Nine Inch Nails Post New Music Online
A 65-second file, apparently from the
industrial band's upcoming double album,
debuted on official website.
Apparently breaking the veil of secrecy that has shrouded their
upcoming double album, Nine Inch Nails have posted 65 seconds
of new music at their official website.
Fans who went to www.nin.com Friday night saw the usual
flashing "NIN" logo and heard a barrage of static; then the page
fell silent and black. But those who hit the reload button were
routed to another page (www.nin.com/one.swf), which contained a
Shockwave file of the eerie music -- seemingly an excerpt from
"The time is now to break the silence," said
18-year-old Evan Moore, webmaster of the
NIN fan site "Seems Like Salvation," in an
e-mail after hearing the clip.
"This new teaser at [the NIN website] reminds
me of an endless dream of hidden voices,"
Moore wrote. "It's as if I'm floating on my back
with a one-person wooden raft beneath me
gently rocking with a breeze pushing the
current of water through a large sky risen
cave as the echoing tune loops in my head.
'All I've undergone, I will keep on,' Trent says."
Those lyrics are what some fans have
deciphered from the repeated phrases
whispered on the clip. The music is anchored
by a haunting keyboard loop, which is later
joined by subtle clanging.
Reznor has spent nearly two years in his New Orleans studio
working on The Fragile, which is tentatively planned for a
September release, according to an interview with Reznor in the
current Rolling Stone. It will be the industrial band's first album in
five years. Reznor has remained relatively quiet about the project
except for a vague and mysterious advertising campaign and a
The posting of the new clip has an air of mystery about it, too. On
Sunday, the main page of the website did not appear to route
fans to the clip, though the music was still accessible at
Moore said he heard the clip late Friday night after hitting reload
on the main page immediately following the static. He said he
was still receiving e-mails Sunday night from other fans who were
trying different techniques to retrieve the file.
"I have to say that the wait [for the album] is sure paying off," he
said. "I love the anticipation, the hype ... We've waited patiently
for five long years for a new Nine Inch Nails album. Trent is giving
In the Rolling Stone article, Reznor was quoted as saying The
Fragile is "one of those records that doesn't jump out of the
The album is slated to contain more than two dozen songs,
including the single "The Day the World Went Away." Some
songs, including "The Wretched" and "Starfuckers," are said to
sound like typical Nine Inch Nails rockers, while others, such as
"La Mer" ("The Sea") and "Into the Void," are "detours," Rolling
"It's real hard for me to have any degree of objectivity," Reznor is
quoted as saying. "People say, 'What's it sound like?' I don't
f---ing know. I like it. It's by far the best record I've ever done."
Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut, Pretty Hate Machine, featured the hit
"Head Like a Hole" (RealAudio excerpt). NIN have also released
the album The Downward Spiral (1994) and a number of remix
collections, including the Broken and Fixed EPs (both 1992) and
Further Down the Spiral (1995).
Contributing Editor Teri vanHorn
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