Back in February, Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor revealed that his legendary band was reuniting for a tour this summer... but what he didn't tell us was that the band was already in the studio working on their next album at the time. Trent has finally confessed that the new record is not only a done deal, but it's actually slated for release this year.
“I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately,” Reznor posted at the band's official site. “For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross [Trent's long-time collaborator and fellow Golden Globe-winning composer] and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great.”
We've known that new NIN material was in the works – the first since the band completed their “Wave Goodbye” tour in 2009 – and that the band would hit the stage again. But apparently they've been secretly recording new music all this time. Even more surprising is the news they've also signed to a major label, Columbia Records, and invited their veteran guitarist Robin Finck (shown below right) back to the official lineup, which also includes Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis and Ilan Rubin.
“My forays into film, HTDA [side project How to Destroy Angels] and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place,” Reznor explained in the post, concluding with the words “Here we go!”
The new Nine Inch Nails lineup will make their live debut on July 26th at the Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan. More news to come, so stay tuned!