Never a man to underplay the seriousness of his art, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has been talking rather portentously about his latest creation. Traditionalists may be bemused that the song in question is the soundtrack for the latest instalment of the Call Of Duty computer game.
Those labouring under the impression that Call Of Duty is a violent war simulation that allows nerdy adolescents to fantasise that they are combatants in Iraq or Afghanistan may be missing the subtext, according to Reznor, although he might just be justifying his involvement in a highly commercial project.
"There is a lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface," he told USA Today, who restrained themselves from pointed out that he is talking about a video game. "So it didn't make sense to have a gung ho patriotic feeling kind of theme song. It has to feel weighty."
Right, you need to feel the weight of regret as you blow away another pixellated enemy, and perhaps Reznor’s aggressive and uncompromising music might help with that.
Reznor has been busy with movie soundtracks in recent years, but also spoke about his How To Destroy Angels project. "We have a finished album," he said. "We're doing a little bit of tweaks on it. The record will be out soon. We are doing a different type of distribution this time so it's taking a little bit longer to coordinate stuff. There's a lot of music about to be unleashed."