The wait for Nine Inch Nails' follow-up to 1999's The Fragile will be over early next year, NIN mastermind Trent Reznor assured fans on the group's Web site Tuesday.
Reznor reported that he's considering a group of 20 tracks for Bleedthrough, many of which he wrote while "envisioning powerful live drumming." For that, Reznor enlisted the help of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who played on 15 of the tracks. Calling his collaboration with the former Nirvana drummer "one of the most inspiring and exciting experiences I've had in the studio," Reznor wrote that Grohl helped the tracks "come alive in a 'better-than-I'd-even-hoped-for' type way."
Although Reznor had earlier said he would be working with veteran producer Rick Rubin on the new LP (see "Trent Reznor Rewrites NIN Rulebook For 'Brutal' New Disc"), on Tuesday he revealed that he's decided to produce the album himself and play most of the music himself.
"Well," he wrote, "I feel very inspired right now, and I want this record to be what's inside my head, for better or for worse." He did, however, dub Rubin "a mentor, source of inspiration and guiding force throughout the process."
Reznor said he plans an extensive worldwide tour coinciding with the album's release early next year, and in the meantime NIN will reissue the 1997 home video "Closure" on DVD in the fall as well as a two-disc deluxe edition of 1994's The Downward Spiral, remastered and remixed in 5.1 surround sound.