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3.33 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

US release:
1. March of the Pigs (2:58)
2. Reptilian (8:39)
3. All the Pigs, All Lined Up (7:25)
4. Underneath the Skin (7:13)

Total Time 26:15

UK release:

Disc 1 (13:07)
1. March of the Pigs (clean version) (3:03)
2. All the Pigs, All Lined Up (7:25)
3. A Violet Fluid (1:03)
4. Big Man with a Gun (1:36)

Disc 2 (18:51)
1. March of the Pigs (LP version) (2:58)
2. Underneath the Skin (7:14)
3. Reptilian (8:39)

Total Time 31:58

Line-up / Musicians

- Trent Reznor / vocals, arranger, programming, producer, engineer, digital editing, mixing

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(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (8%)
Collectors/fans only (42%)
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Review by Chicapah
4 stars This review might be more accurately labeled "The ongoing confessions of a Nine Inch Nails junkie, part whatever." I've never really understood why this group's music appeals to me yet I've come to accept that it just does and not let myself worry about it too much. It's how I roll so I reckon it's that different-strokes-for-different-folks syndrome in action that makes human beings so eccentric and unmanageable. For instance, I've never "gotten" Andy Warhol's Op Art stuff but Picasso's weird cubist work draws me in every time. Go figure. The fact is, if NIN's material is a big turn off for you then you've discovered that by now and my admiration for them won't change your opinion one iota. I can only speak as one who enjoys most everything they put out, including their singles of which there are many. So indulge me or move on to the next review. It's your call.

"March of the Pigs" is presented verbatim as it is on the groundbreaking CD "The Downward Spiral." All I can say is if you don't know already how nerve-grinding and abrasive this band's music can be at times then this will be a real eye-popper and pants-ripper for you. It's an incredibly aggressive, high-velocity angry attack on the senses that features two shockingly serene piano breakdown moments that grant your brain a couple of breathers in the nick of time. It's an exhilarating three-minute ride through rocky fields of mayhem. "Reptilian" is a Dave Ogilvie remix of "Reptile" from the same classic album. It's a thrilling, smashingly percussive piece of industrial- flavored prog rock wherein he manipulates gang leader Trent Reznor's explosive drum sounds and synthesized noise samples to create a towering specimen of modern aural art that's spellbinding in a disturbing way. At 8:40 in length it's a wild excursion for your ears. "All the Pigs All Lined Up" is a seven and a half minute remix of the disc's namesake single. I find NIN's overindulgent extravaganzas such as these intriguing because I see them as creative exercises in accentuating different aspects of the original tracks that were either buried in the mix or left out altogether. In this case it's what sounds like a live audience's enthusiastic responses and a segment featuring feral hogs snorting and rooting around in a pen. "A Violet Fluid" is a somewhat short interlude that offers up some punchy Reznorisms. The final entry is "Underneath the Skin," another extended remix by Ogilvie of "Reptile." It's a rhythmic exploration of studio-induced scrapes and bruises arranged in an ever-changing mosaic of alien textures and tortured tones. I'll put it this way. If you're looking for catchy melodies this is the last place you'll wanna be. Trust me.

If you're open-minded and willing to take a walk on the wild side then perhaps Nine Inch Nails will tickle your fancy as it does mine. Keep in mind they might prove disastrous to your equilibrium, though. It's the nature of the beast. Don't ask me to explain my obsession with them because it can't be dissected or debated. I will say this. If you liked what you heard on "The Downward Spiral" album then you'll like this 5-song collection, too. As their singles go this one is relatively tractable and tame so I doubt it'll cause any permanent brain damage unless you play it for the uninitiated without warning. 3.8 stars.

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2 stars March of the pigs is a single from the great The Downward Spiral album by Nine Inch Nails. March of the pigs is a fast industrial metal song clocking in at 269 beats per minute, which is very fast. The other songs on the album are remixes and other reworks of songs that are also on the Downward ... (read more)

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