New Nine Inch Nails coming in 2016, says bandleader Trent Reznor

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Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor gave fans a big reveal on Friday afternoon: new material from his influential alt rock group is coming in the new year. The musician went to his personal Twitter to share the news.

Reznor told Rolling Stone that he was testing out new material, but that it wasn’t for a particular project. “It’s not a record I’m trying to finish in a month. It’s more just feeling around in the dark and seeing what sounds interesting,” said the frontman. “It’s nice to do that every few years to try and reinvent and discover and try to learn about yourself and what feels exciting to you as an artist.” Apparently, though, he’s since made enough progress since to set a 12 month deadline for a new release.

Nine Inch Nails last released new material in 2013 with Hesitation Marks. On that record, Reznor worked with longtime producer Atticus Ross (who Reznor also collaborated with on scores to The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and English alt rock producer Alan Moulder.

Hesitation Marks, which featured the lead single Came Back Haunted, was a nominee for the Best Alternative Music Album at the 2014 Grammys. Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails, which has released eight records including the groundbreaking 1994 record The Downward Spiral. Nine Inch Nails was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 and 2015.

Reznor has also been busy in his creative role at music streamer Apple Music. He might also have another big project in the works: collaborating on a “rock opera” interpretation of Fight Club with longtime collaborator David Fincher, according to journalist Jeff Goldsmith (via Spin).