Remember back in January when “This Is A Trent Reznor Song” went viral and could be heard all over the internet? Well, looks like the guy that wrote it, Freddy Scott, loved the attention so much that he created a music video to accompany the track. But it’s not just any music video. Instead, it PERFECTLY parodies a multitude of Nine Inch Nails videos. Seriously, the guy nailed the aesthetics.
Check out the video below! READ MORE
On Monday, I recommended that horror synth fans check out M. Akers. Today I’m going in a different direction by aiming my suggestion at fans of bands such as Tool, Russian Circles, Katatonia, and similar post/progressive rock/metal bands. However, there’s also dashes on industrial rock, a lá Nine Inch Nails, so be prepared for some eclectic music!
Today’s recommendation is Canada’s Gustavo De Beauville, who last month released a new album entitled Volume 1, which you can stream in full below. De Beauville has garnered a lot of acclaim with his work in The Unravelling and their album 13 Arcane Hymns, which won an Alberta Metal Award. Volume 1 is solely De Beauville, even recording, producing, mixing, and mastering.
Head on down to check out the music! READ MORE
For a long time now, horror and licensed soundtracks have been a killer combination (no pun intended). From Lost Boys and “Cry Little Sister” to the gold certified Scream 3 to the metal and industrial-laden soundtracks of the Saw franchise, some of the best licensed soundtracks have come from the blackened depths of horror. That’s what got me thinking, “If I had to compare a subgenre to a band, who would I choose?”
So I came up with a list of 10 bands that I feel near perfectly represent 10 different horror subgenres and I wanted to share it with you! Head on below, check it out, and weigh in with your opinions in the comment section! READ MORE
Legendary industrial group Nine Inch Nails have announced that they will be embarking on a summer tour that will be co-headlined by grunge rockers Soundgarden. Direct support comes from experimental hip hop group Death Grips. The tour kicks off July 19th in Las Vegas, NV and finishes on August 25th in Los Angeles, CA.
NIN will be touring in support of their 2013 album Hesitation Marks while Soundgarden will be supporting 2012′s King Animal.
Head below for tour dates. READ MORE
As I stated in this article, I’m not the biggest fan of grunge rockers Nirvana. But I do love it when someone takes a song and gives it their own spin. Well, if it’s done right, of course.
This is a time when a cover is done right. Multi-instrumentalist/singer Kawehi has posted a cover of the classic Nirvana track “Heart-Shaped Box” where she performs all the parts through a looper, creating a full bodied track that is immediately identifiable yet unique and refreshing. I wholly recommend going down below to check it out (along with her cover of Nine Inch Nails‘ “Closer”).
You can provide some last-minute support to her crowd sourcing effort here. READ MORE
As the headline so eloquently puts it, today marks the 20th anniversary of Nine Inch Nails‘ classic album The Downward Spiral. This album is widely considered the group’s finest release, with such incredible tracks as “Closer”, “Hurt”, and “March Of The Pigs”.
It also featured some notable personnel, including Chris Vrenna (Tweaker, composer of American McGee’s Alice), Adrian Belew (King Crimson), Charlie Clouser (composer of Saw), Danny Lohner (Renholdër), and more.
Upon release the album was a critical success, reaching number two on the US Billboard 200 and going on to achieve multiple platinum status. I personally own the deluxe 2xLP vinyl and it’s a joy to put on.
Let’s celebrate this album by you telling me your favorite Nine Inch Nails song (from any album) in the comments below! READ MORE
In a video post on their Instagram page, Nine Inch Nails seem to be announcing that new tour dates will be scheduled and revealed. The video shows the classic NIN logo followed by flashes of locations around the world, which suggest that the Asia/Australia/Latin America/Europe tour mentioned on their Facebook cover photo will be getting dates soon. The band will be touring in support of last year’s Hesitation Marks.
You can watch a near 80 minute live performance of NIN from last year’s “Tension” tour below. READ MORE
While many horror movies have incredible scores that resonate and vibrate our very bones every time we hear them, sometimes you want to know exactly how a horror villain is going to destroy his/her/its prey in the most metal way possible. That thought process also crossed the minds of Australian industrial metal band Our Last Enemy and they’ve been kind enough to whip up some suggestions exclusively for us! So head on down to check out their “10 Songs That Should Be Horror Movie Villain Themes”!
Make sure to pre-order their new album Pariah, which drops next Tuesday from Eclipse Records, via iTunes. READ MORE
Okay, so this is more than a few years late but it’s still awesome and I have a feeling many of you might not have heard this. Below is a fantastic mash up that takes the classic track “Come Together” from The Beatles and mashes it with Nine Inch Nails‘ haunting, erotic staple “Closer”. The end result is an awesome mix that works surprisingly well.
Head on down to give it a listen! READ MORE
Bassist Zander Zon has posted an incredible solo bass cover of Nine Inch Nails‘ classic track “Hurt”. While the title says that it’s a cover of NIN’s, I personally think it sounds more like a cover of Johnny Cash‘s 2002 cover. So, it’s a cover of a cover. We’re definitely going deeper here.
