Yearzero.nin.com

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The official subsection of the nin.com website pertaining to Year Zero.

Go to this thread on ETS for discussion of this website

Track Listing

When the website went live, it contained only a portion of the image displayed now, and instead of song titles, there was a vertical list of zeros. The length of this list changed frequently, along with the number of zeros in each entry. This was the first indication that something strange was happening in regards to Year Zero.

Eventually, the listing stopped changing and 16 entries were left. Over the next week or so, three titles were revealed, one at a time: The Beginning of the End, God Given, and Vessel. By this point, fans were already wildly speculating what would happen next.

On February 12, 2007, ETS user ianmatthews posted a track list he found from Soulseek. [1] Soon after, the remaining 13 titles were revealed on yearzero.nin.com. It is not known whether or not this was intentional or if it was simply a reaction to the track listing leak.

Since then, there has been some distortion added to the image, appearing next to the track My Violent Heart right before the song leaked, and then next to the track Me, I'm Not around the time the song was leaked. Distortion appeared next to the track In This Twilight shortly before it leaked. Static appeared on Survivalism, shortly before the music video was leaked.

Malechite also put together an animation of the image unfolding using the images saved at Symphony of Noise.

Mephitix has extended the left-hand glitch and found that it overlaps Track 2: The Beginning of the End almost perfectly, leading one to speculate on the importance of the track or that it might be leaked soon. (This theory has been debunked since the addition of more information to the page, forcing the tracklist down the page.)

Video

Road sign in the Year Zero trailer

A trailer has been released on the Year Zero website containing an image of The Presence.

The road sign the camera quickly glances over says "I AM TRYING TO BELIEVE". A "glitch" later in the video briefly shows the text "/0024", which quickly led fans to discover the page http://yearzero.nin.com/0024. According to the file name, the image on that page may be the cover for the Year Zero album.

Flash Player

The flash player on yearzero.nin.com.

Less than a day after the original Year Zero promo leak occurred (April 4, 2007), nin.com responded by putting a flash player containing the entire Year Zero album on the top of yearzero.nin.com.

fuzz.flv

When listening to the album in this player, occasionally the image would flicker and become fuzzy for a few seconds before returning to normal. Disorganized decompiled the flash file and found a file called fuzz.flv containing the various flickering images. So far, one image of a silhouetted figure standing has been found. It appears to look similar to the image of Trent on the Beside You In Time DVD cover. It is also present in the Temporary Internet Files Folder but resembles the appearance of The Presence from the Year Zero trailer.

Mr. Brightside

Disorganized also found that, upon decompiling the flash file, the words "Mr. Brightside" appear in the track listing. Speculation suggests that this could have possibly been the name of the scrapped bonus track for the Japan release of Year Zero.

Hidden Images

The page uses an imagemap to conceal a great deal of hidden links which, when clicked on, display images presumably from the recording sessions for Year Zero.

There are links to 11 images: 03.jpeg, 07.jpeg, 10.jpeg, 12.jpeg, 14.jpeg, 19.jpeg, 22.jpeg, 25.jpeg, 28.jpeg, 31.jpeg, 39.jpeg.

The following link was found, but is not linked from the main page: albumcover.jpg. It appears to be the same as the image found at http://yearzero.nin.com/0024/.