Nine Inch Nails has announced a new book release collaboration with artist Russell Mills. The book is titled Cargo in the Blood, and it’s a 320-page hardback book featuring Mills’ artwork for 2013’s Hesitation Marks. It’s limited to 2,000 copies and each of those copies comes with a framed, mixed-media painting composed by Mills. Link to the pre-order can be found here. Mills previously did work on the band’s 1994 album The Downward Spiral.
Mills released a statement about the project:
Our renewed collaboration on Hesitation Marks 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.
I created a total of 30 pieces for Hesitation Marks and they chose Cargo In The Blood for the cover of the deluxe CD. The title seemed to sum up everything I’ve been working on for the last 5 – 10 years, this whole idea of something that can be carried in the blood and it could be good or bad, something that could be character-building, something that could be destructive, something that could be positive.
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