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Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral – 2 x LP


If Pretty Hate Machine was Trent Reznor showing us who he is, then The Downward Spiral is showing us his inner sanctum. It’s a dark and atmospheric (two biggest words used EVER, I know), and I believe it to be just about my favorite album of all time. Where his next album expands and tries different themes and sounds, this album is really coherent, down to the point and a freaking INCREDIBLE ride from front to back. There isn’t one song I could skip – and this is the first album I bought on vinyl (at the same time as Lifted – Bright eyes).

It should be said as well that there is literally a BILLION different variants of this album – as with every NIN release. The actual release I picked up is the “US retail release, issued 2008. Very similar to 1994 US promo vinyl.” Catalog number-B0011697-01

The actual vinyl

Downward Spiral in this incarnation comes in a gate fold with a large art thing which covers the whole inner fold. There’s a pic below, but it has 13 teeth stuck in metal with metal scrapes below said teeth. Apparently it wasn’t a good opportunity to just have 9, inch scrapes. This image – alone with all of the rest are also from the CD release. The outer side of the gate fold is just the standard album art.

Now, as all gate fold releases I’ve seen, the 2 vinyl slide in either side. Both black vinyl of this release are housed in sleeves, one side of the sleeve is lyrics and the other is a large piece of imagery. It’s a little hard to slide out the vinyl – which I think it’s good. But does force me to pinch the very outer edge of the vinyl which I get quite edgy about. Heh. Then the actual vinyl has art in the center sticker for side A, then side b has that vinyl’s track-list set to the standard downward spiral backdrop.


A 1 – Mr. Self Destruct

2 – Piggy

3 – Heresy

4 – March of the Pigs

B 1 – Closer

2 – Ruiner

3 – The Becoming

C 1 – I Do Not Want This

2 – Big Man With A Gun

3 – A Warm Place

4 – Eraser

D 1 – Reptile

2 – The Downward Spiral

3 – Hurt


This album is available in one million variants. You think I’m joking when I say one million? I’m not. And it really depends as to what sort of a collector nut you are – as to which edition you like. I’m a stickler for art and lyrics – so I passed up the picture disc version. However the pic disc version looks amazing and I might get it in the future.

Anywhere – Usually $35++++++ Really depends as said.  Most expensive on ebay of current is $60. I was lucky enough to get it for $20 second hand.

ps. This is NOT a record to play anywhere near your parents. If you haven’t listened to NIN before, you literally have to lock your door – dig a hole in your room and create a torture chamber under your house. Then dress up in tight black and then blast this whole album so loud your ears implode. Or the album will cut you in your sleep. No joke. “You wana know how I got these scars?”


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