Nine Inch Nails' "The Downward Spiral" Turns 25!

This album continues to be one of the most important in rock today!

March 7, 2019

1994 was a pivitol year in music for so many reasons. Grunge was in high gear, with the Seattle sound leading the way, and Green Day and the punk rock revival knocking at the door right behind them. All in all, it was just a good year for rock for many reasons, with many albums released that changed the shape of rock forever. 

One such album, we celebrate on March 8th, 2019! And it's an album that most of us can relate to in so many ways.

The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails! That's right, it turns 25 this year. 20 FREAKING 5. Feel old yet?

As many of you can probably do, I remember where I was when I first heard "Closer", I was in 8th grade, listening to my local rock station, feeling like an outcast, as many of us were, and hearing those first few notes hit. Then the guitars. Trent's crazy, brutal vocals, that sounded raw and dark. It was something I had never really heard before. An industrial rock, with synth sounds, heavy metal, experimental. Just wow.

Granted, when I was in 8th grade, it was four to five years after 1994. But hearing it for the first is the same experience no matter if you bought the album the day it came out or 25 years later after reading this blog. 

It explains why this album is still considered to be one of the most important albums of the 90's. It took what we knew of rock, what we were comfortable with, and slapped us in the face.

One of my favorite tracks from this album to this day is "Hurt". Not only because of the sound, and the lyrical content that I latched on to when I was an angsty teen, but also because 90% of the population still things it's a Johnny Cash song. 

For the record, no. Johnny Cash thought the song was so great, he covered it.  Yes. A country and legend, liked the song so much, he knew he had to cover it. What an honor?! Plus check out that imagery in the live show. 

So let's celebrate NIN today! Crank your stereos loud. And jam out. Here are a few of my favorite live NIN performances to get down with! 

What are your favorite tracks from this album? See you in the pit! 

- Danny V.