STRIK­ING DIS­TANCE

FOUR CLAS­SIC NINE INCH NAILS AL­BUMS

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

Pretty Hate Ma­chine TVT - 1989

The de­but al­bum from Trent Reznor un­der his Nine Inch Nails project, and one that would send shock­waves through­out the un­der­ground with its dense, dance­able in­dus­trial. Head Like A Hole is still a main­stay of ev­ery Nine Inch Nails setlist, and rightly so.

The Down­ward Spi­ral NOTH­ING/INTERSCOPE – 1994

Things got rather de­press­ing in the Nine Inch Nails camp fol­low­ing the suc­cess of their de­but record. The sopho­more re­lease tells the tale of a man grad­u­ally hit­ting rock bot­tom be­fore at­tempt­ing sui­cide. One of the band’s dark­est – and best – mo­ments.

The Frag­ile NOTH­ING/INTERSCOPE – 1999

NIN’s first dou­ble-al­bum was less abra­sive than pre­vi­ous out­ings, but saw Trent be­gin to ex­per­i­ment fully with am­bi­ent electronics and embrace his avant-garde side. Tracks like The Day The World Went Away are tes­ta­ment to this new­found love of chilled mu­sic.

With Teeth NOTH­ING/INTERSCOPE – 2005

An­other bleak record from the mind of Trent. Here he pub­licly tack­led his al­co­hol and sub­stance abuse de­mons on what would be the band’s first Top Five al­bum in the UK. From the trip-hoppy opener All The Love In The World on­wards, this was new-era Nine Inch Nails.

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