Nine Inch Nails star Trent Reznor has become a rich man after netting $1.6 million from first-week sales of his new online venture. The rocker released his new instrumental album Ghosts I-IV in cyberspace and 800,000 fans paid anything from $1 to full price and beyond to download the tracks.
The $1.6 million windfall also includes online orders for album-related products like limited-edition vinyl releases, CDs, and a dual-CD box set.
Ghosts I-IV will be released in record stores next month.
It shouldn't be any surprise, but fan demand for the new Nine Inch Nails self-released "Ghosts I-IV" was so great that nin.com could not handle the load. Sales were suspended briefly, but are now back up with this note:
Nin The new Nine Inch Nails record is available RIGHT NOW! (for real this time). Sorry again about the hassle. Somebody kicked the plug out of our internets, but we're all set now.
In related news, NIN's new album has been released via Amazon MP3 as well thanks to TuneCore.
Otto's Daughter is female fronted cyber erotic pop-metal. The perfect balance between melody and aggression, light and shade. Fragile yet brutal. The music straddles the fence between pop and metal, never sacraficing one for the other. Jacqueline Van Bierks soothing, caressing vocals float sensually above the often muscular musical landscape; providing the velvet glove to the instruments pumping fist.
Otto's Daughters sound has evolved from raw, goth/industrial to a tantilizing, erotic riff raff mealstrom. European transplant and brainchild of Otto's Daughter, Jacqueline Van Bierk formed the band in NYC and relocated to Los Angeles, CA with guitarist Jim Robbins where they found "G" on drums and Ro on bass and solidified their new line-up.
Otto's Daughter joined forces with indie label Corkscrew Music Company and is planning on touring the US this year supporting the new release "A New Kind Of Heroine". Updates on tour will follow shortly.
STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static — who married adult-film star Tera Wray last week — has posted the following mesage on the band's official message board:
"Thanks to everyone for your support. I assure everyone I plan to keep my private life and my career separate, as I always have. I have no aspirations to get involved in porn or get involved in Tera's career, and this will in no way affect STATIC-X. Tera's a great girl, absolutely the most amazing female to ever grace the universe, and I'm lucky to have her in my life.
"Just a little musical update... since returning home from Australia [where STATIC-X was supporting MEGADETH], I moved my studio to my house and I've been working non-stop writing the next record. I have a ton of bad ass riffage coming together. Stay tuned..."
Static and Wray tied the knot in Las Vegas on January 10. "We are married and very happy," stated Tera. "We love each other, that's why we did it; he's perfect."
Static and Wray met at last summer's Ozzfest where Wayne was performing on the main stage with his band STATIC-X.
In a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar.comWayne Static spoke about his new band called PIGHAMMER. "It is going to be a side project and I'm going to write with a whole bunch of different people and it is going to be heavy as fuck," he said. "And it will not have any boundaries as I'm not going to worry about who is going to play it or if we're going to play it live. I am just going to do it for fun. It is going to be very extreme and I'll be working with as many different people as I can. And I'll be doing all the vocals on it too. But beyond that, I'm going to try and get a bunch of different cool people. I'm going to be writing with John 5, we've talking about working with Al Jourgensen too and Tony Campos is also going to help me out. Whoever wants to help out, I'd love for them to so. I'm even talking about working with Tommy Victor from PRONG. I want to write some music with these people but then make it my own thing too. But STATIC-X is really on a roll right now and we've had a fantastic year thus far as things have been going up and up. It is full steam ahead for us. The PIGHAMMER thing will happen when I have time. At the moment though, STATIC-X will remain my main priority."
Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor took aim at the music business version of a high school election with a post on the official NIN site last Thursday asking if the Grammy Awards can go the way of the 8-Track tape.
While the post no longer appears on the frontpage of the official Nine Inch Nails website here is what Trent had to say:
"While the music industry is doing everything they possibly can to go out of business, can we all make sure to rid ourselves of the Grammys, too? Out of touch old men jacking each other off. ENOUGH! Have a nice day." - nin.com
Filter will make a comeback next year with their fourth album, Anthems of the Damned. Mastermind Richard Patrick will take a time-out from working with Army of Anyone to recast his original band, which will now feature Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland and mercenary drummer Josh Freese
It was hard enough for Rammstein guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe to leave his friends and daughter in Berlin and relocate to New York to write an album for his side project, Emigrate. The last thing he needed was for the house he moved into to be haunted.
The residence, a former firehouse in SoHo, apparently revealed its spiritual energies to Kruspe soon after he set up his home studio there. He says the burglar alarm went off repeatedly without being triggered, tiny holes appeared in his window without explanation, and his girlfriend had to move out after just two weeks because she felt so unsettled by the house's vibe.
