Trent Reznor Reveals Album Details that Might Make you Want to Kill Yourself

By Heather Adler for Dose.ca on January 18, 2007

Attention all music lovers with sadness in your souls and an unhealthy penchant for razorblades: Industrial dark lord Trent Reznor is readying a new Nine Inch Nails album, and he has some news he says might make you want to kill yourself.

In a post on NIN fan-club website The Spiral, Mr. Self-Destruct himself revealed he’s already mixing new album Year Zero, working on a new tour and planning to destroy everyone’s minds with his new approach to music — and, no, he’s not recording hip-hop as some rumours have suggested.

“Let me clear a few things up so some of you don't kill yourselves (or maybe you now will). This is not a fucking hip hop record, for fuck's sake,” Reznor writes. “I imagine my referring to old PUBLIC ENEMY records as an influence and the fact I'm working with [poet/rapper] Saul [Williams] sparked that. To clarify what I meant by being influenced by PUBLIC ENEMY: HANK SHOCKLEE's 'Bomb Squad' had a unique and highly influential way of constructing tracks — layers of samples and loops that combined together to form something chaotic and new. Do not expect Flavor Flav to appear here.”

The pioneer of angst goes on to explain that while he’s not making a hip-hop record, he is making something that he’s sure a lot of people will absolutely distain.

"I am certain some of you will HATE it,” Reznor says of the new album. “I am also certain some of you will find it the best thing I've ever done. It is different in a number of ways and it is who I am now.”

But the grandfather of dark electro rock insists he doesn’t actually care if you like his latest experiment in anguish.

"I am creating right now and I do not care what the record label or marketing people think about what I'm doing. I also do not care what the public think about what I'm doing,” he explains. “I certainly appreciate your patronage — and I HOPE you will get and enjoy what I'm working on, but I will not patronize you or pander to what you want. I assure you I am pouring every ounce of my life, heart and soul into this and it will be the best work I am capable of — and that's all I can do."

Year Zero is expected to hit stores in April.

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