Ever since I was in high school, two bands have always remained at the top of my list, remaining unchanged for over 20 years. Anyone familiar with my articles will know that one of those bands is Pearl Jam. The other is on a different side of the spectrum—Nine Inch Nails.
Following the release of their first album, Pretty Hate Machine, in 1989, Nine Inch Nails has captivated the masses with their unique industrial sound. Furthermore, singer Trent Reznor has grown to become an icon to fans all over the world.
Nine Inch Nails has always been an outlet for me and Reznor, who is the mastermind behind everything Nine Inch Nails has released over the years. Reznor has stepped away from his baby numerous times to score soundtracks such as The Social Network (which won him an Oscar), The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl.
In 2009, Reznor officially put Nine Inch Nails on the shelf, and as the band concluded its final tour, fans like myself were understandably devastated.
Luckily, the call of Nine Inch Nails came back to Trent, and in 2013 he released a new album, Hesitation Marks. By the end of 2014, NIN was gone once again. That same year, Trent was named Chief Creative Officer for BEATS Music, a title he still holds today.
Then, in December of 2015, Reznor announced that a new NIN project would surface in 2016. No additional news or information was revealed, with Reznor and his partner in film scores, Atticus Ross, continuing their work on outside projects.
Then out of nowhere, Reznor announced a slew of awesome goodness for his fans. The first announcement is that a new EP, Not The Actual Events, will be released on December 23rd, 2016. Reznor worked on the EP with Atticus Ross, who has been promoted to a full-time band member. In a press release, Reznor stated:
“It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”
I know I am not the only one eager to find out what the EP is going to sound like, as Reznor’s music has evolved over the years from hard industrial, to a more atmospheric sound with a touch of the electronic music done in a way only Trent can. As a vinyl collector, the second announcement definitely piqued my interest.
The NIN masterpiece, The Fragile, is set to be re-released as a 4 LP vinyl set featuring 37 bonus tracks and clocking in at a whopping 150 minutes. Titled, The Fragile: Deviations 1, there will be no digital release of this set, and it will only be available on vinyl.
“The Fragile occupies a very interesting and intimate place in my heart. I was going through a turbulent time in my life when making it and revisiting it has become a form of therapy for me. As an experiment, I removed all the vocals from the record and found it became a truly changed experience that worked on a different yet compelling level. The Fragile: Deviations 1 represents Atticus and I embellishing the original record with a number of tracks from those sessions we didn’t use before. The result paints a complementary but different picture we wanted to share,” Reznor explained during his press release.
As of now, they are going to do one pressing of the set and once they are gone, they are gone. Finally, Reznor also announced that he is working with art director John Crawford to create “definitive editions of all the major NIN releases on vinyl.”
Commenting on the re-issues, Reznor said, “We want to present the catalog as it was intended to be, with no compromises. That means a careful remastering of the audio from the original sources, a painstaking recreation of the artwork, pristine materials, some surprises and an insane attention to detail that you probably won't notice… but it matters to us. No extra bullshit and gimmicks—the 'real' records in their truest form.”
The first albums to get the treatment will be Broken, Downward Spiral, and The Fragile. I can see into the future and say with certainty that next year, there will be quite a few NIN selections featured in my "Vinyl of the Week" articles. With all of this exciting news to close out the year, Trent Reznor is my Santa Claus. Now if we could only we can get a tour in 2017.
Be sure to look for my review of the Not The Actual Events EP in next week’s Playlist. You can go to NIN.com to pre-order the limited release LPs as well as the new EP. If you will excuse me, I am going to listen to some of my favorite NIN tracks. Be sure to check out a few of my recommendations where you can truly see the evolutionary process of the band.
Into The Void
Hand That Feeds
Came Back Haunted
Speaking of bands that go away for years at a time, check out where some of your favorites are and if they will be back anytime soon. Also, if you didn’t get a chance to watch, take a look at what happened at this year’s Revolver Music Awards.