, provided by Katherine Gaines, courtesy of Ambient Eye Photography. Taken at the band’s performance on Walpurgisnacht – April 30, 2013 – at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD, the witchy and dreamlike qualities of the music and visuals come together with resounding poignancy, draped in vertical shrouds of light and color.
All photographs by Katherine Gaines
Courtesy of Ambient Eye Photography