The Downward Spiral was released on this day (March 8) in 1994.
This week we are looking at the 25th anniversary of Nine Inch Nails' legendary second album. The Downward Spiral was noted by critics for its strong departure from their debut when it was released on Nothing Records and Interscope Records, and they've never released another album quite like it.
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
After their synth-pop based 1989 debut Pretty Hate Machine, The Downward Spiral was a surprising change in sound. This was a scuzzier, gritty record with more elements of industrial rock and metal. There was almost something less polished about it, but it did its job in propelling Nine Inch Nails to international stardom.
Perfect tunes for setting the mood.
Happy Valentine's Day! Lots of couples will celebrating this cheesy AF but lovely day, and will most likely celebrate well into the night too. To help you get your evening off to a good start, we've come up with a playlist of some of the steamiest songs to be played in the bedroom.
Sexy Boy - Air
From the French electronica duo's 1998 debut album Moon Safari, this classic appeared in the film 10 Things I Hate About You. Few things are sexier than the French language, and paired with a feminine croon and a psychedelic synth line it's a perfect bedroom theme.
Continue reading: Ultimate Bedroom Anthems For Valentine's Day [Playlist]
He thinks artists ought to own their political opinions in public.
Say what you like about Trent Reznor, but he's certainly not afraid to tell it like it is. He opened up in an interview recently about the voice of superstars in the current climate, and his disdain for artists like Taylor Swift who refuse to speak out on important political matters.
Trent Reznor at ASCAP
The Nine Inch Nails frontman thinks that influential musicians sharing their opinions of social and political issues is of vital importance for young people and others who may not be able to voice their feelings but need somebody to stand-up on their behalf. He also thinks that stars like Taylor Swift, who avoid entering into political discussions, care more about their 'brand' than what's going on in the world.
Continue reading: Trent Reznor Slams Taylor Swift's Trump Silence
Some of the greatest, saddest songs ever recorded.
It's an interesting facet of the human condition that we can find beauty and, in some cases, solace in misery and heartbreak. Indeed, musicians have been doing it for years and made a lot of money doing so, simply because we love to wallow in sadness as people. We've put together a dramatic playlist that will no doubt cause you to shed a few tears.
Nine Inch Nails performing at Rock im Park
1. Hurt - Nine Inch Nails
The group's ninth album 'Bad Witch' is out in June, followed by a North American tour with JAMC in September.
The long-running group, fronted by Trent Reznor, revealed on Thursday that their ninth studio album will released on June 22nd and will be titled Bad Witch.
The six-track record, though it apparently constitutes an actual album, will also complete a self-styled trilogy of EPs from Nine Inch Nails that started with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and last year’s Add Violence. Their last full studio album was 2013's Hesitation Marks.
He wanted their cameo to sound a lot more 'ugly'.
It went without saying that Nine Inch Nails would make a live appearance at the Roadhouse on the new 'Twin Peaks' series, but it seems that creator David Lynch had a very specific idea on what kind of sound he wanted from them for the eighth episode.
Nine Inch Nails performing live
Band members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross recently opened up about their collaboration with David Lynch on 'Twin Peaks: The Return' - a project that they really didn't need much persuading to join. As it turns out, the song that they sung at the Roadhouse entitled 'She's Gone Away' was written especially for the show, and ended up also being included on the 'Not the Actual Events' EP.
Here are all the performances from the comeback series of 'Twin Peaks'.
So that's it for the reunion series of 'Twin Peaks', and the 18 episodes definitely seem to have gone by so quickly. Perhaps some of the most enjoyable moments in the whole series were the great many musical guests that appeared at the Road House (and elsewhere).
David Lynch at Cannes Film Festival
David Lynch has always taken music seriously in his filmmaking, so we wouldn't have expected anything other than an electrifying auditory experience and that's exactly what we got with these artists during 'Twin Peaks: The Return'. Needless to say, the cool jazz-infused flavour from the original series is somewhat lacking - but then you can't have everything...
Continue reading: The Music Of 'Twin Peaks The Return'
The new video is taken from their forthcoming EP 'Add Violence'.
Nine Inch Nails treat us to a kaleidoscopic light show with their latest video for the single 'Less Than'. It's a blast from the past with its 80s video game themes, and it comes just a week away from the release of their newest EP 'Add Violence'.
Nine Inch Nails performing in Leeds 2013
The video, directed by Brook Linder, was unveiled yesterday (July 13th 2017) and was produced with the help of Jeff Minter and Ivan 'Giles' Zorzin of Llamasoft who have developed the urban legend of video games, 'Polybius', into a real virtual reality experience.
Continue reading: Nine Inch Nails Use 80s Gaming Legend In 'Less Than' Video
So that's the Trent Reznor cameo we've been waiting for in 'Twin Peaks'.
The revival of David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' is turning out to be quite the ride, with some epic moments in each nail-biting episode. One of our favourite moments so far? The appearance of Nine Inch Nails on the latest chapter performing at the Roadhouse.
Nine Inch Nails promote their latest EP on 'Twin Peaks'
We knew that Trent Reznor would be making an appearance in the new series at some point, but we had no idea when or where. Now we know that he was doing what he does best with his industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails performing one of their latest tracks 'She's Gone Away' from their 'Not the Actual Events' EP.
Continue reading: Nine Inch Nails Make Twin Peaks Cameo Performance
The NIN frontman remembers his former colleague.
The frontman of Nine Inch Nails - Trent Reznor - has paid tribute to his friend and former band member James Woolley, who was announced to have passed away earlier this week. The singer and Oscar winning film composer told how he has fond memories of working with the keyboardist, despite his brief tenure.
Trent Reznor pays tribute to James Woolley
Woolley worked with Reznor in Nine Inch Nails from 1991 to 1994, but despite the brevity of his involvement, he was there for some pretty significant moments in the band's career. He worked on their critically acclaimed second album 'The Downward Spiral' - which included the songs 'Hurt', 'March Of The Pigs' and 'Closer' - and even performed with the band for their legendary Woodstock 1994 set.
'Terrible news regarding James. I hadn't crossed paths with him for some time, but always thought of him fondly', Reznor told Rolling Stone. 'He was a fun character to be around, a solid musician and a genuinely good guy. Those of us from that era of the band have been sharing 'James' stories ... lots of laughs and love and sadness. Wishing his family the very best.'
Woolley's former wife and mother of his three children (Brendan, Mary and Anne) Karen Van Buren originally broke the news of his death to the public via Facebook, though didn't specify a cause of death; she merely revealed that he had been struggling with neck and spine problems for some time.
More: James Woolley's death confirmed by former wide Karen Van Buren
'I met James Woolley in late 1991 at the Sunset Social Club in Los Angeles. I was with my friend Tatiana enjoying the live band, then stood in the long line for the ladies' room. James was sitting on a chair nearby. We started talking and it was love at first sight', she wrote in her moving tribute.