To be fair, with the amount of records in their catalogue, I can easily see them picking some dross. Possibly the arena setting; they've been great every time I've seen them, but that has always been smaller venues.
^early heavy drone/doom Boris were good live (maybe not in an arena) but dull on record
mid-period, Pink era, fuzzed out riff maniac Boris were incredible, just badass
nowadays shoegazer Boris bore the life out of me.
Havent really been following NIN developments and I could be wrong here but didnt they make a big deal out of not needing major labels anymore a few years ago?
Yeah Trent was vocal about downsides of record labels not that long ago, even went on in an interview about having to compromise artistic integrity and freedom when you're tied to a label, but as a brand NIN benefits from better marketing power that a label can help with. Year Zero had a great viral promotion behind it, but i'm guessing that his last 3 NIN releases didn't generate the amount of buzz that he expected. I expected this once How to Destroy Angels (his side project) partnered up with a label.