Listings of words important in the understanding of Nine Inch Nails.
A military unit formed in the fictional world of Year Zero. The unit seems to have formed after the bio-terrorism attack in Los Angeles that is described in the Hollywood in Memoriam website. Members of the unit seem to all share a deep belief in Christianity, and use their faith as motivation in the war.
A telephone number from the Year Zero promotion. When the number is called, it plays back an audio recording of case number 71839j from U.S. Wiretap website. The recording is of a female who gets trapped in a nightclub when a person infected with Red Horse comes in.
A telephone number from the Year Zero promotion. Upon calling the number, a recording is played of a newsreader, a man making comments on the events explained by the newsreader, and a clip of "Survivalism."
A telephone number from the Year Zero promotion. This phone number is found on a sticker on the back of the Year Zero album. The number leads to a recording from the US Bureau of Morality telling the caller that by purchasing the album, they have been flagged as Anti-American.
A fan-compled bootleg of one recording of every song that NIN had played live from 1989 to 2000. The bootleg consists of what was felt was the "best" performace of the song and spans across four discs.
Band formed by Billy Howerdel, a guitar tech that worked for NIN, and featuring Maynard James Keenan from Tool. They opened for NIN during Fragility v2.0 in 2000. See A Perfect Circle on Wikipedia for more information.
Abbreviation for And All That Could Have Been.
The second track off of the album Still. No other versions of this track are currently available.
Abbreviation for Art Is Resistance.
A singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. He is credited on The Fragile for "supplemental drum recording" at his Electrical Studio. You can read more about Steve Albini on Wikipedia.
The first track off the album With Teeth. There are currently no other versions of this track.
"All The Pigs, All Lined Up"
"And All That Could Have Been"
- Album: A CD/DVD/VHS album of NIN's live performances during the Fragility 2.0 tour.
- Song: The seventh track on Still. There are currently no other versions of this track.
A fictional character from the world of Year Zero. A predominant character, he's featured in the BallgameOver.mp3 as well as on the Consolidated Mail Systems website. He also appears to be the one running the Be the Hammer site.
Believed to be Andrea Mulrain. She was "a college sweetheart/ heartbreak situation" of Trent Reznor's. Her name appears in "The Becoming" and is the only name of a person to ever appear in a NIN song.
Another Version of the Truth
- Song: The fourteenth track off of Year Zero. There are currently no other versions of this track.
- Website: Fictional website created for the story of Year Zero. On first glance, the website appears to be nothing more than a large graphic, with a simple, patriotic, (if somewhat propagandistic) American message, and it is labeled at the bottom as coming from the US Bureau of Morality. Upon more digging, a message board is revealed in which citizens are discussing many things about society, mostly involving resistance to the oppressive authority in place.
The stage name of Richard David James. He is an artist who has contributed on many remixes for NIN. And, with the track "At The Heart Of It All," he is the only artist to have an original song appear on a NIN album. Outside his contributions to NIN, he is best known for his unique music style and his top 100 track, "Come to Daddy." You can read more about this artist on Wikipedia under Aphex Twin.
Website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. Like the name, the site suggests resistance via artistic means, rather than violence.
"The Art of Self Destruction, Part One"
The seventh track off of Further Down The Spiral. This track was created (and performed) by Aphex Twin, and is currently the only track to ever appear on a NIN that is not performed by NIN. There are currently no other versions of this track.
A mastering engineer that works at the Gateway Mastering & DVD. He is credited for his surround mastering work on With Teeth.
A rock band whom opened for Nine Inch Nails during their Summer Amphitheatre Tour. Lead Singer Peter Murphy collaborated with Trent Reznor for several special radio appearances. See the Wikipedia entry of Bauhaus for more details.
Website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The site seems to be created by a former soldier, and suggests violence as means of resistance against the government.
The second track off of Year Zero. There are currently no other versions of this track.
"Beside You In Time"
- Album: Also known as Halo 22. It is a DVD/HD DVD/Blu-Ray documenting the Live: With Teeth tour.
- Song: The twelth track off the album With Teeth. A version of this track also appears on Beside You In Time.
