It’s very rare that a band can influence the world of music so drastically; instead of being just a blip on the radar that is the music industry, they become big enough to actually change what is around them. Nine Inch Nails has had the honor of doing just this. They have had their share of ups and downs, but with new single “Came Back Haunted,” it’s easy to see why the group continues to have such a huge following. Their music has continuously been praised by both critics and audiences alike, and I don’t see this stopping with the release of the new single. Nine Inch Nails have come a long way from Pretty Hate Machine, both stylistically and member-wise, but being consistently grounded by frontman Trent Reznor seems to be the antidote for all of the band’s ailments.
Reznor is no amateur when it comes to music, having won Grammys with Nine Inch Nails, and he even composed the popular movie soundtrack to The Social Network. When somebody hears something that Reznor has had his hands on, it’s obvious that he is the culprit. It’s got a distinct sound that only he can concoct in his masterful mind, and this stamp is all over “Came Back Haunted.”
The track is riddled with trademark Nine Inch Nails distortions and synths, making for the unique blend of noise that Reznor seems to be vying for in most of his writing. It’s groovy in a way, with the track beginning with Reznor chanting “Hau-hau-haunted,” directly before the beat drops as he takes us on a trip through his psyche. The lyrics distinguish “Came Back Haunted” the most from the pack, with the writing primarily focusing on Reznor’s “haunted” return, with personal lyrics like: “Everywhere now reminding me/ I am not who I used to be/ I’m afraid this has just begun/ Consequences for what I’ve done.”
“Came Back Haunted” is the featured single for Nine Inch Nails’ upcoming album, Hesitation Marks, and based off of this song, it should be a doozy of an album. The band has come out strong, and if there are more songs to hear that are half as good as this, fans should be frothing at the mouth for this release. The single’s personal lyrics and Reznor’s writing being as good as ever allow “Came Back Haunted” to be a great track, and a great glimpse into what Nine Inch Nails has in store for us this coming September.