I've mentioned Nine Inch Nails in passing a few times on this site, but only in reference to their sound and not my fandom (at least I don't think...). Anyway, just to clear the air, I LOVE Nine Inch Nails and I think that Trent Reznor is one of the most gifted musical minds I’ve ever heard. I'd wage that war against anyone who disagrees, but I digress. I'll save my over the top, bordering on obsessive praise for when the group releases a new album. Just know for now just know that Nine Inch Nails is incredible and their live shows have changed my life. Now, onto Not The Actual Events.
The EP isn’t necessarily anything new, but it doesn’t feel old either. Working with longtime collaborator Atticus Ross (while also enlisting titans of rock Dave Grohl and Dave Navarro), the result is an atmospheric throwback, intense and aggressive but also patient in letting the music unfold. The last two tracks are where it really gets wild, saving it’s best for last in “Burning Bright (Field on Fire).” There aren’t any barriers being broken, and it isn’t a furthering of Trent’s journey of innovation, but I don’t think that’s the intention. He seems contented created something that channels his past, but with the sounds of the present. For a long time NIN fan, I dig it.