16.06.13

Nine Inch Nails und Russell Mills

The Downward Spiral Artwork by Russell Mills
Die Junkies zwitschern es ja bereits von den Dächern: Nine Inch Nails bringen ein neues Album 'auf den Markt', wir müssen uns nur noch etwas gedulden, und bis zum 03. September den langsam hochköchelnden Hype-Buzz genießen. Zerebrale Zelebration...

The Downward Spiral Artwork by Russell Mills
"Hesitation Marks", so der Titel, bringt das erste neue Nine Inch Nails-Material seit 2009; dazwischen konnten wir Freaks uns mit Soundtrack-Collaborationen für "The Social Network" und "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (beides David Fincher) erquicken.

Closer to God Cover by Russell Mills
Aber "Hesitation Marks" wirkt auch vielversprechend auf einer subtileren Meta-Ebene: Russell Mills, der für das Original The Downward Spiral-Cover verantwortliche Künstler, teamt wieder mit Trent Reznor.
The Downward Spiral Cover by Russell Mills
Was könnte das bedeuten?
Könnte es... ein... narratives... Konzeptalbum... werden... das... vielleicht... inhaltlich... thematisch... oder... auch... nur... musikalisch... an Downward Spiral anknüpft?

Hesitation Marks Artwork by Russell Mills
Fuck ja!
Mit "Came Back Haunted" erschien vergangene Woche die erste Single. Bildet euch selbst ein Urteil, aber dreht die Anlage vorher auf. 

Came Back Haunted by Nine Inch Nails

I said goodbye but I I had to try and I I came back haunted I came back haunted...

Came Back Haunted Cover by Russell Mills
Ihr hört dieses hervorstechende Gitarren-Motiv gegen Ende? Ich auch... und mein geplagter Verstand sagt mir, dass es eine Anspielung, eine Abwandlung, eine Hommage sein soll an jenes Leitmotiv, das sich durch Downward Spiral zog.

Further Down the Spiral Cover by Russell Mills
Zeitgleich mit dem Single-Release ebbten auch die neuen Cover zur Single und dem Album durch die Netze, und der Russell Mills-Bezug wurde schlagartig klar.

Hesitation Marks Artworks by Russell Mills
The Downward Spiral Artwork by Russell Mills
Hesitation Marks Cover by Russell Mills
"Hesitation Marks" (deutsch: Verzögerungs-Zeichen) sind, laut meinen Quellen bei ets, die ganz charakteristischen Verletzungen, die Selbstmörder sich zufügen, bevor sie die kritische Wunde hinkriegen. Beispiele sind etwa Schnittwunden unmittelbar neben Hauptschlagadern, in einem bestimmten von oben-nach-unten Winkel.

The Downward Spiral Artwork by Russell Mills
Der Begriff bezieht sich auf die Erkenntnis, dass Selbstmörder nicht immer beim ersten Versuch Erfolg haben werden & charakteristische Verletzungen entstehen, die bei Mord etwa ausbleiben würden - und sich folglich die Todesursache "Selbstmord" besser eingrenzen lässt, wenn der Tathergang noch unklar ist.


The Downward Spiral (A Glided Sickness Remix) by Coil

Was die Design-Grammatik dieser neuen "'Ära" angeht, sind nun alle Spiele wieder offen. Russell Mills 3D-Kollagen, seine Texturen und organischen Komponenten bringen völlig neues Kopfkino für die anstehenden Klang-Eskapaden, die Trent Reznor auf seine verwöhnten Fans loslassen wird.

Aus einem Interview mit AmbiEntrance/Oktober 1999:

AmbiEntrance: Of your book and album covers, what were some of your personal "favorite" projects and why?
Mills: Hard to pinpoint and kind of unfair to isolate some above others, but if pushed then I guess I would have to choose "The Pearl" by Harold Budd and Brian Eno and "Between Tides " by Roger Eno along with all the work I've done for "The Downward Spiral" for Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. These are favourites partly because I really believe that they work and operate successfully on several levels.
The images I made for them have direct contextual relevance to the content or moods of the music and yet also work independently , they have a visceral connection and a visual beauty which blends the seductive with menace. Also these albums and my covers/images/designs for them signified important turning points for me where I discovered a more appropriate way of responding which was also not overt or obvious.
The Downward Spiral Artwork by Russell Mills

I had been thinking about making works that dealt with layers, physically, materially and conceptually. I wanted to produce works that were about both exposure and revealing and at the same dealt with closure and covering. Given the nature of the lyrics and the power of the music I was working with, I felt justified in attempting to make works that alluded to the apparently contradictory imagery of pain and healing. I wanted to make beautiful surfaces that partially revealed the visceral rawness of open wounds beneath. The mixed media work Wound was the first piece I tackled in this vein (no pun intended) and it became the cover of the album. It is made of plaster, acrylics, oils, rusted metals, insects, moths, blood (mine), wax, varnishes, and surgical bandaging on a wooden panel.


Closer (Unrecalled Remix) by Coil

The Downward Spiral Artwork by Russell Mills
The Downward Spiral Artwork by Russell Mills
The Downward Spiral Artwork by Russell Mills
The Downward Spiral Artwork by Russell Mills
March of the Pigs Cover by Russell Mills

This piece came out of my reading about the lives of the early Christians in Roman times. One of the many ways that the Romans subjugated the Christians, apart from forcing them to live in the ghetto that was the Catacombs, was to forbid them to wear any emblems or jewellery of religious iconography or idolatry. However the Christians developed an ingenious method of subverting this ruling by collecting rose petals, hardening them in candle smoke and threading 165 to make, what looked to the Romans like cheap jewellery, which held no significance, no meaning and no threat. These were in fact the first Rosary beads. The Latin - Sub Rosa, which literally means under the rose, has also come to mean in secret . I admired this act of quiet, non-violent subversion and felt it to be a relevant metaphor for the 5 track single March of the Pigs.  The work is made of plaster, acrylics, oils, gold leaf, metal and smoked rose petals on a wooden panel. 

The Downward Spiral Artwork by Russell Mills




Quelle Bilder: nin.com

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