By: Paul Korol
Earlier this month, the single "Came Back Haunted" leaked from Nine Inch Nails' new album, Hesitation Marks, set to release in September. Marking the end of a five year hiatus since their last release, Hesitation Marks is said to be a return to the sound of the band's early records, but if the new single is any indication, that won't be the case.
Gone, it seems, are the tribal beats and creative use of sampling present on their debut and sophomore albums. If anything, the feel of "Came Back Haunted" is more akin to 2007's Year Zero album and later, which frankly, is a bit of a shame.
Not to say that Trent Reznor's work lately has been bad. Year Zero and The Slip, released in the 2007-2008 period, were successful albums, and Reznor did after all win an Oscar for his excellent work on The Social Network in 2010. But comparing the new album to his earlier works is a tall order. Will the tracks on Hesitation Marks be able to stand toe to toe with the raw creativity of early classics like "Reptile," which contains sound samples of a machine that slaughters livestock (or so urban legend holds)? Maybe my judgment is clouded by nostalgia for the old albums, but I guess we'll all find out for ourselves whether Hesitation Marks stands up when it's released on September 3rd.
And in case you're curious, here's the video for "Reptile."