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Nine Inch Nails Prepare to 'Bleed'

After keeping a low profile since the 1999 release of “The Fragile,” Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor has finally begun revealing details about his next album. “Bleed Through” is due later this year via Interscope and will find Reznor “touring extensively” in support of it, according to NIN’s official Web site (http://www.nin.com).

“One of the ‘rules’ of this record has been to orchestrate using only monophonic voices. No chords. Anywhere,” Reznor says. “Most of the synthesis has been done with a rather elaborate (and ever-growing) modular rig and recorded live.” The set will feature a combination of live and programmed drumming.

Sessions are currently in progress in New Orleans, and last week found Reznor and engineer Atticus Ross sifting through all the demos created since “The Fragile.” According to the site, “they are excited about a track they found which has no recollection of recording.”

Further postings report that drummer Jerome Dillon’s “playing has added a new element of violence they’re experimenting with.” One song described as “slow and brutal and heavy” was reportedly so loud that it blew up the speakers in the studio during playback.

“The Fragile” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 875,000 copes in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was followed in February 2002 by the concert album “And All That Could Have Been, Live.”

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