Itís been 5 years since anyone heard so much as a peep from Nine Inch Nails and the tortured,
enigmatic singer/mastermind, Trent Reznor.
Besides the visceral industrial/jungle-fied track called "The Perfect Drug" from the David Lynch
Film "Lost Highway", but apart from that itís been a near deafening silence. Reznor's missing
presence has been felt in the new musical climate of easily digestible boy band pop-pabulum.
Alternative music is no longer a movement or a force to be reckoned with and Reznor is
entering a new arena. Nevertheless, the strength of his musical past has millions salivating on the
thought of new music created by this solitary artist.
In 1988 under the moniker of Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor released the now industrial classic
"Pretty Hate Machine" a revolutionary mix of vitriolic vocals, raging guitars, synthesized dance
beats and industrial noise.
Thanks to the industrial dance single "Head Like A Hole," Nine Inch Nails gained some
commercial footing and the song became a hit. Alongside bands like Ministry and Skinny
Puppy, NIN were pioneering a caustic brand of music that was equal parts electronic as it was
punk and heavy metal. The acrimonious sound was soon dubbed "industrial" by the media for its
penchant of incorporating machine like sounds into the musical tapestry
Unlike most industrial bands of the time, NIN also incorporated pop melodies and hooks in
their industrial attack. The band took some flak from it from the more dogmatic members of the
1994ís double album classic "The Downward Spiral," further mined the depths of anguish and
misery both lyrically and musically. "The Downward Spiral" broke NIN massively. They stole
the show at Woodstock 1994. Covered in mud from head to toe, the band savagely attacked
their instruments with one of the most talked about performances of the year.
Dubbed "The Fragile," the new album has to be one of the most eagerly anticipated albums in
the last couple of years. "The Fragile" is worth the wait and musically is another tour de force.
Characteristically, the album digs deep into the well of Reznorís seemingly bottomless despair.
Somber, morose and yet moody and atmospheric, "The Fragile" finds NIN breaking out of the
old habitual patterns they have created for themselves and exploring new musical territory. What
hasn't changed is the dark mental torment. Emotionally, many of the same subjects are tackled;
guilt, alienation, restlessness, and a pre-disposed inclination to mental pain.
It took over 3 years to create, but Reznor finally finished work on his latest opus, "The Fragile."
Another double album, "The Fragile" features 17 songs and 6 instrumentals that run the gambit
of emotions and moods. Reznor has used all his negative experiences and channeled them into
So now all the pain, frustration, disgust and reproach is on the table and it comes in the form of
a industrial masterpiece called "The Fragile." 23 songs that are going to change the way people
understand Nine Inch Nails. The rules are changed, the form is thrown out the window. Reznor
has aimed to challenge his audience and once again has succeeded.
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