After unveiling a new single and officially announcing new album Hesitation Marks yesterday, it’s back to business for Nine Inch Nails – the internal restructuring continues, with guitarist Adrian Belew leaving the project, dropping out just a matter of weeks after bassist Eric Avery found himself in a similar situation.
Also known for his work with King Crimson and Talking Heads, Belew was announced as the touring guitarist for NIN earlier this year. Today, though, he took to Facebook to announce the news of his departure. While he’s using very genial language, there’s a subtle hint of tension between himself and main man Trent Reznor.
In Belew’s words, he wanted to step aside “before this goes too far”. In the two posts, he explains, “Concerning me being part of the 2013 Nine Inch Nails band: it didn’t work… [Trent and I] both agreed it just was not working. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone. That really hurts.”
Following news of his own departure, bassist Eric Avery explained that he was overwhelmed on account of the hectic touring schedule, so the climate within the band must be very intense at the moment.
This latest news comes less than 24 hours after NIN released the first single, Came Back Haunted, off their long-awaited album Hesitation Marks, due this September.
After Instagramming what was thought to be the album cover on Instagram yesterday, it was later revealed that image was actually part of the artwork for Came Back Haunted, and now the band have also revealed the official album art on their website. Listen to the new single and check out the album art.
Listen: Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted