Nine Inch Nails
Further Down the Spiral (US)



by TheHarlotApparatus USER (2 Reviews)
August 20th, 2006 | 12 replies

Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

When looking back at the alternative boom in the 90's, many names come to mind: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction, Beck, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Korn, Radiohead, Faith No More, etc. 90's alternative brought us a slew of new sounds to add to the ever-growing musical library. One of the most prominent bands from that era was Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor, the band's only offical member, brought the joys of mixing rock and electronic music to the mainstream. His passion and underlying angst was new when they arrived and set the bar for much of the 90's music scene.

In 1994 NIN released what many consider their masterwork, The Downward Spiral. This album fused together many genres and sounds such as gothic funk ("Closer"), electro-thrash (March of Pigs), ambience ("A Warm Place"), and acoustic balladry ("Hurt") to name a few. The album was a left field hit and sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. NIN were at the top of their game.

With that in mind, an album of remixes only comes natural for an album of the magnitude of The Downward Spiral. That's not to say this album is bad. In fact, it's pretty good. Trent Reznor has always had a knack for choosing good remixes, and on this album, it was his most consistent outing yet.

The Downward Spiral was a dark, atmospheric record, and Further Down the Spiral uses thit as a launching pad. The remixes plunge into the dark and return the songs back in the form of twisted mutations. Songs like "Eraser (Denial- Realization)" and "The Downward Spiral (The Bottom)" truly add to their originals in the fact that they take what made those songs so special and blow it over the top. Also, songs like "At the Heart of It All" and "The Art of Self Destruction, Pt. 1" display this as well with the former showing a thick, haunting, industiral groove, and the latter progressing through a calm disturbing begining to a powerful thrash section that is even heavier than the original.

Despite the overall darkness of the album, there are also a few quirkier moments on the album, too. "Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)" takes out the jazziness of the original and instead opts for a solid porn groove and break beats. Also, in "Eraser (Polite)" strips the song of it's progressive carnage, only leaving it's vocals to stand amongst a whimsical melody. These songs break up some of the more monotonous of the album.

This brings me to the negatives of the cd. One is the fact there is a lack of variety in the songs. Most are pounding, haunting songs that shift back and forth between being weird, sample oriented atmospheres and heavy guitar loops. This is mostly due the over abundance of “Eraser” and “Mr. Self Destruct” remixes. Trent should have added more mixes (the European version of this is a good start). There are many great songs on The Downward Spiral that haven’t been used on the March of Pigs and Closer to God singles (“The Becoming”, “I Do Not Want This”, “Big Man With a Gun” [“Ruiner” and “Heresy” if you don’t count the European version]). This lack of variation and lost potential definitely bog down the album and it eventually grows tiresome.

Overall though, the album provides a great listen for those not familiar with Nine Inch Nails and industrial music in general. The album provides great atmosphere and enough ideas to keep it interesting even if it wears a little thin by the end. In conclusion, a good addition to fans of the genre and something other people should check out if the are interested.


(This is my first review on this site. Please help me in any way you can with my writing for I am always looking to improve.)


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August 20th 2006


Where did this review come from? It wasn't there a few minutes ago.

August 20th 2006


Good first review

August 20th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

How do I change the picture?

It got deleted in the transfer.

August 20th 2006


My Profile >> Edit My Reviews

August 20th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks. I appreciate the input. Flow is something I'm not the best at, but I'm working on another review right now and I'm trying a different format for that. Hopefully it works.

And as for it being easier to read, what do you mean? (I think it's fine, but I am open to suggestions.)

September 21st 2006


Wow, we both reviewed FDTS as our first review...crazy to the max..x.xxxxxxxxxxx...

November 27th 2006


I loved Aphex Twin's 'At The Heart Of It All.' I don't really think it fits the album though

February 2nd 2009


uggh, why does this exist?

Royd Rage
April 6th 2010


i actually like this just a little more than the downward spiral

Royd Rage
August 16th 2011


i usually listen to them together anyway.

i just came across this which is a mashup of some of the songs from both releases. (not sure who it's done by)

Royd Rage
August 17th 2011


wouldn't it be better for you to listen and see if you think it's good to you? lol

i thought it was alright.

September 29th 2015


Album Rating: 3.5

the quiet version of Hurt is one of the first NIN songs I ever heard. It's true, though: this along with Things Falling Apart (imo) include the most consistently good remixes/song ideas of any NIN remix album.

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