Sample of "The Great Destroyer" that shows an example of the album's heavy use of electronic music. 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. The characters printed on the gun on the panel left of the CD spell out the wreckage and shard for Mailstrom wreckage Scorpion. While work continued on the album, Reznor hinted in an interview that it was "part of a bigger picture of a number of things I'm working on".  Most of Year Zero's musical elements were created by Reznor solely on his laptop, as opposed to the instrument-heavy With Teeth. Fucking cool. These files were also available in all three formats on remix.nin.com.  Ann Powers added, "The songs on 'Year Zero,' each from the perspective of a character or characters already existent in the ARG, draw a connection between the music fan's passionate identification with songs and the gamer's experience of becoming someone else online. Year Zero received positive reviews from critics, who complimented its concept and production, as well as the accompanying alternate reality game. The government maintains control of the populace through institutions such as the Bureau of Morality and the First Evangelical Church of Plano, as well as increased surveillance and the secret drugging of tap water with a mild sedative. On April 4, 2007, a high-quality leak of the promotional disc supplied to listening parties was also leaked onto peer-to-peer networks. Listen to Year Zero by Nine Inch Nails on Apple Music. With a framework established, the songs were very easy to write. The whole concept is really interesting, especially how it was put together with the websites, leaked songs and the whole story behind it. It was the band's last album for Interscope, following Reznor's departure the same year due to a dispute over overseas pricing. Part of this promotional campaign involved USB drives that were left in concert venues for fans to find during Nine Inch Nails' 2007 European tour. What's it about? " Due to the pricing dispute, plans to release a "Capital G" maxi-single in Europe were scrapped. The track was instead released as a limited-edition single, without a "Halo number", unlike most official Nine Inch Nails releases. If you imagine a world where greed and power continue to run their likely course, you'll have an idea of the backdrop. CD: B0008764-02: 2007: year zero: Chinese unauthorized item.  Reznor later described Year Zero as "the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist".  Robert Christgau described Year Zero as Reznor's "most songful album", while Thomas Inskeep of Stylus magazine praised it as "one of the most forward-thinking 'rock' albums to come down the pike in some time". "This record began as an experiment with noise on a laptop in a bus on tour somewhere. Shortly after the stream was made available, high-quality leaks found their way to various sites and P2P networks. Exclusief voor abonnees. lekker winkelen zonder zorgen. Quite noisy. Year Zero. , While work continued on the album, Reznor hinted in an interview that it was "part of a bigger picture of a number of things I'm working on". A6 "Me, I'm Not" - 4:51, B1 "Capital G" - 3:50 Although the album was released on April 16, 2007 in Europe, and the following day worldwide,  the game had been underway since roughly February 12, 2007 and was expected to continue for approximately eighteen months. A2 "The Beginning Of The End" - 2:47 B4 "God Given" - 3:50 When referring to the past, the years are subtracted from the date of the calendrical reconstruction. On June 24, 2011, Pitchfork Magazine had a section of news stating that Jim Uhls, the man who had written the screenplay for Fight Club and the screenplay for the 2008 film Jumper, was chosen to write the script for the series. ", It was named one of the best album covers of 2007 by Rolling Stone. The years following Year Zero are denotated as "0000". ABONNEE EN WIL JE VERDER LEZEN? The concert was cut short as the meeting was raided by a fictional SWAT team and the audience was rushed out of the building. There's no cohesion to the album; most of it seems to follow a formula of: Track A is Some catchy beat that goes nowhere with some dramatic lyrics, Track B is some anti-bush song, Track C has some soft piano and singing before the rest is just all noise. One frame in the teaser led fans to a URL containing the complete album cover. That daydream stuck with me and over time revealed itself to be much more. How does it sound? The medium of the CD is outdated and irrelevant.  Reznor continued to tour with the same band he concluded the previous tour with: Aaron North, Jeordie White, Josh Freese, and Alessandro Cortini. , On January 11, 2012 a user on Echoingthesound said that Jim Uhls confirmed him via Facebook that he was working on the Year Zero TV series ("I've been away from FB for awhile. Now that I see it, I can answer. Perhaps to counteract and discourage any piracy of the leak, the entire album was made available for free streaming on the album's official website later that afternoon.  Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone called the album Reznor's "strongest, weirdest and most complex record since The Downward Spiral", and concluded that "he's got his bravado back. On December 23, 2011 in an interview by The Guardian Trent is quoted as follows about the 10-part HBO mini-series, which is based on Year Zero: "I chose not to write it myself because I don't know how to do that. " In 2017, during an interview promoting new Nine Inch Nails EP Add Violence, Reznor said that "They got so far as hiring a writer for it, but then it fell to shit because we never had the right writer. The multitrack files for "Capital G", "My Violent Heart" and "Me, I'm Not" were released the following month, and files for "The Beginning of the End", "Vessel" and "God Given" were released on the month after that. The websites-from-the-future were sent to the year 2007 to warn the American people of the impending dystopian future and to prevent it from ever forming in the first place. A remix album, titled Year Zero Remixed, was released in November 2007. We didn't find the right match with a writer, and really have been avoiding doing what we should have done from the beginning: write it ourselves. Reznor and Bender collaborated with Carnivàle writer Daniel Knauf to create the science fiction epic. If I were in my studio, I would have done things the way I normally do them. On April 2, 2009, Reznor announced via a short Twitter post that "YZ is alive". Dunno, but Reznor's claim that 'I got my violence in high def ultra-realism' sounds like gospel to us. ", "The Beginning of the End" and more. in a later interview, "When I was on the Live: With Teeth tour, to keep myself busy I just really hunkered down and was working on music the whole time, so this kept me in a creative mode and when I finished the tour I felt like I wasn't tired and wanted to keep at it. It takes place about 15 years in the future. Halo 24: Year Zero. Year Zero is a heavy concept album, and it could be argued that many NIN albums are, but this one in particular culminates in such a way that you will already be drawn in before you realize what is going on. Things started happening in my "real" life that blurred the lines of what was fiction and what wasn't. " In relation to the declining music industry, Joseph Jaffe of Brandweek commented that such "mysterious marketing measures [...] are what's desperately needed to gain attention in this uncertain era of distribution dilemmas and sagging sales", also commending acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead for being "more innovative than marketers". ", All of the artwork for Year Zero was created by Rob Sheridan, art director for Nine Inch Nails, who is also credited for artwork on With Teeth, among other Nine Inch Nails releases since 2000. Things are not good. A lot of it was improvised. I should have just done it [myself]. That daydream stuck with me and over time revealed itself to be much more...it takes place about fifteen years in the future. Conceived while touring in support of the band's previous album, With Teeth (2005), the album was recorded in late 2006. It's probably too long, but it felt like the right thing to do was to paint the complete picture. , Upon its release in April 2007, Year Zero sold over 187,000 copies in its first week. This leads to the website.  It was later reported that 42 Entertainment had created these websites to promote Year Zero as part of an alternate reality game. A small group of fans received fictional in-game telephone-calls that invited them to a "resistance meeting" in a Los Angeles parking lot.  Many critics also commented on the album's overall tone, including descriptions such as "lots of silver and grey ambience [sic]" and reference to the album's "oblique tone". It was produced by 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. [...] This project means a lot to me and will see the light of day in one form or another. The album was supported by a tour that visited Europe, Asia and Australia, with an emphasis on locations never or seldom played by NIN.  Year Zero was mixed in January 2007, and Reznor stated on his blog that the album was finished as of February 5. Essentially, I wrote the soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist.".  