Trent Reznor never said Nine Inch Nails was history.
He just said he was going to make it "disappear for a while." That was in late 2009.
Since then the Mercer native has won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his film score for "The Social Network" and formed How to Destroy Angels with musical partner Atticus Ross and Mariqueen Maandig.
Nine inch Nails started to creep back into the conversation last year, and on Tuesday, he announced that the new Nine Inch Nails record is ready and that it's good -- more than good.
"I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately. For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly [f---ing] great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!"
The industrial rock band, which debuted so auspiciously in 1989 with "Pretty Hate Machine," has signed on with Columbia to release the comeback record later this year.
The band will -- Reznor, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Robin Finck and Ilan Rubin -- will play its first show in four years at the Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan, on July 26 and will also play Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Leeds, Reading, Made In America and the Voodoo Festival.