Nine Inch Nails - Not the Actual Events

Nine Inch Nails

Not the Actual Events
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    Listenability - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Sound Quality - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Lyrics - 9/10



The new Nine Inch Nails record Not The Actual Events is available NOW, along with any other high-resolution downloads that went live in the store last week.

A day before the announced release date, Nine Inch Nails released their second studio EP Not The Actual Events to those who ordered it online. Because I thought I had to wait another day, it was a very nice surprise. The EP finds Trent Reznor and now official band member Atticus Ross taking an unexpected left turn from the 2013’s Hesitation Marks and sounds unrecognizable from their current film work. “It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make” says Reznor. “It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”

Not the Actual Events is unlike anything I’ve ever heard from Nine Inch Nails, it’s almost like an alternate reality. The album cover reminds me of Still from the double album And All That Could Have Been, but appears to be an absolute opposite in terms of music. Using screaming synth’s, punching drums larger than life and, at the first couple of listens, mostly unintelligible lyrics, Nine Inch Nails gets in touch with a unprecedented energy.

At first, I didn’t quite understand what I was listening to. It sounded somewhat disappointing, expecting it to sound like their previous albums. These feelings were quickly taken away from the moment I listened to it a second time, and it gets even better with every time I listen to it. You will not be able to understand and appreciate the full extent of this EP within the first few moments of listening, it is absolutely not something you want to listen to while doing something else, you have to sit down, close your eyes and just listen.

Not The Actual Events is an impenetrable EP which requires effort to learn to appreciate it and is by no means obligated to make sense to you.

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Ferry Meštrović

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2 Responses

  1. Greg Scopinich says:

    Agree 100% I got the notification early this morning at 3:45 am and by trying to preview it quickly while in bed and i thought it was very odd and not of great quality… when I left for work I put it on again as I traveled in, by the time I got to work I had listened to it front to back 2 and a half full times… and Now I think bits awesome and really challenges the listener to LISTEN not passively hear. It’s like a Fight to understand what your listening to the first couple times but then becomes more like a choreographed wrestling match planned in advance to shock and anger you on purpose but to then Finally realize it’s Genius…. I love it

  2. Skidmore says:

    What I hear in this album is a testimony of after going through the stations of coming to Christ in Year Zero. What he sees with his new eyes, us asleep, him knowing savation wanting us to know what he has come to know.

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