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NINE INCH NAILS Mainman On New CD: 'I Wrote The Soundtrack To A Movie That Doesn't Exist' - Jan. 3, 2007 U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine (web site) has conducted an exclusive interview with NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor about the group's follow-up to 2005's "With Teeth", tentatively due this spring. A brief question-and-answer session follows:

Kerrang!: Your last album took six years. We've only had to wait 18 months for this one.

Trent Reznor: "It's been pretty interesting, I'm probably as surprised as some fans are (laughs). But really it's just a matter of discipline. When I was on the last tour, to keep myself busy I was just really hunkered down and was working on music the whole time, so this kept me in a creative mode and when I finished the tour I felt like I wasn't tired and wanted to keep at it."

Kerrang!: Is there anyone else playing on the album?

Trent Reznor: "It's all me, mostly recorded in hotel rooms around the world on laptops. There maybe some surprise vocalists that pop up here and there — although I don't want to say who since the final mix hasn't been determined yet, and Josh Freese is playing the drums on one song, but it's not like a big guest star-type record. It feels a bit more focused in a certain direction than 'With Teeth' did."

Kerrang!: What's the concept?

Trent Reznor: "I'm trying to avoid getting too detailed about this but I will tell you that this is a concept record, and it's part of a bigger picture of a number of things I'm working on. Essentially I wrote the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist. This album is a bit more electronic and I'd say rhyme plays a bigger element in it than in the past and it's veering away from concern about song structure and getting played on the radio."

Kerrang!: Are you talking about some kind of multimedia event?

Trent Reznor: "My goal is that the music can be interpreted with the richest context. So what I'm immersed in is a way to achieve that. Now that albums have gone from 12 inches of real estate with artwork and a whole aesthetic, to CDs, which are ugly and disposable, to nowadays just being a file on a computer, it's led me to putting a lot of thought in to ways to present music that still makes it feel important and that has depth and purpose."

Kerrang!: Will it be a heavy album?

Trent Reznor: "It's not heavy in any kind of metal tyoe sense, I'd say a big inspiration sonically would be early PUBLIC ENEMY records, a collage of sound type of thing, not heavy in a metal guitar kind of way."

Kerrang!: On "The Downward Spiral" and "The Fragile" you blended together an extreme amount of disparate sounds and layers — is this moving further in that direction?

Trent Reznor: "Well Alan Moulder (long-time collaborator) was stunned when he first heard it. Normally a ProTools session has alot of tracks and this time he was like, 'You're kidding me, it's only this much stuff?' The end result has a bit of racket to it — it's much more improvisational, less refined. With this record I feel a lot less concerned about what people think about it — especially the dying record industry. I couldn't care less about that right now." To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with pertinent details. Anyone posting such material will be immediately and permanently banned. IP addresses are recorded to aid us in enforcing these conditions. COMMENT | Damn
posted by : petrovar
1/3/2007 12:09:15 PM
I'm confused, I can't tell if it will be a cool record or not. I assume so since Trent rules

posted by : trooper777
1/3/2007 12:17:01 PM
What's funny is when industrial isn't "metal" people get confused. I guess no one listens to more than the singles.

posted by : metal__richard
1/3/2007 12:17:03 PM
No one would go see it this movie if it did exist! Atleast I wouldn't!

COMMENT | Trent Reznor = Genious
posted by : XIKO GARCIA
1/3/2007 12:18:52 PM

Ps: See you in Lisbon!!!

posted by : Rychiar
1/3/2007 12:26:01 PM
ie: its gonna suck

COMMENT | I dunno....
posted by : MansonKiller
1/3/2007 12:27:41 PM
I'm not into the whole "random noise" kind of thing, which sounds like the direction this is heading in...

COMMENT | Anyway...
posted by : Slaanesh
1/3/2007 12:28:30 PM
...I will buy it. It sounds like he want to do something like KRAFTWERK...wich are an electronical band.

posted by : brandonmetal
1/3/2007 12:29:01 PM
soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist... also known as um *just music* not that there's anything wrong with that, but i say 'come on'

and 12 inches of real estate to a file on a computer... i have the opposite opinion of the vinyl freaks. have less records doesn't necessarily mean quality of quantity. being 'just' a file shows just how important the MUSIC actually is when you disregard silly things like cover art- all that really is, is an advertisement to get you to buy the record anyway.... i really don't care how many graphic designers get to be employed for cover art, the music is the be-all-end-all of the product.

posted by : CrueYouDouchebag
1/3/2007 12:46:39 PM
I am tired of bands coming out concept albums. Green day brought them back to popular culture now every sucky corporate band has one (My Chemical Romance).

Though I think Trent is the only one who could pull it off now...unless Bowie did one again.

COMMENT | Can't wait...
posted by : Childers
1/3/2007 12:54:20 PM
Trent will deliver.
I just hope he keeps his head up and doesn't let the suits fuck him over on this one.

COMMENT | CrueYouDouchebag
posted by : XIKO GARCIA
1/3/2007 1:23:00 PM
"Though I think Trent is the only one who could pull it off now...unless Bowie did one again."

What about Mastodon?

COMMENT | I disagree Crueyou...
posted by : lucaplakia
1/3/2007 1:27:13 PM
The concept album has never died and Green Day most certainly did not bring the phenomenon back. Although, they did bring more brainless pop punk to the table. Concepts never died. Vocalists just got more cookie monster sounding and the concepts get lost in the cookie crumbs.

COMMENT | Trent saying...
posted by : Slaanesh
1/3/2007 1:47:56 PM

posted by : roland6546
1/3/2007 2:40:56 PM
wow i can't wait to hear the new material.

COMMENT | Public Enemy
posted by : TheDoomMerchant
1/3/2007 3:02:36 PM
oh shit, i hope Trent hasn't gone hip hop on us...

COMMENT | Maybe...
posted by : Slaanesh
1/3/2007 5:09:53 PM
...Trip Hop???

posted by : Purpendicular
1/3/2007 5:11:07 PM
I only played With Teeth three times. And that's with Grohl on it. So hopefully I like this one better.

COMMENT | I do have my fingers crossed, but....
posted by : Chale
1/3/2007 5:42:04 PM
It seems that whenever a band or rock star gets THIS carried away detailing what their album will sound like - it sounds nothing of the sort. I hope this will sound completely new and awesome but based on past experience with these stupid interviews I'm guessing this will sound exactly like the last record.

Remember when St. Anger was supposed to sound like Ride the Lightning?

COMMENT | With Teeth
posted by : IAmNotStephenColbert
1/3/2007 5:43:31 PM
I bought this CD second hand from a crazy person who had 2 copies and didn't really dig it at 1st. Then I listened to it a few more times and it grew on me. It does sound different, but ya gotta credit Trent for being willing to experiment even if it pisses people off.
I like the album and look forward to being angry at the new one as well.

COMMENT | I,ll buy it...
posted by : JSREVENGE
1/3/2007 7:49:56 PM
just because its NIN . With Teeth took a long time to grow on me. I only really started likeing it after I saw NIN live again. I totally understand Reznor trying to not do the same thing over and over again and totally reinventing on each album. But I got hooked on NIN in the early days, and I just hope he doesnt forget what put him where he is today.


COMMENT | ................
posted by : burns_094
1/3/2007 8:25:07 PM
dont disappoint me trent

posted by : nameendingwith666
1/3/2007 10:17:44 PM

I thought The Fragile owned Downward Spiral. God forbid it wasn't filled with a bunch of singles. "The Wretched", "The Fragile", and "Somewhat Damaged" are all much better songs than anything on Downward Spiral. Including Hurt AND Closer. There, I said it. I love NIN, but people seriously need to get over those two songs. Yes, they're classic, but he's written about a hundred others that are as good or better.

These music "experts" probably aren't even aware of two of his best songs. "Burn" and "And All That Could Have Been", simply becuse they weren't on LPs and it's easier to shittalk about certain ALBUMS (that they judge solely on the weight of heavily radio-remixed SINGLES) than it is to actually look for good MUSIC.

posted by : RiotAct666
1/3/2007 10:43:15 PM
Looking forward to the new album.

posted by : MurderCapital666
1/4/2007 4:17:55 PM
"Essentially I wrote the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist" - kinda like what Marilyn Manson does on his albums then.

Anyways, who cares about when KMFDM is making a new record aswell.

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