Reznor's post, specifically his criticism of the recording industry at large, elicited considerable media attention. From there, fictional events lead to worldwide chaos, including bioterrorism attacks, the United States engaging in nuclear war with Iran, and the elimination of American civil liberties at the hands of the fictional government agency The Bureau of Morality. Once I tuned into it, everything fell into place... as if it were meant to be. Dass Trent etwas politisch geworden ist, finde ich in sofern nicht schlimm, da er wie immer auf keine reale Situation eingeht, sondern eine fiktive Welt schafft, die stark an unsere erinnert. The same year, Reznor contributed vocals to their song "Era Vulgaris", which was also cut from the album of the same name. Year Zero (also known as Halo 24) is the sixth studio album by Nine Inch Nails and was created as a concept album of a dystopian future:. Year Zero Calendar. In March 2007, the multitrack audio files of the first single, "Survivalism," were released in Garageband format on the official Year Zero website for fan remixing. During a concert in Lisbon, Portugal, a USB flash drive was found in a bathroom stall containing a high-quality MP3 of the track "My Violent Heart", a song from the then-unreleased album.  He also said that when he finishes a new album, he has to "go into battle with the people whose job it is to figure out how to sell the record. " Many reviews of the album compared the album's electronic sound to earlier Nine Inch Nails releases such as The Downward Spiral and The Fragile, while contrasting its heavily modified sounds to the more "organic" approach of With Teeth. Reznor went on to say in later years the "climate" of record labels may have an increasingly ambivalent impact on consumers who buy music. Example: Thirteen years prior to 0000 is listed as "-13 BA," or "Born Again". An alternate reality game was constructed by Trent Reznor and Rob Sheridan, then run in partnership with and developed by 42 Entertainment to provide listeners with a greater understanding of the album's concept. It featured a quick glimpse of a blue road sign that said "I AM TRYING TO BELIEVE", as well as a distorted glimpse of "The Presence" from the album cover. - 1:42 Regardless of being fictional, a columnist of the Hartford Courant commented, "What's scary is that this doesn't seem as far-fetched as it should, given recent revelations about the FBI's abuse of the Patriot Act and the dissent-equals-disloyalty double-speak coming out of Washington in recent years. Stream songs including "Hyperpower! This page was last edited on 11 November 2020, at 04:45. The record turned out to be more than a just a record in scale, as you will see over time. You can think about it and it will reveal more than you were expecting.  He wrote that he hated Interscope for setting the price of the album higher than usual, humorously labeling the company's retail pricing of Year Zero in Australia as "ABSURD", [sic] and concluding that "as a reward for being a 'true fan' you get ripped off." Ze verstopten mysterieuze boodschappen in websites, muziek en evenementen die allemaal naar Year Zero leiden.  Instrumental versions of the songs on Year Zero are available at the site for download in multiple formats, including MP3, WAV, GarageBand, and Ableton Live formats. Percussion looms large, distorted, organic, looped, screwed, spindled and broken. ", By the end of the tour, Reznor began work on the album's lyrical concepts, attempting to break away from his typically introspective approach. "This record began as an experiment with noise on a laptop in a bus on tour somewhere. Release date: April 17, 2007. Last edited on 11 November 2020, at 04:45, yearzero.nin.com (archived at Portrait of Decay), https://www.nin.wiki/index.php?title=Year_Zero&oldid=56818. Year Zero. [...]" ), On November 13, 2012, Reznor stated during an "ask me anything" session with Reddit that: "This is currently in a holding state. 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." Radio reported that "Reznor admitted he's already in talks about a movie version of his upcoming album, a concept piece, with part two scheduled next year." In Year Zero, the calendar has been altered from the traditional BCE-AD structure.  The album criticizes the American government's policies, and "could be about the end of the world". Written from various perspectives of people in this world, "year zero" examines various viewpoints set against an impending moment of truth. .  Reznor had previously called the results of the 2004 US election "one step closer to the end of the world. The album features instrumental contributions by live band member Josh Freese and vocals by Saul Williams. The game expanded upon the album's storyline, using websites, pre-recorded phone messages, murals, among other media in promotion of the project. C5 "Zero-Sum" - 6:14, The instrumental versions of all the songs on Year Zero were made available on remix.nin.com for streaming and free download. Reznor displayed displeasure at the extra $10 added to the CD's price in Australia for the thermo-coating, saying it only cost an extra 83¢ per CD and that the extra cost came from his pocket. A companion piece to the album with remixes of nearly every track was released as Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D on November 20, 2007. INLOGGEN. The production for this tour was scaled back and setlists became very fluid as a result. 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