Better than: Literally and absolutely anything else you might have been doing.
Trent Reznor shelved Nine Inch Nails in 2009 and, for a while, it appeared as though the future lacked any recorded output or live performances from the sonic heretic -- at least any under the moniker with which he had initially risen to fame. The paradigm of Nine Inch Nails' music had shifted in a way that left many of the fans that initially found a home in Reznor's post-outsider art, feeling alienated. The soul of the music had changed with Reznor's aging and sobering. However, the formerly inconsolable synth masher returned in 2013 with a new Nine Inch Nails release, entitled Hesitation Marks, and a tour was announced.
Hesitation Marks didn't necessary win over the hearts of those fans and critics that expected something more starkly original or aggressive from a man that had defiantly reveled in progression through the '90s (particularly after such a long period of absence). But Nine Inch Nails' live performances have earned a reputation for being ritualistic experiences with little in the way of peers. The Tension tour stopped in South Florida last night, and NIN's reputation was validated in spades with jaw dropping visuals, perfectly defined sonics, and the flare for perfection that Reznor has wrestled with since his early days.