UPDATE: Maybe Mr. Reznor just gave an answer to the question posed in the title?
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) September 20, 2012
It’s been a while since we last had any real news from How To Destroy Angels – the project featuring Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, and his Oscar-winning collaborator Atticus Ross. That changed recently, as an online product listing indicated that a follow-up to the band’s debut EP might finally have an official release soon.
Thanks to the eagle-eyed people at NIN fan forum Echoing The Sound, a page for a new How To Destroy Angels vinyl EP was found over at Amazon, under the title An Omen – later changed to “TBD,” but Google’s cache shows the original version. That led to the discovery of the same EP available for pre-order on SoundStageDirect, with details such as a tracklist and price, as well as on WowHD, including a possible release date (November 6th). Thankfully, screenshots of the latter two pages were taken – check them out below:
Of course, a grain of salt is advised when taking this information in. Firstly, it’s well-known that the band have been recording and promising a full-length album for 2012, as opposed to another EP. With mastering for this LP pretty much “done” since May, it’s very odd to see a mention of a new EP at this point. Then there’s the lack of capital letters on the song titles, which is unprofessional any way you look at it, and seems more made up than actually copy-pasted. And lastly, the placeholder artwork is taken directly from the band’s debut EP – but that’s only a minor detail.
Fans were quick to contact Rob Sheridan, photographer and art director for NIN and HTDA, and ask him about the product listings on the three sites. Rather surprisingly, his answer didn’t come in the form of a straight-out denial:
@sheepdean Heh. You'll just have to wait and see.
— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) September 18, 2012
While Sheridan is clearly trying not to give any information away (as he should), the fact that he didn’t call An Omen out as bogus means that there might be some truth to the release. If the EP really exists, whether as a “segment” of the LP or something different altogether, remains to be seen.
Regardless of when we hear new music from How To Destroy Angels (or Nine Inch Nails), Trent Reznor’s theme for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will likely be available around the time of the game’s release in early November.