Bad Witch

Bad Witch
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 22, 2018 (2018-06-22)
GenreIndustrial rock
Length30:11
Label
Producer
Nine Inch Nails chronology
Add Violence
(2017)
Bad Witch
(2018)
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 31
(2017)
Halo 32
(2018)
Singles from Bad Witch
  1. "God Break Down the Door"
    Released: May 17, 2018

Bad Witch is the ninth studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on June 22, 2018, by The Null Corporation and Capitol Records. Their first album since Hesitation Marks (2013), it is the last of a trilogy of releases, following their two previous EPs Not The Actual Events (2016) and Add Violence (2017). Like with their previous releases, it was produced by frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Alongside the characteristic industrial rock sound of their previous work, the record ventures in a more experimental direction that includes jazz instruments, notably saxophone played by Reznor. It is reminiscent to (and influenced by) David Bowie's final studio album Blackstar (2016), whom Reznor had collaborated with two decades prior. At just under half an hour long, the record is NIN's shortest full-length release to date. The Cold and Black and Infinite North America 2018 Tour was announced alongside its release to promote the album, in addition to the album's sole single, "God Break Down the Door".

Upon release, Bad Witch was well-received by critics, who applauded its influences and production; some called it the band's best work in a decade. The album reached number 12 in the US and UK, as well as the top five of various Billboard charts.

Background

In 2016, Nine Inch Nails planned a trilogy of EPs,[1] starting with Not the Actual Events. The second EP, Add Violence, was released in 2017. Regarding the third entry in the trilogy and its delayed production, frontman Trent Reznor said:

Following a handful of concerts in support of Add Violence, Reznor was enthusiastic to begin work on the final part of the trilogy.[3] After experiencing creative difficulty in the studio, he and bandmate Atticus Ross decided to focus on doing something "exciting" and "risky", which included the incorporation of saxophone.[3] Those sessions led to Bad Witch, a studio album inspired in part by David Bowie.[3][4]

While Bad Witch was originally set to be an EP,[5] it developed into a full-length album;[6][7][8] at 30 minutes in length, it is the band's shortest to date. Reznor initially saw the trio of planned EPs as one long album with three smaller components,[3] but, after seeing how EPs tend to be overlooked (especially on music streaming sites), Reznor decided to promote Bad Witch to a full album.[9][10]

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