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Trent Reznor on New Nine Inch Nails Album: “Just wait and see what happens.”

Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor Photo Credit: Rob Sheridan
Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor Photo Credit: Rob Sheridan

It’s December 14th, which means there’s only 17 days left in 2016. It also leaves us with three Fridays until the New Year. Why is this important? Because a year ago this week, Trent Reznor tweeted, “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.

It’s been a busy year for Reznor, who is deeply embedded into Apple’s Music service, which is now boasting 20 million subscribers.

While allegedly working on a new Nine Inch Nails album, he’s also been scoring various films with partner Atticus Ross, which include the climate-change doc Before the Flood and terrorism drama Patriots Day.

It’s been a long wait for Nine Inch Nails fans, who have been on pins and needles since Reznor teased them, only to see month after month pass by without even a single. Back in October Reznor even reiterated his promise, refusing to make excuses or cover up his words, telling a fan that “2016 is not over yet.”

Here we sit on the cusp of 2017 with nothing but the Oscar-winning musician’s word – one that continues to tease that he’ll deliver on his promise.

In a new Rolling Stone interview, they reminded Reznor of his tweet, “Those words did come out of my mouth, didn’t they?” he says bluntly. Then he feigns surprise. “Oh, yeah, it’s December, isn’t it?” He pauses. “Just wait and see what happens.”

Just let that wash over you for a second.

He’s not only teasing a new Nine Inch Nails, but he’s making it sound as if he’s going to drop bombs on the music world that’s going to change the landscape. I’d be remiss to point out that Reznor has been on the forefront with new music distribution by surprise dropping and selling various editions of his 2008 instrumental box set, Ghosts, while also offering free digital downloads of The Slip the same year (allowing fans to pre-order a physical copy if they so chose to do so).

Yes, Reznor is an innovator and is always breaking new ground, which should could lead to one of the biggest entertainment surprises in 2016.

Just how excited are you right now?



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COMMENTS

57 Comments
  • dangerzone79

    I have heard one of the tracks. I assure you, the wait is worth it.

    • ArmitageX

      Don’t tease me, sir.

  • Josh Evans

    Not a fan of pop music, but I’m sure those who are will be very excited by this news.

    • M4t Moore

      I feel your pain Josh. Almost every week I have to stop listening to music I love just because it reaches a certain point of “pop”ularity. I even had to by a new car the other day because I started seeing too many green cars on the road. You might want to keep an eye on the cat population as well, I hear cats are mightly popular on FaceBook nowadays…

      • Darren Kerr

        BOOM!!!

      • Saturn

        Meh, you can keep your sell-out corporate green ar – I’m much more underground and real with my old rusty mountain bike….

      • Ron Crider

        So let me get this right… You don’t listen to things you love, because… Others start to love the same thing? So you let others opinions affect you to such a level that just by the mere acceptance of the music you love… You will let that effect how you feel about something? Weak.

        • M4t Moore

          I thought for sure my comment was so outlandishly sarcastic that I didn’t have to say it actually was sarcastic!

    • PsychoMantis18

      If you’re referring to NIN, you may need to learn the definition of ‘pop’.

    • Ron Crider

      Industrial, not pop

      • Josh Evans

        Sure.

        • PsychoMantis18

          So no idea what Industrial music is either..

          • Josh Evans

            Big fan of industrial. Nin is nothing of the sort.

          • PsychoMantis18

            Big fan of a genre you can’t identify, okay.

            Lesson for today – As far as music-genre’s are concerned, NIN is an Industrial band.

          • Josh Evans

            Disagree, enjoy your pop. 🙂

          • PsychoMantis18

            Not up for debate as it’s not a matter of opinion – you are wrong.

            And I will continue to enjoy ‘my’ pop cause i’m not a pretentious twit who judges art based on its genre.

          • Josh Evans

            You genre scientist you. 😉

          • PsychoMantis18

            Yup, i’m a scientist cause you can’t identify music genres.

          • Josh Evans

            You seem rather triggered? Will you be alright genre scientist or do you want a safe space?

