Nine Inch Nails have announced that they will be dropping a new EP this Friday, December 23rd. Titled Not the Actual Events, the five-track record has been produced with the aid of long-time collaborator and “now official” bandmate Atticus Ross and is described by the duo as “taking an unexpected left turn from 2013’s Hesitation Marks and sounding unrecognizable from their current film work.”  The new EP will be made available in a variety of digital formats as well as a 180-gram one-sided vinyl version. “It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make,” Reznor says of the release. “It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”

In additional NIN news, it has been revealed that they will also be releasing a limited edition 4xLP vinyl version of 1999’s The Fragile. Titled The Fragile: Deviations 1, the reissue will contain 37 bonus tracks in addition to the album’s original tracklist and is being sold exclusively in vinyl format, the purchase of which includes Hi-res Digital Download.

In a press release, Reznor shared that:

“The Fragile occupies a very interesting and intimate place in my heart. I was going through a turbulent time in my life when making it and revisiting it has become a form of therapy for me. As an experiment, I removed all the vocals from the record and found it became a truly changed experience that worked on a different yet compelling level. The Fragile: Deviations 1 represents Atticus and I embellishing the original record with a number of tracks from those sessions we didn’t use before. The result paints a complimentary but different picture we wanted to share.”

The Fragile reissue is to be the first of a full reissue series, creating “definitive editions of all the major NIN releases on vinyl.” The Fragile, The Downward Spiral and Broken vinyls have all already been made available for [pre-order].

Of the reissue series, Reznor shared:

“We want to present the catalog as it was intended to be, with no compromises. That means a careful remastering of the audio from the original sources, a painstaking recreation of the artwork, pristine materials, some surprises and an insane attention to detail that you probably won’t notice…but it matters to us. No extra bullshit and gimmicks – the ‘real’ records in their truest form.”

Be on the look out for Not the Actual Events making its landing this Friday. Check back for updates regarding the release and any development in the reissue series.

Pre-order Links: The Fragile: Deviations 1 | The Fragile | The Downward Spiral | Broken