"The Eater Of Dreams" is the first track on the 2013 release Hesitation Marks.
- Alessandro Cortini: Electronics
- Trent Reznor: Vocals, Electronics
- Written by Trent Reznor and Alessandro Cortini
- Mixed and Engineered by Michael Patterson
- Hesitation Marks
The Eater Of Dreams
This is the only known version, notable for being the shortest in length of all of Nine Inch Nails' catalog. A short introduction track in the tradition of "Pinion" and "999,999," it begins with rhythmic blips of noise, then adds synth layers that pulse at quarter notes. As layers add, its volume swells, and brief snippets of vocals enter in the background before the track suddenly cuts off.
"The Eater Of Dreams" made its live debut on March 14, 2014 as a pre-recorded intro mashed up with "Pinion" during the NIN + QOTSA Tour. It was played infrequently throughout the Hesitation Marks touring cycle, and continued to appear while supporting the 2017-18 trilogy.
While the song is an instrumental, a short vocal can be heard at the beginning in a distorted quiet tone, and at the end in a loud distorted tone twice. It is currently unknown what is being said.