Some might point to Trent Reznor's arrival in town as the probable motivation behind the creation of New Orleans industrial outfit Pleasures of Zero, but one need only listen to their first eponymous EP to see that Nine Inch Nails' commercial view of the form comprises just one small portion of the whole picture. That -- as gothic-styled offerings like "Phobia," "Gutterfly," and "Lucid" soon reveal -- is further fleshed out by no less immediate, but decidedly heavier influences like Skinny Puppy, KMFDM, and of course the ubiquitous Ministry. And with their mixture of clean-sung vocals and throat-rending screams, all six of these tracks possess a contemporary edge that certainly does them no harm -- a promising start.
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AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia