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51z-7AThnsL. SL500 AA300 TRENT REZNOR aka NINE INCH NAILS has never sounded better, as evident in the recent reissue of his 1989 debut PRETTY HATE MACHINE. Released this past November through the Bicycle Music Company/UMe after a long process of tracking down who owned the rights to what, the landmark debut from NINE INCH NAILS has been remastered from the original tapes and the result is a Reznor-approved revamping of the record, complete with a new digipack encased in a plastic slip-sleeve.

Containing the original ten tracks and a bonus cover of QUEEN's "Get Down, Make Love" (the B-side to "Sin"), songs like "Head Like a Hole", "Down in It," and "Terrible Lie" sound just as fresh now as they did the first time around.

While later releases under the NIN banner may have been more ambitious and epic in scope, none have been as accessible, nor as timeless as PRETTY HATE MACHINE.


Rating: 5/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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