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The Downward Spiral

The Downward Spiral, released in 1994, is a concept album by Nine Inch Nails.

The Downward Spiral was Nine Inch Nails' third album. It helped the band to much greater prominence, especially through the second single from the album, "Closer.", which was released with a controversial video directed by Mark Romanek[?].

The Downward Spiral powerfully evokes images of both aggressive and depressive states, and many people find it unlistenable. Others consider it to be Trent Reznor's finest work. Reznor has publicly stated that he has suffered from depression, and has been reported as suffering from bipolar disorder.

The Downward Spiral produced a remix album entitled Further Down the Spiral[?].

"Hurt" has been covered by Johnny Cash, the video for which was directed by Mark Romanek.

Track Listing

  • "Mr. Self Destruct"
  • "Piggy"
  • "Heresy"
  • "March of the Pigs"
  • "Closer"
  • "Ruiner"
  • "Becoming"
  • "I Do Not Want This"
  • "Big Man With a Gun"
  • "Warm Place"
  • "Eraser"
  • "Reptile"
  • "Downward Spiral"
  • "Hurt"


  • Alan Moulder - Mixing
  • Stephen Perkins - Drums
  • Trent Reznor - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Arranger, Producer
  • Tommy Lee - Drums
  • Sean Beavan - Mixing
  • Danny Lohner - Guitar
  • Brian Pollack - Engineer
  • Chris Vrenna - Drums, Programming, Sampling
  • John Aguo - Engineer
  • Tom Baker - Mastering
  • Flood - Producer
  • Bill Kennedy - Mixing
  • Andy Kubiszewski - Drums
  • Adrian Belew - Guitar

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