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Year Zero Thread - The End is Fucking Here!

RehabRehab Registered User regular
edited April 2007 in Social Entropy++
The future is looking bleak. Not everyone may be aware of it, but the simple truth of the matter is that things are not what they seem. The United States is now being forced to take certain precautionary measures to prevent further suffering after horrible biological terrorist attacks that hit Los Angles and Anaheim. It was found that the rest of the country was alarmingly vulnerable to such attacks and the public at large went into a state of paranoia. But there was a cure. Directly resulting from these incidents, a new miracle drug called "Parepin" was added to the water supply in Orlando and other major cities shortly thereafter. That drug now courses through water systems of major cities throughout the United States and has for several years. There are now entire generations that have always been subjected to it, quite possibly without even realizing it. The purpose of Parepin is to strengthen the immune system in order to protect against biological warfare and diseases such as AIDS. However, since the introduction of Parepin, there have been numerous sitings by citizens of a haunting image commonly referred to as "The Presence." Below is a photograph of The Presence that a citizen managed to take from an earlier encounter:


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And that sums up the basis for Year Zero, the upcoming Nine Inch Nails album. It is an undertaking that has been described by Trent Reznor as something that is very experimental. To quote Reznor himself "Highly conceptual. Quite noisy. Fucking cool." The album has already proven to be quite different from anything else out there and it hasn't even released yet. This is due to the interactive experience that Nine Inch Nails has put together in marketing the album which actually displays the themes that will carry through it. Year Zero has managed to convey these themes through websites such as I Am Trying to Believe and Another Version of the Truth that show off a number of very dark and foreboding future events. This Nine Inch Nails forum called echoingthesound does a particularly good job of covering everything that is tied in with the album.


From there I have been trying to follow along with the events every so often and am just genuinely looking to see more of what the album is about. It is all very interesting, strange, and oftentimes very creepy from what you see going from one site to the other. Some of the messages that you get from attempting to contact a supposed site creator or clicking on links as you look through sites that seem confidential are extremely cool and well done. When you try to contact the creator of I Am Trying to Believe who has stopped using Parepin for instance, you always get the same automated response that follows:


Thank you for your interest. It is now clear to me that Parepin is a completely safe and effective agent developed to protect us from bio-terrorism. The Administration is acting purely in the best interests of its citizens; to suggest otherwise was irresponsible and I deeply regret it.

I'm drinking the water. So should you.



Eerie. Another site has a warning message that appears whenever you click any of the links:


WARNING CODE 24.10.4 (All page functionality disabled): You are not the citizen assigned to this account. Close this window immediately and stay where you are. Authorities will be in contact shortly for appropriate reeducation.



First coming across all this is kind of a head trip. The forums that were linked earlier was one my personal favorite sites involved so far as the idea of people discussing the events like that was quite creative and really pulls you in. There was a site that previously led into the forums that goes by the same name but has changed since I last visited it. Here is that site. Seems pretty normal at first until you click and drag your mouse over the page to reveal the actual scene. It should be noted too that the text with the other sites is intentionally blurred. With those you click and drag over the text and you can read them just fine. What Nine Inch Nails has been doing with this certainly isn't for everyone but if you are interested you should check out the album which released on 4/17/07.


Too long didn't read: Year Zero is an awesome and experimental Nine Inch Nails CD that came out today and you should look to get it.

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Album Art: (click for huge)

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Track Listing:
  1. Hyperpower! – 1:42
  2. The Beginning of the End – 2:47
  3. Survivalism – 4:24
  4. The Good Soldier – 3:23
  5. Vessel – 4:53
  6. Me, I'm Not – 4:52
  7. Capital G – 3:50
  8. My Violent Heart – 4:14
  9. The Warning – 3:39
  10. God Given – 3:51
  11. Meet Your Master – 4:09
  12. The Greater Good – 4:52
  13. The Great Destroyer – 3:17
  14. Another Version of the Truth – 4:09
  15. In This Twilight – 3:34
  16. Zero-Sum – 6:15

Listen to Year Zero in its entirety here: http://yearzero.nin.com/

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Cool site for the ARG aspect brought up by omega71:
omega71 wrote: »
Speaking of the ARG..If anyone besides me has been following since the beginning...Have any of you gone to the http://www.freerebelart.net/ and put in your phone number?? Its fucking a trip...

Feedback from the site (there is also a lovely phone message):
Spoiler:

If anyone else finds out anything cool related to the ARG aspect and could post it, it would be much appreciated.

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