By Scott T. Sterling

With Trent Reznor‘s current Nine Inch Nails revival in full swing, the band’s mastermind has revealed four separate album covers for Hesitation Marks, the group’s first new studio release since their 2008 full-length, The Slip.

All four mixed-media images (including actual blood on two of them) were created by artist Russell Mills, who’s no stranger to making art for Nine Inch Nails, having crafted the cover art for the group’s famed 1994 release, The Downward Spiral. Each piece is specific to a particular album format: “Turn and Burn” (digital), “Cargo in the Blood” (deluxe CD), “Time and Again” (standard CD) and “Other Murmurs” (vinyl).

“The artworks, (30 mixed media pieces) that I eventually produced towards uses in the Hesitation Marks releases, evolved out of lengthy exchanges between myself and Trent and in response to the conceptual ideas that thread through the tracks and to the sonic territory that the album explores,” Mills explained in a statement on the official Nine Inch Nails website. “I’ve tried to lock into the album’s prevailing mood and echo the album’s essence. The ideas are not communicated in a literal or easily digested form, as this would be boring for me and would insult the intelligence of a potential audience. I’ve tried to make works that obliquely allude to the essence of the subject matter, to its emotional core.”

“Other Murmurs” (vinyl)

(Courtesy Nine Inch Nails)

(Courtesy Nine Inch Nails)

“Turn and Burn” (digital)

(Courtesy of Nine Inch Nails)

(Courtesy of Nine Inch Nails)

“Cargo in the Blood” (deluxe CD)

(Courtesy of Nine Inch Nails)

(Courtesy of Nine Inch Nails)

“Time and Again” (standard CD)

(Courtesy of Nine Inch Nails)

(Courtesy of Nine Inch Nails)

Nine Inch Nails will return to the American concert stage with a headlining appearance at this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on August 2, followed by a top-billing at Outside Lands 2013 in San Francisco over the weekend of August 9-11. The band’s “Tension 2013” tour kicks off in St. Paul, MN, on September 28.

The album’s first single, “Came Back Haunted,” was recently graced with a music video filmed by famed movie director, David Lynch. Reznor and Lynch have worked together in the past, with Reznor producing the soundtrack for Lynch’s 1997 film, Lost Highway.


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