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'Year Zero' Not NINE INCH NAILS' First Attempt At Concept Album - Mar. 21, 2007 Launch Radio Networks reports: NINE INCH NAILS' upcoming album, "Year Zero", is reportedly the first of two concept records about a future religious dictatorship taking over the U.S. amid signs that the apocalypse is near. But this isn't bandleader Trent Reznor's first attempt at telling a story through music. Reznor told Launch that he originally intended the group's 2005 release, "With Teeth", to be a conceptual piece as well. "I'd come up with this kind of elaborate storyline, and the record was gonna be a concept record that had a number of pretentious elements to it," he said. "I was gonna talk about multi-layered reality and waking up in a dream you can't wake up out of, and eventually finding acceptance after you go through this period of trying to fight it. It was all kind of a big analogy for me getting sober."

"Year Zero" is scheduled for release on April 17.

NINE INCH NAILS has posted the video for "Survivalism", the first single from "Year Zero", on YouTube. The clip was first revealed on computer USB drives left behind after the band's recent show in London. Fans also spotted letters in the video that, when spelled out, led to yet another in the series of web sites connected to the album's concept,

According to The NIN Hotline, a complete list of the web sites relating to the album can be found at

Reznor recently told England's Kerrang! Radio that he's already in talks about a film version of "Year Zero". 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 | Greatest Concept Album EVER:
posted by : DeadSkin Mask
3/21/2007 2:13:17 PM

posted by : shiram
3/21/2007 2:15:12 PM
what i've heard and seen so far isnt of much interest to me personnally
the promotion and concept seem to overshadows the music, wich i guess seems fair seeing as its quite weak

COMMENT | lol.
posted by : Dead Skin Gringo Part Deux
3/21/2007 2:15:17 PM
this article wins the NO FUCKING SHIT award.

posted by : william_murderface
3/21/2007 2:47:05 PM
Another useless band that has done nothing for no one.

COMMENT | Say what you want about his music.
posted by : mike57
3/21/2007 3:05:56 PM
There's probably some truth to what he's saying. Religious fanatics!

posted by : in the name of gore
3/21/2007 3:21:41 PM
NIN stopped being great after The Downward Spiral. Give it up Trent, thanks.

COMMENT | Bought, but will it be heard?
posted by : Failsafe
3/21/2007 3:22:36 PM
Bought the last 2 NIN releases on day 1, but each managed to find the "overflow" cd rack in my closet. What I've heard thus far is more of the same...lots of noise experimentation (possibly even groundbreaking, but...yawn) but the hooks are lacking.

Think the plot is interesting, but it sounds like a combo b/w Tommy and Mindcrime...tough to make tangible to the masses. Keep 'em coming Trent, but...for my money...if I'm going to listen to NIN it's still PHM, Broken, and TDS.

COMMENT | Here comes
posted by : spunkee311
3/21/2007 3:31:55 PM
Here comes the NIN bashing.... Because they evolve their music and change their sound while people are still stuck in the head banging era... the music is old and dated..... NIN might not be everyones cup of tea but you cant deny the effort and creativity going into all their cds especially this one....He plays and creates most of the music except the drums...How many bands can you say do that except Dave Grohl? Now granted i can say that since i downloaded the 4 songs purposely leaked that they are harder to get into... It does take some listenin to to get into Electronic Noise type music.... Like Thom Yorke's solo cd or Radiohead, Combi-christ... but to me instead of trent staying with the same sound that so many bands are not willing to let go hes moving on and evolving his sound... im not saying rock is going to die but i think we are going to see more and more bands and music that incorporate rock and electronic pretty much sick of the radio and refuse to listen to it.... most of the bands sound old and dated..... especially shit like Nickelback, disturbed, any emo band, 3 days grace, metallica, breaking benjamin, rrsn, any of that crap..... oh well, i guess the people who love that headbanging double bass screaming like a demon crap will bash something different.... but thats nothing new...these type of people hate change and refuse to accept it......
and wasnt TDS a concept album????

