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Nine Inch Nails

Since 1989, Trent Reznor has integrated industrial and mainstream rock into one tightly-wound,surprisinglymainstreamaffection, under his psuedonym, Nine Inch Nails. Throughout NIN's lengthy, nearly 20 year run, NINhas released eight albums, two live DVDs, and has contributed various assortments of music to game and moviesoundtracks. However,despitethe public opinion, Nine Inch Nails is much of a solo project, with usually only Trent Reznor anda few other producersandcollaborators during the recording process.

Throughout the late 80s, 90s, and early 2000s, Nine Inch Nails w ...read more

Since 1989, Trent Reznor has integrated industrial and mainstream rock into one tightly-wound,surprisinglymainstreamaffection, under his psuedonym, Nine Inch Nails. Throughout NIN's lengthy, nearly 20 year run, NINhas released eight albums, two live DVDs, and has contributed various assortments of music to game and moviesoundtracks. However,despitethe public opinion, Nine Inch Nails is much of a solo project, with usually only Trent Reznor anda few other producersandcollaborators during the recording process.

Throughout the late 80s, 90s, and early 2000s, Nine Inch Nails was infamous for having lengthy gaps in-betweenalbumreleases, which Reznor credited to internal disputes, drug additiction, etc. Pretty Hate Machine, Nine InchNails' debutalbumin 1989, was widely acclaimed by critics and underground audiences before breaking into the mainstreamandproducingthree successful singles, 'Head Like a Hole', 'Down in It', and 'Terrible Lie'. In 1992, after repeated disputeswith hiscontractlabel, Reznor released a short EP titled Broken that was much more heavy, industrial charged than therelativelydanceablesynth rock of Pretty Hate Machine. The album was a commercial success, 'Wish' and 'Happiness inSlavery' beingmajor hits. 'Wish' won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.

In 1994, NIN released their magnum opus The Downward Spiral. A lengthy concept album that was angry,loud,andaggressive spawned them their most successful single 'Closer', but also 'March of the Pigs' and 'Hurt'. The albumiswidelyconsidered NIN's most successful and best album. After a massive World Tour, Trent Reznor went throughtroubleswith drugaddiction causing a lengthy break between releases, with 1999 bringing The Fragile, a massive double-album whichis a fan-favorite. The album was much more dense and based on soundscapes than the raw aggression of TheDownwardSpiral. The album was highly praised, receiving 'Album of the Year' by SPIN, and producing three successfulsingles in 'IntotheVoid', 'The Day the World Went Away', and 'We're in This Together'.

After yet another successful tour, Trent Reznor began to struggle with addiction, and it seemed NIN would beending,before2005 produced the commercial success 'With Teeth'. The album was much more poppy and radio-friendly, butdid notgoover well with fans or critics. However, the album produced one of NIN's most successful singles in 'The Hand ThatFeeds'aswell as 'Every Day is Exactly the Same' and 'Only'. The With Teeth tour was quite a success, with thebandseemingenergetic and aggressive for the first time in years.

But not long after With Teeth's release in 2005, NIN began an online game surrounding the new album Year Zero.Afterleaving clues for fans to find, a massive Alternate Reality Game sprung up on the net, but controversy came alongwithitwhen USB drives with new NIN tracks were hidden in bathrooms at a NIN concert. The tracks were uploadedbybloggers,but the RIAA sent cease and desist letters before Reznor stepped in. In 2007, Year Zero was released tocriticalacclaim,many people noting that Reznor seems refreshed and energetic. The album was a concept album focusing ontheworld oftomorrow, 2022, and the failing government. It was much less guitar based than With Teeth, being mostlyelectronicinnature. The album produced two moderately successful singles in 'Survivalism' and 'Capital G'. With a tour neverhittingtheU.S., 'Year Zero's sales stalled in the U.S., but the World Tour outside of the U.S. was quite successful. Muchmoreintimate,and a new stage set-up, the tour was a success. After a break-up with the record label, Trent Reznorbeganrecording newmusic.

But on March 2, 2008, Trent Reznor surprised fans with the release of a new album 'Ghosts I-IV'. The 36. trackinstrumentalrelease contained four versions, 'Ghosts', that were completely instrumental. The album was releasedonNIN.com andAmazon.com in a variety of digital formats, with a digital PDF booklet that showcased credits and artwork.Dresden Dollsdrummer Brian Vigilone was credited for the drums on the album. Physical release is set for April 8th, 2008.

Nine Inch Nails Live wild, impromptu, and (at times, unsafe), and have gained them notoriety for being one ofthewildestbands live. They are a completely different aspect of NIN, with a rock-band presentation before Year Zero beingthenormal,and the tracks being interpreted with standard live instruments.

Nine Inch Nails is one of the bands that is credited with bringing industrial music to the mainstream, and Trent Reznorisoftencredited as a musical genius-for good reason. NIN is an important venture in music, and Trent Reznor is one ofthemostvital artists in music for good reason. Easily, they are one of rock's greatest acts. « hide

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Hesitation Marks
09/03/2013

3.7
760 Votes
The Slip
2008

3.4
1,249 Votes
Ghosts I-IV
2008

3.5
984 Votes
Year Zero
2007

3.8
1,555 Votes
With Teeth
2005

3.6
1,970 Votes
The Fragile
1999

4.3
2,002 Votes
The Downward Spiral
1994

4.4
3,015 Votes
Pretty Hate Machine
1989

4
1,808 Votes
EPs
Recoiled
2014

3.1
7 Votes
Every Day Is Exactly The Same
2006

3.4
55 Votes
The Day The World Went Away
1999

3.4
43 Votes
The Perfect Drug
1997

3.2
170 Votes
Closer To God
1994

3.3
79 Votes
Broken
1992

4
912 Votes
Head Like A Hole
1990

3.6
50 Votes
Down In It
1989

3
46 Votes
Sin
1989

3.2
28 Votes
Live Albums
Live 2013
09/10/2013

2.9
9 Votes
Beside You In Time
2007

4.2
219 Votes
And All That Could've Been [DVD]
2002

4.2
140 Votes
And All That Could Have Been
2002

4.1
335 Votes
Closure
1997

4.3
49 Votes
Compilations
Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster
2010

4.3
227 Votes
Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D
2007

3.2
242 Votes
Still
2002

4.2
309 Votes
Things Falling Apart
2000

3.3
205 Votes
Quake
1998

3.4
74 Votes
Further Down The Spiral [UK]
1995

3.5
155 Votes
Further Down The Spiral [US]
1995

3.4
218 Votes
Fixed
1992

3.2
125 Votes
Purest Feeling
1988

2.9
53 Votes

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