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We Haven't Heard the Last From Nine Inch Nails

By November 8, 2012

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Four years ago, Nine Inch Nails released The Slip, a fine late-career addition to an already impressive oeuvre. Three years ago, frontman Trent Reznor revealed that he was going to be retiring NIN as a touring unit, focusing instead on other projects like his Oscar-winning score for The Social Network. Still, observers were wondering when they'd be hearing new music from Nine Inch Nails. Recently, Reznor gave us a little bit of a hint.

"All signs point to yes," Reznor told Rolling Stone when asked about future NIN recordings. "Yeah, there will be new music. There are some things in the works." Interestingly, though, whereas in 2009 it seemed like Reznor wasn't interested in touring as Nine Inch Nails anymore, now he seems more open to the idea. "Yeah, if it feels right, it's a possibility," he said about touring. "I never said that that wasn't going to happen, just that it couldn't go on as it was. Having a few years doing other things, I've enjoyed [them] and I'm enjoying doing How to Destroy Angels, and there will be a place for stuff that falls in the Nine Inch Nails column of things. It's a different kind of work."

Of course, his side band How to Destroy Angels are busy with new work, including their full-length debut, which is slated for next year. And for now, that's going to take precedent over new NIN. "You'll hear about some live performances [with How to Destroy Angels] coming up," he said. "That's going to happen next year. We're just trying to have fun and try to give it its best shot for people to actually check it out." So, yes, Nine Inch Nails aren't dead and buried -- but Reznor has other things on his plate at the moment.

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