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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.

Rehab on
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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    hope it's not shit like their last album

    The Hand That Feeds

    man

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  • RehabRehab Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I thought [With Teeth] was pretty good but this sounds even better so far.

    Looking around it seems like there are quite a few reviews up too.

  • SlyJokerSlyJoker Registered User
    edited April 2007
    Yeah, I really liked With Teeth, and cant wait for this album. I love the viral marketing pages a lot, hopefully the album lives up to the hype, though Survivalism is great.

  • The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2007
    I don't know much about music.

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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    The Geek wrote: »
    I don't know much about music.

    thanks for the update?

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  • The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2007
    Any time.

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  • Lord DaveLord Dave Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    There's too much fucking in thread titles these days.

    Denny's is for winners.
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  • StarfuckStarfuck Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2007
    this thread gets the starfuck stamp of approval
    if i had a stamp
    i'd post the image right here

    The Good Soldier is a great song
    Capital G is cool too
    I love this album

    I'm definitely picking this up tomorrow!!

    tomorrow!!!

    there was also a thing i posted in the music thread where the record companies were using bots to put the bravery at the top of some MSN poll, so the NIN fans started using bots to fight back
    it was pretty dumb, yet humorous

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  • RehabRehab Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Lord Dave wrote: »
    There's too much fucking in thread titles these days.

    I'm sorry, I just fucking loved that scene in 28 Days Later.

  • Re: nholderRe: nholder Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Huzzah! HuzzAH!

    Personally, I think it's one of the best things Trentington McRazzmatazz ever done. You don't even have to get into the ARG to enjoy it.

    God Given, Meet Your Master, and The Great Destroyer are my favorites and I think deserve a listen from everybody. Even if you don't like it.

  • JordynJordyn Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    It's 2007.

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  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    they play the one song from this album at work on the DVD

    i don't know why

    it's not even in a video game

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    This album has a storyline?

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • RehabRehab Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Huzzah! HuzzAH!

    Personally, I think it's one of the best things Trentington McRazzmatazz ever done. You don't even have to get into the ARG to enjoy it.

    God Given, Meet Your Master, and The Great Destroyer are my favorites and I think deserve a listen from everybody. Even if you don't like it.

    Oh awesome, you were able to get a copy of the album before the release date tomorrow? Good to hear this is one of Reznor's best projects too. I've just heard the tracks that were sampled on the main site but I like the sound they have.

  • mcpmcp Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Year Zero is god damn brilliant. In fact, I say it's the best album NIN has put out.

    You can hear the whole thing on NIN.com

    I'm going to a release party tonight. I'm excited.

    The upcoming US tour had better open with Pinion, followed by Hyperpower! and end with In This Twilight and Hurt.

    That would make my year.

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  • JordynJordyn Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Would it make your YEAR ZERO???????????????????????????

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  • JordynJordyn Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    ??????????????????????????????????????

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  • potatoepotatoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    either jordyn is really curious

    or she is using a language that i do not have installed fonts for

    I tried to write "but that" and my hands naturally wrote "butt hat", which is vastly superior in every way.
  • mcpmcp Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Jordyn wrote: »
    Would it make your YEAR ZERO???????????????????????????
    Derivative D-Y equals three R squared DR over three

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  • World as MythWorld as Myth Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I am listening to this right now

    It is tons better than that last album, that dancy shit

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  • Jazz SamuraiJazz Samurai Registered User
    edited April 2007
    Someone ripped that free stream from NIN.com so now I have it I guess.

    It is much better than With Teeth.

    yup
  • RehabRehab Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Really tempted to go to NIN.com and listen to some more of the tracks but I think I'll just wait until I have a copy of the CD in hand tomorrow.

    Nice to know that the first impressions are all positive so far though.

  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Someone ripped that free stream from NIN.com so now I have it I guess.

    It is much better than With Teeth.

    piracy

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  • Bloods EndBloods End Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Someone ripped that free stream from NIN.com so now I have it I guess.

    It is much better than With Teeth.

    piracy

    He's going to buy the album.

    Or else.

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  • potatoepotatoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Bloods End wrote: »
    Someone ripped that free stream from NIN.com so now I have it I guess.

    It is much better than With Teeth.

    piracy

    He's going to buy the album.

    Or else.

    or else what?

    he'll save $20?

    I tried to write "but that" and my hands naturally wrote "butt hat", which is vastly superior in every way.
  • mcpmcp Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    If you have garage band 3, you can dowload the Survivalism file for it and do your own remixes.

    I think that's pretty cool.

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  • Riggs BlitzkriegRiggs Blitzkrieg Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    With teeth kind of sucked. Year Zero is much better

  • Jazz SamuraiJazz Samurai Registered User
    edited April 2007
    I will probably buy this album, it is very good.

    yup
  • potatoepotatoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    i probably won't even listen to it

    NiN is one of those bands that i don't hate, they just are linked to other things in my brain that i'd better left in there

    I tried to write "but that" and my hands naturally wrote "butt hat", which is vastly superior in every way.
  • WallhitterWallhitter Registered User
    edited April 2007
    I like Zero Sum, it's especially powerful if you're really into the ARG.

  • Bloods EndBloods End Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    potatoe wrote: »
    Bloods End wrote: »
    Someone ripped that free stream from NIN.com so now I have it I guess.

    It is much better than With Teeth.

    piracy

    He's going to buy the album.

    Or else.

    or else what?

    he'll save $20?

    I'll stab him.

    Unless you wear an eyepatch and a cutless while pirating, you don't get to pirate.

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  • World as MythWorld as Myth Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    potatoe wrote: »
    i probably won't even listen to it

    NiN is one of those bands that i don't hate, they just are linked to other things in my brain that i'd better left in there
    yeah man, NIN always reminds me of running around in kelethin or hunting fucking brownies for brownie parts because I wanted to max out my cooking or quad-kiting hill giants

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  • potatoepotatoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    you quoting me alerted me to the fact that my sentence fell completely apart at the end

    I tried to write "but that" and my hands naturally wrote "butt hat", which is vastly superior in every way.
  • RehabRehab Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I was kind of wondering what you were trying to get across with that.

  • potatoepotatoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    that NiN brings up dumb memories every time i listen to them, so i have trouble with it


    kind of like how listening to leftfield makes me think of unreal gold

    I tried to write "but that" and my hands naturally wrote "butt hat", which is vastly superior in every way.
  • RehabRehab Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Oh okay, I actually once knew someone like this myself. I had no idea about this meeting her but she used to really be into Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor and at this time she also went through a goth faze. However, there were no signs of her being goth-like when I saw her because she was actually a really enthusiastic (if not a bit overly so) and otherwise normal person. Then one day me and my roommates are talking about NIN and she starts going on about all of these concert experiences that she had and how she used to have a crush on Reznor. She no longer listens to NIN and I think it is because of the whole connection to that music and the time when she was gothic.

  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I'm getting it. Apparently a second part is coming next year.

  • RehabRehab Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    I'm getting it. Apparently a second part is coming next year.

    Wow, really? Reznor seems to be cranking out some real quality stuff now and fast.

    I think most fans are used to waiting about six years in between albums.

  • SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Man, don't be hatin' on With Teeth. It certainly wasn't great, but it was a solid album.

    But Year Zero is definitely shaping up to be exceptional.

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  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I think the immediacy is because it's all narrative and whatnot. And I really enjoy the narrative, warts and all. The unofficial NIN wiki is a good resource for that.

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