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NIN: Year Zero
« on: April 02, 2007, 04:29:42 am »
A Nine Inch Nails concept album...

Sounds pretty freaking awesome, to me.*




*See: giant hand coming from the sky.
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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007, 09:43:51 pm »
arrr,

twas already discused in a NIN thread earlier.

but let's pretend it wasn't!

I have 3 songs from the album thus far... but i'm still going to actualy buy it once it comes out.

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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2007, 12:02:21 am »
arrr,

twas already discused in a NIN thread earlier.

but let's pretend it wasn't!

I have 3 songs from the album thus far... but i'm still going to actualy buy it once it comes out.

If by "discussed," you mean "a single post with a link to NIN myspace at the end of a thread in which it wasn't mentioned at all," then yes, it was.  :P Other than that the only other discussion were two posts in the "best albums of 2007" thread.

Anyways, Trent Reznor wrote the entire album while on tour. I think that's just nuts. He said in Rolling Stone that before now writing was always a hard thing to do, because he had to go to places inside of himself that were really uncomfortable to explore. But on this album, he just started writing and it all flowed. So, huzzah for Trent Reznor reaching a new plateau in musicianship!

It's their first (produced) concept album ever (Trent tried writing one before, but it went nowhere). According to the article:

"The album takes place in the year 2022: the religious right has taken over the U.S. government, there are mind control drugs in the water supply, and something called the Presence - in the form of a giant hand reaching from the sky - keeps showing up. (The image is caoptured on the album cover.) Reznor suggests the plot - which has also spawned an intricate and mysterious online game that elaborates on the world (see iamtryingtobelieve.com, among numerous other sites) - was inspired by current events. "I have primarily dealt with personal issues in my songs up to this point - relating, not relating, searching, failing, trying, hoping, hating," he says. "Human issues. However, when I look at the cold heart of big business and our murdering government, I am truly afraid. I don't get the sense that there is any humanity or compassion behind those suits as I watch their total disregard for human life and the ecology of this planet."

Edit: continued from where I left off


Also, he's talking with production companies about making a Year Zero movie.
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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007, 12:48:50 am »
lol.

oh Trent.
i'm definetly glad to see he's moved out of his own deeply disturbed self and into a world.
let's hope the result is positive. :)

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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2007, 01:11:30 am »
lol.

oh Trent.
i'm definetly glad to see he's moved out of his own deeply disturbed self and into a world.
let's hope the result is positive. :)

Now, he's not on drugs, right?
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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2007, 02:17:04 am »
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the religious right has taken over the U.S. government

haven't they?

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there are mind control drugs in the water supply

Original!

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something called the Presence - in the form of a giant hand reaching from the sky - keeps showing up.

Uhh... kay.

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"When I look at the cold heart of big business and our murdering government, I am truly afraid. I don't get the sense that there is any humanity or compassion behind those suits as I watch their total disregard for human life and the ecology of this planet."

What a brave and insightful thing to think!

sounds like a middle-schooler's sci-fi story to me.


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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2007, 04:03:00 am »
So that's one neutral, one looking forward to it, and one that thinks he's taken a step backwards?
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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2007, 07:01:39 am »
So that's one neutral, one looking forward to it, and one that thinks he's taken a step backwards?

well i wasn't a fan to begin with..so maybe i don't count.


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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2007, 06:50:35 pm »
arrr,

twas already discused in a NIN thread earlier.

but let's pretend it wasn't!

I have 3 songs from the album thus far... but i'm still going to actualy buy it once it comes out.

If by "discussed," you mean "a single post with a link to NIN myspace at the end of a thread in which it wasn't mentioned at all," then yes, it was.  :P Other than that the only other discussion were two posts in the "best albums of 2007" thread.

Anyways, Trent Reznor wrote the entire album while on tour. I think that's just nuts. He said in Rolling Stone that before now writing was always a hard thing to do, because he had to go to places inside of himself that were really uncomfortable to explore. But on this album, he just started writing and it all flowed. So, huzzah for Trent Reznor reaching a new plateau in musicianship!

