'Not the Actual Events' will be self-released on December 23
Nine Inch Nails have announced a new EP ‘Not the Actual Events’, set to be self-released on December 23.
The industrial metal icons previously promised to return this year when frontman Trent Reznor tweeted ‘New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too’. Then, when denying rumours of a new single as a hoax, Reznor responded to fans’ calls to release music by the end of the year by saying ‘2016 is not over yet’ back in October’.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Reznor responded to his previous comments with: “Those words did come out of my mouth, didn’t they? Oh, yeah, it’s December, isn’t it? Just wait and see what happens.”
Reznor worked with longtime collaborator and “now official bandmate” Atticus Ross on the EP. In a press release, Reznor stated, “It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”
You can the ‘Not the Actual Events’ artwork below.
The band are also releasing a limited edition 4xLP vinyl version of the 1999 NIN album ‘The Fragile’, containing 37 bonus tracks. “The Fragile occupies a very interesting and intimate place in my heart,” Reznor said in a press release.
He continues; “I was going through a turbulent time in my life when making it and revisiting it has become a form of therapy for me. As an experiment, I removed all the vocals from the record and found it became a truly changed experience that worked on a different yet compelling level.”
“The Fragile: Deviations 1 represents Atticus and I embellishing the original record with a number of tracks from those sessions we didn’t use before,” he said. “The result paints a complimentary but different picture we wanted to share.”
Reznor also announced that he and art director John Crawdord are embarking on a reissue project. “We want to present the catalog as it was intended to be, with no compromises,” he said. “That means a careful remastering of the audio from the original sources, a painstaking recreation of the artwork, pristine materials, some surprises and an insane attention to detail that you probably won’t notice…but it matters to us. No extra bullshit and gimmicks – the ‘real’ records in their truest form.”