Blood used in new Nine Inch Nails album artwork

'Hesitation Marks' is being released with four different covers

Nine Inch Nails are set to release their upcoming album, ‘Hesitation Marks’, with different covers on the four formats.

The different covers for ‘Hesitation Marks’ are pictured above and have been made from a mixture of materials, including oil and acrylic paint, earth, copper wire, rusted linen and blood. Each piece of artwork was designed by artist Russell Mills. Mills was also behind the cover for the band’s 1994 release, ‘The Downward Spiral’.

Speaking about the pieces on Nine Inch Nails’ Tumblr Mills wrote: “The works explore ideas of catharsis, of being into dissolution into being, both on a personal and sociological level. They allude to ideas about chaos and order.”

The album will be released on September 3 and each different format’s artwork has a title, reports Rolling Stone. Turn And Burn features on the digital, Time And Again on the standard CD, Cargo In The Blood on the deluxe CD and Other Murmurs on the vinyl release.

‘Hesitation Marks’ – which features guest appearances by bassist Pino Palladino, who regularly plays with The Who, and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham – is the band’s follow-up to ‘The Slip’, released in 2008. Speaking to CBS recently, frontman Trent Reznor talked about the band’s line-up, which has consistently changed over the years.

He said: “You can spend a lot of time hypothesising, imagining and projecting what it’s going to be with this chemistry and this recipe of people in a room playing music, and in reality it rarely is that. It’s felt like a wrench in the works at times, but at the same time it’s made me rethink a lot of how we put this together, and I think where we’re ending up at is a place that’s much truer to what Nine Inch Nails should be and better in the long run.”

Last month guitarist Adrian Belew revealed he was quitting the band after joining for ‘Hesitation Marks’, saying it had been “disruptive”. Belew became the second band member to leave Nine Inch Nails in less than a month. Bassist Eric Avery announced his departure on May 15, saying he had felt “overwhelmed” by “all the intensity that Nails demands”.

Nine Inch Nails recently unveiled a new music video for ‘Came Back Haunted’, click below to watch. The video was directed by filmmaker David Lynch, best known for his work on cult TV series Twin Peaks and movies such as Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive.