Ex-NIN man Richard Patrick returns to fill some big industrial shoes
With the demise of Nine Inch Nails (Richard Patrick served as a one-time guitarist), there are some pretty big industrial shoes to fill and Filter have waited long enough to step into them. More industrial than 08’s ‘Anthems For The Damned’, this fifth effort should slip them into that position. With lyrics pointed towards Patrick’s flaws (check out the opening three tracks) ‘…Angels’ brings together the coarse rock grooves of ‘Absentee Father’ reminiscent of Alice In Chains) with more poetic fragile expressions like ‘Fades Like A Photograph (Dead Angel)’. The only dodgy aspect being the unfortunate vocoder on Patrick’s vocal (‘The Inevitable Relapse’), recalling Cher’s ‘Believe’. Almost celestial.