The ninth track off the album The Downward Spiral. There are currently no other versions of this track.
A type of medication given to soldiers in the fictional world of Year Zero. These pills are said to help re-introduce the aggression that is killed by Parepin. Unlike Red pills, which are given only to "special" soldiers, these pills are given to all soldiers.
A famous musician who Trent Reznor was not only influenced by, but has worked with on many occasions.
Website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The website seems to be an early research paper abstract about the The Presence. The paper appears to have three authors, one who's name is Brian Tsunoda.
A music video made to promote the Broken EP, released in 1992.
- Album: A promotional release containing "Burn".
- Song: A track from Nine Inch Nails on the Natural Born Killers Soundtrack. The track was later released on The Downward Spiral 10th Anniversary Edition. A version of this track may be found on Beside You In Time.
Abbreviation for "Beside You In Time".
Website created for the fictional world of Year Zero.
Website created for the fictional world of Year Zero.
The fifth track off the album The Downward Spiral.
"Closer To God"
Also known as Halo 12. Closure has been released officially as two VHS tapes with NIN tour footage from the Self-Destruct Tour and NIN music videos. An "unoffical" DVD version was "leaked" via BitTorrent in late December of 2006.
A former NIN band member whose activites included playing drums and keyboard, engineering, mixing, and music programming.
The seventh track off of the right disk of The Fragile.
Website created for the fictional world of Year Zero.
A former drummer for NIN. He left the band in 2005 due to "health issues".
"Down In It"
- Album: Also known as Halo 1
- "Song:" The third track off of Pretty Hate Machine. Versions of this track also appear on Down In It, Head Like A Hole, Closure, and Purest Feeling.
Also known as El-Producto. An artist whose remix of the Nine Inch Nails song Only appeared on the Every Day Is Exactly The Same single. El-P and Trent Reznor also collaborated on a song entitled Flyentology, which can be found on El-P's March 2007 release, I'll Sleep When You're Dead.
Short for Echoing The Sound.
"Every Day Is Exactly The Same"
- Album - Also known as Halo 21.
- Song - The sixth track off of With Teeth. Versions of this track can also be found on Every Day Is Exactly The Same.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The website is dossier of evidence against a classified individual, who is speculated to be Trent Reznor. In addition, the site lists usernames of members from both The Spiral and Echoing The Sound as a part of The Resistance Network.
exhibitA.wav is an inverted version of "Capital G" found in the Year Zero-related website Exterminal. When combined with the original "Capital G", it produces an [audio clip] leading to the Mailstrom wreckage pain.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. It is a database of the inmates in Extrajudiciary Federal Detainment Camp in Guam. Included are many references to the actions various individuals and groups, providing a broader understanding of how people are fighting for their freedoms in Year Zero.
- Album: Also known as Halo 14. This is the fourth studio album released by NIN.
- Song: The sixth track on the album The Fragile. A "stripped-down" version of it exists on Still.
The name given to the tour in 1999-2000 that was in support of the album The Fragile. The first leg was called Fragility v1.0 and took place in Europe, Japan, and Australia. The second leg was called Fragility v2.0 and took place in North America and European festivals. From the Fragility v2.0 leg of the tours, the CD/DVD/VHS, And All That Could Have Been was made.
The name given to the second leg of the Fragility tour. This leg took place between April 2000 to July 2000 in North America and European festivals. Footage from this leg of the tour was later used to create the CD/DVD/VHS, And All That Could Have Been.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The website is akin to the Art Is Resistance website in that it preaches non-violent resistance. However, further research of the website reveals more.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The website features the journal of the fictional character, Jeremiah Snow.
This is the official numbering system of NIN albums. While there is plenty of speculation, there is no official statement of why the word "Halo" is used for this purpose.
"Happiness In Slavery"
- Single:A promotional release for Happiness In Slavery.
- Song:The fifth track off of Broken. Versions of this track appear on Fixed.
"Head Like A Hole"
- Album: Also known as Halo 3.
