Hesitation Marks

Hesitation Marks
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Digital standard edition cover
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 30, 2013 (2013-08-30)
Recorded2012 – May 2013
Nine Inch Nails chronology
The Slip
Hesitation Marks
Live 2013 EP
Halo numbers chronology
"Halo 27"
"Halo 28"
"Halo 29"
Singles from Hesitation Marks
  1. "Came Back Haunted"
    Released: June 6, 2013
  2. "Copy of a"
    Released: August 13, 2013
  3. "Everything"
    Released: August 20, 2013

Hesitation Marks is the eighth studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on August 30, 2013, by Columbia Records. It was the band's first release in five years, following The Slip (2008), as well as their only release on Columbia. Like previous albums, the album was produced by frontman Trent Reznor alongside longtime collaborators Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder.

The album's title is derived from the term "hesitation marks", which is used to describe marks that are produced by testing a bladed weapon before attempting suicide or self-harming.[1] The cover art also varies for each edition of the album. The record was promoted with three singles: "Came Back Haunted", "Copy of a", and "Everything", as well as the Twenty Thirteen Tour and two accompanying extended plays, Live 2013 EP and Remix 2014 EP. The digital version of the album was made available in two different masters: a standard version and one with extended dynamic range to cater to audiophiles.[4][5]

Hesitation Marks received positive reviews from critics, with the new sound attracting praise, who some found to be a natural evolution from their previous work. The album reached number three in the US, their highest charting album since Year Zero, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.


In February 2009, Trent Reznor stated, "I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while", indicating the possible end of the act.[6] Nine Inch Nails then entered a hiatus after touring with Jane's Addiction and performing on a few subsequent shows.[6][7][8] Afterwards, Reznor clarified that the band was done with touring for the foreseeable future, but that he would continue to make music under the moniker.[9]

Since then, Reznor pursued other projects. In 2010, he formed the post-industrial project, How to Destroy Angels with long-time collaborator Atticus Ross and West Indian Girl frontwoman Mariqueen Maandig, whom he married in 2009.[10][11] In 2010, Reznor also collaborated with Atticus Ross on the original score for David Fincher's 2010 film, The Social Network.[12] The duo won a 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture and a 2010 Academy Award for Best Original Score. Reznor and Ross again collaborated with Fincher for the official score the American adaptation of the novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, released in December 2011.[13]

In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Reznor indicated that he would be writing for the majority of 2012 with Nine Inch Nails "in mind".[14] In 2012, Reznor confirmed that he was working on new Nine Inch Nails material and would possibly be performing live again.[15][16][17] In February 2013, Reznor announced the return of Nine Inch Nails and revealed tour details.[18] The album was first acknowledged by Trent Reznor on May 28, 2013 in a post on nin.com:

I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately. For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!"[19]

The album began life as a couple of tracks that were meant to be included in a forthcoming greatest hits package for Interscope Records. The sessions gave way to more songs and ended up yielding an entire album.[20] The two songs originally written and recorded for the hits package were revealed to be "Everything" and "Satellite".[21]

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