Nine Inch Nails is back, with a new album set to drop on 3 September, titled Hesitation Marks. Frontman Trent Reznor announced the record a couple of weeks ago, and promptly put a cut from it online called Came Back Haunted.
That song title appears to have been a prophecy of sorts because since the announcement of a tour for the record, Reznor has lost two members of his live band, bassist Eric Avery and King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew, who simply said things weren’t working so he decided to quit.
Came Back Haunted is very much in the modern NIN vein, full of the electronic beats and blips that Reznor appears to have become obsessed with for the past five or more years, and hinted heavily at in Year Zero (2007) on tracks like Me, I’m Not, Capital G, Zero-Sum and others.
It’s good, but I was hoping for something better. In a sense, it’s nothing new. It could fit on The Slip or Year Zero quite easily without sounding out of place. Indeed it’s not as good as what we’ve been hearing from his side project How To Destroy Angels, with wife Maryqueen Maandig, which is far more exciting than what I’m hearing here.
Let’s hope the rest of Hesitation Marks brings more than this to the table. Otherwise, for all my love of this band over the years, I’ll be welcoming it with, well … hesitation.