US heavy-metal rock group, also sometimes credited as NIN, and founded by songwriter and frontman Trent Reznor (1965- ). The band's aggressive, abrasive and very loud music often articulates Dystopian sentiments, most powerfully on the double-album The Fragile (1999), a vision of contemporary life as nightmare. Year Zero (2007) is an sf concept album that takes place in a militaristic and Dystopian 2022. It does a good job of actualizing in sonic form the unpleasantness such a world would entail.
Two band members have sf Games connections. Trent Reznor composed the music for Quake (1996). Chris Vrenna, sometime drummer for Nine Inch Nails, produced the music for Doom 3 (2004) (> Doom) with Clint Walsh. [AR/NT]
see also: Alternate Reality Game.
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