In December 2015, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor promised the group would release new material the following year. Friday, with little time to spare, Reznor made good on his promise. In one week, Nine Ince Nails will drop Not the Actual Events, a 5-song EP that’s their first new project since 2013’s Hesitation Marks.
“It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make,” Reznor wrote in a statement. “It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”
The EP announcement wasn’t the only piece of Nine Inch Nails news Reznor shared. Beginning with Not the Actual Events, he said, composer Atticus Ross has officially joined the band. Ross worked with Reznor on the scores to multiple films including The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, and, most recently, this month’s new movie Patriots Day.
Additionally, Reznor announced a “very special limited edition” of Nine Inch Nails’ 1999 album, The Fragile, which will span four discs and 150 minutes of material, including 37 “instrumental, alternate, and unreleased tracks.” Titled The Fragile: Deviations 1 and created in conjunction with Ross, the release won’t be available on digital services.
“The Fragile occupies a very interesting and intimate place in my heart,” Reznor wrote. “As an experiment, I removed all the vocals from the record and found it became a truly changed experience that worked on a different yet compelling level. The Fragile: Deviations 1 represents Atticus and I embellishing the original record with a number of tracks from those sessions we didn’t use before. The result paints a complimentary but different picture we wanted to share.”
Finally, Reznor shared he has begun crafting “definitive editions” of all Nine Inch Nails albums, with three — Broken, The Downward Spiral, and The Fragile — being available for pre-order now ahead of spring 2017 release dates. “We want to present the catalog as it was intended to be, with no compromises,” he noted.
See Reznor’s Instagram post announcing the new Nine Inch Nails EP below.