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4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 17 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000O178BY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hyperpower!
2. The Beginning Of The End
3. Survivalism
4. The Good Soldier
5. Vessel
6. Me, I'm Not
7. Capital G
8. My Violent Heart
9. The Warning
10. God Given
11. Meet Your Master
12. The Greater Good
13. The Great Destroyer
14. Another Version Of The Truth
15. In This Twilight
16. Zero-Sum

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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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 16 2007
Format: Audio CD
Trent Reznor has never really been a bundle of sunshine, but he reaches a new level of darkness in Nine Inch Nails' "Year Zero."

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.
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Okay so I've been a Nine Inch Nails fan for a long time. Years and years.

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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How much you like this album will probly depend on what you thought of With Teeth. I've been flip-flopping on which one is better, sometimes I think this one, and some times I think With Teeth. I do love the fact that instrumental tracks found their way onto this album. I'd probly say this album is like With Teeth meets Things Falling Apart meets Pretty Hate Machine. Trent Reznor has really done amazing work with this album, with the whole online game and the hidden sites and all the other surprises, it's too bad he didn't make this album a little better. For it to fit more into the online world of Year Zero, I think he needed to make the lyrics more clear about certain "events" like singing about Opal or The Pressence... this album seems like a mix of story telling and real life events of Reznor when he should have made it more clear that this is a conpect album... I've also got to give him thumbs up for speaking out about the record compainies and how they've destoryed the "biz" and not the net. So back into Year Zero, yes it's wroth buying if you're a true fan from way back; but as long as Trent is sober, we'll never see the genuis that Reznor once was with his music, this is a fact we'll have to live with. If you're not sure about this album then you can listen to the whole thing on the NIN website. I like it, it's better than most of the other music out there today, it's just not the same NIN we grew up with.
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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. I like it when bands mature and differ their sounds over age, but not too drastically. It's also hard to believe that a rapper collaberated with this. I never thought that rap/industrial would make a good connection. Trent's mind works in odd ways...

Zero-Sum beats Hurt.
Survivalism beats The Hand That Feeds.

What more do you need to know? Well, actually a lot. I'll leave the rest of judgement up to you guys.

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