• Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Nine Inch Nails – Being Bad Can Be Oh So Good! Bad Witch Wraps Up The Trilogy and It Does NOT Disappoint!

Back in late 1989/early 1990- which seems like a lifetime ago now, I first heard this very interesting band out of Cleveland called Nine Inch Nails.  Well, come to find out it was actually this one guy named Trent and a Macintosh and some synths, but it really wasn’t that simple- it was more complex than that- it was hard edged and angsty and definitely grabbed you by the throat, but it was danceable too and the lyrics at times were things you thought but dare not say out loud in small town America, it was delectable at the least and offensive at the most.  Most people I knew either loved it or absolutely hated it.  As for me?  When I saw the Head Like A Hole video on MTV- that clenched it!  I like this band on all levels, why haven’t they played here yet- now here Chart Records, take my money- I want that record- yes Pretty Hate Machine– take home and proceed to play to death.  End of subject.

28 years and many NIN albums, EPs, and singles later- we were gifted over the summer with Bad Witch.  The last of a trilogy (preceded by Not The Actual Events and Add Violence) and quite honestly- well worth the wait.  The album is technically impressive, like a glass of fine Beaujolais, it swirls thru the ears and hits right where it needs to…   While in some areas it is somewhat Bowie-esque with Saxophone (did you forget Trent does play Sax?) and a perfect aural soundscape and a crooning vocal from Trent Reznor,  ‘Play the God Damned Part’ and ‘God Break Down the Door’ were reminiscent perhaps of Bowie’s Blackstar on some levels and in others such as the lead off track ‘Shit Mirror’ very much abrasive to a degree, and in your face yet somehow also the fun and melodic NIN we all know and love as well (though to be honest I wished the song was longer so hoping for a remix single at some point as it is one of the best tracks on the disc) to what I can only describe as a look back at the trilogy and the drive to move forward unabashed on ‘Over and Out’.   I honestly played the thing for 2 weeks straight at different volumes in the car, at home, on my phone just to hear all the nuances and really get a feel for the album.  I am sure it drove my neighbors quite mad.

“What are you trying to say, woman!?”  I hear you shout… ok, ok it’s really quite simple.

If you are a fan of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails- buy the god damned album if you haven’t yet.  I don’t know what you’re waiting for-  it’s worth every thin dime you will spend.  If you are unsure and new to Nine Inch Nails- buy it anyways and work your way backwards-  This is Halo 32.   I can make recommendations but you should explore it yourself.  What was to be an EP to wrap the trilogy became an LP, and quite frankly, as a long time fan, I am very happy that it did.


You can pick up a copy of Bad Witch at your local record store or order a copy on vinyl from Nine Inch Nails official store at nin.com

NIN will be hitting the road this fall in the States for their Cold, Black, and Infinite Tour.

The Tour kicks off the tour in Phoenix, AZ on September 13 and 14  – Check nin.com for tour dates and tickets.

Tickets are limited in some areas, don’t wait til last minute or ya may miss out. 


PHOTO CREDITS:  Trent Reznor/ Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine Promotional Photo ©1989 TVT Records –  For Promotional Use 

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross- Nine Inch Nails Bad Witch Promotional Photo ©2018 The Null Corporation- For Promotional Use

Bad Witch album Cover from the author’s personal collection




By Sylvia Lee

Editor/ Staff Writer and Co-Founder of ZRock'R Magazine. Sylvia has worked in and around music since she was 16, though it has always been a part of her life. In radio ( her last radio job was in the mid-90's at KKLZ before departing for other pursuits) , as part of various tour support/production crews, in promotion of both bands and even clubs (recipient of the Climax/Plan C Entertainment Blackberry Award in 2007 for her work as production manager of the Las Vegas MC Jin show ) and in rock journalism with a music column in the late 80′s called MusicLine in the Independent News in central Illinois. Sylvia has also has written articles and reviews for SCOPE, The Reader, Las Vegas Music Scene Magazine, Vegas SoundZ (she was PR director for LVMS where she helped push a little known and upcoming at the time Vegas photographer then known as Shane O'Neil Dobbs ( he later dropped the Dobbs), landing him his first concert shoot for a publication with Nine Inch Nails at the Thomas and Mack in '95) and she also did PR for Vegas SoundZ when they were in print). She also was a contributor to LA’s FIX Magazine. Sylvia credits her love of rock journalism and working in and around it to the person she calls the “First Lady of Rock n Roll Journalists” The legendary Jaan Uhelszki who co-founded influential music publication CREEM Magazine, but also gives a nod to the women who were also involved in the early days like Lisa Robinson and photographer Lynn Goldsmith. Sylvia's eye for talent and ear for great music have never failed her. Ever sarcastic with a love for Metal, Grunge, Punk, and Industrial Music; the occasional glass of fine wine; enjoying some classic movies (the original Universal horror films are a favorite) or binging episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Good Omens or all 4 seasons of Stranger Things - she is the fearless leader of this bunch of talented lunatics.

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