Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails Is Back


Unknown to most on Bucknell’s campus is a group called Nine Inch Nails (NIN).  Started in the early ‘90s by multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, NIN has sold well over 30 million albums, and headlined some of the most monumental festivals in history (and that includes the infamous Woodstock ‘94 --  Click here to see what the insanity was like).

Their sound can be characterized in one word: expansive.  With a catalog that goes from ambient, piano-based, dark compositions to blaring, energy-filled rock anthems, NIN is by no means a group that limits itself to one genre.  Perhaps that is why they have been able to impact so many generations of listeners.

At their core, NIN is the quintessential "industrial" music group.  If you were to dream that you were in a stereotypically dark, dystopian future mega-city, then their music might be the soundtrack to that dream.

But over the last twenty years, the longevity of NIN has probably seemed exactly like a dream to leader Trent Reznor.  Unlike the vast majority of bands, which break up or fizzle out, NIN  has never stopped evolving.  In recent years, they have gone from being something less ‘90s, and more cutting-edge electronic.

Nevertheless, after several album releases throughout the ‘00s, the brains behind NIN, Trent Reznor, decided to go on a multi-year hiatus, to the sadness of millions of rabid fans around the world.  Many thought that this would be the end of the NIN era, but some held out hope that it was not the end.

NINEINCHNAILS5-728x456Well, those who held out hope were probably very happy to see a recent announcement that read something like this: NIN is returning, and with a full US arena tour and a new album.

I, for one, am extremely excited.  As someone who grew up listening to NIN, and being floored by the intimacy and technologically complex nature of their live performances, I can't wait to go catch these guys live (again).  For those who aren't familiar with NIN's recent work though, check out the videos below.

For this video, start at 1:57 to see how great the light show is.

If you want more Nine Inch Nails, let us know in the comments, and we'll update the post with more samples.  And for more tour information, click here.