Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral


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by Green Baron USER (101 Reviews)
August 30th, 2013 | 34 replies | 1,496 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


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The Diary of Trent - March 1994

I swear to the god, these have been the craziest two weeks of my life. All my anger and the pain in my life has finally culminated into my destruction. I have had enough of this bull*** constantly bringing my life down. I must take my life into my own hands now; starting today, I must document all of my emotions as requested by my doctor. I surely hope this works.

Day One
I woke up to the sound of crashing and banging inside my head. It was living hell, and I felt like it was killing me. There was a voice inside of me, and he commanded me to do as he told. After a few minutes, he went away, and my mind was finally peaceful... unfortunately, it lasted for only thirty seconds before the raging noise filled my head with fury yet again. He called himself "Mr. Self Destruct", and by god, he better not be the death of me!

Day Two
Well, everything has turned to *** now. I've been worrying about this for a while now, and it finally happened. Bitch decided to leave me all alone, is that what that asshole wanted? That pig decided to leave me in ruins, that's what it got! It's alright though. I don't care. Nothing can stop me now, especially not one little pig!

Day Three
I realized that a main cause of my anger and depression was the burden and full-on stupidity of religion. Everything is God’s fault; from AIDS, to violence. God is a hypocrite, and he is brainwashing humans to follow his "cult" so they can bow down to him! Not me, though! I’d rather die in Hell than give him control!

Day Four
Our society is full of pigs, scumbags who feed on the less powerful. Greedy pigs who love to watch others suffer. I want to destroy this flawed world, and replace it with a utopia without these nihilistic pigs. I try, but in the end, these goddamn pigs have won.

Day Five
An explosion of my hormones rushed through me today as I dreamt of crazy dirty rough sex. I decided to make my wish come true by banging my girl, and as I did, I brought myself closer to God. I realized that doing this will not only bring me closer to God, but to my true self. I felt her from the inside, and I realized that sexual power was my dominance, that my sole purpose of living was sex.

Day Six
Society is *** nowadays. Our God is a ruiner, corrupting their minds. I observed a group of men today from afar, and I saw how the ruiner had deceived these people. I will win against him, for he is doing nothing but infecting innocent minds. *** him, he can die! I took God down, by myself. Nothing can stop me now!

Day Seven
My life is completely changing, and it’s all The Machine’s fault! I am becoming the type of person that I despise, the person who was part of the downfall of our society! He, the voice inside my head, is trying to kill me, make my life a complete hell! I try my best not to be corrupted by him, but goddamn it, it’s hard as hell!

Day Eight
I’ve all but given up now. It’s hopeless. I do not want this to be me, but what can I do? People try to sympathize with me, I curse them and their families! They have no idea how I feel, to be possessed by your inner demons! Perhaps there is nothing I can do, perhaps this was how I was meant to be. I just want to do something that matters!

Day Nine
Today I went on a spree to assert my dominance, using my anger and frustration to justify my actions. First, I went to my girl and knocked down her door, and forced myself onto her. Pulled out my pistol, and shot that bitch four times in the head. I threw her body into the closet, then took to the streets and grabbed chicks into the alleyways. Rinse and repeat. Four hours later, I was a satisfied man.

Day Ten
It was all calm, a peaceful and tranquil day for once in my life. I knew that this had to be a fluke; something would screw up my perfect day. But nothing did. This was the calm before the storm, and as the day passed, I thought of how I was inflicting pain on the less strong, how I was becoming my own ruiner.

Day Eleven
My relationships always follow the same strategy. I long for her, connect with her, and use her only for my sexual desires before smashing her dreams. All of this is why I must be killed, I cannot live my life any longer. I wish it to end, but yet I cannot do it myself. I am not yet ready to take myself away.

Day Twelve
I must give myself one more chance to make things right again. My sole purpose of living is sexual control, and so I paid a girl to let me do that. But in the end, this means ***. The whore may tell me what I want to hear, but means none of it. Why am I doing this again? I’m being driven by my impurity, and have no other options left… but one.

Day Thirteen
This is the end! As I pulled my pistol to the head, I thought, ‘I must do this!’ Because as I killed myself, I would also be killing the voice inside my head, the voice that corrupted me and made me commit such evil and sinful acts. As I pulled the trigger, all of the impure and horrible thoughts of my mind spilled out onto the floor. I had defeated The Machine, but at the price of my own life. It was worth it in the end.

