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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)

3.44 | 111 ratings
Pretty Hate Machine
1989
4.04 | 151 ratings
The Downward Spiral
1994
3.96 | 124 ratings
The Fragile
1999
3.14 | 72 ratings
With Teeth
2005
3.18 | 72 ratings
Year Zero
2007
3.89 | 92 ratings
Ghosts I-IV
2008
3.12 | 57 ratings
The Slip
2008
3.64 | 54 ratings
Hesitation Marks
2013
3.75 | 13 ratings
Bad Witch
2018
3.64 | 5 ratings
Ghosts V: Together
2020
3.00 | 4 ratings
Ghosts VI: Locusts
2020

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

4.27 | 26 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
2.38 | 15 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 | 53 ratings
Broken
1992
3.34 | 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
3.00 | 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
0.00 | 0 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
3.69 | 4 ratings
Not the Actual Events
2016
2.60 | 9 ratings
Add Violence
2017

NINE INCH NAILS Reviews


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 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
3.69 | 4 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
3.96 | 124 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
3.64 | 5 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.
 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 TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

2 stars "5in" was the last single to be released from Nine Inch Nails debut album "Pretty Hate Machine". This particular single has 3 versions of the track "Sin", all of which are quite drastically different from the more synth-pop style on the album. The version is harder and direct making it stand out a lot more than the album cut.

The single's first two tracks are the first two versions of the song, first with a short version and then a long version. There isn't a lot of difference between the two except for additions of sections on the longer version that extend the time from 4:19 (short) to 5:51 (long). Breaking up the Sin versions is the NIN cover of Queen's "Get Down, Make Love" from their "News of the World" album. Trent's version has a more industrial sound to it with a steadier and direct beat with lots of automatic computerization that takes most of the emotion from it, even with Reznor's intense singing. Even the moaning loops don't make this anymore sexy or naughty, and they take away the cool effects that made up the instrumental break on Queen's original. In the end, Queen's version ends up being more relevant now than Reznor's version. Sorry Trent. The last track is the dub version of "Sin" with the mostly instrumental beats and sounds of the track without vocals.

The manipulated versions of this version of the song is good, probably more infectious than the original album version, but other than the curiosity of the cover song and the final let down when you realize it isn't any good, this just doesn't have much to offer. If you are a lover of the title track, then it is probably worth it, but you will probably have a hard time finding it anyway, except for streaming it somewhere for free. This one is only good for the fans or completionists.

 Things Falling Apart by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.42 | 21 ratings

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Things Falling Apart
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

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

4 stars "Things Falling Apart" is another remix album from Nine Inch Nails, this time with the tracks being sourced from the album "The Fragile". Eight of the ten tracks are remixes from that album with one track being an original song and one being a Gary Numan cover. Reznor and Alan Moulder remixed 3 of the tracks here with the others being remixed by other artists. With Reznor having a lot of luck with remix albums after "The Downward Spiral", it only made sense to do a remix album of "The Fragile", thus this album became a companion album to that one. However, the critics really did not give this remix album a good chance as it was thoroughly panned by them.

Starting off with "Slipping Away", the first remix refers to the song "Into the Void" both musically and rhythmically. The lyrics are broken into "I keep slipping away" and "Tried to change myself" in various forms and the music builds off of percussion and guitar loops with a thumping beat and layers that become more distorted as the track continues and moves into the next track "The Great Collapse". These first two tracks are remixed and reconfigured by Reznor and Alan Moulder. The Great Collapse is a quieter track and is actually an original that was supposed to be used on "The Fragile" album. It builds off of synth loops and a piano riff. There are repeated lyrics sung by an unnamed female vocalist. The lyrics are a repeated line that sounds like it might have come from "The Wretched", but it is not a remix of that as commonly believed. After the female vocals come in, you also hear Reznor yelling the same line in the background.