3/21/2007 3:46:21 PM
A lot of bands are dominated by one musician who writes most of, if not all the songs. Jari Maenpaa from Wintersun does a hell of a good job, at least in my mind.

posted by : kazrog
3/21/2007 3:47:09 PM
NIN owns you all. Every NIN album is amazing. The last two albums have amazing hooks, what are you guys talking about?

posted by : bringing the thunder
3/21/2007 3:49:51 PM
Nah, it's just not my cup o' tea

COMMENT | Thanks
posted by : manicproject
3/21/2007 3:56:54 PM
For the people who jumped on the NIN wagon at the "peak" of their popularity in the Downward Spiral era, thank you for getting off the wagon. Fall Out Boy really needs your support now. Keep up the great work Trent, the people that have been there from the beginning will always be there the whole way through. We've enjoyed the ride and look forward to what you have to offer in the future.

posted by : Kood
3/21/2007 4:01:27 PM
Go listen to your fucking burping Necrophagist metal. No need to bash good music like NIN here assholes.

posted by : shiram
3/21/2007 4:20:24 PM
typical elitist nin fan reaction
"oh they are evolving, and only us cool nin fans appreciate it"
what bullcrap
if an artist changes or evolves, well its likely some people will not like those changes and evolution. They have a right to say they dont like the "evolved" sound
but i guess if you really value being the bestest nin fan out there, go on and do it... i'll continue to value the music first, and the artist second

COMMENT | P.s: theninhotline
posted by : shiram
3/21/2007 4:26:10 PM
that place is directing people to come comment here, as they dont like the comments they saw...

COMMENT | scared of something new are we?
posted by : tires
3/21/2007 4:29:24 PM
ever heard of the value of a negative utopia punks....oh wait, you all think punk has something to do with Blink 182...sorry I forgot.... I am stoked trent still wants to push the visual envelope of sound.... I think what he is doing is amazing... soon the only way you will be able to listen to or buy your shit metal is on myspace... trent can teach the music industry, and freelance musicians a lot through his shenanegans.... (did someone say shenanegans?)... oh and the Fragile is hands down the best NIN album ever made.... not true to his industrial beginnings to a certain extent, but true to originality and creativity... not to mentiion revolutionizing recording techniques....ok nuff said.... You people are the reason i dont want to see NIN live.... you come on here, say they suck, then you think your so f--king cool when you go to their show and talk through the entire set. I cant wait for the film version...

COMMENT | fuck alla yall haters!
posted by : huntermc
3/21/2007 4:31:40 PM
If NIN was just making the Downward Spiral pt. 4, everyone would complain that it sounds like the last album and Trent's run out of ideas. So if he tries something different, then everyone complains it sucks because it doesn't sound like the older stuff.

That's okay, because I'd rather not have to fight for space at the shows with fairweather bandwagon jumping fans yelling "play Fuck You Like An Animal!" all night long.

posted by : benonymous
3/21/2007 4:34:57 PM
Here's a conspiracy for you: A bunch of religious extremists (Muslims) plot to kill thousands of US citizens by flying planes in to the world trade center... oh wait... it already happened! For some reason though they didn't need to use anti-depressants or laxatives!


COMMENT | It smells like douchebags
posted by : levilarrington
3/21/2007 5:07:27 PM
What do you folks listen to? Foo Fighters? Arcade Fire? Or do you walk into a record store and purchase the first thing no one has heard of to validate your ego?
I'm just gonna go with the safe answer: you listen to rap.

posted by : shatterzer0
3/21/2007 5:32:15 PM
nin hasn't been the same for me since the downward spiral. since then it seems liek bloated, regurgitated stuff, but it still makes trent a pretty penny i suppose

posted by : Bunt Cunny
3/21/2007 5:41:56 PM
bands with one person that does pretty much everything themselves are not uncommon in the industrial genre. Pig, Front Line Assembly, Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, (early) KMFDM, Chemlab, etc. etc. All these bands revolve around one guy (or one guy + vocalist) obviously, just like Trent, they get backup help sometimes, but...

posted by : Velvet Kevorkian
3/21/2007 5:51:49 PM
Isn't The Downward Spiral a concept album?

posted by : samoththomas
3/21/2007 6:19:12 PM
Who cares what these losers say about NIN. Ive been a fan since 1989 and so far, every single release has done it for me. All the songs Ive heard from Year Zero have me excited. In typical NIN fashion, its quality.

posted by : killer fish
3/21/2007 6:38:56 PM
I'd say Trent is executing the Year Zero concept beautifully, websites and USB drives and all. Has anyone done this before? Honestly? Look a little deeper. The music isn't going to be flashy and full of hooks, that's not what it's meant for-- he's breaking away from convention purposefully to convey an idea.

If you're looking for something catchy and stupid forget about NIN so real fans don't have to put up with it.

posted by : RipTheSystem
3/21/2007 6:39:35 PM
Trent got buff, a new line-up and now he makes music
that sounds like rejected songs from the 1980s.
Nothing about the new NIN cd is original, unique or interesting.
If you like what NIN used to be then check out PIG.
PIG is Raymond Watts who was in KMFDM in the past.
PIG has been around as long as NIN and has many more worth having cds.
PIG has a new cd coming out this year so look out for it if you'd like something more refreshing than this weak version of NIN.

posted by : IAmNotStephenColbert
3/21/2007 6:45:23 PM
Obviously you haven't heard anything off the new album, or seen the ARG that preceeds it. This album is a good one, much better than "With Teeth" was.

I hope YZ get's made into a movie, or a series, for HBO.

COMMENT | actually
posted by : spunkee311
3/21/2007 7:15:40 PM
trent is in talks with a studio to get this made into a movie.... wether it happens or not is yet to be seem... and how can you even judge year zero to with teeth if its not even out yet?? only 4 songs have been released and the 5th song being the beginning of the end....
and as for Pig... Pig falls in the same cliche sound as other industrial acts.... not to say they or he doenst have his moments but wouldnt even remotley compare to NIN.... pigs cds all sound the same... as with Funker Vogt, VnV Nation... nothing necessarily wrong with that but im looking for something a little more different and a little more intruiging.... and Year Zero looks to be it... and the guy who said that these are rejected 80's songs, that is the most hilarious thing ive ever heard... You made me and my wife laugh quite a bit..... Anyways im deeply fond of NIn's music as I am with Tool.... i think these two bands are the best that i can relate too..... especially NIN....
and the dude above saying that Trent shouldve stopped after the Fragile yet he is still intrigued enough to come and check out with with teeth show.... Nostalgic reasons is bullshit... the point is you still check out the show..... The shows were predominantly filled with most of the songs from with Teeth....thats seems a little odd that somone with bash NIN but then still go see their show.... Ill bash those emo bands or rap or shitty ass heavy metal and i gurantee i will never step foot in one of their shows

posted by : Chamberdoor
3/21/2007 7:21:42 PM
I went to the listening party in Florida and this album kicks ass! Though I was unsure with the songs I downloaded (the leaks) I was pleasantly surprised when I found that the leaks aren't as good as most of the album. I don't know why he chose "Survivalism" to be his first single, because it is probably the weakest track on the CD, but having said that, most of the album rules. I can't wait. His second single, Capital G, is probably going to be his strongest single since closer. And for the record, even though I know everyone hates WITH TEETH, each single was number 1 on modern alternative rock radio NATIONWIDE.

posted by : spunkee311
3/21/2007 8:03:18 PM
I love with teeth.....

COMMENT | Fuck every single person on here talking shit!
posted by : theruiner069
3/21/2007 8:41:54 PM
All you dumbass motherufckers talking shit about NIN can eat a dick. Trent Reznor is by far the most talented musician out there right now. Unfortunately for you and fortunately for me that he makes music that is unaccessable to mindless pieces of shit. Year Zero is going to blow all the other bullshit released in the past 2 years out the water(With Teeth was the last GREAT album). So you all just keep on listening to your garbage that this site tellsyou to. FUCK EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU!YEAR ZERO IS GOING TO BLOW YOUR FUCKING MIND!!! If you don't like NIN it is your loss not mine! Hey but you homos are in luck ICP just put out a new album, So you have a reason to put your moms makeup on again. OHHHH wait you never needed a reason did ya'll?

posted by : DeadSkin Mask
3/21/2007 8:59:53 PM
It took you 10 minutes to write that?

What a moron....

COMMENT | ^^^^
posted by : IAmNotStephenColbert
3/21/2007 9:16:15 PM

posted by : IAmNotStephenColbert
3/21/2007 9:21:52 PM
It's not to say that I didn't like With Teeth. I'm just saying that from what I've heard from this album, the leaks, I think that the concept is bigger and better.
If you haven't checked out the ARG, go to it! It's amazing.

Also, I don't think that a movie would cover the concept, which is why I suggested a series instead. HBO, FX, even Showtime.
But I'd most like to see something on the Current network, homemade and whatnot.

COMMENT | People Who Obviously Do Not Know Music
posted by : sarah05l
3/21/2007 9:26:13 PM
Who exactly are you people who bash NIN and make accusations that Trent's music has "done nothing for no one" or that his music "sucked" after the Downward Spiral...are you serious? The Fragile was a masterpiece. I'm sorry that you all lack the intellectual capacity to interpret or understand Trent's lyrics. I also realize that little or none of you can analyze music. Otherwise you would realize that Trent Reznor is a tremendous genius. His music has always been, and will continue to be, inventive, influential, skillful, and as I previously stated, genius. So while all of us Nine Inch Nails fans continue to enjoy brilliant music, you fucks can go turn on some Dave Matthews Band or Fall Out Boy and pretend that what you're hearing is "good music."

COMMENT | im for
posted by : spunkee311
3/21/2007 9:41:16 PM
im all for giving your opinion and everything but why do people cross the line and start bashing?? I mean i know people hate whatever is different and hate change and hate the unknown, so its in their nature to hate something they dont understand but damn some people here take it to an all new level.
some people seem to be very ignorant and only like a certain type or genre of music and on here that usually is death or heavy metal. I try to be open and like all types of music within the rock and industrial field but i also know what i dont like. but i really dont go out of my way to bash it... I think that shows that a lot of people simply just dont have lives that they have to go so far and bash every single article that they dont like.... i mean just relax and say your opinion and then go back to playing World of Warcraft and keep living in your parents house till your 30...
and i think if a lot of people played the ARG and really knew everyhing behind they would have a better feel of what they were really getting into...

COMMENT | Mixed feelings
posted by : goneja
3/21/2007 9:46:13 PM
The concept demands more than the minimalism presented by the current leaked tracks. I like the hype Trent's built but the music doesn't live up to the seriousness of his supposed message. It's kind of like a take on Skinny Puppy's "Too Dark Park" 17 years later, minus the actual feeling of an album about the world ending and going mad. The "noise experimentation" is interesting, but we're not talking Einsturzende Neubauten quality experimentation - I'm not going to count a 'funny glitch noise' that happens over a 3 second span in 'Me I'm Not' to be brilliant or considered noise experimentation. I like the fact that Trent is talking politics, but perhaps its too little too late on the Industrial scene. Bands like KMFDM, Puppy, Ministry, have been amped on very similar concepts for well over a decade with a plethora of anti-establishment ballads. Trent is mumbling on top of the soapbox Ogre would scream confidently. I want this album to be good, I do enjoy it, but the minimalism is a bit silly considering the magnitude of his concept. I hope to hear far more aggressive tracks on the full abum - but I'm not going to call the minimalist survivalism or me, i'm not to be 'classic' or 'revolutionary' in any sense.

COMMENT | also
posted by : goneja
3/21/2007 9:54:37 PM
And careful what you say about "Go listen to fall out boy" - I'm sure most of the people doing the bashing here are simply people who liked NIN first a long time ago and moved in deeper into the industrial genre. You can't help but look back with apprehension. When I walk into a Best Buy and the first thing I see is a display for Nine Inch Nails, you can't tell me NIN isn't as commercialized as Dave Matthews, etc. I don't even care how popular the music I like is - But let's not pretend NIN represents an underground scene of genius music that people are too 'dumb to understand' - Meanwhile, someone like you probably hears a song like "Haus der Luge" by Neubauten and thinks "This is terrible". When really, it's far beyond anything ever done by NIN in terms of originality. Reality check, music like the Downward Spiral existed nearly ten years prior to just have to find it.

posted by : RiotAct666
3/21/2007 9:54:46 PM
Hail Trent & NIN

Year zero is gonna be great no doubt. Also bring on the tour too.

COMMENT | Das Schuetzenfest
posted by : carcrash
3/21/2007 9:58:25 PM
Trent Rezon is God

COMMENT | i wouldnt
posted by : spunkee311
3/21/2007 10:24:30 PM
i wouldnt really say that NIN is as popular as fall out boy or panice.... those type of bands are whats popular now so its everywhere.... the industry views NIN as old news..... THose type of bands sell a lot more cds and are played on MTV everywhere... just cause NIN are on a major label doesnt mean they are commericialized..... and i think the reason he said go listen to fall out boy has to do with go listen 2 something thats not credible... NIN has always been somewhat abbrasive and explicit while fall out boy is kind of like the backstreet boys but with instruments.....

COMMENT | Not NINE INCH NAILS' First Attempt At Concept Album
posted by : ZombieEffect
3/21/2007 10:45:37 PM
because we all know that the downward spiral was BY NO MEANS a concept album.

oh wait.

posted by : sarah05l
3/21/2007 10:45:46 PM
Who said anything about NIN being part of an "underground scene?" We're well aware of the band's popularity.

COMMENT | right on
posted by : ghost of a carpenter
3/21/2007 11:07:49 PM
i love nin

3/22/2007 5:36:21 AM
3/21/2007 4:01:27 PM
Go listen to your fucking burping Necrophagist metal. No need to bash good music like NIN here assholes.'

Necrophagist? You couldn't have bashed a more talented band to be honest.

COMMENT | Entropy? or Just in a rush?
posted by : inversehelix
3/22/2007 3:10:47 PM
Is anyone else offended by the fact that Trent is releasing an album that he, by his own admission, put no concious thought into? "HEY!! BUY THIS ALBUM!! I PUT NO EFFORT INTO IT AT ALL!! WHO NEEDS GOOD SONGWRITING WHEN I CAN JUST MAKE NOISES! BLEEP!!"

I find it amusing that so many people confuse evolution of a sound with de-evolution of songwriting. Rembrandt could have "evolved" his technique and look by randomly throwing paint at a canvas and saying "Well, when I painted this I didn;t really want to think about what the comissioner wanted, or color, or subtlety, or form, or recognizable subject matter." And while many of you may agree with the sentiment, once that idea had been erased with time, the world would have been left with another piece of disposable art. Luckily, he dind't and we have the masterfully crafted works that he left behind.

Trent knows what a good effective songs is. Trent knows that if he takes another 5 years to release his next album that his career will be over. And Trent is a master of image and spin. Put these together and what do you get? A man who quickly wrote an album to keep himself doing what he loves (can you blame him?), and when he heard it realized that the craftsmanship was sorely lacking. So what else to do, use that as your image. Screw good songwriting, I'm going to throw sounds at protools and release it under the "I'm an ARTEEST with a MESSAGE" umbrella.

At least I hope this is the case. Otherwise, yet another great creative mind has fallen into entropy.

COMMENT | Fall out boy
posted by : biff
3/22/2007 4:19:37 PM
Fall Out Boy? wait the chatracter from the Simpson's has his own band?!?!

COMMENT | The real Fallout Boy
posted by : inversehelix
3/22/2007 5:54:30 PM
"I've said 'jimminy jillikers' so many times it's lost all meaning!"


COMMENT | Trent has done more for music then any other.
posted by : theruiner069
3/23/2007 1:59:09 PM
Whoever claims Trent does nothing for no one I would like to ask a question..... WHAT THE FUCK HAVE YOU DONE?????? Please tell me, do you volunteer in a soup kitchen, help elderly people, donate money, protested for something you believe in, or maybe even just taken a minute and done something for someone besides yourself? I doubt it. As for Year Zero being created out of Entropy inversehelix you are fucking dumb. If you had even the slightest understanding about Trent's music you would know that he does nothing without putting 100% into it. So quit acting like you know something but in all honesty you are full of shit. Just because it took him less then 5 years to make an album doesn't mean he rushed. It means that he knew what he was going for and what direction he wanted the sound to go. Yea so go back to your Avril Lavigne fanpage and please show your comments right back up your ass where they came from. Thanks!

posted by : MurderCapital666
3/23/2007 2:12:25 PM
I just heard KMFDM's new album will be titled "TOHUVABOHU", Why does Blabbermouth cover Trent but not KMFDM?

Sascha > Trent

COMMENT | Confusion in the ranks
posted by : inversehelix
3/28/2007 1:56:06 PM
First off, theruiner, would this require understanding of Trent's music (notes, chords, phrases, performancnes, etc) or an understanding of Trent himself, to know that he puts 100% inte everything he does. Obviously, it requires knowing the man to understand his work ethic. Do I know him personally? No, but then again neither do you.

Secondly, I'm not questioning his efforts. But effort doesn't make for a good album or a good outcome. If I wanted to, I could get really beaten up and sweaty trying to knock down a brick wall by going at it with a wooden spoon. Effective? No, BUT I GAVE IT MY ALL!!!

Thirdly, I'm not saying length of time has anything to do with putting out a good album. Truthfully, the best albums seem to be written and recorded pretty wuickly. It's that whole not bleaboring the emotion thing. I highly suggest that you study the songwriting masters - Peopel like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, etc. I think you'll find that most of their songs were written pretty quickly. Hell, Otis Redding stayed up all night writing song after song after song. So don't lump me in with the deluded masses who think that becuase something was written fast, it sucks. However, Trent isn't Otis Redding. He isn't Stevie Wonder. He isn't Ray Charles. His songs are good, and he's forged a lot of ground, but it's obvious that he needs more time than he took to write really brilliant songs, because what I'm hearing sounds like second or third demo level material for an album.

As for saying that he knew what he wanted and just went for it. Homeboy, try writing an album sometime, and do it at a professional pace. 1-2 songs per week minimum. Figure that you'll keep about 10% of what you write. If you don't have a clear vision going into that kind of schedule, your brain will explode. Anyone who does this as a professional goes in knowing what they want, so don't think that Trent is forging new ground. He's dressing up poorly written songs in blips and bleeps and spinning it to the masses. Sadly, given the current state of rock radio, the masses are ready to eat it up.

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