Nine Inch Nails Unveils Four Covers For New Album, Hesitation Marks, Due Out September 3

Covers Feature New Mixed Media Pieces By Renowned Artist Russell Mills


NEW YORK, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Nine Inch Nails revealed the covers for the four editions of Hesitation Marks at Each features a different work of art by Russell Mills, who created the artwork for 1994's The Downward Spiral and several other Nine Inch Nails releases from that period.

"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," says Mills, who has also produced artwork for albums by such artists as Brian Eno, David Sylvian and Peter Gabriel and for books by Samuel Beckett, Ian McEwan and many others. "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."

These mixed media works hover between anthropology and forensics, suggestive of transformation and regeneration. Mills combined traditional materials – oils and acrylic paints, varnishes, etc. – with sundry objects that he subjected to a variety of chemical processes, including burning, bleaching, calcification and erosion. Materials used on the covers are:

Digital cover:
"Turn And Burn"

Plaster, earth, oils, acrylics, etching varnish, bitumen, burning, rusted linen, blood, spent matches, on wood.

Standard CD cover:
"Time And Again"

Plaster, earth, oils, acrylics, etching varnish, rusted linen, blood, microscope slides, on wood.

Deluxe CD cover:
"Cargo In The Blood"

Burning, Polaroid frame, copper wire, mica, on velvet, on wood.

Vinyl cover:
"Other  Murmurs"

Plaster, earth, oils, acrylics, etching varnish, collage, on canvas, on wood.

View album art here:

Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails' first album in five years, can be pre-ordered now on iTunes ( or at It will be available as a digital download, standard CD, deluxe CD and on vinyl. Fans who pre-order the album in any format will instantly receive a download of the first single, "Came Back Haunted." The video for the single, which was directed by David Lynch, can be seen here.

Mills created a total of 30 pieces for the project, providing longtime Nine Inch Nails Creative Director Rob Sheridan with abundant resources for the packaging for the Hesitation Marks releases. Artwork packaging credits are as follows:

Artwork by Russell Mills
Photographed by Rob Sheridan and Davye Ward
Digital assistance by Michael Webster
Art direction by Rob Sheridan

SOURCE Columbia Records

For further information: For Nine Inch Nails, contact: Ambrosia Healy, The Fun Star,; For Columbia Records, contact: Kelly McWilliam, Columbia Records, 310-272-2168,