Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero (2007) Lyrics

Year Zero (also known as Halo 24 or Year Zero: Zero-Gen-Ten in Japan) is the sixth studio album by Nine Inch Nails, released on April 13, 2007 in the UK and Europe, and April 17, 2007 worldwide, by Interscope Records. It was produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor in collaboration with Alan Moulder and engineer Atticus Ross, both of whom worked in a similar capacity on Nine Inch Nails' previous major studio release, With Teeth. Mastering was done by Brian “Big Bass” Gardner.
In a 2005 interview with Kerrang!, Reznor expressed his intentions to write material for a new release during the With Teeth tour, and it was confirmed that he was working on it by September 2006. Year Zero began its mixing stage in January of 2007, and Reznor stated on his blog on The Spiral that the album was finished as of February 5, 2007. The album marks a new style of lyric writing for Reznor:
“…for the first time in my life, I wanted to break away from the idea of opening up my journal and transferring that into song lyrics. And I really thought about what was at the forefront of my concern, and, at the state I’m at right now, at the age I’m at, just the state of being an American citizen, a lot of concern I have about the direction the country’s headed in, and uh, kind of the erosion of freedoms that seems like we’re experiencing, and the way we treat the world and our own citizens felt like something I needed to comment on.”
A subsection of nin.com, yearzero.nin.com, was created and contains various things Year Zero-related. An alternate reality game was constructed by Trent Reznor and Rob Sheridan, then run in partnership and developed by 42 Entertainment to provide listeners with a greater understanding of the album’s concept. Reznor paid for the ARG himself, trying to keep it a secret from his record company as much as possible, stating: “What you are now starting to experience IS ‘year zero’. It’s not some kind of gimmick to get you to buy a record — it IS the art form… and we’re just getting started. Hope you enjoy the ride.” The game ran from roughly February 12, 2007 to May 2007, beginning when a string of mysterious websites was discovered around the internet related to the album; the game has since been nominated for two Webby Awards. Learn more at the Year Zero Research page and view the timeline of discovery for an explanation of how things unfolded, also, 42 Entertainment has a complete overview of the project here.


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