- Song: The first track off of Pretty Hate Machine. Versions of this track can be found on Head Like A Hole, Closure, And All That Could Have Been, and Beside You In Time.
Abbreviation for "Head Like A Hole".
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. This website is a letter from a fictional character by the name of Doug to his unborn child.
- Album: A promotional release which contains "Hurt".
- Song: The fourteenth track off of The Downward Spiral. Versions of this track can be found on Further Down The Spiral, Closure, All That Could Have Been, and Beside You In Time.
I Like Dudes
In This Twilight
- Song: The fifteenth track off of Year Zero. This track was originally "leaked" via a thumb drive as part of the Year Zero experience. A remix of it can be found on Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D.
- Bootleg: A fan-compiled bootleg of one recording of every song that NIN had played live from 2005 to 2007. The bootleg consists of what was felt was the "best" performace of each track mixed together to sound like one concert.
The parent company of Nothing Records.
Into The Void
- Album: An album released exclusively in Australia for promotion of The Fragile.
- Song: The second track off the right side of The Fragile. Versions of this track can be found on Things Falling Apart, Into The Void, and the Final Destination Soundtrack.
Abbreviation for "Just Like You Imagined".
A fictional character from the world of Year Zero. Mentioned in the website The Water Turned To Blood, John later took on the name of "John of Boston" after being in a traffic accident when water turned to blood under the bridge he was traveling on.
A drummer for NIN. He is a session musician with a prolific career.
A radio station located in Los Angeles. This radio station is known for airing new NIN music and for hosting a December 2005 acoustic performance by NIN. More information can be found on the KROQ Wikipedia entry.
A NIN fan who died on April 1, 2007. It is understood that Darren met Trent Reznor via The Francis Foundation. He was allowed to visit with NIN during the production of the Year Zero album, where this photo was taken. Darren was eventually incorporated into the fictional Year Zero world on the website Secure Broadcast Informatics.
The ninth track on Still. No other versions of this track appear.
Former NIN member whom has played bass, guitar, and synthesizer. Danny has also played for A Perfect Circle, Tapeworm, Killing Joke, Methods of Mayhem, Skrew, and Angkor Wat. Due to Trent's relationship with Marilyn Manson, Danny had also played acoustic guitar on the track "The Reflecting God" from the Antichrist Superstar album.
Lost Fragile Tracks
The label of a CD in a picture on nin.com, speculated to contain unreleased tracks from The Fragile recordings.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The Mailstrom is a server-hopping program designed to catch emails as they are transmitted to the Consolidated Mail Systems, a government controlled central e-mail server for all e-mail content on the Internet. This helps provide insight into the lives of people living in world of Year Zero.
March Of The Pigs
- Album: Also known as Halo 7. This album was released as a teaser single prior to the album The Downward Spiral.
- Song: The fourth track from the album The Downward Spiral. Versions of this track appear on March of The Pigs, Closure, And All That Could Have Been, and Beside You In Time.
See Trent Reznor.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The website is for the fictional company of Anglo-Johnson Ltd., which seems to operate not only mining for platinum in South Africa, but also encourages organ and skin donation.
A producer who has worked with NIN on numerous occasions.
Abbreviation of March Of The Pigs.
The eighth track off of Year Zero. This track was originally "leaked" as part of the Year Zero promotion. The "leaked" version had the ending, which when played through a linear spectrometer, revealed The Presence. On the Year Zero album, however, that ending is on the track, The Warning. There are currently no other versions of this track.
The abbreviation of Nine Inch Nails.
An item from the fictional world of Year Zero. This item is a tiny red device, initially implanted in the right wrist of all convicts of violent crimes, which traces the whereabouts of the person who carries it.
The studio name for Trent Reznor, as well as the name of the band hired by him to perform songs while on tour.
An audio track file from the fictional world of Year Zero. The file was found on the Another Version of The Truth website. It is about a son of an Imam who is killed by a SWAT team looking for a Muslim extremist.
A musician who was recruited to play with the NIN live band. He left the band on 2007.
Nothing can stop me now
At the Nottingham concert, fliers were found which at first seemed to contain hidden text possibly relating to the world of Year Zero.
A track that was written for, and used as an introduction track to NIN's set during the Lollapalooza tour in 1991. It was usually followed by "Terrible Lie," and was never recorded in the studio nor officially released. A live video of it can, however, be found on the DVD release of Closure and certain bootlegs.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The website jumps between the narrative of teenager and a comic strip of soldiers in Syria.
- Album: Also known as Halo 20. The first single released after With Teeth.
- Song: The eighth track from With Teeth. Versions of this track also appear on Only, Every Day Is Exactly The Same, and Beside You In Time.
One of the files found on the Another Version Of The Truth website. It is an audio file with a short report about the DEA battle with a Columbian drug cartel.
A website created as part of the Year Zero experience, but not set in the fiction world of Year Zero. The website encourages people to submit works that will help awareness of the issues which could lead to a world like that in Year Zero.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. This site appears to have been constructed by one of the "chip-pullers" mentioned on Operation Chip Sweep. It contains detailed instructions, complete with photographs, on safe removal of a nerochip from one's own body.
Short for Open Source Resistance.
A drug from the fictional world of Year Zero. This drug is put into the water supply in the United States to help combat biological terrorism. Although, opponents of the drug claim that its use is to change serotonin and dopamine levels to keep the population sedated and easy to manipulate.
The lead singer for the band Bauhaus.
A character from the fictional world of Year Zero. She is a member of the Another Version Of The Truth Forums. She claims to be partially responsible for the death of a local man that was reported in the papers.
Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)
The ninth track on the left disc of The Fragile. There are currently no other versions of this track.
Short for Pretty Hate Machine.
- Album:The "unofficial" first album by NIN. This album was recorded as a demo, but was later released by Hawk Records following the success of The Downward Spiral. Most of the tracks from this album were later re-recorded to make Pretty Hate Machine.
- "Song:"The title and 7th track from Nine Inch Nails' demo for Pretty Hate Machine.
A virus in the fictional world of Year Zero. Victims of this virus are prone to homicidal psychosis and massive hemorrhaging from lachrymal ducts, ears anus, and urethra. The virus is highly contagious and may spread via airborne means. The mortality rate is 100% within 48 hours. See Redhorsevector.net for more details.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. This website talks about the Red Horse virus, an Ebola like virus which is less likely to fail due to climate conditions. There's information on symptoms, development, and also the development of a vaccine. It's also revealed through a video that this was the virus used to kill Jed Mather, the American diplomat, in Algeria.
See Trent Reznor.
A company that was started by George Reznor, great-great grandfather of Trent Reznor. The Reznor family has not had anything to do with the company in decades, despite it still using the Reznor name. You can read more here.
The first part of Ripe (With Decay). This track currently only appears on the vinyl version of The Fragile.
Ripe (With Decay)
Acronym for Secure Broadcast Informatics.
Acronym for Something I Can Never Have.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The site appears to be for a communications company. But, there seems to be some peices of a puzzle scattered around the main site. Once the puzzle is put together, a password may be entered.
This is widely regarded as the most chaotic era in the history of NIN performances. The tour is documented on tape/disc 1 of Closure.
A producer whom has worked with NIN on numerous occasions.
- Album: Also known as Halo 4. A (mostly) remix single released after Pretty Hate Machine.
- Song: The seventh track from Pretty Hate Machine. Versions of this track appear on Sin, Closure, and And All That Could Have Been.
A notable Industrial band formed in the early 80's. The very first Nine Inch Nails shows were opening gigs for this band in 1988 and featured material from Pretty Hate Machine and Purest Feeling. Trent Reznor has claimed his "first song" 'Down In It' is a "total rip-off" of 'Dig It' by Skinny Puppy in a radio interview.
A web comic drawn by Anne Tai that revolves around the daily routines of Aaron North, Jeordie White, Alessandro Cortini and Jerome Dillon. While Trent Reznor is mentioned several times during the comic, he is never shown.
The companion album to And All That Could Have Been.
The eleventh track off of With Teeth. There are currently no other versions of this track.
