Nine Inch Nails go one better, dropping an avalanche of hits while still feeling utterly cutting-edge. It doesn’t hurt that compositions like Wish, Heresy, March Of The Pigs, Sanctified and Burn were so far ahead of their time when released that contemporary players are still racing to catch up, but it’s the sheer relentlessness and machine-tooled accuracy that puts them on a different level tonight. Everything from the jittery single-camera video capture to the ingenious silhouetting in their light show feels thoroughly planned and painstakingly executed, with recent offerings like The Lovers and Less Than delivering the same electric urgency. Dropping in quick succession, Closer, The Perfect Drug, The Hand That Feeds and a chaotic, guitar-smashing Head Like A Hole bring a climactic catharsis that’s needed after a weekend like this. But then we’re plunged under once more by the skin-crawling Reptile and Even Deeper before spine-tingling closer Hurt sets us free.
Hopefully we’ll have recovered in time to see how America’s finest festival levels up once again this time next year.