Nine Inch Nails re­turn with 'im­pen­e­tra­ble' mu­sic

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

In­dus­trial rock­ers Nine Inch Nails on Fri­day an­nounced their first re­lease in three years-an EP that front­man Trent Reznor de­scribed as "im­pen­e­tra­ble." Reznor, who last year promised new Nine Inch Nails mu­sic within 2016, made good on his word with days to go and said that the five-song EP, "Not the Ac­tual Events," would come out De­cem­ber 23. "It's an un­friendly, fairly im­pen­e­tra­ble record that we needed to make," Reznor said in a state­ment. "It's an EP be­cause that ended up be­ing the proper length to tell that story." Reznor did not fur­ther char­ac­ter­ize the sound but said that it marked a de­par­ture from his re­cent ma­te­rial.

Since the last Nine Inch Nails al­bum, 2013's "Hes­i­ta­tion Marks," Reznor has pur­sued var­i­ous side projects with a more am­bi­ent sound. His re­cent mu­sic has in­cluded work on sound­tracks in­clud­ing to the new film "Be­fore the Flood," a doc­u­men­tary on cli­mate change led by Leonardo DiCaprio. Reznor cre­ated Nine Inch Nails in the late 1980s as he was work­ing as a jan­i­tor at a Cleve­land record­ing stu­dio and quickly won both an un­der­ground and main­stream au­di­ence. With al­bums such as 1994's "The Down­ward Spi­ral," Nine Inch Nails pi­o­neered a brand of in­dus­trial rock rooted in post-punk but guided by elec­tronic el­e­ments and Reznor's sear­ing voice of de­spair.

Reznor said that the new EP would mark the ar­rival of Bri­tish sound en­gi­neer At­ti­cus Ross as a full-fledged mem­ber of Nine Inch Nails. Ross has been a long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor of Reznor, work­ing with him on the Os­car-win­ning score to the 2010 Face­book drama "The So­cial Net­work" and the Grammy-win­ning mu­sic to dark thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tat­too." Nine Inch Nails also an­nounced that the band was re-mas­ter­ing all of its ma­jor al­bums for vinyl edi­tions to be re­leased start­ing in 2017. Reznor said the ef­fort re­quired "an in­sane at­ten­tion to de­tail that you prob­a­bly won't no­tice," but that he hoped to cre­ate de­fin­i­tive ver­sions of the al­bums.

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