Welcome Oblivion (album)
From NinWikiHow To Destroy Angels. It is the band's first full-length release and their third release in all. It was released by Columbia Records on March 5th, 2013. It is labeled as Sigil 4.
Rob Sheridan describes the album's concept as "anxiety of information overload as humanity and technology converge and presenting technological singularity and post-humanism as both a terrifying and transformative moment for mankind and nature."
When downloaded from HTDA's official store, the tracks each come with their own artwork, a variation of the head from the album's art.
Asterisks indicate songs that previously appeared on An Omen EP.
Whilst the digital version of the album is officially listed as the same as the CD version, some download sites have listed it with the band's eponymous EP included as "bonus tracks".
An Omen EP, released November 2012, served as a precursor to the album, with four of its six tracks featuring on Welcome Oblivion, three of which had a music video.
The album was announced alongside the video release for "The Loop Closes," one of four tracks to be featured on both this album and An Omen EP. The first single to be released from the album (that was not already on An Omen EP) was "How Long?" on January 31st, accompanied by its music video and an announcement of the tracklisting and the vinyl's album art.
On February 19th, HTDA made "And The Sky Began To Scream" available for free via text service Maebe, the first song to be released on the service. The full CD/Digital version of the album was made available to stream in its entirety for free via Pitchfork on February 20th, and on the same day the band released pre-orders through their own website, and some new t-shirt designs linked to the album's artwork.
The Bug was originally to appear on the album, providing a musical hook for one of the tracks (which one is unknown). However, as Mariqueen Maandig "couldn't get happy with her voice on it"[sic], the hook was ultimately scrapped. The Bug has stated he'll use it in his own music in the future.
Like the band's first EP, the CD and vinyl versions of the album have different artwork. Due to a printing issue, the vinyl edition of the album was delayed until the 19th of March.
Written, arranged, programmed, performed,
Mixed by Alan Moulder
"We Fade Away" co-written/performed with Alessandro Cortini
Management: Rebel Waltz
Published by Cloudcover, Inc. (ASCAP), M'aidez (ASCAP), Songs in the key of mink, and modwheelmusic, inc. (ASCAP) for "We Fade Away" administered by Songs of Universal, Inc. (BMI)
For more information, see How To Destroy Angels Live 2013
HTDA's first live shows were played in the spring of 2013 as a short North American tour to promote Welcome Oblivion. The shows featured innovative production using light curtains made of LED-filled tubing, with dazzling visuals controlled from the stage by Rob Sheridan.