One of the things I've been working with in the studio is a series of piano-loops that build in intensity.
Here's a working-demo from a few months ago that builds some improvised piano-loops into a heavy rock section. It's a "sketch" for an idea for my next recording project.
Listening to this, I'm struck with the idea that I might be able to swap out, or double, the guitars with some very heavy piano (piano/bass/drum unison riffing).
I'll also have to play with re-introducing some distortion to the piano. I have an old Tube Screamer I can put in line & mix with the clean piano signal, and I'll try that this weekend. The trick is to make it sound good without an immediate association with NIN.
We'll see what happens. In the meanwhile, here's that track:
Looped Piano with Rock Band No. 1 ver 2.0 (Updated) by Jason Rubenstein