The Horse’s Mouth: Nine Inch Nails Hiatus – Good Thing/Bad Thing?
Welcome to the first Horses Mouth, where the metal community have ther say on the topic of the day. This maiden blog’s topic is the impending Nine Inch Nails hiatus: is it a good thing or a bad thing? We invite the metal media to comment:
“What do I think of Nine Inch Nails’ hiatus? I could care less. Why? Well, I have seven reasons why Nine Inch Nails taking a break means little to nothing to me; Faith No More, At the Gates, Carcass, Saint Vitus, Exhorder, Forbidden and Living Sacrifice. All of these acts have reformed, some temporarily, some permanently, but what’s most important is that all of these bands rock harder than Nine Inch Nails, and I get to experience them in person or vicariously through Youtube! Don’t get me wrong, Mr. Reznor has made some great material, most recently (for me) being ‘With Teeth’, but why cry over spilt milk? There is too much good music out there to sit in your bean bag chair waiting for the next NIN release. Besides, there’s always the new Rammstein album to fall back on this year, right? So get off your ass, wash that NIN hoodie you’ve been wearing all winter, head out into this soon to be springtime weather and experience the wide wide world of metal!”
Read Metal Hammer’s probing with Trent Reznor here: ‘Why were you attracted to Courtney Love?’ etc.
“Damn, a parking lot on campus, metal in the US drowned in the fog of AquaNet en route to a long-term hibernation. I’m now interested in The Cure, The Smiths, New Order and industrial because the latter reminds me of what I loved about metal and punk, only it has more bounce to it. Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Front 242… who would’ve noticed them outside of the mutant dance partiers if not for Nine Inch Nails? In that parking lot spinning ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ from the car before class and screaming ‘Terrible Lie’ to campus trendies who looked at me like I was mental… A bit later, I beat myself up in a singular mosh pit to the hardcore-techno ersatz of ‘March of the Pigs’, the angriest song I’d heard to that point since Black Flag’s ‘My War’ Much later, Trent’s still performing good music to a music scene that’s outgrown him; only thing is, he’s doing remixes to each new project. Motivation? Must’ve leapt to Mindless Self Indulgence and left Trent swooning in a romantic cocoon. May he be happy or may he do a collision course Pigface album with Fantomas and Burzum.”
Ray Van Horn, Jr., http://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com
“I’ve not liked anything since ‘The Fragile’ came out (I liked bits of ‘With Teeth’ and ‘Ghosts I-IV’ but I wasn’t crazy about them) but even still, Nails always slay live and Trent is one of the few artists in this world who’s capable of fulfilling his genius tag. We’ll miss them but the opportunity to rejuvenate himself and comeback with an album that is truly great does soften the blow a little.”
Terry Bezer – www.ClassicRockMagazine.com
“Our inaugural topic is supposed to be about a NiN hiatus. Few are less deserving for a metal column as they are neither metal nor are they worth wasting any of my time on. Their existence or non-existence has no impact upon what matters to me…metal! I was much more bummed out when SENTENCED called it a day after their FUNERAL album in 2005 and hoped it would just be a hiatus. Sadly, that is no longer possible as guitarist and band mastermind Miika Tenkula passed away in Feb ‘09. Rather than sully this little rant with other bands that I WISH were on a permanent hiatus, I’ll simply end it with: RIP Miika Tenkula [1974 - 2009] thanks for the music, you will not be forgotten.”
Evil G – www.MetalRules.com
“As a massive NIN fan there’s an obvious guttedness about not being able to buy tickets for all four nights at Brixton anymore, but do I really want to be one of millions of people who flog their favourite bands into the grave because they just can’t bring themselves to put the ceaseless nostalgia aside and go see a new band? I hear Trent’s fallen in love. A career based on abject misery will not enjoy marital bliss. It is better to not have enough of what you want than too much. Especially if ‘too much’ is a bad NIN album. So it with reluctance that I admit that it’s probably for the best: he won’t be a laughing stock anachronism, or just undermine the glory of his heyday by knocking out bad impressions of NIN for another two decades. But I also think that Trent will get bored. And start doing things…”
Gill – www.MetalHammer.co.uk
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