- Album: Also known as Halo 23. This album is a single released to promote Year Zero.
- Song: The third track off of Year Zero. This was one of the tracks "leaked" as part of the Year Zero promotion. Versions of this track can be found on Survivalism and Capital G.
A "supergroup" that Trent was part of as a side project. Over time, the band began to break down, partly due to label issues and partly due to Trent's lack of interest in the project. In 2004, it was announced the the band was officially dead.
Acronym for The Downward Spiral.
Acronym for The Day The World Went Away.
Acronym for The Fragile.
Acronym for Things Falling Apart.
The Hand That Feeds
- Album: Also known as Halo 18. This is a single released to promote With Teeth, and features the original track, various remixes and the track Home on the vinyl picture disc release.
- Song: The fifth track off of With Teeth.
The fourth track from The Fragile's right disc, it is an instrumental and plays for 5:15, leading into Please or 10 Miles High, depending on if one is listening to the CD/Cassette or Vinyl release respectively.
The Perfect Drug
- Album: Also known as Halo 11. This is a single released from the Lost Highway Soundtrack. It features a variety of remixes and the original track on the non-US release.
- Song: A song released by Nine Inch Nails for the film Lost Highway. It is reknowned for its near-impossible drum solo.
Throw This Away
Acronym for The Hand That Feeds.
Acronym for The Mark Has Been Made.
Acronym for The NIN Hotline.
A fellow musician, whom has worked with Trent Reznor. Trent contributed vocals on Tori Amos's single "Past The Mission" from the album "Under The Pink". His vocals for the song were unusually, and somewhat unrecognizably soft and pleasant.
Acronym for The Perfect Drug.
The founder and sole member of Nine Inch Nails.
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The website contains the case number 71839j, which is the transcript of an agent from the US Bureau of Morality interviewing a police officer about the incident at the Star Chamber.
A government agency created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The agency seems to be the most powerful force in the United States, overseeing everything from media to family planning.
The tenth track off of the right disc of The Fragile. There are currently no other versions of this track.
Underneath The Skin
A website created for the fictional world of Year Zero. The website is a real estate guide. Showing cities affected by the "climate change," this site offers advice on how to sell your property in that area or whether or not to invest there.
A former drummer for NIN.
We're In This Together
- Album: Also known as Halo 15. This album was released after The Fragile and contains mostly tracks and remixes from that album.
- Song: The fifth track off of the left disc of The Fragile. Versions of this track appear on We're In This Together.
Best known by his stage name, Twiggy Ramirez, when working with Marilyn Manson, Jeordie joined NIN during the 2005 With Teeth tour. He played both bass and guitar during live performaces, and has contributed to studio work. In addition to his musical abilities, he also co-stars with former NIN band mate, Aaron North in the webcomic Squires Of Dimness. He left the band on 2007.
- With Teeth: Also known as Halo 19.
- With Teeth: The seventh track off of With Teeth. A version of this track appears on Beside You In Time.
With Teeth Arena Tour
The name given to the two legs of the Live: With Teeth Arena Tour. The first leg was in the fall of 2005 and toured major markets in the US and Canada as well as in South America. The second leg, in the winter/spring of 2007, toured smaller markets in the US and Canada.
The very first leg of the With Teeth Touring Cycle.
The second leg of the With Teeth Touring Cycle.
Acronym for We're In This Together.
Nine Inch Nails played this concert festival that was held in order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival that took place back in 1969. This single performance is widely accepted as the one that made the band famous.
Information given out in Year Zero promotional items that are used with the website The Mailstrom. Each one of these items opens a different part of the website that allows a look into the world of Year Zero.
Acronym for With Teeth.
Also known as Halo 25. It is the remix album to accompany Year Zero, and was the first NIN release to come with a disc of multitracks for lsiteners to remix the album by themselves. This was also Trent Reznor's last release as a signed artist.
The official subsection of the nin.com website pertaining to Year Zero.
Year Zero Warm-Up Tour
See Performance 2007.
Acronym for Year Zero.
Acronym for Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D.
The sixteenth track off of Year Zero. There are two versions of this track.