NINE INCH NAILS will release a new five-song EP, "Not The Actual Events", on December 23. The effort finds NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor and now-official bandmate Atticus Ross taking an unexpected left turn from 2013's "Hesitation Marks" and sounding unrecognizable from their current film work.
"It's an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make," Reznor said in a statement. "It's an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story."
The new material will be available digitally, on one-sided vinyl and as a "physical component."
NINE INCH NAILS also announced the release of the quadruple-vinyl set "The Fragile: Deviations 1". The band's web site says it is a "unique version of NINE INCH NAILS' record ... created by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross," the latter of whom was not associated with the original release. It contains 37 instrumental, alternate and unreleased songs, many of which reportedly have never been released elsewhere. The set will not be available on digital services and is due out in the spring of 2017.
"'The Fragile' occupies a very interesting and intimate place in my heart," Reznor said in a statement. "I was going through a turbulent time in my life when making it and revisiting it has become a form of therapy for me. 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."
Reznor has also announced that he and art director John Crawdord are embarking on a reissue project, creating "definitive editions of all the major NIN releases on vinyl." "Broken", "The Downward Spiral" and "The Fragile" are now available to pre-order.
Of the reissue series, Reznor said: "We want to present the catalog as it was intended to be, with no compromises. That means a careful remastering of the audio from the original sources, a painstaking recreation of the artwork, pristine materials, some surprises and an insane attention to detail that you probably won't notice… but it matters to us. No extra bullshit and gimmicks — the 'real' records in their truest form."