Trent Reznor hints Nine Inch Nails will release a new full-length album next year

Frontman also reveals David Bowie inspired him to put NiN on ice in the first place

Trent Reznor has said that Nine Inch Nails may release a new full-length album in 2012.

The musician, who has just completed work on the soundtrack for David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo film, has confirmed that he will resume work under the moniker of Nine Inch Nails in earnest next year. He last released a full album under the name Nine Inch Nails in 2008 with ‘The Slip’.

Speaking to The Sun, Reznor said that his focus was now very much on Nine Inch Nails, saying: “Nine Inch Nails is not dead by any means, but all the touring and record writing has been thrown off for a little bit. I highly expect that to be the focus of 2012 in terms of writing and we may see a full-length release even”.

Reznor also revealed that he took inspiration from David Bowie when he decided to temporarily abandon Nine Inch Nails in favour of new project How To Detroy Angels and work on the soundtracks of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar winning The Social Network.

He said of this: “It started to feel like if I didn’t force myself into a change I would regret it. It’s a fear of not wanting to try things because you’re in a comfort zone. I always think about my hero David Bowie and his fearlessness to destroy something that isn’t ready to break yet and start something new”.

He continued: “He’d throw out an identity, confuse his audience and it’s a great risk career-wise. But he had the balls and didn’t milk it out to the last drop”.

Trent Reznor‘s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo soundtrack, which he has composed with Atticus Ross, will be released later today, with a sampler, consisting of six tracks, available for free download now from

The remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has been directed by David Fincher and stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. It will be released in UK cinemas on December 26. You can watch the trailer for the film by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.