The next track is a remix of "The Wretched" mixed by Keith Hillebrandt. This one has a bass drone and a heavy beat with Reznor singing the lyrics in a whispery voice. It later breaks down to bass and acoustic guitar only while Reznor repeats "Now you know/This is what it feels like", then it all eventually starts to build again to the end. The next track is the first of three remixes of "Starf*ckers, Inc.", this remix done by Adrian Sherwood. The track features various sound effects and even samples from KISS' "Shout it Out Loud" from the album "Alive II". A remix of "The Frail" comes next. It uses distorted effects and stings and the melody is played on a violin instead of a piano. It remains mostly quiet and dark.

Another version of "Starf*ckers, Inc." follows, this time manipulated by Dave Ogilve. This one is a brighter dance oriented version with an industrial beat and feel, and contains most of the lyrics, including the "You're So Vain" lyrics. "Where is Everybody?" is a remix of the original mixed by Danny Lohner. This is a nice minimal track that has processed and cut up vocals. It remains quite atmospheric and adds in glitch beats later in the track. The next track is "Metal", and is a remix of a Gary Numan track taken from the album "The Pleasure Principle" and manipulated by Reznor and Moulder. The last part of the track has a long instrumental that pulls out sections of other Numan songs.

"10 Miles High" is another remix done by Keith Hillebrandt. The introduction is shorter than the original and the guitar solo is put on the end of the song instead of the middle, but it remains pretty faithful to the original otherwise. The album ends with the third remix of "Starf*ckers, Inc.", this time remixed by Charlie Clouser. It starts out quite subdued but develops into an industrial version of the track with very few of the lyrics left in the mix.

Even though the critics panned this remix album, it really isn't that bad. Most of the tracks come from what they consider a weaker album (The Fragile), and, after so many different remix albums, the critics were not too easy on it. Personally, I think it's a pretty good album for a remix album, and the music is quite varied, which is not always the case with remixes. Even with 3 versions of one song, they are different enough that it is almost like you don't even notice. Anyway, I consider it one of the stronger NIN remix albums, so I don't see any problem giving it 4 stars.

 Add Violence by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
2.60 | 9 ratings

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Add Violence
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The second part of a triptych that began with Not The Actual Events and concluded with Bad Witch, Add Violence slams itself bodily against two different musical extremes of Nine Inch Nails - slickly delivered electro-industrial with enough hooks and instant catchiness to verge on industrial pop on the one hand, loud, aggressive industrial rock confrontation on the other.

The Background World closes off with an increasingly harsh and confrontational repetition of its closing movements, which rather strikes me (considering the song title) as Trent Reznor slightly rebelling against his newfound reputation as a great soundtrack dude; he's insisting here that his music isn't something to just fade into the background but has a real, vibrant purpose to it which deserves to be in the foreground too, and seems to intend the outro to the track as a means of shaking the listener out of whatever they are doing with Add Violence in the background and making them pay attention to it.

Joke's on him, though - these rather light compositions are, aside from that, perfect background music for electro- industrial fans. Sorry, Trent.

 Bad Witch by NINE INCH NAILS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.75 | 13 ratings

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Bad Witch
Nine Inch Nails Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Brevity is good; I would rather listen to 30 minutes of solid music than an album of 30 minutes of the exact same music plus 20-40 minutes of filler. And 30 minutes of solid music is exactly what Nine Inch Nails offers here; Trent Reznor definitively crosses the streams and sets his soundtrack work and his Nine Inch Nails work on a direct collision course (not that they were ever *that* separate), and then pulls these gems from the wreckage. Back in the late 1980s or early 1990s you'd have never expected to hear a bit of jazzy saxophone on a NIN record, but Trent's old enough and self-confident enough to do exactly what he wants and not fuss too much about pandering to people's expectations.

Trent, soundtrack collaborator and creative BFF Atticus Ross, and their gang don their leather jackets, get on their motorcycles, and go raiding in the territories of dark ambient, art rock, and dark jazz acts like Bohren & der Club of Gore, David Lynch, and Blackjazz-era Shining, coming away with a range of musical ideas which they then integrate into their own territory. It's a release which leaves me with the impression that Reznor's creative reserves are far from empty.

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