Back to the topic at hand, Zon does an amazing job of covering “Hurt”, each section he does something new and exciting so as to keep the interest of the listener and viewer. It’s well worth a few minutes, so get down there and click on that ‘Play’ button! READ MORE
Musician Freddy Scott posted a parody track yesterday entitled “This Is A Trent Reznor Song”, which pokes fun at how Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor writes music. The music is very similar to the recent single “Copy Of A”, which comes from Hesitation Marks.
Scott has stated that he is a “super huge fan” of Reznor, so this is just to be taken as a lighthearted poke. Head on down to check it out! READ MORE
Update: The Grammys are now taking down every video that shows the Nine Inch Nails/Queens Of The Stone Age performance.
The 2014 Grammy Award ceremony has come and gone. For this section, the only real positive thing to make mention of is that Black Sabbath won “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” for their track “God Is Dead?”. Congratulations to Ozzy and the rest of the band as 13 is a badass album and a total throwback to the glorious days of doomy heavy metal.
But let’s talk about some serious botches that should have the producers begging to keep their jobs. First of all, during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment, which highlights the deaths of musicians in the past year, Clive Burr (ex-drummer of Iron Maiden) and Jeff Hanneman (guitarist of Slayer) were both omitted from the video. These two musicians were both in high profile bands that revolutionized their respective subgenre (and I should mention that Slayer has won two Grammy awards). To omit them is incredibly disrespectful and highlights how little the popular music world sees the metal and hard rock community.
Next, can we talk about how the ceremony ended by cutting off the stellar mashup performance of Trent Reznor (along with all of Nine Inch Nails), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Lindsay Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), and Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age)? What was supposed to be a 10 minute performance was chopped in half when the producers deemed that the ceremony had gone on way too long and simply cut to commercials. Reznor and fellow NIN member Alessandro Cortini took to Twitter to voice their feelings and people who had been anxiously awaiting this once in a lifetime supergroup performance were left horribly disappointed. You can read Reznor and Cortini’s tweets below as well as see the first half of the performance.
What a mockery and what a shame. The Grammys should be ashamed of themselves. READ MORE
Beats Music today launched their subscription-based music streaming service, which aims to take on such mainstays as Pandora and Spotify. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor had come aboard in late 2012 to act as Chief Creative Officer and helped with the creation of this product. Now, with it fully launch, Reznor is giving fans a chance to hear some NIN remixes in the form of the Seed Eight EP, which features remixes by artists such as Hot Chip, Autolux, Simian Mobile Disco, and more.
You can stream the remix EP via Beats Music. READ MORE
Female-fronted metal badn In This Moment is going to release a special edition of their latest album Blood, which will include a live DVD featuring the entire live performance at the Orpheum in Madison, WI. The package will be released January 21st, 2014 and will include a cover of Nine Inch Nails‘ infamous track “Closer”. A video trailer can be seen below as well as the different formats. READ MORE
Update: Our very own Evan Dickson was at this show and states that it’s not the full experience. The band played approximately 26-28 songs over the course of 2.5 hours. The full experience will be out in the future on Blu-Ray.
If you missed out on the recent Nine Inch Nails N. American tour, fear not! The band has released a full, pro-shot stream of their November 8th performance at the Staples Arena in Los Angeles, CA, which you can watch below.
In related news, mainman Trent Reznor took to Reddit to do an AMA where he announced that the group is, “…planning to return to North America in 2014…” READ MORE
Industrial legends Nine Inch Nails have just uploaded a director’s cut version of “Survivalism”, one of the band’s Year Zero singles. The video, which was directed by Alex Lieu, Rob Sheridan, and Trent Reznor, follows a first person perspective of several TV surveillance monitors which are watching people and also following a SWAT-esque team going through hallways subduing those that are “out of line”.
Personally, I didn’t notice that much different but maybe it’s been a while since I’ve seen the original video. Any of you notice something glaringly different in the director’s cut that wasn’t in the original?
“Survivalism” landed at #7 on our Top 10 Nine Inch Nails Music Videos. Click the link for a full list of all ten. READ MORE
This past weekend, Nine Inch Nails performed in Las Vegas. During the concert, frontman Trent Reznor pulled out his phone and turned on FaceTime to chat with Andrew Youssef, a journalist/photographer that was recently told he has just a few weeks left. NIN then performed “In This Twilight”, which was dedicated to Youssef.
Youssef was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2011 and despite the best efforts of doctors, the battle seems to be lost. He has been a fan of NIN for many years and has tried to attend as many of their shows as possible. He purchased tickets to see NIN on their current tour in Los Angeles (November 8th) and Las Vegas (November 16th). While he made it to the former show he simply became too weak to attend the latter.
Reznor, who heard of Youssef’s journeys through the internet in August and quickly became friends with him. That is where he got Youssef’s number to dial him during the Vegas show, eliciting screams of support and chants of, “Andrew! Andrew!” from the crowd.
