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Nine Inch Nails Frontman Talks Anti-Bush On New Album

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Launch Radio Networks reports: NINE INCH NAILS frontman Trent Reznor told Gigwise.com that the concept behind his upcoming "Year Zero" album was partially inspired by his feelings toward the Bush administration. Reznor explained, "I really wanted to focus on something that was at the forefront of my consciousness which is, as an American, I'm appalled by the behavior of our government, the direction that it has taken and the direction that it's taken everyone else in the world and its arrogance. I decided to write an essay about where the world might be if we continue down the path that we're on with a neo-con-esque government doing whatever it pleases."

"Year Zero" is set 15 years in the future, when a totalitarian right-wing government has taken over the U.S. and is possibly putting drugs in the water supply to sedate the populace while it wages religious war. Reznor added, "There are no concepts in the story that aren't rooted in things that already are happening."

Reznor previously expressed his unhappiness with the current government in "The Hand That Feeds" from 2005's "With Teeth".

"Year Zero" is due out on April 17.

Source: Metal Hammer

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1. Ostracised writes:

Wow. Way to jump on the Bush-Bash bandwagon. You ever notice how everybody wants something accomplished but nobody wants to put forth the effort to actually get it done? Yet another album I won't buy.

Now Playing:"Blackened Dove" from Dust ot Dust

# Mar 30, 2007 @ 7:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BodomBastard writes:

f***! I can't stand someone that can't stand their own president of their country... f*** those George Bush Nazis out there!!! Republican is the way to go... f*** Lamb Of God, NIN, SOAD, and all other anti-bush d***s... f*** Democrats... George Bush is a great president, that's why he beat JOhn KErry, gotta keep this country good...

# Mar 30, 2007 @ 7:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. grapes r. writes:

Whoever posted this news article is an idiot. If the concept of the album takes places 15 years from now, how exactly is this an Anti-Bush album?

# Mar 30, 2007 @ 8:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. IAMCANADIAN writes:

I heard a new song from the album, this crap sounds so manifactured its disgusting. Dont buy it!!

# Mar 30, 2007 @ 9:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Really? writes:

Part of being Americian is being able to say what you want and disagree with what you want. Now I'm not a big NIN fan or Reznor, however everyone has a right in a Americia to their own opinion. Bush is a terrible president I mean just look around, you can not deny that with any solid argument. All you can say is f*** this and f*** that ;) Now I guess I'm jumping on the Bush-Bash bandwagon, but it's about time people realize how incompetent he and his administration are. But I guess he is a good president because he beat John Kerry, but hey, its like South Park says, you always have to choose between a Douche and a Turd Sandwich. By the way I'd compare Bush to a Nazi before I compare people that don't support him to Nazis. I mean look what is going on in Iraq. Remind anyone of anything? Maybe something to do with Nazis?!?!

# Mar 30, 2007 @ 10:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. SeveredHeads writes:

Okay, some of you people aren't going to buy the cd because it's anti-bush? Thats dumb. Trent has the right to make a cd based on whatever he wants, its his friggan music! He can can do whatever the hell it wants. And "grapes r." the reason its still an Anti-Bush album is because it takes place in the AFTERMATH of Bush's presidency. I am a little curious as to how th e whole album is going to be considering he put less time into this one. Bush isn't a great president, but he isn't exactly a terrible one either. He makes mistakes, and when you have so much pressure on you as a president, you are bound to be making mistakes. I hope this cd is a good one but I also hope people don't judge a cd just because of its concept.

# Mar 30, 2007 @ 10:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Deinonychus Cerulean writes:

It is unbelievable that there are those out there that support the Bush agenda. It really is.

# Mar 30, 2007 @ 10:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

Post 3 and 4 both said it best. The concept is lame, and their new material is worse.

# Mar 30, 2007 @ 10:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Your Mom writes:

I love this line from Post #2

"gotta keep this country good..."

Classic, too funny.

# Mar 30, 2007 @ 10:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Ostracised writes:

Been to Iraq have you? Well, let me tell you what's REALLY going on. Because of CAIR, the ACLU, and the left-wing lawyers we're not allowed to shoot back at someone that is shooting at us unless we call for permission for fear of offending someone or getting locked up for murder. If we had been allowed to go in and do our job we'd be out by now!! And to bring up the argument that I know would come up anyway yes we knew there was WMDs in Iraq. Who the hell do you think sold them to Iraq in the first place? There's a lot of public speculation as to where they are, but they were there. As for the whole"fabricated war"crap, there were 32 U.N. resolutions and sanctions against that country when we went in. The U.N had the chance to do something to help the Iraqi people stabilise that country and they did nothing. As the world-appointed "World Police" and financier for most of the world we had an obligation to do something, since nobody else would, as usual. And as usual, everybody wants something done, nobody wants to do it, then everybody complains about the methods. To wrap this up, sorry about the semi-off topic jack of the thread; and nobody that hasn't been over to the Mideast can truly make a judgement about what's going on, because you only see a very small picture through the media's lens.

