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Nine Inch Nails and Russell Mills to publish art book

By | Published on Thursday 17 December 2015

Cargo In The Blood

Nine Inch Nails are putting out a new coffee table art book with artist Russell Mills, titled ‘Cargo In The Blood’, featuring the work he created for the band’s ‘Hesitation Marks’ album. The book shares its title with that of the painting that was used for the cover of the record.

The collaboration on the 2013 album saw NIN and Mills work together for the first time since 1994’s ‘The Downward Spiral’. Says Mills: “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”.

He continues: “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 five to ten 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”.

Limited to 2000 copies, the $300 320 page book will also come with an original framed Mills painting. More info here.

And here’s a short film looking at the inspiration and process behind Mills’ work on ‘Hesitation Marks’ and ‘The Downward Spiral’: