They say that good music sticks with you, but what if good music comes with a weird black powder that also sticks to you and makes quite a mess?
Maybe I'm too paranoid for my own good, but this entire situation is just way too sketchy. Fans who preordered Not The Actual Events along with a physical component have been receiving mysterious bags with an even creepier warning printed on the side.
“To be read IN ITS ENTIRETY before opening. Actions have consequences! N.T.A.E. may contain subversive elements that produce feelings of euphoria and may be harmful and unsettling to the consumer. Likewise, this physical package may lead to unrealized expectations or unexpected results upon opening. Caution should be exercised with both. AND THIS IS IMPORTANT… This will make a mess. By opening this envelope in any way, you assume all risks to your person and/or property, and waive any claim against The Null Corporation, any of its subsidiaries or affiliated entities from any and all damages or harm you incur.”
— KnowKontrol (@knowkontrol) March 1, 2017
With a warning like that, who wouldn't want to open it? When you did open it, you were suddenly greeted by black powder that's sure to get everywhere along a bunch of thick cards that feature the lyrics of each song on the EP. Oscill wrote on Reddit, “It's very hard to tell what part of the cards you are holding are printed, and what part is a physical soot coating your hands. Tilting the card in the light feels trippy as you try to determine what is real.”
— FoxInShadow (@foxinshadow) March 1, 2017
There's now a thread on the Nine Inch Nails subreddit trying to figure out what all of this means. Is there a secret message to all of this or was this just a way for Trent Reznor to get our hands dirty? Time will tell.
Did you receive one of the physical components? Let us know in the comments!