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From the Artist This record began as an experiment with noise on a laptop in a bus on tour somewhere. That sound led to a daydream about the end of the world. That daydream stuck with me and over time revealed itself to be much more. I believe sometimes you have a choice in what inspiration you choose to follow and other times you really don't. This record is the latter. Once I tuned into it, everything fell into place... as if it were meant to be. With a framework established, the songs were very easy to write. Things started happening in my "real" life that blurred the lines of what was fiction and what wasn't. The record turned out to be more than a just a record in scale, as you will see over time. Part one is year zero. Concept record. Sixteen tracks. All written and performed by me, produced / programmed by me and Atticus Ross, mixed by Alan Moulder, mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner. Release date: April 17, 2007. What's it about? Well, it takes place about fifteen years in the future. Things are not good. If you imagine a world where greed and power continue to run their likely course, you'll have an idea of the backdrop. The world has reached the breaking point - politically, spiritually and ecologically. Written from various perspectives of people in this world, "year zero" examines various viewpoints set against an impending moment of truth. How does it sound? You will hear for yourself soon enough, but given the point of this document is to provide information... This record is much more of a "sound collage" than recent efforts from me. A lot of it was improvised. It is very tedious describing your own music. It's not just music. It's probably too long, but it felt like the right thing to do to paint the complete picture. It will sound different after a few listens. You can think about it and it will reveal more than you were expecting. You can dance to a lot of it. You can f*** to a lot of it (maybe all of it depending on what you're into).
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It's a pessimistic view of what the world might be in 2022, if all of society were to decay (which doesn't really happen, but still...). And he unleashes this nihilism in a sweeping, razor-edged concept album, full of pointed lyrics and ominous electro-rock.
It opens with the rapid drums of "Hyperpower," an intro that weaves in some fuzzy bass and spasmodic electronica. It segues into a tight, spare hard-rocker with squiggling synth, with Reznor being drowned out as he sings, "Down on your knees/You'll be left behind/This is the beginning/Watch what you think/They can read your mind..."
The songs that follow are suitably bleak hard-rockers laced with synth -- the undulating creepy "Survivalism," slow-burning hard-rock ballads, explosive muscular rockers, razor-edged electrorock, and the rapid smash'n'rapping of "Capital G," which is unsurprisingly about a certain president.
"Year Zero" is a tight coil of nihilistic rock, unwinding to show off its dark message as the songs go on. While society has never utterly crumbled all at once, this album sounds like the soundtrack to the ultimate apocalypse movie, with hints of oppression and corruption from all sides.
His music is basically a combination of hammering bass and drums and a tight muscular guitar. There's also that classic electronic edge -- jabs of steely synth sometimes, squealing screeches at others, and frenetic squidges at others. It's all twisted together into ominous, unstoppable melodies.Read more ›
Yes Trent has put out amazing albums throughout these years. Many of you still hold on to the Downward Spiral, or The Fragile, or perhaps Broken.ETC.
His more, angry depressed years.
And his new stuff may never compare to that, but Year Zero is an awesome album for sure. You can still hear his old-downward spiral-sound to it in some of the songs.
The album is a bit more mellow but has a beautiful sound to it, like Zero-Sum, or In this Twilight,or Another Version of the truth-all have Trents classic piano-playing skills.
Please I suggest you give this album a chance. A lot of people are still stuck in the past with his older stuff and actually wishing that he would go back to drugs-which is a horrible thing to wish for. Overall, you should be happy that he hasnt retired!
Year Zero is a political album. May not be your cup of tea, but I think it was a great idea. Were living in a weird period right now, and everything is so screwed up in this world. Governments, the society etc.
And Trent defiantly had something to say in this album, that will defiantly suck you into his world, and open your eyes a little more to whats going on around you!
So please, give it a listen, or buy it!
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Simply amazing. The World of Year Zero is completely enthralling and is a very innovative approach to music, in my own opinion. Read morePublished on May 1 2007 by Richard Martin
Maybe. Of course the "hardcore fans" will argue and say that The Downward Spiral/The Fragile are the greatest, and can never be beaten. Yeah, right. Read morePublished on April 27 2007 by ...
Like many, many NIN fans or divotees to the man, Trent Reznor, and his dark music, I had to get this album right from the outset. Read morePublished on April 19 2007 by D. Chandon