The Downward Spiral

Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1994 Ratings: #93 / 379
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Based on 669 ratings
1994 Ratings: #9
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March 8, 1994 / Release Date
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Interscope / Label
Industrial Rock / Genres
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Perfection. Listen to it if you have even a vauge interest in hard rock.

EDIT: OK, maybe I should elaborate. It album is dark, ugly, dirty, brutal and disgusting, like a pig playing in mud and relishing everything that is found in the dirt. But while it does house heavy, disgusting and brutal instrumentation, it's true perfection lies in the lyrics. The album is a concept album about someone taking their own life, what lead up to that moment and how it effects the people around the main ... read more
Ah life, a downward spiral.

I remember the first time I got my hands on this masterpiece, I had visited my mother, who lived in a city I despised, truly a mecca for commerce and sin. So naturally, I hated every second of being there. While walking aimlessly through one of the millions of malls that dominated this greyscaled city, I stumbled into a music chain store, it was right in front of the escalators, and my foot was nearly eaten by said escalator because I stopped in my steps, with ... read more
Closer is my least favorite. God that song makes me laugh,

Honestly it's kind of surprising to me that I've never reviewed this here, and I haven't listened to it in a good long while. The first time I listened to this was because of a recommendation from my friend Amanda (who is probably not reading this but I know Cavan is. Cavan go convince her to join the site pls thanks), and after my first listen, I gotta admit I was underwhelmed. I don't know, I usually love stuff like this. The Downward Spiral is loud, ... read more
“The Downward Spiral” contains one of the most fucked up and fully realized concepts to ever grace an audio recording! The album goes through “The Downward Spiral” of a man who’s brutally fucking up his own life until he eventually kills himself. It’s all told through abrasive instrumentation and nihilistic lyrics, all in the usual NIN fashion! But what really sells this record is how incredibly well this held up. The amount of terrifying sonic detail Trent ... read more
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Track List

  1. Mr. Self Destruct 
  2. Piggy 
  3. Heresy 
  4. March Of The Pigs 
  5. Closer 
  6. Ruiner 
  7. The Becoming 
  8. I Do Not Want This 
  9. Big Man With A Gun 
  10. A Warm Place 
  11. Eraser 
  12. Reptile 
  13. The Downward Spiral 
  14. Hurt
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