Day Fourteen
The bullet exited my head. I had been completely defeated by myself. It's hopeless now; no matter what I do, nothing will ever change. I was doomed from the very start. It's all over now, all the pain, and all of my hopes to rebuild myself - were completely gone. In the end, my biggest downfall was with myself. And if I could change this, I would. But it's too late now. All hope was gone the moment I pulled that trigger.



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Green Baron
August 30th 2013



17911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

a little something in celebration of my 40th

hope you enjoy it

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dragoth
August 30th 2013



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Interesting review style, enjoyed it. pos'd.

Gyromania
August 30th 2013



15197 Comments


cool concept, poor execution

After the bullet exited the head, my soul remained intact.


made me cringe

teslabarrier
August 30th 2013



64 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

shit man this is nice

bit long but still pos

Green Baron
August 30th 2013



17911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah I kinda wrote this in a rush

thought the concept was nice enough though

Gwyn.
August 30th 2013



14871 Comments


Interesting review

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joomisy
August 30th 2013



465 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good review

but we obviously don't know what this album is about

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2013



9036 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Whoa awesome style I'll read this later

Green Baron
August 30th 2013



17911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's kind of obvious what the album's about, I just wanted to try a new style of reviewing

Gyromania
August 30th 2013



15197 Comments


the concept itself is cool but the actual content is thoughtless and juvenile. like, you make trent sound kind of dumb with some really cringe-worthy lines

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2013



1591 Comments


I really like your ambition. I really, really do. And I respect you for going for it. But the writing is just beyond juvenile. Like, absolutely atrocious in places.

"My sole purpose of living is sexual control, and so I paid a girl to let me do that. But in the end, this means ***. [...] I’m being driven by my impurity, and have no other options left… but one."

Ugh.

joomisy
August 30th 2013



465 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i kind of agree gyromania

This review was obviously well-written, but I just felt like it was pretty lame and somewhat unoriginal. I mean, anyone that is a fan of this album (or NIN in general) probably know what this album is about, aka I felt like the review was a bit pointless

Millstone
August 30th 2013



367 Comments


Excellent review 12/10 would read again

sixdegrees
August 30th 2013



16736 Comments


oh look bad fanfiction

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jtswope
August 30th 2013



1841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ambitious review man. Amazing album too.

Green Baron
August 30th 2013



17911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0


4.5 superb
Ed Sheeran +
Frank Turner Tape Deck Heart
Green Day iTRE!
Green Day iDOS!
Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture

Flagran12
August 30th 2013



64 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The only thing informative about this review is the rating

MAGNIFICENT
August 30th 2013



190 Comments


Loved this review, it's certainly not about the music but the concept is amazing.
Keep up the good job pal ;)

Timeizillmatic9
August 30th 2013



256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this reads like a 2001 era pitchfork review
great album doe

Gyromania
August 30th 2013



15197 Comments


Day Thirteen
This is the end! As I pulled my pistol to the head, I thought, ‘I must do this!’ Because as I killed myself, I would also be killing the voice inside my head, the voice that corrupted me and made me commit such evil and sinful acts. As I pulled the trigger, all of the impure and horrible thoughts of my mind spilled out onto the floor. I had defeated The Machine, but at the price of my own life. It was worth it in the end.

Day Fourteen
After the bullet exited the head, my soul remained intact. When I pulled the trigger, I thought that ending my life was worth it just to kill off the voice in my head. Yet, looking back at it now, it was too costly. I could have found a way, but I made a mistake. Everything would go away in the end, but I let everyone down by killing myself. I remember all of the *** I did; I regret it now, but this is only a reflection. I remember all of it, and my life was worth more than what I put it through. We all made mistakes; it’s about whether or not you can fix them that matters. And I could not fix myself.


seriously though? he should sound a lot more weak and almost completely gone at the end. think about the song 'hurt' and how emotionless and lethargic he sounds in the verses. it's the point in the album where he just completely loses all hope and all fear, and what you wrote just doesn't capture the atmosphere in the slightest - especially that moment when the guitar just cuts right through the track (the moment he kills himself) and fades out. consider his frame of mind - he should be completely defeated, not saying shit like 'i made a mistake. looking back, it was too costly'



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