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Succumb to the Industrial Doom of Nine Inch Nails' New Single "Burning Bright (Field on Fire)"

When Trent gets heavy, we must listen.

by Phil Witmer
Dec 22 2016, 3:50pm

Image by John Crawford

Trent Reznor hinted that Nine Inch Nails' upcoming EP Not the Actual Events would be more experimental than his usual mode, and with new single "Burning Bright," he's made good on that promise and then some. It's a deliberately atonal, not-at-all-catchy slab of doom-y metal. A refrain of "break through the surface and breathe" appropriately counterbalances the monstrously detuned guitars and Reznor's wallowing, ranting verses.

You can't dance to this but it represents a significant departure for Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross, who've mainly focused on quiet menace on their soundtrack work and not full-throttle aggression. Listen to "Burning Bright (Field on Fire)" below.

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