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Nine Inch Nails used their self-isolation to complete two albums, Ghosts V -VI. The records were released today for free download from the band’s official site and to all streaming services.

“As the news seems to turn ever more grim by the hour, we’ve found ourselves vacillating wildly between feeling like there may be hope at times to utter despair. Often changing minute to minute, ”  NIN members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross write in a statement on nin.com. “Although each of us define ourselves as antisocial-types who prefer being on our own, this situation has really made us appreciate the power and need for connection.

“Music–whether listening to it, thinking about it or creating it–has always been the thing that helped us get through anything–good or bad,” the statement continues. “With that in mind, we decided to burn the midnight oil and complete these new Ghosts records as a means of staying somewhat sane.”

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A continuation of the Ghosts series he began in 2008 (Ghosts I – IV), Ghosts V – VI is two volumes. “Ghosts V: Together is for when things seem like it might all be OK,” Reznor explains. “And Ghosts VI: Locusts… Well, you’ll figure it out.”

“It made us feel better to make these and it feels good to share them. Music has always had a way of making us feel a little less alone in the world… and hopefully it does for you, too. Remember, everyone is in this thing together and this too shall pass.

“We look forward to seeing you again soon. Be smart and safe and take care of each other. With love, Trent and Atticus.”

This is the first new NIN music since 2018’s Bad Witch. Nine Inch Nails will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame November 7.

Listen to the new Ghosts tracks below, via YouTube.