Well, more like that these albums feel more like carefully made concept rather than a collection of random experiments, which is what I am seeing Ghost I-IV to be, don't get me wrong, they are amazing for what they are, but I feel like these are far more developed and complete albeit not as varied.
I have browsed the YZ ARG pages when they were still live, It's some good shit that only adds to the enjoyment of the album. YZ is probably my most listened to the album overall, not just on last.fm. Regardless of it's concept, I feel like it is the most fun to listen to in the whole NIN discography BECAUSE it's noisy but in all the best ways, some songs are downright funky (Survivalism, God Given, Capital G, Meet Your Master), some are trippy as hell, like The Good Soldier outro with the Downward Spiral motif, the Great Destroyer outro, Vessel, My Violent Heart, It's crazy. And it's all emotionally balanced out with some more somber moments in the end, like In This Twilight, Another Version Of the Truth and Zero Sum.
It's been a one-man project by Trent for the longest of time, Trent does get a band to play on the live shows, but he writes, plays and performs the majority of the stuff himself with a few small cameos here and there from other artists, as of 2016 Atticus Ross is part of the songwriting process and part of the band, so it's a "duo" now.
I find it really carthatic, I've been basically listening to Locusts non-stop, not only that, it is also an expertly crafted Dark Ambient with superb production. Trent hasn't been this dark and spooky since at least Downward Spiral, just amazing all around
The new album(s) are absolutely great, some of the best NIN instrumentals Together is reminiscent of Still and Locusts is some crazy creepy dark stuff, it's just fucking great, I love this so sososo much aaaaaaaa