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Nine Inch Nails Announce ‘Not the Actual Events’ EP, Reissue ‘The Fragile’

The other day, Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor responded to Rolling Stone’s inquiry on a new album with, “Just wait and see what happens.”

Well, it happened. Not only are we getting a new Nine Inch Nails 5-song EP, titled Not the Actual Events, next week, but we’re getting a reissue of The Fragile to go along with vinyl releases of all of NIN’s albums!


The official NIN website is overloaded, but here are the full details.

LATE LAST YEAR, REZNOR DECLARED, “NEW NIN COMING IN 2016. OTHER STUFF, TOO.” THE OTHER STUFF AMOUNTED TO THE SCORES FOR NASA’S JUNO SHORT FILM, THE CLIMATE CHANGE DOCUMENTARY “BEFORE THE FLOOD” (FEATURING THE SONG “A MINUTE TO BREATHE”) AND THE ABOUT-TO-BE-RELEASED PETER BERG FILM “PATRIOTS DAY”. NOW JUST IN TIME HE MAKES GOOD ON THE NINE INCH NAILS SIDE OF THINGS.

NOT THE ACTUAL EVENTS, THE NEW 5 SONG EP WILL BE RELEASED NEXT FRIDAY, 12/23 WITH PREORDERS LIVE RIGHT NOW. THE EP FINDS REZNOR AND NOW OFFICIAL BANDMATE ATTICUS ROSS TAKING AN UNEXPECTED LEFT TURN FROM 2013’S HESITATION MARKS AND SOUNDING UNRECOGNIZABLE FROM THEIR CURRENT FILM WORK.

“It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make” said Reznor. “It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”

NOT THE ACTUAL EVENTS IS SELF-RELEASED AND WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS 12/23.  THE NIN STORE IS OFFERING TWO FORMATS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW:  180G 1-SIDED VINYL, AND A UNIQUE LIMITED DIGITAL + PHYSICAL COMPONENT VERSION.

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IN ADDITION, A VERY SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION OF THE FRAGILE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER IN THE NIN STORE.  THIS UNIQUE VERSION OF NIN’S CLASSIC RECORD WAS CREATED BY TRENT REZNOR AND ATTICUS ROSS AND FEATURES 37 INSTRUMENTAL, ALTERNATE AND UNRELEASED TRACKS, MANY OF WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN HEARD BEFORE ANYWHERE.

Said Reznor: ” ‘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 complimentary but different picture we wanted to share.”

THE FRAGILE: DEVIATIONS 1 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON ANY DIGITAL SERVICES AND ONLY AVAILABLE IN THIS FORMAT WHILE THIS LIMITED RUN LASTS.

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LASTLY, TRENT REZNOR AND NIN ART DIRECTOR JOHN CRAWFORD SET OUT TO MAKE THE “DEFINITIVE EDITIONS” OF ALL THE MAIN NIN RELEASES ON VINYL.

“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 THREE DEFINITIVE EDITIONS (BROKENTHE DOWNWARD SPIRAL AND THE FRAGILE) ARE AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW IN THE NIN STORE (SHIPPING SPRING ’17), WITH THE REST TO FOLLOW IN ’17.


20 Comments
  • sweetooth0

    my wallet is in agony!

  • Chris Destro Alexander

    Im all for it but how many times is he going to re-release The Fragile?

    • PsychoMantis18

      Well have you tried to purchase The Fragile on vinyl recently?

      • El PavliTo

        I’ve been waiting for this moment for too long.. used on ebay were close to 300£.. that’s too much..

    • M. Knepper

      I think this is the only time he’s re-released The Fragile. Plus, it’s not a re-release, it’s a full remaster. That doesn’t include Deviations 1 version, which is all the unreleased stuff we’ve (well I have been) waiting for for years.

      • Chris Destro Alexander

        On September 21, 2009—the tenth anniversary of the album’s release—a Nine Inch Nails official Twitter update hinted that a deluxe 5.1 surround audio reissue of The Fragile was in the works and was scheduled for a 2010 release.[31]

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    The Fragile re-issue is tempting. By far my fav NIN album.

    • PsychoMantis18

      It’s a remaster and about $300 cheaper than the original release. And he’s releasing a variant called Fragile Deviations 1 which is an album of alternate versions and left-over’s. Give him your monies.

  • mph23

    Wondering if shit will be political or not. Not that I mind, either way. Just curious.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Not just vinyl re-releases though – remasters

  • Munchie

    PUNK ROCK BRO

  • McGilli

    I want Deviations – in Hi-Res digital. I don’t want vinyl as I have no way to play it. The fact you can’t just order digital is frustrating – and surprising coming from Trent who usually allows a digital only purchase. $80USD for me just to get the digital versions is a bit much…

    • PsychoMantis18

      You can order ‘digital with a physical component’, so no need to get the vinyl if that’s not your thing, you filthy pleb.

    • huntermc

      If Trent doesn’t want your money, you can always pirate it. In fact, I’m sure he’s keenly aware of this scenario.

      • huntermc

        That said, I just dropped $160 for the new EP, The Fragile remaster, and the Fragile bonus tracks. And I don’t even own a record player.

        • El PavliTo

          Now THAT is true dedication right there.

    • DBZEROGRAVITY

      agreed. fuck vinyl

  • Ordered!

  • huntermc

    It should also be mentioned that the digital downloads of the Fragile remaster and Deviations will be available on 12/22, if you ordered the vinyl.

  • lostboy408

    The Fragile is hands down the best album that Reznor has released.

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