Lately, Trent Reznor has been up to a lot of different things: strengthening his career as a composer by scoring the very successful “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” forming the side project, How to Destroy Angels, contributing to Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” project, and even winning an Academy Award.
But Reznor’s musical claim to fame, Nine Inch Nails, has remained untouched since 2008’s “The Slip.”
Nine Inch Nails have returned with “Came Back Haunted,” the first single off the forthcoming and newly announced “Hesitation Marks” (or “HALO 28”).
The song- a partial hybrid of “Pretty Hate Machine” and “Year Zero-” buzzes with twisting synth beats and is driven by a creeping undertone. Reznor’s voice is, for lack of a better word, haunting and eerily calm in melody. A churning guitar breakdown echoes “The Downward Spiral” and tops the song off in a powerful way.
It’s clear that Reznor’s success in his other musical endeavors has maximized his confidence and ambition as an artist. He has poured this newfound creative energy into Nine Inch Nails in a very logical manner. The result is a song that respects the past, but is not afraid to take a big experimental step into the unknown.
“Came Back Haunted” is no “Head Like a Hole,” but it’s pretty close.
Nine Inch Nails- “Came Back Haunted:” 4.5/5
Listen to “Came Back Haunted” here: