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Nine Inch Nails biography
Founded in Cleveland, USA in 1988 - Still active as of 2018
Michael Trent Reznor - Born May 17, 1965 (New Castle, Pennsylvania)

US band NINE INCH NAILS was more or less formed in 1988 by Trent Reznor, and while other musicians have participated in various manners over the years the band is first and foremost his solo project.

The early start of this band occurred when Reznor worked as a janitor and assistant engineer at Right Track Studios, and asked the owner Bert Koster to be allowed to record some music of his own in the studio when it wasn't otherwise occupied. The subsequent demo recordings, where Reznor handled all instruments apart from drums himself, landed him a record contract with TVT Records, and 10 cuts from these demos were polished and issued as the first NiN album Pretty Hate Machine in 1989. The album eventually sold to platinum, one of the best selling independently releases records of all time. Tours in the US and Europe followed until 1991, when his record label pressured Reznor to start recording more studio material.

1992 saw the release of two EP's under the NiN moniker. The 8 track EP Broken was another highly successful venture, and while arguably better known for the promotional videos made for the singles released from the EP it was commercially highly succesfull as well, and eventually lead to Reznor getting two Grammy awards. The remix EP Fixed followed towards the end of the year.

Citing inspirations by Pink Floyd (The Wall) and David Bowie (Low), The Downward Spiral was Reznor's next full length effort to be issued under the Nine Inch Nail's moniker. And like his previous efforts it proved to be a massive commercial success, and is regarded as a major artistic achievement as well. The album appears in numerous lists of the most important albums of all times, whether they are based on commercial or artistic principles. The tour in support of the album was as massive a success as the album itself, and lifted Trent Reznor once and for all up to the major artist level. Even the remix album Further Down the Spiral became a commercial success story, shifting enough copies to achieve the Gold Album merit shortly after it's release.

Addiction problems and writer's block stopped the further evolvement of the project dead in it's tracks though, but while battling these demons Reznor got the opportunity to produce the soundtrack for the David Lynch movie Lost Highway. He...
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NINE INCH NAILS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.45 | 115 ratings
Pretty Hate Machine
1989
4.06 | 156 ratings
The Downward Spiral
1994
3.97 | 128 ratings
The Fragile
1999
3.16 | 76 ratings
With Teeth
2005
3.19 | 76 ratings
Year Zero
2007
3.90 | 95 ratings
Ghosts I-IV
2008
3.11 | 60 ratings
The Slip
2008
3.73 | 58 ratings
Hesitation Marks
2013
3.78 | 16 ratings
Bad Witch
2018
3.84 | 10 ratings
Ghosts V: Together
2020
4.43 | 11 ratings
Ghosts VI: Locusts
2020

NINE INCH NAILS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.25 | 27 ratings
And All That Could Have Been
2002

NINE INCH NAILS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.18 | 11 ratings
Closure
1997
3.54 | 16 ratings
And All That Could Have Been
2002
3.60 | 24 ratings
Beside You in Time
2007

NINE INCH NAILS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.29 | 27 ratings
Further Down the Spiral
1995
3.42 | 21 ratings
Things Falling Apart
2000
2.42 | 17 ratings
Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Fragile: Deviations 1
2016

NINE INCH NAILS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.47 | 11 ratings
Down In It
1989
2.76 | 13 ratings
Head Like a Hole
1990
2.69 | 11 ratings
Sin
1990
4.00 | 3 ratings
Happiness in Slavery
1992
3.58 | 54 ratings
Broken
1992
3.32 | 19 ratings
Fixed
1992
3.36 | 11 ratings
March of the Pigs
1994
3.87 | 14 ratings
Closer
1994
4.75 | 8 ratings
Hurt
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Perfect Drug Versions
1996
2.09 | 2 ratings
The Day the World Went Away
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
We're In This Together
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
We're In This Together (2)
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
We're In This Together (3)
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Into the Void
2000
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Hand That Feeds
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Only
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Only Remixes
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Every Day is Exactly the Same
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Survivalism
2007
3.60 | 5 ratings
NINJA tour sampler
2009
2.37 | 11 ratings
Came Back Haunted
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Remix 2014 EP
2014
3.67 | 6 ratings
Not the Actual Events
2016
2.56 | 10 ratings
Add Violence
2017

NINE INCH NAILS Reviews


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 Ghosts VI: Locusts by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.43 | 11 ratings

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Ghosts VI: Locusts
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

5 stars Trent Reznor's project Nine Inch Nails 'Ghosts' albums have given progressive creds to the artist. First, in 2008, he released the 'Ghosts I-IV' album with a huge collection of somewhat short, but experimental and interesting instrumentals. The album was a pleasant surprise for many listeners that has been fans of previous NIN albums as it was something no one really expected. Then in 2020, during the pandemic, he released two more albums simultaneously that continued on with the 'Ghost' project, namely 'Ghost V: Together' (which is mostly ambient and atmospheric) and this album, 'Ghosts VI: Locusts'. These two albums differ a bit from the first album in that the tracks all have individual names. The tracks on these albums are much longer (for the most part) and as a result, but albums feel more like complete, concise albums.

The styles of these two album differ a bit from each other. They are both instrumental, but where 'Ghosts V' has more of a calming effect with fuzzy and unclear tones and styles, 'Ghosts VI' is brighter and has a more focused style, the notes clear and with less background noise. 'VI' also has more tracks than 'V' (most of the tracks on 'V' were quite long) and is about 10 minutes longer. The tracks are more varied as far as timing goes with a few tracks being over 10 minutes, a few more that are around 7-9 minutes, and a big handful that are shorter. This album begins with a more varied approach among the tracks, but as it moves into the 2nd half, things seem to get more and more bleak sounding. To me, this is the best of the 'Ghosts' projects to date, especially the first half, which is at times, surprisingly Avant-prog sounding, enough to even make pan-heads get excited.

The Cursed Clock - Sparse and spooky with a simple piano with treatments. This one proves that darkness and evil can be portrayed without a lot of noise. There is a running piano passage going on underneath the slower low piano chords and the constant chiming of the clock represented by repetitive piano notes and some cool treatments. Where the previous part of the Ghosts series was murky and muddled, this one in contrast is bright and upfront. Awesome!

Around Every Corner - We move right into the next track as the style from the previous gets built upon. A few more instruments get added into the mix and some surprising heavy riffs get thrown in from time to time. Some brass plays along plaintively, but tension builds and builds with the piano pushing it all forward. Things stay mostly sparse and clear giving this album a completely different feel. There is an undercurrent of uneasiness underneath everything with shifting, shuffling effects squirming along as the worms bore into your mind.

The Worriment Waltz - A slow, wandering waltz with more treated piano and etc. A sudden escalation of noise increases in the second half which is suddenly cut off as a dark drone and a solitary muted trumpet plays.

Run Like Hell - A percussive pattern carries this one forward as low synth notes rumble underneath and the muted trumpet plays. After a few minutes, a heavy beat comes in while the trumpet and effects carry on. It soon goes back to the original percussive pattern again while the sound tends to meld together as it continues along and then separates again.

When It Happens (Don't Mind Me) - Sudden bright, clangy tones play in patterns with other treated sounds while remaining rhythmic. Sudden eruptions of noise and harshness come and go.

Another Crashed Car - Quiet, sparse and dark mostly made up of a repeated piano note and a lot of unsettling noises.

Temp Fix - Distorted instruments against a strict rhythm, but no melody.

Trust Fades - Returns to the muffled feel of the last album with notes being bent and manipulated so that a melody can't be picked out. All the while, there is quite an uneasy and quiet tension to it all.

A Really Bad Night - Slow moving treated piano underlayed by nightmarish effects buried deep underneath.

Your New Normal - A microtonal line runs underneath a dreary synth while twinkling chimes and percussive tones chase each other around.

Just Breathe - The most ambient of the tracks on this album. Airy effects play alone until a bright piano plunks single notes slowly along with reverb effects sustaining the single notes out to infinity creating quiet drones through manipulation. The noise builds and layers are added after the piano starts and dark tension builds. Things soften down again when the piano returns. When the piano eventually stops, you are left alone with a building drone.

Right Behind You - Muffled keyboard chords in the darkness.

Turn This Off Please - A churning background against ominous sounds. A trumpet and piano emerge from the depths but remain mostly submerged under the percussive noises. Almost halfway through, the churning machine in the background becomes louder and tension builds, and then suddenly pulls back again.

So Tired - Treated piano chords ring out solemnly above a continuing drone buried deep into the background and then it all fades to silence.

Almost Dawn - Tonal percussion plays over a ominous background sounding like a nightmare nursery. All seems to be in place for a short while until the background becomes louder and louder taking things over and then suddenly disappearing leaving behind the threatening quiet again.

I find this album to be the most enjoyable, dynamic and versatile of the Ghosts series albums. Even though it is possibly the darkest of them all, especially in the ominous 2nd half of the album. It all comes off quite effectively and proves once again that Reznor is a musical genius. Many people doubt that NIN's should be included in the Archives, but those people seem to only be familiar with NIN's earlier, industrial-style albums and haven't heard the 'Ghosts' albums. To those listeners I suggest you give them another try, especially with the two latter ones in the series. This one, in my opinion, is an avant-prog masterpiece that utilizes noise rock, ambience, some use of drones at times and electronic wizardry to create some very deep instrumental tracks that can be very emotional and expressive.

 Ghosts V: Together by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.84 | 10 ratings

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Ghosts V: Together
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars In 2008, Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor) released an all instrumental album that also hinted at some experimentation, and named it "Ghosts I-IV". This very intriguing record showed the creative side of Reznor that we all knew was there, but was often buried under heavy industrial rock, not that was always such a bad thing. This new direction for NIN came somewhat as a surprise and also merited NIN's inclusion in ProgArchives. After this album, NIN returned to the basic sound that was prevalent previously, but it was a bit more accessible and slanted to a less noisy style. Then, in 2020, Reznor surprised everyone again by producing two albums that carry on the experimental style of the previous Ghosts album. These were albums released and recorded while the world was mostly in isolation because of COVID and were offered for free streaming.

The first of these two albums is "Ghosts V: Together". This album differs from the first Ghosts album in that most of the tracks are much, much longer. This time, you have 8 tracks that span a total of around 70 minutes, so most of these songs are quite long. As a result of this, the individual tracks are much better developed which was the main thing missing from the original Ghosts series. The tracks are also named and work better as individual ideas. This is all made cohesive by keeping the style on this album quite ambient, usually muted melodies and drone foundations that are also manipulated to create some interesting mental pictures. The music is both dark and hopeful, though a bit cautionary. It also features some nice melodies that are kept somewhat muted.

Letting Go While Holding On - Airy drones surrounded by a slow and mysterious, somewhat stifled melody. Drones continue for a while before a descending cadence plays. Background gets a bit more intense as this cadence continues and then calms.

Together - Subdued piano plays quietly with multi-layered background softly acting as a foundation creating a feeling that the music is playing far away being carried by ebbing breezes through the air. The last few minutes turn quite dreamy as the "winds" die down and the muted piano comes back to the foreground.

Out in the Open - Movement is more prevalent as the dreamy background cycles through a chord sequence. Soon, high bell-like notes join in providing a quasi-melody the repeats while variations of the sequence continue.

With Faith - Low register vocal effects give the feeling of a breathing choir while a percussive tonal instrument provides what seems to be an improvised line based around a simple melody. There is some build as it continues along creating a feeling of warmth, soothing, yet a little unnerving at the same time.

Apart - Dark drones ebb and flow while a lovely melody played by treated piano plays slowly evoking emotions of solitude, distance and melancholy. Later, droning and atmospheric synths keep things moving forward, but also keep things dark and dangerous. The last few minutes become a bit more hopeful as twinkling synths bring a bit of brightness to the song, however, the dark drone stays tucked away far into the background.

Your Touch - Glitchy tones and sounds join the piano/synth combination.

Hope We Can Again - Smooth bassline and twinkling melody provide a contrast that evokes more hope, but the slow tempo makes the hope cautionary.

Still Right Here - Very ambient, yet softly moving forward. Sudden change of pace after 4 minutes in as a steady, upbeat tempo suddenly comes in. This acts as a bridge to "Ghosts Volume VI" and is a bit more indicative of the industrial vibe that NIN usually produces. This continues for a while, then suddenly the beat stops as dark and glitchy sounds and noises take over creating the most uneasy feeling of the album. Things calm down to the ambient feeling again evoking a sense of never ending solitude.

There is a nice sense of warmness to most of this album that has been absent on most of NIN's previous releases, and even with the sense of the isolation being eternal, there are several passages that evoke hopefulness. The music is very sensitive and even quite healing. With the album being around 70 minutes, some might argue that it is a bit long, however, it seems like the tracks just fly by if you really get lost in them. All in all, it is a lovely and emotional album that evokes the feelings that many in the world feel during the pandemic of 2020. But the album also offers hope which gives it a brightness in some sections that keeps it from being a total downer. The development of each track shows how Reznor's writing has become more mature and helps us cut through the noise and experience his brilliance in composition.

 Hesitation Marks by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.73 | 58 ratings

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Hesitation Marks
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars After about 5 years without hearing from Trent Reznor's project Nine Inch Nails, "Hesitation Marks" was finally released in 2013. It seems, however, that now Reznor's band has fit into this new "skin" of sorts. No longer following the self- destructive style, NIN had mellowed out a bit, but not enough to alienate fans too much. The music is now a bit more melodic but also more daring and experimental, which is a good thing. While this seemed to be somewhat of a weakness in "The Slip" album, now there is a show of confidence. The music is still somewhat dark, but the subject matter ventures into more positive territory, making it feel like there is some hope out there. To me, previously this sounded a bit too fake with Reznor's vocals sounding too forced. But on this album, it seems much more convincing, plus there are some great tracks here that rival some of NIN"s earlier tracks, as in "In Two" and "Copy of A". These tracks can easily be considered classic NIN sound.

Reznor uses some excellent support on this album too with both Adrian Belew and Lindsey Buckingham contributing some guitar on various tracks along with some other guests, thus allowing the music to expand beyond the sound of NIN's earlier sound, while not exactly betraying the early sound. "While I'm Still Here" brings in an aura of dark mystery, but also adds in some brass treatments later in the track that help transport the music, and it's surprises like this that show that Reznor is willing to progress the band to new places. While not as experimental as the fantastic "Ghost" sessions, there is still plenty of opportunity to explore here, which is what happens.

The one complaint I have also applies to some of the more recent albums before this one, and that is, the middle of the album tends to sag a bit as some of the tracks tend to lose their steam as they start to sound a bit similar, however on this album, things start to get interesting again on the last third of the album, and if you have the deluxe version, you also get 4 stellar remixes which are almost just as great as the originals, even though the remixes can almost hold their own, as with many of the NIN remixes through history. As far as the proper album goes though, the first and last third of the album is great while some of the tracks in the middle third of the album tend to make the album droop a bit. Still, it's a worthwhile album when all is said and done and it's great to hear that the confidence seems to be back.

 The Hand That Feeds by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
2.00 | 1 ratings

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The Hand That Feeds
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars "The Hand That Feeds" is a track that comes from Nine Inch Nails 2005 album "With Teeth", and is the highest charting song from the band in Europe where it saw a wide release. It is a heavy song with a lot of emotion and drive even if the melody of the chorus tends to repeat itself a bit too much. The song was also caused a bit of a controversy as it was to be used on MTV's in a live performance from the band, but MTV decided not to go with it because Reznor wanted to have a video running behind the band that had an image of President Bush, so the went with Foo Fighters instead.

The single begins with the single version of the song. It is followed by two remixes of the same song. The 2nd version is called the "Straight Mix" which retains the heaviness of the track, but also emphasizes the synths and utilizes a catchy and driving beat that would work very well in the clubs and is also extended to just under 8 minutes. I actually like this version much better as it doesn't wear itself out with a boring beat and adds enough embellishments and heaviness to keep it from getting stale. The third track only comes on the limited edition package. It is the "Dub Version" which has more of a rave feel to it with most of the lyrics missing and the mix concentrates on the beat and a repeating synth riff, though it does vary at times with a heavy drone that drowns out the riff and the beat during the "chorus" bits. There are some echoing vocal effects throughout also. This is also just under 8 minutes, and to me is just too repetitive, but it obviously would be one for the dance floor.

The single is one that takes a great track and spins variations on that, but the first two tracks would have been enough as the 3rd track is not as interesting. Is it worth looking for though? Probably only if you are a completionist, collector or rabid fan.

 March of the Pigs by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1994
3.36 | 11 ratings

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March of the Pigs
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by progtime1234567

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 Spiral. Reptilian is a remix of the song Reptile from the Downward Spiral. All the pigs, all lined up is a remix of March of the pigs. A violet fluid is a short instrumental song that is centered on the drum and bass guitar. Finally, Underneath the skin is a rework of the previously mentioned song Reptile. Just like all the other single and remix collections released by Nine inch nails, I only recommend this one to fans as it is not yet necessary for someone who is new to the band to listen to. Still, its a great album.
 The Day the World Went Away by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
2.09 | 2 ratings

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The Day the World Went Away
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by progtime1234567

2 stars The day the world went away is a single off of Nine inch nails' great album The Fragile. The song itself is a atmospheric more art rock like song that reminds me of some of the songs off of early The Cure albums, but it sounds like its own thing at the same time, because it is. Then there is an alternate version of the song Starf**kers Inc. which is a song that is also off of The Fragile album, but like I said it's an alternate version. The last song is an alternate version of The day the world went away, which is pretty good, but I prefer the original version. Overall the single is pretty good, and the CD is pretty easy to obtain for a low price, but I am going to save this one for collectors/fans, not because the music is bad, it's great, but it is just a single, and two of the albums songs can be found on The Fragile, which is a Nine inch nails studio album.
 Not the Actual Events by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.67 | 6 ratings

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Not the Actual Events
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by progtime1234567

4 stars Not the actual events is the third release in a proposed trio of extended plays released by Nine inch nails, with the other two being Add violence and Bad witch. Not the actual events is a more straightforward industrial rock and industrial metal album, similar to the Broken EP, but Not the actual events sounds more like the Fragile album instead of the Broken album. Trent Reznor's wife and West Indian girl singer Mariqueen Maandig makes a guest appearance on the third song, She's gone away. The songs Branches/Bones and The idea of you are more industrial metal sounding while the songs Burning Bright (field on fire) and Dear world sound more like the industrial rock Nine inch nails is famous for. Overall the album is great, even though it isn't even a full length album, and Not the actual events is worth a listen as it is a very enjoyable album.
 The Fragile by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.97 | 128 ratings

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The Fragile
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by progtime1234567

4 stars The Fragile was the third album by Nine inch nails. As a die-hard fan of this band, The Fragile is my second favorite album by the band only behind Pretty hate machine. I have played this album countless times, and that is because it is a great album. The album is long because it is a double album, but at no point does the album ever get boring or repetitive. There is also a few instrumental tracks that add to the sound and overall feel of the album. A concept of the album is living with scars, as the Downward Spiral was about the downfall of a person, the Fragile is about the same person, but now they have to live with the scars of their past. When you think about this concept, the music really comes to life, so if you can't seem to get into the album, think about what it is based around, it gives you a whole new outlook on the album. The Fragile is a great album and it is essential for the Nine inch nails fan or the industrial music fan.
 Ghosts V: Together by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.84 | 10 ratings

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Ghosts V: Together
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by progtime1234567

4 stars Ghosts V: together was released during the chaos of the pandemic, with a download available on the official Nine inch nails website. The album is a follow up to the Ghosts I-IV album that was released back in 2008. Ghosts V: Together is an ambient album similar to Ghosts I-IV, and the album is beautiful. The long length of the album and the long instrumental songs are great and they never get boring. All of the songs are pretty long and they are all instrumental. The ambient and otherworldy songs are perfect for a long drive at night, meditation, sleeping, relaxing, and lying in bed at night.
 Sin by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
2.69 | 11 ratings

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Sin
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by progtime1234567

3 stars Sin was the last single release from the great album Pretty hate machine. The single has three different versions of the original song. They sound similar to the album version of the song but they are very different from one another. There is also a cover of the Queen song Get down make love, which I personally enjoy more than the original version. I really enjoy the song Sin and I personally enjoyed this album. (Keep in mind that Nine inch nails is my favorite band of all time and I am a die-hard fan.) If you really like the Pretty hate machine album, or you are a fan or collector of Nine inch nails material, then this is for you.
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