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Release date: 8 March 1994
Style: Industrial rock, Industrial metal


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Disc I
01. Mr. Self Destruct
02. Piggy
03. Heresy
04. March Of The Pigs
05. Closer
06. Ruiner
07. The Becoming
08. I Do Not Want This
09. Big Man With A Gun
10. A Warm Place
11. Eraser
12. Reptile
13. The Downward Spiral
14. Hurt

Disc II [bonus]
01. Burn
02. Closer (Precursor)
03. Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)
04. A Violet Fluid
05. Dead Souls
06. Hurt (Quiet)
07. Closer To God
08. All The Pigs, All Lined Up
09. Memorabilia
10. The Downward Spiral (The Bottom)
11. Ruiner [Demo version]
12. Liar [Reptile Demo version]
13. Heresy [Demo version]

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Released in 2004 with a second bonus disc with 13 tracks consisting of digitally remastered remixes, b-sides, demos, and non-album tracks. The album was also released on a DVD-Audio disc at the same time of the dual disc version. It contained music videos for the tracks "Closer", 'March Of The Pigs" and "Hurt" as well as an image gallery.

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What an experience! Nine Inch Nails, still in the early days of an promising career, but already pretty established in the musical scene with the very well received Pretty Hate Machine strike this time with one of the best concept albums ever released. An album that cannot be judged by analysing each track individually (although the high number of Singles released may disagree with that statement), since by doing that you may miss all the beauty of the detailed downfall of humanity.

published 13.04.2010 | Comments (13)

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Uirapuru - 12.03.2010 at 07:13  
Rating: 10 Oh man I love this album. The Fragile is a little better musically, but the use of the concept makes this album special in many ways.
Regolith - 27.09.2011 at 20:38  
Rating: 8 The machine sound effects mixed with the drum beat on 'Reptile' are amazing. Good stuff. 'Piggy' is a lot of fun.

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