- Released: March 8, 1994
- Label: Nothing
Rolling Stone - 5/13/99, p.54
Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone - 3/24/94, p.924 Stars
- Excellent - "...Nine Inch Nails achieve a new kind of loud on THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL: accessible hard rock moves overlaid with a scrim of electronic racket...THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL is music the Blade Runner might throw down to: low-tech futurism that rocks...."
Spin - 9/99, p.124Ranked #11
in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Spin - 12/94, p.76
Rankded #4 in Spin's list of the '20 Best Albums Of '94' - "...transfixes you with the heaviest metal, the most trance-inducing rave, and the silliest synth-pop you're ever likely to hear in songs this hummable..."
Q - 7/01, p.90
Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time".
Q - 12/99, p.171
Included in Q Magazine's Best Gothic Albums Of All Time - "...the migraine masterpiece that catapulted [Reznor] to #2 in the Billboard charts....it's a day at the dentist's: all screeching and pulsing, but sexy with it..."
Alternative Press - 7/95, p.82Ranked #24
in AP's list of the 'Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...This recording, coming some five years after Reznor's full-length debut, [is] a stark expose of the darkest regions of the soul: those places where our personal demons reign, and God feels unwelcome..."
Vibe - 12/99, p.158
Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
Musician - 5/94, p.72
"...beneath all that bad attitude and aural aggro lies music of extraordinary insight, intelligence, and, yes, beauty....An astonishing piece of work...."
Village Voice (3/94, p.5) - Ranked #2
in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #9
in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.53
"Displaying breathtaking invention and variety, it's a deeply textured work..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.54Ranked #98
in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "More than a celebration of nihilism,...SPIRAL was an anguished cry for something to believe in."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1174 stars out of 5
- "Reznor's industrial-blues masterpiece still drips with vileness."
New York Times (Publisher) - 1/5/95, p.C15
Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "Trent Reznor orchestrates the terrors of adolescence...with creepy-crawly sounds and a clandestine sense of melody."
- 1.Mr. Self Destruct
- 2.Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)
- 4.March of the Pigs
- 7.The Becoming
- 8.I Do Not Want This
- 9.Big Man With a Gun
- 10.A Warm Place
- 13.The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails: Trent Reznor (vocals, various instruments).
Additional personnel: Danny Lohner, Adrian Belew (guitar); Flood (synthesizer, programming); Andy Kubiszewski, Chris Vrenna, Stephen Perkins (drums).
Engineers: Sean Beavan, Chris Vrenna, Alan Moulder.
Recorded at Le Pig, Beverly Hills, California; The Record Plant A&M Studios, Los Angeles, California.
THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL was nominated for a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance.
"Hurt" was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.
Personnel: Trent Reznor (vocals, guitar, drums, electronics); Danny Lohner, Adrian Belew (guitar); Flood (synthesizer, drums, hi-hat); Chris Vrenna (drums, programming, sampler); Stephen Perkins (drums); Andy Kubiszewski (drums).
Audio Mixers: Alan Moulder; Sean Beavan; Bill Kennedy.
Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; Le Pig, Beverly Hills, CA; Record Plant.
Photographer: David Buckland.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Flood; Tommy Lee.
Arranger: Trent Reznor.