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INVSN – “Immer Zu”

That is one heavily graffitied sidewalk. They’re all pretty lame tags, though. Amateurs. Is white the only paint colour you know how to use?

Surely, we’re not the only ones reminded of a Nine Inch Nails video, here? Eyeball close-ups… a group of boots tromping across a desolate cityscape…

You’re probably wondering what an “immer zu” is. It appears to be a German expression that means “keep it up,” though there’s an interesting thread on Lonely Planet about its possible uses in waltzing.

“Immer Zu” comes from INVSN’s recent The Beautiful Stories album.

-Scott Bryson

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Odonis Odonis – Post Plague

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Like Year Zero-era Nine Inch Nails and Beyond The Black Rainbow coming together to soundtrack a dystopian near-future action film.

Odonis Odonis mutate into a different band with every outing (they’re on their third), and this is by far their sharpest and most punishing effort. An album full of Daleks yelling “Exterminate!” would have approximately the same cerebral impact.

Aside from a brief respite mid-record when they hit a stride that’s almost Smiths-like, these lads are on a single-minded mission to drill into your psyche and implant the fear of a “pending anthropogenic apocalypse.” They bring up an apt quotation from The Fly in the album’s press notes that we’ll repeat here: “I’m talking about penetration beyond the veil of the flesh! A deep penetrating dive into the plasma pool!”

Take a dive with “That’s How It Goes,” below.

-Scott Bryson

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Nine Inch Nails – “March Of The Pigs”

So much leather.

Twenty years later, the best part of this video is still the look on Reznor’s face when he does his ‘drop the mic,’ and the resulting chaos, as an assistant runs into the shot—is she touching up his makeup?—and a roadie tosses in a new microphone at the last possible second.

“March Of The Pigs” comes from The Downward Spiral.

-Scott Bryson

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Prick – “Animal”

It’s tough to untangle Prick’s self-titled album from Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral—a year apart, same label, joint tour, and Trent Reznor produced some of Prick’s tracks. Prick was NIN’s radio-friendly little brother.

Reznor and Prick mastermind Kevin McMahon didn’t stick together for long afterwards, mind you; Nothing dropped Prick before McMahon could produce a second disc. He eventually released The Wreckard independently, seven years later, but it was destined to play runner-up to a too-good debut.

Plenty of potential Batman villains in this video, though it’s hard to imagine how Tortoise Man might pose a threat to the Caped Crusader (and between us, the penguin dude in here would’ve gone over considerably better than Danny DeVito did).

-Scott Bryson

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Digital Noise Academy – “Melting Inside”

Han Solo might’ve tried a little harder to get that hyperdrive replaced if it meant he’d be flying through the disembodied heads of singing girls—especially ones singing things like “Let your tongue fall into mine.” This kinda light speed is the iTunes Visualizer of choice for scruffy-looking outer-space loners.

Members of Digital Noise Academy have worked with everyone from The Crystal Method to Nine Inch Nails, and there’s plenty of both—plus nebulae!—in this intergalactic dance-a-thon. They released a full-length, called Synemy, earlier this year.

-Scott Bryson

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