          • huntermc

            It’s like heavy metal, but with drum machines and samples, right?

          • PsychoMantis18

            Can be heavy, can be groovy, but the second part is spot on – crafted noise, samples, drum-loops and machines, “dark” electronics; all applicable to NIN.

    • Pesco

      It’s fine if you don’t want to classify NiN as Industrial, I guess. Trent has always avoided genre labels for NiN.

      It’s fine if you don’t like NiN either, but being petty and calling it pop is lame. Who are your favorite bands, o great connoisseur of music?

      • Josh Evans

        Sarcasm noted and filed away. Skinny Puppy, Throbbing Gristle, Psyclon Nine, The Art of Noise,and Skeletonwitch are mainstays on my listening rotation. But I like a lot of things, aside from these and some others it’s often an adjusting list. That said, Trent is a terrible human being. I’ve had personal experiences with him and, straight up, he is trash. His music at its best was derivative of other great bands at the time and is now, based upon my limited samplings of it, merely vapid electro-pop soundscapes. Pop is pop. It does not forge new paths. Like Nin if you want to, but getting defensive about genre is a waste of anger.

        • Pesco

          Yeah even without knowing him at all I’d go out on a limb and say Trent wouldn’t be comparable to Mother Theresa, but I’m not trying to have a social relationship with the guy.

          We have different music taste for sure, but it looks like the bands you mentioned are good at what they do. No anger, and thanks for your reply.

          • Josh Evans

            Yeah, I was being flippant in my initial comment and I probably pissed a lot of people off…thanks for having an actual conversation with me. I should have been nicer in the way I worded things.

  • Jeremy Stewart

    Meh, if it doesn’t come out this year, no sweat. He just had his 4th kid the other day, so I expect he might be a bit busy for a while.

  • PoisonPen

    I’m always excited…and I can’t wait to hear what he produces next. I have had a blast listening to everything he has ever done. I’ll hold out hope for the next three weeks LOL! Kat

  • Saturn

    So Christmas Eve/Day, or going to leave it until about the stroke of midnight on New Year’s?

  • I Am Colossus

    So they didn’t include that last album I noticed…..maybe because of the song EVERYTHING….that shit was a dumbass mistake in an otherwise flawless catalog

    • PsychoMantis18

      It’s a dumbass mistake to call something a dumbass mistake cause you didn’t like it.

      • I Am Colossus

        Hush dumbass

    • Pesco

      I don’t like “Everything” either, but one song does not ruin an album for me. Custom playlist, ya know?

      The album was totally worth it for me because of Find My Way, All Time Low, Satellite, Various Methods of Escape, and While I’m Still Here.

      • I Am Colossus

        I didnt say I disliked the album…. I pretty much just HATE the one track… But…. When that “green day cover” was released as a single…this site came down on the album and track… Just sayin

  • Rodney Moore

    I used to be a fan of nine inch nails AND Trent reznor. That was until he started associating with Apple. Then he started supporting Hillary. Both are big no-no’s as they are both bad entities. Who care’s about Trent reznor? One less, at least.

    • PsychoMantis18

      Wow, what a stupid comment.

    • Pesco

      1. He associated with Beats, and then Apple bought out Beats. And if I read the stories at the time correctly, he continued the relationship because he felt like he could still have a positive influence.
      2. I’d rather he supported Hillary than Trump, who basically stands for everything Trent has sung against.
      3. I care.
      4. Bye.

      • Nahuel Benvenuto

        actuall hillary is the real monster, just do your research 🙂

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      wtf has that anything to do with anything

