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Nine Inch Nails Create Four Separate Album Covers for ‘Hesitation Marks’

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‘Hesitation Marks’ is the first Nine Inch Nails album in five years and they’ve created four separate covers for the record. So it’s almost as though they are marking this momentous occasion of a new album with a cover for every year they were gone … minus one!

The album, out Sept. 3 via new label Columbia, has a different cover for each format. So there’s a cover specific to the CD version, to the vinyl edition, to the digital configuration and to the deluxe package. If you are a collector and a fan of artwork as part of the overall presentation of an album, well, you are probably stoked.

In a statement, Russell Mills, who designed the band’s artwork on 1994’s ‘Downward Spiral’ as well as the four new ‘Hesitation Marks’ covers, said, “This renewed collaboration very quickly suggested massive potential for the strange and the familiar to collide and collude in works that I hoped would encapsulate, by allusion, suggestion, metaphor, and association, the conceptual ideas imbued in the album as well as in the undertow of its sonic world.”

He finished, “I’ve tried to make works that obliquely allude to the essence of the subject matter, to its emotional core. I hope that they will invite multiple readings.”

Judge for yourself by viewing each cover below. There is certainly an aesthetic connective tissue, but each has its own visually arresting elements and look.

NIN are about to embark on an arena tour, dubbed ‘Tension,’ launching in late September and running through November. To see the dates, click the button below.

Next: See Details on NIN's 'Tension' Arena Tour

‘Hesitation Marks’ CD Version

NIN Hesitation Marks CD Cover

‘Hesitation Marks’ Deluxe Edition Version

NIN Hesitation Marks Deluxe Cover

‘Hesitation Marks’ Vinyl Version

NIN Hesitation Marks Vinyl

‘Hesitation Marks’ Digital Version

NIN Hesitation Marks Digital Cover

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