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The Downward Spiral

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  • “Roar Of Machines” might have been a good name for this as well. Dark, moody, loud, angry and groundbreaking, these five words best sum up “The Downward Spiral” in all it’s bloody glory. When you listen to this album, listen to it all the way through, then you can pick out your favorites and hit repeat. Why? It’s a concept album. Kinda like a book or a movie, you wanna see, read, hear it all in sequence. To start off this masterpiece is “Mr. Self Destruct”. The song is so heavy that you will not believe your ears, it has enough distortion to make Jimi Hendrix turn in his grave. The song then leads directly into “Piggy”. The exact opposite of “Mr. Self Destruct”, it has an almost jazz feel to it with Trent Reznor whispering “nothing can stop me now”. “Heresy” is the closest thing to “Closer” on this disc, so if you bought it for “Closer”, chances are you’ll like this song too. Especially the “God is dead” chorus. “March Of The Pigs” is one of NIN most solid songs ever, definate perfection. “Closer” is NIN biggest hit and I can see why. This is a classic sing along. “Ruiner” has the greatest chorus I’ve ever heard in a song. Lyrically it’s okay but musically it’s perfect. “The Becoming” might be my favorite track here. “Annie, hold a little tighter I just might slip away”, that floors me every time. “I Do Not Want This” is the worst song here but NIN worst is still better then other artists best, it’s still a good song too. “Big Man With A Gun” is the controversial song here, it’s hilarious though, good, but short. “A Warm Place” maybe NIN best instrumental, very heavenly. “Eraser” starts off very annoying but song bulds up and explodes everywhere, nice. “Reptile” is, simply put, amazing. “The Downward Spiral” is a crazy song, when tat scream comes in… “Hurt” is probably the saddest song ever, really touching. It’s easy to see why Trent Reznor is the best at whatever he does, he really is a genious. In an artical I read about Trent, it said with this album Trent killed off the industrial genre. At first I didn’t know what they meant, but then it struck me, Trent did everything in this genre that could possibly be done. This is one twisted tale about a sick puppy who does all the wrong things, yet you still feel sorry for. A classic.

    Posted on February 17, 2010