    • Mace Elliott

      This election was far beyond politics as usual. What bugs me about it is that everyone who can either sing, act, perform, etc, had to let you know who they support. I’m interested in artistic expression, and listening to music, watching movies, whatever. But when these people begin to get on with a political stump speech, I cannot help but wonder why I should be listening to them. I don’t know them for their economic expertise, their commendable social contributions, their government experience, or their prior service in the armed forces. I know them because they are entertainers/artists. Plain and simple, I give them money to produce enjoyable content. So why exactly do they give these stump speeches over who’s bad and who’s good? It’s all arrogance and extreme delusions of grandeur. You get deals, shows, fame, shake some hands, make a lot of dough, and you forget exactly what you are. They’re just people, the only difference between you and them is that they believe that someone cares about their opinion on national policy, whereas you know nobody gives a damn about yours, so you generally keep it to yourself. It’s not a good reason to cut yourself off from their art, it can still be appreciated. We’re all human, and many of us have poor judgement in who we’d prefer to lead or represent us. Can’t dig on that fact. For example, is Katy Perry’s political affiliations going to distract you from her chest? Is Trent Reznor’s opinion going to make you cover your ears throughout all of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? Probably not.

      Also, it’s profitable to associate with Apple. Money makes the world go round. Buy stock.

    • huntermc

      Eh, I can appreciate his music without having to agree with everything else he does.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Well i’ve had an unstoppable erection over this since last December.

  • James Allard

    Homer with a pork chop…. Mmmmmmmmm…. drool.

  • DetroitFaninVan

    My guess is we hear new NIN on the 18th. 1 year after he tweeted the tease…

  • McGilli

    NIN.COM is gone as of right now….. Dec 16 10am PDT

    Good chance it’s being reworked for a re-release with all new goodies?!?!

  • Tadeusz Lorenzo Potocki

    Who cares. Reznor is a misanthropic modern diva. He’s like a copy of a copy of a poster of a remake of himself, and none of his reincarnated copies can tell him if any of them were ever real. The existential dude* needs to read some books get some material. Also, he needs to expunge his vocals from his music, and stop posing so much. Grow up, you’re not 20 anymore, have some respect. ……………………………Sorry gents, but, admit it. He’s washed up. Peace be to him, thanks for the 90’s and all that jazz. But, once the drug clean up crew comes in. It’s over. I know. What a negative SOB. Well, @##$ it, at least it’s honest.

    • Mace Elliott

      You know, I really like the old stuff, but when With Teeth came along I felt like the sound had changed or something. Everything after that just seemed, like you suggested, a reincarnated copy. I think he really found his place when he started doing more work in films. He’s got a great talent in that arena, and I’m looking forward to more of it in the future, especially with Fincher. As for his new work under NIN, I can’t say that I’m at all interested. To be honest, I thought he was done with NIN after he started doing more soundtrack stuff. Moving on to the next thing, you know? Perhaps he should throw in that towel and focus more on his collaborations in film, but it doesn’t make any sense to do so if there’s still an audience and a market for NIN (I’m applying business sense here). I may be alone in this, but I think The Fragile was the last great thing that he had to offer. I doubt there is anyone (over 30) who could suggest otherwise with a straight face. The 90’s was great, but just like with Manson the original charm is no longer there in the 21st century. But hey, if there’s a bunch of teenie boppers out there that get wet to the idea of something new from Trent, more power to em. Keep on selling.

      • Tadeusz Lorenzo Potocki

        Thanks for an honest replay. I couldn’t agree more. Especially the part about films. That’s where he does excell. As for the cheese? Well, the cheese is the cheese. I’m surprised though it has any value when you have so much of it.

    • PsychoMantis18

      The fuck is this drivel?

      • Tadeusz Lorenzo Potocki

        Nothing that should interest you BUCKO!

        • PsychoMantis18

          Thanks for clearing that up.

          • Tadeusz Lorenzo Potocki

            You got it brother. Cheers.

    • huntermc

      Yep, just a washed up has been who’s racked up multiple Oscar & Grammy nominations & awards over the last several years.

      • Tadeusz Lorenzo Potocki

        His film work is in fact exceptional. His NIN work isn’t. He could be knighted by the Queen of England, and it still wouldn’t change the fact that he’s still selling the same on story. He’s not an artist anymore. He’s a carpenter. And his new CD is just another house he needs to furnish.

        • PsychoMantis18

          You’re an idiot.

          • Tadeusz Lorenzo Potocki

            To takes one to know one. BUCKO!

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