What better way to face accusations of being a goth band than to paint your album cover in blood? Well, that’s just what Nine Inch Nails have done, with their upcoming eighth studio album Hesitation Marks to have four different covers made from a mixture of materials, including oil and acrylic paint, earth, copper wire, rusted linen and, yes, blood.
The covers were designed by Russell Mills, who did the artwork for the band’s seminal 1994 album The Downward Spiral. Mills, in a post on the band’s Tumblr account, said the artworks alluded to ideas about chaos and order. “The works explore ideas of catharsis, of being into dissolution into being, both on a personal and sociological level.”
The different covers will be used for the different formats of the release, with Turn And Burn being used on the digital, Time And Again on the standard CD, Cargo In The Blood on the deluxe CD and Other Murmurs on the vinyl. Check out all four variations below.
The industrial legends recently teamed up with Twin Peaks director David Lynch to make the video for the first single from the album, Came Back Haunted. Hesitation Marks will be released in Australia on Friday, 30th August.