Nine Inch Nails
are really cutting it close. The band promised that they would release new music in 2016 more than a year ago, and now, we know exactly what that will entail. Frontman Trent Reznor posted a tweet Friday that directed fans to the Nine Inch Nails website for the announcement of a new album. Although the site crashed temporarily, fans eventually learned that the album will be a five-song EP called Not the Actual Events.
Not the Actual Events will be released next Friday, Dec. 23, with preorders live right now. The EP finds Reznor and now-official bandmate Atticus Ross taking an unexpected left turn from 2013’s Hesitation Marks and sounding unrecognizable from their current film work.
“It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make,” Reznor explained. “It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.” It was also announced that the band’s 1999 album The Fragile is being reissued on four LPs with 37 bonus tracks. Vinyl re-releases of Broken and The Downward Spiral are also in the works. Preorders for all three reissues are available on the band’s website here.
Below, find Reznor’s tweet containing the Not the Actual Events album art, and further down, find Paste Cloud video from a 1994 NIN performance.