Year Zero





Metal Hammer


Mai 2007


Year Zero


Autor: Tommy Udo




Nine Inch Nails

Year Zero



For some long time fans of Trent Reznor, 2005’s “With Teeth” came as something of a relief. It was a straightforward album – in comparison to “The Fragile” – with no overbearing sense of its own importance. The live shows that followed were among the best that NIN had delivered in years. Then with the news that we weren’t gonna have to wait another decade for a new album, it seemed that Reznor was undergoing something of a renaissance, that we had entered a new golden age. “Year Zero”, the, will perplex the hell out of many and for others it will simply be a disappointment.

Based around an Orwell by way of William Gibson storyline set in the US in 2022, it is an angry reaction to everything from the devastation of New Orleans to the war and the rise of theocratic fascism in the land of the free to the impending environmental meltdown. Naturally it’s not a barrel of laughs, but what’s a drag is that it is so one-dimensional and grinding, so uniformly slow and downbeat. What it is reminiscent of is Massive Attack’s miserable “mezzanine’ or Radiohead at their most unlistenable, circa “Kid A”. Maybe that’s something that Reznor was aiming for. Maybe it’s an album that Rent had to make for himself rather than one for the rest of us.

Whatever, it’s a hard slog with none of the rewards that perseverance on “The Fragile” delivered. It’s just depressing, and not in a good way either.


Tommy Udo