Slipknot, AWOLNATION, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Destructo, Filter, and More Talk New Nine Inch Nails
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:17:48
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Every time Nine Inch Nails releases an album, it's an event.
Pretty Hate Machine introduced the world to Mr. Trent Reznor. Broken ripped the face off alternative music with vitriol that still hasn't been matched. The Downward Spiral redefined industrial for an entire generation in the nineties. The Fragile stands alone as a two-disc ride into hell and back. With Teeth kicked pearly whites in, and Year Zero remained punctuated by one of the most revolutionary album launch campaigns in history, setting a new precedent for marketing in the 21st century. The list goes on and on though, as does the list of those who have been marked by Nine Inch Nails. That will grow with the September 3 release of the next Halo, Hesitation Marks. Already, the single "Came Back Haunted" proved to be another evolution, and the entire music industry can't wait for this forthcoming opus.
So, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to a myriad of musicians ranging from Slipknot and Korn to AWOLNATION and Destructo about "Came Back Haunted" and their anticipation for Hesitation Marks.
What do you think about the latest Nine Inch Nails song "Came Back Haunted"? Are you excited for their new album Hesitation Marks?
Corey Taylor of Slipknot & Stone Sour
Corey Taylor: I just heard "Came Back Haunted" last night. It's really good. It's kind of disco-y and dark. It's great, and I expect nothing less from Trent fucking Reznor. He's my next dude to work with. That's my next conquest because I got Dave Grohl. I've gotten all of these other people. He's the next one. I'm going to start the "Trent I want to be your friend" campaign [Laughs]. I've met him a handful of times, and he's very cool. He's one of the coolest dudes I've ever met actually. I want to work with him so fucking bad, even if we just do a commercial for 1-800-Pet- Meds. I don't even care! I just want to fucking do a song with Trent Reznor. That's all I care about. I don't give a shit! Why not for 1-800-Pet-Meds? They bring it right to your house [Laughs]. To this day, my favorite album is Broken. It has so much ridiculously good music on it like "Happiness In Slavery".
James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn & Fear and the Nervous System
James "Munky" Shaffer: I dig it! It made me anxious to hear more. "Came Back Haunted" is a good opening track for sure. There's a great guitar melody in the middle of the song. It has a spooky and haunting lead guitar, and it sounds like Trent Reznor's playing. It has those chops. I love his playing. It's really simple and very broken down. It's almost kind of funky. It's not super distorted. His tones make it. "Came Back Haunted" is fucking dope because it's got a cleaner tone that sounds like he's down-picking. Now, I want to listen to the rest of the album [Laughs].
Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION
Aaron Bruno: The new song is pretty cool. I always loved everything Trent Reznor did and was extremely impressed. I've been compared to him in terms of the way AWOLNATION is set up. He does everything, and he named it something bigger than himself. I did the same thing. We both mess with electronics and organic instruments. I understand the comparison. At the same time, it's nothing like that.
Destructo: It's good to see Trent come back on some dark electronic vibes. He always strikes a chord in me like no one else. There are great textures and sonics to this song. I'm so glad we've got new Nine Inch Nails in our ear holes again.
Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody: I heard the song, and it's fucking fantastic. That man can do no wrong. I always look forward to hearing more. I'm sure the album will be mind-blowing. Have you ever seen them live? It's beyond monstrous. I love looking back at the Crow soundtrack. Trent was so twisted back then. There was such venom in him. You can hear that here, but it's evolved.
Richard Patrick of Filter
Richard Patrick: It fucking sounds great. I'm psyched to hear more. Trent's my buddy! I'm glad that I talked to him this year. We had a nice long conversation. When I left Nine Inch Nails, it wasn't the greatest situation. It was a hard time. When you get older, you start thinking, "Who are my friends? Who are the people that knew before as well as the people that know me now?" Trent was like, "How many people do you know from your childhood?" I met Trent when I was 15-years-old. He worked at this keyboards and audio store. He was in a band The Exotic Birds. I was in a band called The Act. I was the new wave kid who listened to The Cure and U2. He was listening to Depeche Mode. He was the synth side, and I was the guitar side of alternative music from England. At some point, we were thinking about working together way early. My friend walked in with Ministry's The Land of Rape and Honey one day. I heard "Stigmata", and it just spoke to me. It was so fucking heavy and mean. Then, I heard Skinny Puppy. After I discovered this shit, I saw Trent outside of a repair shop. I asked, "I heard you got a record contract?" No one got fucking record deals in Cleveland. It was like he landed on the moon. He asked me, "What's up dude? You look different". I told him I only listen to industrial music. He was like, "Oh yeah, you might like the new music I'm doing. Maybe we should hang out". We got together, and he played me "Down In It" and "Head Like a Hole". I knew it was fucking slam dunk. He wanted to get the project out on the road, and he asked me to play guitar. They were trying to get a gig opening for The Jesus and Mary Chain or Peter Murphy. We went on stage, and the worse we acted, the better the crowd responded [Laughs]. We I'd be caked in cornstarch when we were playing. I sang backups and played one pretty cool simple guitar part every song. The rest was waiting for some violence. We'd throw thirty fucking solo cups of beer into the crowd. This continued on to Lollapalooza! We'd jump into the audience and catch people off guard. We were made of rubber back then. We didn't care.
Derek Mears star of Friday the 13th, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, & Hatchet 3
Derek Mears: Damn! The first thing I thought when I heard "Came Back Haunted" was Nine Inch Nails's new song sounds sexy, dirty, and dangerous!
Zack Lopez of Middle Class Rut
Zack Lopez: The song is super good. It's like that guy just picks up where he left off and keeps getting better and better. That band keeps getting better. He's not the kind of guy who will come out with a lame record—ever. There are always awesome songs. Something about "Came Back Haunted" makes you remember Pretty Hate Machine, but it still feels new.
Sean Foreman & Nathaniel Motte of 3OH!3
Sean Foreman: I think it's awesome! It's very cool to hear new stuff from Nine Inch Nails. We saw them on the Wave Goodbye tour. Their show is one of the best ever. The song revs up, and its gets to where it's going. It's really good.
Nathaniel Motte: We saw them three times on that tour cycle. They're a big inspiration for us. They do a very wonderful job of combining electronic elements and live elements in their show.
Hyro Da Hero
Hyro Da Hero: It's amazing. I love the beat. Trent Reznor is always so creative. There are few artists that can manipulate sounds the way that he can. The song twists and turns through some real tangible anxiety and anger. I can't wait to hear the whole record. Get at me Trent, let's do a song!
Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution
Rob Ulrich: I like it a lot. It definitely reminds me of Pretty Hate Machine. I was like, "Oh shit, this is Nine Inch Nails!" Then, I went back and listened to the how to destroy angels album. Not only is that singer totally hot, but it's awesome. It's just killer. Everything Trent Reznor touches is unbelievable.
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