Best Albums: NIN, Chelsea Wolfe, Gorguts, Neko Case, Volcano Choir, MLIW, King Khan

This week’s best albums

– After a four-year hiatus, Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails returns and proves that it’s not living in the past.

Chelsea Wolfe presents her third full-length, an album with a breathtaking range of sounds and sonic theatrics.

– Extreme-metal outfit Gorguts returns from a protracted layoff with a pair of new members from Dysrhythmia.

– With her first album since 2009, Neko Case offers more sophisticated songwriting with a glut of guest contributors.

Volcano Choir — comprised of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and friends from Collections of Colonies of Bees — releases a sophomore effort that’s more in touch with traditional songwriting conventions.

– Midwestern hardcore band Modern Life Is War comes back from a half-decade break with strengthened songwriting chops.

King Khan & The Shrines return with the usual hijinks — and a killer horn section.

Honorable mentions

Califone: Stitches (Dead Oceans)

Helms Alee / Ladder Devils split EP (Brutal Panda)

Jackson and His Computerband: Glow (Warp)

Jenks Miller: Spirit Signal (Northern Spy)

North Mississippi Allstars: World Boogie Is Coming (Songs of the South)

Okkervil River: The Silver Gymnasium (ATO)

Mark Pritchard: Lock Off EP (Warp)

Watain: The Wild Hunt (Century Media)