It’s common knowledge that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails isn’t the most friendly guy in the music world. Back in 2000, Trent Reznor called out Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, stating that he barely considered Durst’s music to be art. Over the years he’s called out other musicians like Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love of Hole, Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, and even slipped in some jabs at Justin Timberlake. Reznor was also a heavy critic of George W. Bush during his presidency. But while he was no friend to Bush, his calling out of the current president and his administration has been ruthless. Trent Reznor recently referred to Trump as an “imbecile” during an interview with Warp, which today seems tame by his onslaught against Trump to Vulture last year.
“I don’t want to get into a discussion about how embarrassing the president is. He’s a f**king vulgarian. Aside from whatever ideological beliefs he has — if he has any — he’s a grotesque person who represents everything I hate. I’m repulsed by everything about him.”
Taylor Swift received the Trent Reznor treatment in an interview with The New York Times. Reznor laid into the pop star, suggesting she was too concerned with her success to comment on politics.
“You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth, because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot.”
Reznor went on to further criticize Donald Trump, suggesting that artists have a responsibility to call out what they perceive as injustices of the world.
Nine Inch Nails have released a new album every year for the last to years. Not The Actual Events dropped as a surprise in 2016, followed by ADD VIOLENCE in 2017. Tomorrow, June 22 brings the third consecutive year with a new Nine Inch Nails release. Just ahead of its release, Bad Witch is already fairing well, as it currently sits at a 79 out of 100 on Metacritic. The Independent, Boston Globe, and Kerrang are just a few of the outlets singing the praises of Trent Reznor’s upcoming record.
Later today, readers can also look for an exclusive review for the new Nine Inch Nails album Bad Witch, right here on the Inquisitr.
Nine Inch Nails is an industrial rock band who released their first album, Pretty Hate Machine, in 1988. The band consists, officially, of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Nine Inch Nails generally tours, however, as a 5-7 person outfit. Past tour members included Richard Patrick of the band Filter, Pino Palladino, Jeordie White, Aaron North, and Danny Lohner. Even Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac has played guitar for Trent Reznor, both onstage and as a contributing member to the band during the recording process of the 2013 Nine Inch Nails release Hesitation Marks.