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Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hesitation Marks’ Gets Four Different Album Covers

Nine Inch Nails, 'Hesitation Marks,' cover art

Nine Inch Nails have unveiled the full cover artwork for Hesitation Marks, the band’s first album in five years. Make that cover artworks: The September 3 release via Columbia will have four different covers, one for each format. Russell Mills, who designed the art for 1994’s The Downward Spiral, created separate covers for Hesitation Marks‘ digital, standard CD, deluxe CD, and vinyl editions.

“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,” Mills said in a statement. “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.”

See the covers and the list of the materials used on them below.

Nine Inch Nails Separation Marks digital cover

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.

Nine Inch Nails Separation Marks vinyl cover

Vinyl cover:
“Other Murmurs”
Plaster, earth, oils, acrylics, etching varnish, collage, on canvas, on wood.