Nine Inch Nails has never been a band for the faint of heart. The industrial rock genre they helped bring to the forefront in the early 90s captured the minds of millions, not with otherworldly beauty or comforting soundscapes, but with harsh realities and equally obtrusive music. Their raucous work shattered society’s illusory mirror and took the scattered fragments to create a reflection as jarring as it is honest. Its inciting nature nurtured a dialogue for change and growth, but in recent years the band has seemed to hit a bit of a slump. They weren’t exactly flatlining, yet there was a sense that in their 20-year existence they settled into too comfortable of a groove. Enter Bad Witch. It’s fun, free-flowing, and hints at a band that for the first time in a while seems to be looking forward. In a time of tailor-made echo chambers where opinions can become ingrained without challenge, stepping out of your comfort zone has become near impossible. But on their latest offering, the band leads by example, breaking free from the shackles of their past while challenging comfort in every sense of the word.