"I went online to research the history of the house, and I found a picture of it from 1874," Kruspe said a week before heading back to Germany to continue work on the next Rammstein album, which doesn't have a name yet. "I printed it up, and when I looked closely at it, I got goose bumps all over my body. The picture is of three guys standing outside the building, and one of them looks exactly like me."
While some of Kruspe's friends have found being in the house too unnerving, the former resident of East Germany has accepted the spirit and fed off its energy. "The house has a strange feeling to it, but that's why I love it," he said. "I made peace with the energy long ago, and now I'm basically talking to it, saying, 'Hello,' 'Good night' and 'What's going on?' But obviously, I'm doing that in my head — if I started talking out loud, I think I would have to check into a hospital."
Maybe some of the paranormal activity inspired Kruspe to write Emigrate's self-titled debut, which comes out January 28, but the songs on the disc are neither haunting nor ethereal. They're filled with feelings of loneliness, despair and rage that stemmed more from the isolation he felt in America.
"I moved here in 2001 because I needed a change in my life," he explained. "I had been living in Berlin for 18 years, and I was bored and wanted a new challenge. I felt I had to create something new, and one of the things you have to do as an artist is go the unsafe way, because this brings you into the suffering world, and if you're suffering, you can write good music. When I came to New York, I dealt with a lot of rejection and depression in the process of entering the new world and saying goodbye to the old one, and that was definitely inspirational."
Equally inspiring was Kruspe's desire to branch out from the sonic niche he had created with Rammstein. Before he moved to America, he was experiencing creative and personal friction with his bandmates. In the past, he had written nearly all the group's songs, and was extremely controlling about how the music was played and the role everyone served in the group. After years of putting up with his totalitarian perfectionism, his bandmates started to rebel.
"It got to the point where people couldn't be around me," Kruspe said. "If you want to eat a chocolate cake, one piece is nice, but if you eat the whole cake, you'll f---ing puke. And it was the same with me. It was too much to deal with, so I distanced myself from the whole situation and tried to find something else."
Kruspe found the outlet in Emigrate, a project that allowed him to explore new artistic avenues on his own and take on the role of lead singer as well as guitarist. While songs like "Emigrate," "Wake Up" and "My World" have elements in common with Rammstein — chugging metal guitars, ominous keyboards, militaristic percussion — other tracks, such as "In My Tears" and "Temptation," are softer, moodier and more subtle, interlaced with acoustic-guitar arpeggios, gloomy pop vocals and baleful samples of strings.
"At the time I did these songs, I felt like something was missing in Rammstein," Kruspe said. "To work for that band is almost like working for a soundtrack. You have to work with no vocals because those are the last things that will appear on the song. For Emigrate, I started to work more as a traditional songwriter. Also, I was singing and writing lyrics in English, which allowed me to experiment with all these things I had never explored before. Basically, that allowed me to balance myself out again so I could go back to Rammstein and be the happy guitar player."
Sometimes it's hard for musicians to return to their main bands after they get such a taste of freedom. But having complete creative control of Emigrate had the opposite effect on Kruspe. Rammstein are now working democratically, and Kruspe says he's coexisting with his bandmates more amicably than ever. So far, the group has written 30 basic tracks at a rental house near the Baltic Sea, and it plans to enter the studio in March and release the follow-up to 2005's Rosenrot sometime in 2008.
"It's looking like it will be the most heaviest record we ever did," Kruspe said. "The songs are faster, and it feels like we're really going back to our roots and rediscovering what we like and what Rammstein is all about. We're thinking of going to Los Angeles ... to record an album in America [for the first time]. And we're in a position right now where we don't have a contract with any record company, and that gives us peace of mind because there's no pressure from the outside."
For Kruspe, the only drawback about being back with Rammstein is he'll be unable to tour for Emigrate. After Rammstein finish their record, the band will embark on its first world tour in two years, which leaves no time for him to support his solo disc. But that doesn't mean he won't find time to write new Emigrate songs.
"Every time I'm in New York, I'm working for Emigrate," Kruspe said. "I'm trying to really separate the work I do by the city I'm in. It's almost like I'm living totally different lives. I never really believed in monogamy anyway, so I always like to live in a duality like that. And when the time is right, I'll take Emigrate on tour, also."
With Army of Anyone on hiatus, singer Richard Patrick has revived his former band Filter. A new album is in the works and could be in stores early next year, he announced on his MySpace page. "I am totally cramming on a new Filter record," he said. "I'm working with some amazing people — all new people. This is absolutely the most amazing stuff I've ever done, and I'm really proud of it."