Below is video of the FaceTime event during the concert as well as an excerpt from Youssef’s blog, that chronicles his attendance at the band’s performance during the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco this past summer. READ MORE
Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Nine Inch Nails performed the funky “All Time Low”, which comes from their latest album Hesitation Marks (review). The performance was NIN’s first ever TV performance. You can watch video below.
Personally, I was not impressed by the performance at all. Trent was 100% into it but it was just a really poor choice of song for their first TV performance. For something as memorable as a first TV performance, I would’ve gone with a song that had more energy, something that would capture audiences a bit more. I mean, look at the crowd. They’re just not feeling what they’re seeing. What do you think? READ MORE
Welcome a new industrial rock supergroup called Primitive Race! The group, which was created by Chris Kniker (producer of Lords Of Acid, tweaker) and Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, American McGee’s Alice, Marilyn Manson), is currently working on their first single “Long In The Tooth” (which has this alluring image being teased), which will feature remixes from Front Line Assembly, Bells Into Machines (ex-Ministry bassist Paul Barker’s new project), and more.
The project will feature a wide range of talent, including Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory, Ascension of The Watchers), Luc Van Acker (Revolting Cocks), Raymond Watts (PIG, former KMFDM), Dave Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy, Jakalope), Mark Gemini Thwaite (Peter Murphy, Tricky, Mob Research, The Mission, Gary Numan), Erie Loch (LUXT, Blownload, Exageist), and Graham “Crabbi” Crabb (Pop Will Eat Itself).
Video of “Crabbi” describing his involvement can be seen below. READ MORE
Review By Lauren Rae
Let me state for the record now that I am a huge Nine Inch Nails fan and I have been since 1994. So, like many fans, when Trent Reznor bombarded us with a single, album news and tour dates back in June after having called it quits and putting on the band’s final show in September 2009, I was ecstatic, if not a little curious. Yes, I expected that eventually he’d make his way back to what essentially is his baby. But a lot has changed in that space of time in which NIN was not prevalent; scoring movies, winning Oscars, raising a family, starting a whole new band and dropping an album. All those can take a toll. And all those can change a sound and a musician’s perspective. Also, let’s face it; the man’s not in rage mode anymore, and a good chunk of his catalogue is filled with anger, fear, self-loathing, and questions. So what tricks could he have up his sleeve that could shape an album’s worth of songs?
Well, if you’re good at your game, you can tap into that vein whenever you’d like. But I’m thinking that he’s possibly tapped it dry at this point. READ MORE
Electro and industrial pioneer Gary Numan played to a packed crowd at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA last night. During the show he was joined on stage by long time friend Robin Finck of Nine Inch Nails. Pictures of the show can be seen below.
Numan will be releasing his new studio album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) on October 15th via his own label Machine Music. The album was co-produced with Ade Fenton and features Robin Finck on guitars. Pre-orders can be found here READ MORE
Industrial group Nine Inch Nails has released a full stream of their new album Hesitation Marks on iTunes. The album, which will be released in one week on September 3rd, is the band’s first new album in five years. Pre-orders are still open for the album here. Below is the David Lynch-directed video for “Came Back Haunted”. READ MORE
A few days ago, BBC Radio 1 aired a new Nine Inch Nails song entitled “Find My Way”, which comes from the band’s upcoming album Hesitation Marks. The song is a slow brooder and has that signature NIN eerie beauty. This single definitely ups my interest in the album, especially after the stinker that is “Everything”. A radio rip of the song can be heard below.
Hesitation Marks comes out September 3rd via Columbia Records. It can be pre-ordered here READ MORE
The internet is a wonderful and resourceful place. Fans of Nine Inch Nails have been losing their mind since it was announced that a new album would be released later this year. Live footage performances from festivals have been making their rounds and garnering huge interest. But the latest release comes not from the stage but rather from the studio.
According to reddit, a member of the band’s live production team recorded a full rehearsal set complete with Trent Reznor’s notes and dictations.
From a text file within the download itself: “This was sent to me by the ETS member, accelestar. I am not going to say where this came from but these rehearsals are from the month of June, so right in the middle of rehearsals for the upcoming Festival dates as well as the fall Tension 2013 tour. There were two long mp3 files that I received. One was just a few songs that they stopped and started with Trent giving some advice along the way, as well as setting up the mix on the board. The other mp3 file was a full run through performance of one of the festival sets calibrating Trent’s IEM feed along the way with only one stop in 1,000,000 that I removed because they restarted the song fully. I have not included the long files, only the tracked version to play it like a seamless performance. It was very interesting to hear some of the “behind the scenes” talk in what goes on at rehearsals but I don’t think that is something that needs to be public. I hope everyone can understand that as these are rehearsals. And obviously the quality is phenomenal!”
The download link can be found below.
Hesitation Marks comes out September 3rd via Columbia Records. It can be pre-ordered here. READ MORE