While we critically derided the record recently, Memphis May Fire’s Broken isn’t an irredeemable album. A generally competent musical performance is given by all members of the band, and there’s even a couple standout songs. However, the album’s material mostly misses the mark, marred by a series of missteps via both musical choices and execution, as well as poor promotion overall by their label. It’s not a surprise that Broken also suffered their worst chart performance since The Hollow.
Nine Inch Nails likely did more for industrial rock and metal than any other band, both from a critical and commercial standpoint. While their magnum opus is often considered 1994’s The Downward Spiral, preceding that landmark record was 1992’s Broken EP. The album is a short, yet effective burst of industrial metal that is still some of the angriest music put to tape. Trent Reznor was pissed.