John Crawford

Nine Inch Nails will keep the promise of new music in 2016 with Not the Actual Events. The five-song EP will drop on Dec. 23. "It's an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make," Trent Reznor says in a press release."It's an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story."

The release specifically says Atticus Ross is now the frontman's "official bandmate." Ross, who won an Oscar with Reznor for their score on The Social Network, worked as a producer and engineer on 2013's Hestitation Marks. There's hype that Not the Actual Events is "unrecognizable from their current film work."

Check out the cover art:

Nine Inch Nails

The 1999 double album The Fragile is also being re-released as The Fragile: Deviations 1, a 150-minute, four-disc vinyl behemoth that will not hit streaming services. Reznor says:

"The Fragile occupies a very interesting and intimate place in my heart. I was going through a turbulent time in my life when making it and revisiting it has become a form of therapy for me. As an experiment, I removed all the vocals from the record and found it became a truly changed experience that worked on a different yet compelling level. The Fragile: Deviations 1 represents Atticus and I embellishing the original record with a number of tracks from those sessions we didn't use before. The result paints a complementary but different picture we wanted to share." 

Preorders for Not the Actual Events EP and The Fragile: Deviations 1 (shipping spring 2017, available for physical copy buyers as a download on Dec. 22) are available on the band's newly redesigned site.