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Fifth studio album from Nine Inch Nails

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Trent Reznor's dystopic vision of the future.

  • Aug 13, 2009
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Year Zero is part one of a planned two disc concept album about the future of America. Recorded with the help of Garageband Pro, Trent Reznor provides us a glimpse into an all but possible reality in the coming years. The marketing he used to promote the album was very fascinating indeed. Faux websites, video clips and other forms of multimedia .  We get an angry and motivated Trent Reznor unlike the reflective and moody one on With Teeth. The last disc was a self pity and bitter album, which is good but this one is awesome.  Reznor recorded parts of the album whilst on a support tour of With Teeth.

This concept album deals with a dystopic America ruled by a totalitarian government that rules the country with an iron fist.  But there is a resistance movement that defies the spoken and written word and tries to organizes the disillusioned citizens by questioning authority, thinking out side of the box and using the power of free speech.  Who or what awaits America in Year Zero?

f you enjoy concept albums or are a big fan of NIN, go out and get this disc! It's not that expensive and it comes with a slick lyric booklet and a color changing disc.  This was the last album released on Interscope Records.  Reznor would later start up his own independent music label (The Null Corporation) and release his music on-line through his web site or certain music shops.


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review by . January 31, 2008
posted in Music Matters
((This review is based off the US CD album.))    Thank you for not taking so damn long to put out another album since you last one. And thank you for a "return to form" (clichéd perhaps, but true in my estimation) albeit in a new direction. Not since The Downward Spiral have I enjoyed one of your albums so much. I have to admit that though I like With Teeth, I don't love it, and it has not gotten a lot of play in my CD player. Well baby, that has change with Year Zero. Political …
review by . January 31, 2008
posted in Music Matters
((This review is based off the US CD album.))    Thank you for not taking so damn long to put out another album since you last one. And thank you for a "return to form" (clichéd perhaps, but true in my estimation) albeit in a new direction. Not since The Downward Spiral have I enjoyed one of your albums so much. I have to admit that though I like With Teeth, I don't love it, and it has not gotten a lot of play in my CD player. Well baby, that has change with Year Zero. Political …
review by . April 18, 2007
posted in Music Matters
Thank you for not taking so damn long to put out another album since you last one. And thank you for a "return to form" (clichéd perhaps, but true in my estimation) albeit in a new direction. Not since The Downward Spiral have I enjoyed one of your albums so much. I have to admit that though I like With Teeth, I don't love it, and it has not gotten a lot of play in my CD player. Well baby, that has change with Year Zero. Political and Social issues aside, it is a great concept for an album and a …
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Nine Inch Nails last album on Interscope Records.

The album was composed on GarageBand.

Year Zero is the fifth studio album by American industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails, released on April 16, 2007, by Interscope Records. Frontman Trent Reznor wrote the album's music and lyrics while touring in support of the group's previous release, With Teeth (2005). In contrast to the introverted style of songwriting Reznor used on previous records, Year Zero is a concept album that criticizes contemporary policies of the United States government by presenting a dystopian vision of the year 2022. The album is part of a larger Year Zero project which includes a remix album, an alternate reality game, and a potential television or film project. The Year Zero alternate reality game expanded upon the album's fictional storyline by using media such as websites, pre-recorded phone messages, and murals.

Upon its release in April 2007, Year Zero sold over 187,000 in its first week, and it reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The album also received generally positive reviews, many of which were favorable toward the accompanying alternate reality game. Year Zero produced two singles, "Survivalism" and "Capital G", the latter released as a promotional single. Disputes arose between Reznor and Universal Music Group, parent company of Interscope Records, over the overseas pricing of the album. Year Zero was the last Nine Inch Nails studio album released...

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Composer: Trent Reznor
Author: Trent Reznor
Performer: Nine Inch Nails
Release Date: April 16, 2007
Label: Interscope
Artist: Nine Inch Nails
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