I’ll admit it; all this hype for Nine Inch Nails’ Year Zero is actually starting to get to me. After Reznor played it safe with 2005’s With Teeth, I though NIN’s best days were behind them. But now, with flash drives showing up in bathrooms all over the world, spectral imaging revealing weird hands, and explicit videos being filmed, I can’t help but wonder if Year Zero can possibly be as good as all the buildup suggests. The five leaked songs would definitely point to yes. While Reznor still can’t write an intelligent lyric to save his life, he still knows how to create tense, visceral rock. Survivalism, for which the video appeared yesterday, is one of NIN’s best tracks since The Fragile. Despite never being a major NIN fan, when Year Zero hits stores April 17, I’ll be one of the first in line.