How to Destroy Angels
Former NIN frontman Trent Reznor has crafted a new album with the razor-edged talents of How To Destroy Angels; a collective that includes his wife and singer Mariqueen Maandig, art director Rob Sheridan and composer Atticus Ross. The album is called Welcome Oblivion, released this month, and includes the mournfully melodic track How Long. Complete with Joy Division bass twangs and a slow-time beat and shuffle. On its own the track is almost gentle, but combined with the video it packs a subtle punch with a simple message. How long do we have left? Or How Long will the human race actually survive in the wake of the apocalyptic events that will eventually consume the current paradigm of the planet?
The video could initially be an observation of primitive man exploring the uncertain boundaries of a world that is dark and brimming with mystery.
But then it switches up a gear and you can see the aeon-old struggle about to be played out. The strong survive and the weak are meat.
For me the video plunges deep into the heart of my vision of Yellow Dawn (The Age of Hastur). A post-apocalyptic universe for some of my novels and a setting for the role-playing game with the same title. Out in the new Wilderness, survivors have reverted to primitive states of existence, their descent occasionally interrupted by the arrival of travellers who bring fragments of a former, high-tech world with them.
How Long, indeed?
THE BLACK LAKE: The Earth has been ravaged by an event known as Yellow Dawn. Ten years later, survivors are putting lives back together and probing the frontiers of a new Wilderness; whilst overhead the orbital colonies slide across the sky, removed and unaffected. Five men leave the fortress island of Malta on an expedition to the sub-Arctic waters above Scotland. They intend to undertake scientific observations of an alien meteorological phenomenon that has followed the apocalyptic event. What they find is a cosmic horror that seethes amongst the shadows of a shattered Earth. It is a story of escape and wonder, of madness and terror. David J Rodger’s trademark unforgiving rendering of harsh reality, and relentless narrative pace, are here in palm-sweating abundance, delivered in a novel that tears open a rent in the boundary of reality, providing a nerve-jarring glimpse of the Outer Chaos and the horrors that lurk just beyond the threshold of our fragile, human existence.
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