This is not so much a review on the single itself, but more of a comment on the shenanigans Trent seems to be pulling with this release.
First of all, I know he likes to release UK edition singles (so that we end up paying for a ridicilous IMPORT price) but what’s the deal with WITH TEETH? It seems like he’s rubbing it in our faces that North America is getting neglected.
First of all, THE HAND THAT FEEDS single is released in a limited edition digipack to the UK only for only two-weeks (which, by the way, doesn’t include the Video track that was advertised on NIN.COM – the video will be sold seperatly, on a DVD single – HALO 18 DVD). Apparently, Canada will get a digipack release of this single also on May 3rd, which means pretty much everyone got it except … the States. Quick comments on this single: while people will have their own opinions about the quality of the songs and remixes, what ever happened to quality singles that we had with “THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL” that featured more then one track from the LP as well as original tracks? Secondly, NIN.COM seems to have forgotten about the editions of this single that they had said they were going to sell … Thanks guys … seems like all those UK ebayer’s will have a gas selling their singles to us.
Speaking of which, NIN offered exclusive contests to UK fans only, which featured limited-edition NIN merchandise, such as the LP BOX that was limited to only 2000 copies. The box is intended to be used to collect the singles on vinyl as they are released. I know that these are already being sold for ridicilous amounts over ebay.
Which brings me to the CD itself. It seems that the edition of “WITH TEETH” that North America will recieve also lacks a few bonus quirks that European markets will receive. The German edition will have the “Home” track on it, while the Japanese version (which is already available) has this, plus two other bonus remixes.
Also, the CD will be released in both regular and Dual-Disc format, which will have a different, (barely) more interesting cover. Trent is praised for being one of the few artists not to have sold out, but by releasing different editions of the same product, it seems like he’s doing it in his own subtle ways.
I guess I’m just tired of having to scramble around to make sure I have all the appropriate NIN products. Being a sucker-collecter since HALO 05, I’m left with little other options. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Thankfully Trent didn’t stick a HALO number on the vinyl box, or I’d be forced to buy that as well. Rather then that though, Trent has been less then helpful. This CD better rock!!!!