Trent Reznor just gave Nine Inch Nails fans an early Christmas present. This morning, he released the video for the new song "Burning Bright (Field on Fire)," which sounds like a hallucination with a hangover - an unrelenting beat backs distorted guitars, white noise and a dissonant melody that Reznor shouts over. It's somewhat reminiscent of early Black Sabbath tunes but with an industrial edge.
"Burning Bright" is one of five new tracks from the EP Not the Actual Events, which is getting mixed reviews - from Reznor himself. "It's an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make," Reznor said in a statement released earlier this month. "It's an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story."
And the EP's form promises to be as strange as its content. Fans can now order the new release in one of three ways - the digital copy, the one-sided vinyl record or the enigmatic "physical component" - a special edition that Reznor has been tight-lipped about.
Here's how NIN's website describes the physical component. "The intention of this record is for it to exist in the physical world, just like you. Choosing this package gets you the digital files. And we will ship the physical component to your house for you to deal with, while very limited supplies last."
For us to deal with? Sounds like we should be worried about getting the album wet and letting it eat after midnight.
If you're scared of the physical component, you can always treat yourself to the band's other new special editions. Vinyl rereleases of NIN's first three albums: Broken, The Downward Spiral and The Fragile. The physical copies aren't available until the spring, but you can preorder them now.
Looks like your Christmas gift cards are already spoken for.
h/t Rolling Stone.
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