20 Things You Didn’t Know About Nine Inch Nails’ ‘The Downward Spiral’

Released on March 8, 1994, Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral was the band’s mainstream breakthrough despite being a seedy and twisted concept album about the destruction of man. Borrowing influences from David Bowie’s Low and Pink Floyd’s The Wall, it brought us into the deep, dark depths of Trent Reznor’s artistic mind.

The Downward Spiral saw Nine Inch Nails shed the electronic impetus of their debut release, Pretty Hate Machine, to include denser sound elements rooted in industrial rock, techno and heavy metal.

At the time of its release, NIN’s album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and went on to be certified quadruple-platinum. The Downward Spiral established Nine Inch Nails as a force within the 90’s alt-rock scene and beyond, and remains widely regarded as the band’s best work.

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