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Welcome Oblivion
Welcome oblivion
HTDA - Welcome Oblivion album vinyl cover.jpg
Cover of the vinyl edition
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)
GenrePost-industrial, trip hop, electronica, electronic rock
  • 65:32 (standard edition)
  • 75:03 (vinyl edition)
  • 93:21 (w/ iTunes bonus disc)
ProducerHow to Destroy Angels
How to Destroy Angels chronology
An omen EP_
Welcome oblivion
Sigil numbers chronology
'Sigil 03'
Sigil 04
Singles from Welcome oblivion
  1. "How Long?"
    Released: January 31, 2013
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Consequence of Sound3/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times2.5/5 stars[3]
NME8/10 stars[4]
Toronto Star3/4 stars[6]

Welcome Oblivion (stylized as Welcome oblivion) is the debut & only studio album by American post-industrial group How to Destroy Angels. It was released on March 5, 2013 on Columbia Records.[8][9][10][11] It was described as sensual electronic rock by the Los Angeles Times.[12]


The release date for the album was announced on January 10, 2013, via the band's official blog.[9][11][13] The album cover for the vinyl edition and the track list was announced on January 31, 2013.[5] The iTunes version of the album included the six tracks that made up the band's first EP, How to Destroy Angels, as bonus tracks.

The music video for "How Long?", directed by London-based art collective Shynola, was released on January 31, 2013.[5][14]

The album was posted for streaming in its entirety on Pitchfork on February 19, 2013.[15]


The album was released on both CD and vinyl editions, with different artworks for each. The vinyl version also contained two extra tracks, "The Province of Fear" and "Unintended Consequences", as well as a slightly different running order. These songs were also included on a white label CD that accompanied the vinyl copy.[5]

Track listing

CD and digital editions
1."The Wake-Up"1:43
2."Keep It Together"4:27
3."And the Sky Began to Scream"3:57
4."Welcome Oblivion"3:46
5."Ice Age"6:53
6."On the Wing"4:52
7."Too Late, All Gone"6:15
8."How Long?"3:54
9."Strings and Attractors"4:28
10."We Fade Away"6:41
11."Recursive Self-Improvement"6:28
12."The Loop Closes"4:50
13."Hallowed Ground"7:18
Total length:65:32
Vinyl edition
1."The Wake-Up"1:43
2."Keep It Together"4:27
3."And the Sky Began to Scream"3:57
4."Ice Age"6:53
5."Welcome Oblivion"3:46
6."On the Wing"4:52
7."Too Late, All Gone"6:15
8."The Province of Fear"4:13
9."How Long?"3:54
10."Strings and Attractors"4:28
11."Recursive Self-Improvement"6:28
12."Unintended Consequences"5:18
13."We Fade Away"6:41
14."The Loop Closes"4:50
15."Hallowed Ground"7:18
Total length:75:03


The album personnel, as adapted from the liner notes:[15]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Gerber, Justin (March 6, 2013). "Album Review: How to Destroy Angels - Welcome oblivion". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Wood, Mikael. "Review: The cool and collected 'Welcome Oblivion'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ David Renshaw. "How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion". NME. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Currin, Grayson (March 6, 2013). "How to destroy angels_ - Welcome Oblivion". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Rayner, Ben (March 4, 2013). "Trent Reznor's new band How To Destroy Angels release Welcome Oblivion: album review". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Welcome Oblivion by How to Destroy Angels". Metacritic. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Minsker, Evan and Amy Phillips (January 31, 2013). "Watch: Trent Reznor's How to destroy angels_ Share New Video for "How Long?", Plus Album Art, Tracklist". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (January 10, 2013). "How to Destroy Angels 'Welcome Oblivion,' and New LP, With Tape-Mangling Video". Spin. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ Childers, Chad. "How to Destroy Angels to Release Debut Album 'Welcome Oblivion' in March". Loudwire. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ a b "How to Destroy Angels announce debut album Welcome Oblivion, share video for "The loop closes"". Consequence of Sound. January 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ Wood, Mikael (March 6, 2013). "Carly Rae Jepsen meets Nine Inch Nails; genius ensues". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ http://blog.destroyangels.com/post/40178862280/how-to-destroy-angels-the-loop-closes-from-an
  14. ^ Hilton, Robin (January 31, 2013). "Trent Reznor: New Band, New Song, New Video, Still Terrifying". NPR. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ a b "Stream How to destroy angels_: Welcome Oblivion on Pitchfork Advance pitchfork.com". February 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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