In late 2015, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor was asked when the band would release new music. At the time, the group had been put on the back burner while he, and frequent collaborator Atticus Ross, worked on some high-profile movie scores/soundtracks. When he was asked, he said that fans would receive new material before the end of 2016.
With a few weeks left before the year comes to a close, Reznor made good on his promise and announced the new album. On Thursday (Dec. 22), Nine Inch Nails unveiled that the new album, an EP, is titled Not the Actual Events and is set to be released digitally on Friday, Dec. 23. In addition to the name and release date for the album, the band also premiered the lead single from the much-anticipated record; a track titled “Burning Bright (Field on Fire).”
According to frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who is now for all purposes part of the band), this new record is “an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”
Currently, the band is also offering both digital versions of the album and a limited amount of physical copies. The physical copies of the record will begin to be delivered in January of 2017. For more information about the new record, head on over to Nine Inch Nail’s webstore. for now, listen to “Burning Bright (Field on Fire)” below while the track listing for the record can be seen after that.
Nine Inch Nails’ last studio record was 2013’s Hesitation Marks.
NOT THE ACTUAL EVENTS TRACK LIST:
02. “Dear World”
03. “She’s Gone Away”
04. “The Idea of You”
05. “Burning Bright (Field on Fire)”