Trent Reznor took to his Twitter account just before 10 AM today, blowing minds once again with an announcement: “I’ve been busy. Brand new FULL LENGTH NIN record available now,” with a link to his website. Strangely, the word “free” was not included, but no alarms were set off in my head until I clicked the link. Thankfully, I remembered what day it is before the page fully loaded.
The link destination is a dummy buy page for Strobe Light, the “new NIN record,” which includes the following message:
To download NIN’s new full-length album, PRODUCED BY TIMBALAND, enter a valid email address in the fields below. A download link will be sent to you immediately. Your credit card will be charged $18.98 plus a $10 digital delivery convenience fee. Your files will arrive as windows media files playable on quite a few players with your name embedded all over them just in case you lose them. You will also receive an exclusive photo and a free email account with our partner Google’s Gmail service.
Your email will be kept confidential and will not be used for spam, unless we can make some money selling it.
It’s no secret that Trent’s no fan of Chris Cornell’s recent self-blaspheming trade of dignity for R&B “artistry,” but this latest dig takes ball-breaking hilarity to a whole new level, and t-bones Marilyn Manson’s ridiculous attempt at copping his style in the process.
With song titles like Everybody’s Doing It (featuring Chris Martin, Jay-Z AND Bono), On The List (She’s Not) and Even Closer (featuring Justin Timberlake and Maynard James Keenan), one kinda wishes he actually had recorded Strobe Light, if only to show Mr. Spoonman how to “experiment” without cutting off your balls and pandering to aliens. But unfortunately, entering your email address gives you something entirely different. I won’t ruin the surprise.