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# Mar 30, 2007 @ 10:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. pacifront83 writes:

BODOMBASTARD, U ARE A f***ING IDIOT. PLAIN AND SIMPLE, im sure we can all agree on that despite our political affiliations.

# Mar 31, 2007 @ 2:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. bush is a brain dead fuck wit writes:

bush sucks c*** bush is gay bush is the devil bush will kill us all!

# Mar 31, 2007 @ 5:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. COB2 writes:

man... I'm european and my neighbours are americans in their early20s... I never understood why the states are so f***ed up. But now I do. Just the lever of 'humour' I'm forced to hear through the wall is Beavis and Butthead level. Does ANYONE in America think about ANYTHING anymore? Or is it just "Mickey Mouse Having a sh**! HA HA HAA!!" stuff? Or option B; does the americans in their early20s have anything to think with? Just curious.. all of a sudden it does make sense why someone like Bush gets the most votes. As for "gotta keep this country good".. man, u ever travelled outside the states? Just curious what your concept of "good" is.

# Mar 31, 2007 @ 7:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. me writes:

this album is gonna rock!
whoo! anti-bush ALL THE WAY!!!

# Mar 31, 2007 @ 5:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. DeathInEye writes:

Just to be clear, I don't like Reznor simply because his talent is limited to computers. But in response to Post #13: No, most of us don't think and I'm 70% sure most of us lack brains, which is why Kerry lost and John Edwards was forced to be his running mate (he was my pick to be the democratic candidate, as he is now). However, those of us with brains are working on making liberalism popular so we don't end up with John McCain or Rudy Giliani in office, because sadly that's what it takes, being popular. God I can't wait to study in England this fall.

# Mar 31, 2007 @ 6:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. seed of satan writes:

BodomBastard r u crazy?? That bastard called george w(ar) bush is a big son of a b****, killer, liar, a$$hole, terrorist, etc etc, i guess that u got no friends or brother dying for nothing. U and bush suck my c***

# Mar 31, 2007 @ 6:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. RememberMetal? writes:

For the record, the new NIN sounds like sh**....but

Bush has set this country back 10 years, at least. His father, Clinton and Reagan did alot of good for this country and others.

W responded like a retarded, d***less snail to both 911 and Katrina.
He's trying to destroy social security and give our ports to the UAE(!!!). He's looking for Osama in the wrong country, turned Iraq into a bloodbath (3,200 of our own dead and 600,000+ Iraqis, many of whom are bystanders) our economy still hasn't figured up from down and most of W's posse are being tried for one crime or another.

Theres some daming evidence that he dodged the draft while Mccain and Kerry fought in Vietnam as well.

I was raised in a moderate family that sees the good in both parties but if you're defending our president, it's out of pride and bias.

I'm embarrassed of him but I can sleep at night, because I voted against him in 00 and 04. Bring on the 08 election, no matter which party takes the Whitehouse we --WILL-- have a better leader.

# Apr 1, 2007 @ 11:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. mpex writes:

RememberMetal, I agree completely. I'm slightly left of the middle. Guilliani, McCain, Kerry, Clinton, Obama... it doesn't matter. In '08, this country will have a decent leader for the first time in 8 years. This administration is so corrupt it is nauseating. Stop watching O'Reilly Factor and think for yourself. It is one thing to be a republican , and it is another thing to blindly nod your head in approval of all of your party's actions. The implications of "stay the course" will get worse and worse as time goes by... A terrorist attack does not justify the destruction of the constitution nor the abandonment of civil liberty. Year Zero is about the idea that in 2022, if the course doesn't change, this country is going to be in a dark place.

# Apr 4, 2007 @ 9:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. exzoomer writes:

oh here we go...remember metal setting the deal straight...a guy who buys into commercial metal...big corp labels...bands like metallica and tool....what i would call republican metal...slamming a president that would give the corp record labels tax breaks......yeah....what a guy

# Apr 4, 2007 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Scorpion69 writes:

I absolutly love post 17 because it is so friggin true!!! I love our country as much as humanly possible but I hate Bush with a passion. I have seen proof (although I know I might be hated for saying this), on a video called "loose chage"(anybody can buy it on eBay) but it actually shows how 9/11 was setup by our own government. Anyways I am ashamed to have him as a so-called president.

# Apr 4, 2007 @ 12:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Your Mom writes:

I liked "With Teeth", not the best from Trent but not bad. I haven’t heard any of "Year Zero" but I'll give it a shot. I guess it's hard to continue creating music in the US without giving some kind of stance regarding politics. Some of the best music is politically charged so maybe Year Zero will have something that catches my ear.

I just have one off topic question for deathbringer, do you get free Girls Gone Wild DVDs now that they are advertising on the site? That would be awesome!

# Apr 4, 2007 @ 12:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Valentine_no_more writes:

Anti-Bush??? ooookay...

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