The internet was a buzz when a full-length version of Trent Reznor‘s gritty, soul-shaking cover of “Immigrant Song“, featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O, dropped. We had already been given a taste of this updated cover (the original was recorded by English rock band Led Zeppelin in 1970) in the trailer for the upcoming English language film, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

The song is about the Viking conquests as they sailed westward from Scandinavia, and is a pretty brilliant choice when you consider the film’s source material: (in case you have been living under a rock…) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is an international best-selling crime novel by Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson. It was the first in a three-part literary series (the “Millienium Series”), with each book having been published posthumously following Larsson’s death in 2004.

The first film adaption of the book was a 2009 Swedish-language version starring Noomi Rapace, which was a large critical success; the 2011 English-language version is set for release on December 21 and is one of Hollywood’s most anticipated movies of the year. The film is directed by badass cinema genius David Fincher, and stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. Check out the trailer, featuring the aforementioned cover of “Immigrant Song

Breathtakingly awesome.  But back to the music…

Not long ago, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won an Oscar for their stellar work scoring the David Fincher-directed film, The Social Network. The partnership between director and musicians was a success and so Fincher, the Nine Inch Nails frontman, and Ross joined forces once again on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. We internet folks have been made privy to only a few of tracks from the film and if those are any indication, the full score will be a masterful compliment to the film.

Trent Reznor’s 39-track score will be available for purchase in several formats, including digital download on December 9, a triple CD set on December 27, and a deluxe box set scheduled to ship on February 6, 2012.