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Nine Inch Nails - Survivalism

With a habit of making us wait around half a decade for another album, Trent Reznor has surprised us all by having the follow up to 'With Teeth' ready to go in under two years. He's like a new man; confident, productive, healthy and a world away from Mr Self-Destruct.

'Survivalism' is the first single from 'Year Zero', but it could easily be on 'With Teeth Pt2'. Fast-paced and as catchy as an airborne virus, 'Survivalism' recaptures the spirit of 'Pretty Hate Machine' more so than ever, modernising it. The big difference here, compared to previous works, is that his criticisms and despair are no longer confined to being wrapped up in his own personal demons. Now it's projected outwards at 'the state of things'. "I got my violence in hi-def ultra-realism / All a part of this great nation".. Take THAT, patriotism!

Lyrically simplistic, but Trent was never the most intricate of songwriters, its strength lies in tying together parts expected and unexpected to create fantastic songs. It sounds familiar yet very different. Reinvigorated. The wait was far shorter this time, but that hasn't stopped us wanting more. 'Year Zero' is out later in April, we trust it's on your lists.Phillip May

Released 1 Jan 1970 // Rating:

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Nine Inch Nails - Survivalism

With a habit of making us wait around half a decade for another album, Trent Reznor has surprised us all by having the follow up to 'With Teeth' ready to go in under two years. He's like a new man; confident, productive, healthy and a world away from Mr Self-Destruct.

'Survivalism' is the first single from 'Year Zero', but it could easily be on 'With Teeth Pt2'. Fast-paced and as catchy as an airborne virus, 'Survivalism' recaptures the spirit of 'Pretty Hate Machine' more so than ever, modernising it. The big difference here, compared to previous works, is that his criticisms and despair are no longer confined to being wrapped up in his own personal demons. Now it's projected outwards at 'the state of things'. "I got my violence in hi-def ultra-realism / All a part of this great nation".. Take THAT, patriotism!

Lyrically simplistic, but Trent was never the most intricate of songwriters, its strength lies in tying together parts expected and unexpected to create fantastic songs. It sounds familiar yet very different. Reinvigorated. The wait was far shorter this time, but that hasn't stopped us wanting more. 'Year Zero' is out later in April, we trust it's on your lists.Phillip May