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Nine Inch Nails Releasing First Album in Five Years

By May 29, 2013

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In November of last year, Trent Reznor hinted that the newly reactivated Nine Inch Nails could get around to putting out new music. ("All signs point to yes," Reznor said at the time. "Yeah, there will be new music. There are some things in the works.") Yesterday, just days after unveiling the band's new touring lineup, Reznor revealed what had been suspected for a while: He's been working on a NIN album.

"I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately," he wrote in an official announcement. "For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly [expletive] great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!"

This enthusiasm is a far cry from where he was in the summer of 2009 when he sounded positively burned out on Nine Inch Nails. "I've just reached the point ... where it has invaded every other aspect of my life," he said of the group. "Also I think creatively, my time would be better spent on other stuff that could be NIN or outside NIN."

This new album, which doesn't have a title or a release date, will be going out through Columbia, which also put out How to Destroy Angels' Welcome Oblivion. Columbia said in a press release that the NIN disc will come out "later this year."

It's been five years since the last Nine Inch Nails record, The Slip. Since then, Reznor has gotten married (to HTDA singer Mariqueen Maandig), won an Oscar (for his score to The Social Network) and started a new band. The decision to reboot Nine Inch Nails certainly can't be looked at as a tactical retreat considering what a good run he's been on lately. And now you have to wonder if he'll debut some of this new material when NIN hit the road this year.

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