With Teeth (halo)
With Teeth (also known as Halo 19 or [WITH_TEETH]) is the fifth full-length studio album by Nine Inch Nails, released on May 3, 2005. It spawned three singles (The Hand That Feeds, Only and Every Day Is Exactly The Same), four tour legs, and much celebration for Trent Reznor's sobriety.
(European Version Bonus Track 14)
(UK Version Bonus Track 15)
(Japan Version Bonus Track 16)
Tour Edition & DualDisc
In the US, a DualDisc version of With Teeth was released. A version referred to as the 'Tour Edition' was released in the UK, with the CD and DVD as separate discs. It came in a jewel case and had the same cover art as the DualDisc.
DualDisc CD side/Tour Edition CD includes:
DualDisc DVD side/Tour Edition DVD includes:
A1 "All The Love In The World"
B1 "Love Is Not Enough"
D1 "The Line Begins To Blur"
On a PDF file containing lyrics and credits posted to the With Teeth site, several songs were not featured on the album. All of these songs except for one contained lyrics in some form. These songs are:
The poster was made physically available to members of The Spiral as part of the welcome package.
The initial concept of the album was an exploration of “loss and possible discovery of self, along with alternate layers of reality and perception set inside a nightmare you can't seem to wake up from; with lots of feedback”. Around this time mysterious quotes and binary codes appeared on the NIN website, including a passage from the book The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin, containing the phrase "bleed-through". The working title for With Teeth was Bleedthrough, referencing the phenomenon of audio bleed-through. In a question posted in the Access section of nin.com Reznor announced that the working title “Bleedthrough” had been dropped. Reznor stated that the name was changed because "it was supposed to be about different layers of reality seeping into the next, but I think some people were thinking about blood or a tampon commercial". "'Bleedthrough' is no more," Reznor wrote in a message posted on nin.com, "as the songs and concepts matured, the focus and theme of the album shifted somewhat--leaving me feeling that title was inappropriate. Or you could just say I changed my mind. Yes, the new album has a title and track list, and no I'm not telling you what it is yet".
Reznor commented on the change of direction for the album, stating that "About five or six songs into writing it, the songs started to sound good on their own and they didn't need this framework to work together,” and that With Teeth consists of "a collection of songs that are friends with each other, but don't have to rely on each other to make sense", however, the album's narrative arc describes "a difficult journey that begins with a nightmare and ends with acceptance of a new reality.”
In an interview in February 2004 Reznor stated that the new material was “more song-oriented (than The Fragile). It's much more lean. It's going to be twelve good punches in the face -- no fillers, no instrumentals, just straight to the point…It's a complicated concept record, but reduced to just simple songs. It's not epic in its scope. It's minimal and a bit brutal." The album's final title may be a reference to a song of the same name by The Melvins, as Reznor is a fan.
According to a statement on nin.com, Reznor stated that producer Rick Rubin was Reznor's "mentor" and "source of inspiration" throughout the planning and writing process of the album. Reznor was also heavily inspired by the use of more analog electronic effects and instruments, specifically tape delay and modular synthesizers, stating that "computers, among other things, are ruining music these days. I hate the Pro Tooled sound of perfection and everything being 'fixed.' This record is most definitely 'un-fixed."
With Teeth, unlike most Nine Inch Nails albums, does not have a unified concept and deals with a variety of themes. Reznor wrote the album after overcoming undisclosed addictions and settling legal issues with his former manager, John A. Malm, Jr.:
"A lot of this was [about] my relationship with myself, the world at large, and where I might fit into that...Also [it's about] my relationship to a disease that's going to kill me if I don't deal with it, and I came very close to that. Hopefully disguised enough that it's not a terribly boring record about recovery and addiction and that nonsense."
Reznor seemingly gained a new awareness of world issues, and showed this by speaking out against the US Government, as well as becoming a spokesperson for PETA. Some songs seem to deal with addiction ("With Teeth", "Sunspots"), while others have a more political intent ("The Hand That Feeds", "Right Where It Belongs").
With Teeth was the only NIN album packaged without proper liner notes. Lyrics as well as detailed credits for the album were only available at the album's promotional site (both onscreen and in the form of the aforementioned PDF poster.) Reznor had originally wanted to release a more lavish package for the album once the second leg of the tour had begun, but this never materialized. In an interview with The Toronto Sun, Reznor stated his original plan:
"What do you do when you buy a record now? I either download it or, more likely, I'll immediately put the CDs I buy in my iPod and then I lose them. Artwork is disposable now. I liked albums. It was an exploratory process. I don't see that with CDs. They're junk. It feels like we should just by-pass packaging all together. If you want to, you'll be able to buy a real deluxe book that the record fits into. It's a super nice thing that will have a big essay from me and a lot of pictures. It's more of a presentation and the artwork that you have now, that maybe you didn't quite understand, you'll see how it all fits into this. You'll get it."
For more information, see Live: With Teeth
The album was supported by a major tour that visited clubs, arenas and amphitheaters around the world. With Reznor clean and sober, the shows took on a somewhat new kind of atmosphere, with greater musical precision and a slightly more upbeat attitude. The amphitheater leg was a co-headlining tour with Bauhaus. The tour incorporated new visual elements, with different kinds of lighting and set design than had been used on previous tours. Portions of the tour were filmed and released as Beside You In Time on DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray in 2007.
All With Teeth era songs have been played live except "Sunspots", which has been played at soundchecks and rehearsals for the With Teeth Tour.