Influential rocker Trent Reznor has made a long-awaited comeback after five years away from the public eye. The industrial-rock phenomenon of the 1990s and early 2000s went underground a few years ago, but he finally ended his long hiatus in September with the release of “Hesitation Marks,” a new Columbia Records album featuring the single “Came Back Haunted.”
Recorded in secret, “Hesitation Marks” represents a triumphant return for the celebrated musician, backed by his current band, including Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Robin Finck, Lisa Fischer, Sharlotte Gibson, Pino Palladino and Ilan Rubin. The album, Nine Inch Nail’s first in five years, made its debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts and drew raves from Rolling Stone.
The Grammy-winning band has sold more than 30 million albums since its debut. In 1997, Reznor landed on Time magazine’s list of the most influential people of the year, and in 2004 NIN was ranked at No. 94 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.
Reznor, who founded Nine Inch Nails in 1988 in Cleveland, launched NIN’s current trek, “Tension 2013,” in late September. The brutally loud, two-hour program reportedly features a dazzling light show exceeding any of NIN’s past spectacles, and the music is characterized by dark themes and complex instrumentation. Explosions in the Sky opens the Seattle show.
Nine Inch Nails
8 p.m. Friday at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle Center; $39.50-$99.50 (800-745-3000 and ticketmaster.com).