It's their first (produced) concept album ever (Trent tried writing one before, but it went nowhere). According to the article:

"The album takes place in the year 2022: the religious right has taken over the U.S. government, there are mind control drugs in the water supply, and something called the Presence - in the form of a giant hand reaching from the sky - keeps showing up. (The image is caoptured on the album cover.) Reznor suggests the plot - which has also spawned an intricate and mysterious online game that elaborates on the world (see iamtryingtobelieve.com, among numerous other sites) - was inspired by current events. "I have primarily dealt with personal issues in my songs up to this point - relating, not relating, searching, failing, trying, hoping, hating," he says. "Human issues. However, when I look at the cold heart of big business and our murdering government, I am truly afraid. I don't get the sense that there is any humanity or compassion behind those suits as I watch their total disregard for human life and the ecology of this planet."

Edit: continued from where I left off


Also, he's talking with production companies about making a Year Zero movie.

I'm really worried that this is going to suck.

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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2007, 08:44:44 pm »
So that's one neutral, one looking forward to it, and one that thinks he's taken a step backwards?

I'm certainly looking forward to the songs.  What i've heard is awesome.

it's just the whole reliable introvert Trent making a sci-fi story that isn't really thrilling me.

arrr,

twas already discused in a NIN thread earlier.

but let's pretend it wasn't!

I have 3 songs from the album thus far... but i'm still going to actualy buy it once it comes out.

If by "discussed," you mean "a single post with a link to NIN myspace at the end of a thread in which it wasn't mentioned at all," then yes, it was.  :P Other than that the only other discussion were two posts in the "best albums of 2007" thread.

Anyways, Trent Reznor wrote the entire album while on tour. I think that's just nuts. He said in Rolling Stone that before now writing was always a hard thing to do, because he had to go to places inside of himself that were really uncomfortable to explore. But on this album, he just started writing and it all flowed. So, huzzah for Trent Reznor reaching a new plateau in musicianship!

It's their first (produced) concept album ever (Trent tried writing one before, but it went nowhere). According to the article:

"The album takes place in the year 2022: the religious right has taken over the U.S. government, there are mind control drugs in the water supply, and something called the Presence - in the form of a giant hand reaching from the sky - keeps showing up. (The image is caoptured on the album cover.) Reznor suggests the plot - which has also spawned an intricate and mysterious online game that elaborates on the world (see iamtryingtobelieve.com, among numerous other sites) - was inspired by current events. "I have primarily dealt with personal issues in my songs up to this point - relating, not relating, searching, failing, trying, hoping, hating," he says. "Human issues. However, when I look at the cold heart of big business and our murdering government, I am truly afraid. I don't get the sense that there is any humanity or compassion behind those suits as I watch their total disregard for human life and the ecology of this planet."

Edit: continued from where I left off


Also, he's talking with production companies about making a Year Zero movie.

I'm really worried that this is going to suck.

nah, check out the songs that are leaked already.
they're pretty good.
just ignore the whole lame sci-fi bit :).

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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2007, 07:40:03 am »
I really consider The Fragile to be more of a concept album, at least it definitely seems more concept-ish than most concept albums even if it wasn't intended to be such. I think I miss the insanely dense soundscapes that he's crafted previously, and from what I've heard, year zero is actually even less layered than With Teeth. I liked the last half of With Teeth a good bit. I thought some of the lyrics on With Teeth were actually kinda cheesy, and more so here I think but I really think that the next album after this one will be real good again. I'm just not real sure if I like the direction he went with on Year Zero.

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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2007, 04:16:40 pm »
I have around five of the YZ tracks, and have only listened to two off the live stream of the entire album.
Needless to say it's amazing, and I'm not listening to anymore until the albums in my hands.
He came up with the story for YZ, btw, when he rented out a house out in some woodland or something and thought of concepts and ideas. The rest yeah, was just pieced from tours.
Anybody who says this is going to suck is wrong. It's amaze.

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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2007, 08:38:40 pm »
The album is definitely.... different. I'm a big fan of the whole viral marketing project though.

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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2007, 09:52:41 pm »
trent is probably the weakest lyricist I have ever listened to

and that kind of ruins his music which is supposed to have some great big message but fails due to the fact he's writing 13-year-old lyrics when he's what, 42?
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Re: NIN: Year Zero
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2007, 10:27:38 pm »
trent is probably the weakest lyricist I have ever listened to

and that kind of ruins his music which is supposed to have some great big message but fails due to the fact he's writing 13-year-old lyrics when he's what, 42?

Lyricly, i think he's amazing. But each to their own i guess.
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