Their live shows were the only reason NIN remained somewhat relevant over the last decade.
If they aren't doing that anymore, then yes, NIN is dead regardless of what that jackass says
And all NIN albums are fairly distinct from each other so who cares if the new one is different from all the rest? It will still suck as much as the last three.
I'm not counting that instrumental garbage or the freebie throwaway, but obviously those aren't good either.