I had great expectations for How to Destroy Angels, the side project Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor shares with his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, and soundtrack collaborator Atticus Ross.

I had expected the project to retain the "Reznor-NIN" sound, while allowing Trent to break new ground outside the boundries he has set for NIN. While sonically not a NIN ripoff, the HtDA EP 'An Omen' didn't stray far from the beaten path...you could imagine any of the songs - sans Mariquuen's wispy vocals, and a little tweaking - on a Nine Inch Nails album. Not as adventurous as I'd hoped, but a step in the right direction.

Moving on to their latest effort, the full album 'Welcome Oblivion'. Nine Inch Nails fans will likely be more accepting of this effort, as Trent contributes backup vocals. And it's dark. Very dark. And industrial.

Stream all of 'Welcome Oblivion' here, an experience that allows you to engage with album art, lyrics, credits, track listings, artist info, and more while you listen. It takes a little work to navigate the site, but once you do, it's an immersive visual experience paired with the audio. Imagine watching a TV with bad reception, but great audio.

If you like what you hear, the album hits the streets on March 5th, or pre-order it here.