Since 1988, Trent Reznor has produced a bludgeoning body of work under the Nine Inch Nails flag, rife with imaginative sonic concepts, sullen lyrical content, and stark aesthetics that are uniquely his own.
An artist in the truest sense of the word, perhaps Reznor's greatest accomplishment is his ability to turn hits out of music that challenges. Reznor recently returned to recording under the Nine Inch Nails moniker with the album Hesitation Marks. Unfortunately, it received mixed criticism. Regardless, we all know that artists responsible for the type of legendary albums that Reznor has made bear the weight of an impossible standard and occasionally need a fresh source of inspiration. For Reznor -- no stranger to collaborative efforts over the years -- we feel the input of others might be just the thing to reignite a creative flame and return the maverick to his rightful place as a sonic pioneer and torch runner for electronic innovation in heavy music.
NIN is heading to BB&T Center, so we put together a list of five individuals we want to see Reznor collaborate with. These artists' own work has placed them in a category worthy of Reznor's peerage and they're folks we believe would get Reznor back on the warpath of sonic evolution.