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Nine Inch Nails: Came Back Haunted

It was only last month that Trent Reznor popped out of nowhere to surprise announce the first Nine Inch Nails album in half a decade, and already we've got this juicy morsel to gnaw on. Damn it's good to have new Nine Inch Nails.

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The first single off the first NIN album in half a decade, "Came Back Haunted" is a pretty electronic-y track, leaning heavy on keyboard and drum machines, but considering the upcoming Hesitation Marks has some Atticus Ross in it, it's no surprise that it's got a little bit of that flavor you'll find in the duo's movie soundtracks. The name Hesitation Marks, on the other hand, is pure, unadulterated NIN.

Pretty Hate Machine and The Downward Spiral are beyond reproach, but the most recent NIN effort—2008's The Slip—really wasn't all that great, so you kind of have to wonder what one-man-band Trent Reznor we're getting this time around. But even if you're partial to more guitar-driven tracks (like I am), it's hard to deny that this sucker's catchy. Still, it's a little tough to decide whether to be hopeful, excited, scared, or some combination of all three.

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Hesitation Marks doesn't drop until September 3rd, and in the meantime, I'll be sticking to "The Day the Whole World Went Away" synced up with a nuclear bomb test because that will always be incredible.

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fredipusrex
FredipusRex

I don't know what musical world you're living in - The Slip was damn near a comeback album after the mess of his battles with alcoholism and record label issues. Year Zero and With Teeth have their moments but were pretty scatter shot. The Slip, OTOH, is one tight album - the first half is probably his best half of rock music since his heyday in the 90s. (The soundtrack stuff was always pretty solid, but that's also shared with Atticus Ross.) I say this as a hardcore NIN fan who owns all the albums (my favorite is probably the Fixed EP).