Year Zero

Release date
17 Apr 2007
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 HYPERPOWER! 1:42 164,394
2 The Beginning of the End 2:47 193,666
3 Survivalism 4:22 221,122
4 The Good Soldier 3:23 179,892
5 Vessel 4:52 159,279
6 Me, I'm Not 4:52 163,994
7 Capital G 3:50 189,120
8 My Violent Heart 4:14 160,697
9 The Warning 3:39 155,376
10 God Given 3:50 149,358
11 Meet Your Master 4:09 148,373
12 The Greater Good 4:51 137,125
13 The Great Destroyer 3:17 152,475
14 Another Version of the Truth 4:06 135,357
15 In This Twilight 3:34 142,883
16 Zero Sum 6:15 49,750

About this album

Nine Inch Nails’ sixth studio release, Year Zero takes the concept album further than it may have ever gone before. In advance of its release, URLs were hidden in tour t-shirts, music- and image-filled USB drives were ‘found’ at concerts, and dozens of websites have been packed with conspiracy stories that all involve the year 2022 or ‘Year Zero.’ Each clue is part of a cohesive whole, requiring a listener to follow an exhaustive web trail to grasp the entire tale. Focusing specifically on the music, “The Beginning of the End,” the powerful first vocal track, is like the sonic and lyrical equivalent of an emotional ascension to a rollercoaster’s peak, with the last few cacophonic seconds equaling the fall of individual freedoms. “Survivalism,” Year Zero’s first single, follows with guest vocalist/Slam artist Saul Williams pumping up the passion in its urgent chorus. While still industrial in genre, it’s clear that Trent Reznor’s musical evolution finds him bringing more mellow songs to the mix than he has on previous discs (“The Good Soldier,” “The Greater Good,” “In This Twilight”) as well as an increased number of funk-affected rhythms, specifically in standout tracks “Capitol G” and “Me, I’m Not.” Devotees of NIN’s harder sound will appreciate the metallic crunch of “My Violent Heart” and “Meet Your Master.

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  • Crusheer

    The Downward Spiral, Fragile and this!

    2 May 9:52pm Reply
  • Brickfaced

    This and Downward Spiral are the best. <3

    25 Jan 1:03pm Reply
  • Decay3d_

    So underrated it hurts. [3]

    8 Jan 6:44am Reply
  • MilesFox

    this album has actuality.

    4 Dec 2014 Reply

    7 years? Holy fuck me gonna die soon :(

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Chadgasm

    zero sum is an amazing ending to an amazing album

    4 Feb 2014 Reply
  • oafhamper

    This album got me into NIN.

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • somaliaaa

    Best NIИ album!

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • IndefiniteCure

    5350 scrobbles in my library...yep, I love this album!

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • KoromoAmae

    Also, this album is just a fucking masterpiece. I understand why people don't like it compared to other NIN albums, but it's fucking stellar in my opinion. USA - and the world - needed this record.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
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  • Ampuhedron

    So underrated it hurts. [2] I didn't like it at first because it was such a huge departure, but it grew on me fast. There's a thousand things going on in every track. Just brilliant

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • handcuter

    Year Zero > With Teeth [2]

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • owlies

    Year Zero > With Teeth

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • kissesneverdie

    YZ might be my favorite NIN album... definitely underrated.

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • HectorVK

    It took 6 years for it to grow on me. But it's finally grown :)

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • xxangelchanxx

    Eh least favorite nin album. :/

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mensusa

    i love this..

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • lrwld

    One of my NIN faves that I keep coming back to.

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Faraudo2112

    So underrated it hurts.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
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