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The Downward Spiral is the second studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on March 8, 1994, by Nothing Records and Interscope Records in the United States and by Island Records in Europe. It is a concept album detailing the destruction of a man from the beginning of his "downward spiral" to his attempt at suicide. The Downward Spiral features elements of industrial rock, techno and heavy metal music, in contrast to the band's synthpop-influenced debut album Pretty Hate Machine (1989), and was produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Flood.

The Downward Spiral was conceived after the Lollapalooza 1991 festival tour as a pivot for Reznor's personal issues and the "negative vibe" felt by the band. The following year, Reznor moved to 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, where actress Sharon Tate was murdered by members of the Manson Family. It was used as a studio called "Le Pig" for recording Broken and The Downward Spiral with collaborations from other musicians. The album was influenced by late-1970s rock music albums such as David Bowie's Low and Pink Floyd's The Wall in particular, and focused on texture and space.

The Downward Spiral was promoted with the Self Destruct Tour, which debuted the band's grungy and messy image. Many concerts were violent and chaotic, with band members often injuring themselves and destroying their instruments. The album spawned two singles, "March of the Pigs" and "Closer", in addition to the promotional singles "Piggy" and "Hurt". "March of the Pigs" and "Closer" were accompanied by music videos, with the former shot twice and the latter's heavily censored. The Downward Spiral was a major commercial success, and established Nine Inch Nails as a reputable force in the 1990s music scene, with its sound being widely imitated and Reznor receiving media hype and multiple honors, while diverging into drug abuse and depression. It has been regarded by music critics and audiences as one of the most important albums of the 1990s, and was praised for its abrasive and eclectic nature and dark themes, although it was scrutinized by social conservatives for some of its lyrics. A remix album titled Further Down the Spiral was released in 1995. For its tenth anniversary, the album was remastered and re-released on November 23, 2004 in high-resolution Super Audio CD (SACD) and DualDisc formats.

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Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Downward Spiral (BMG club edition) CD 14 Interscope Records, TVT Records, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 7 92346-2, D102767 [none]
The Downward Spiral CD 14 Interscope Records, Nothing Records (US industrial/electronic founded by Trent Reznor), TVT Records INTD-92346 606949234621
The Downward Spiral CD 14 TVT Records 92346-2 765449234620
The Downward Spiral Cassette 14 TVT Records 92346-4 765449234644
The Downward Spiral CD 14 TVT Records, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 522 126-2, CID 8012 731452212627
The Downward Spiral Cassette 14 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 522 126-4, ICT 8012 731452212641
The Downward Spiral CD 15 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) AMCY-674 4988029067449
The Downward Spiral CD 14 TVT Records 654492346-2 765449234620
The Downward Spiral CD 14 Interscope Records IND923462 606949234621
The Downward Spiral Cassette 14 TVT Records INTC-92346 606949234645
The Downward Spiral (‘Digital Audio Technologies Australia’ edition) CD 14 TVT Records 654492346-2 765449234620
The Downward Spiral CD 14 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 74321 19348 2 743211934824
The Downward Spiral CD 14 Interscope Records, TVT Records 7 92346-2 765449234620
The Downward Spiral CD 15 MCA Victor (renamed Universal Victor, Inc. in July 1997) MVCP-18 4988067025395
The Downward Spiral CD 14 TVT Records STARCD 6498 6001210172130
The Downward Spiral CD 15 Nothing Records (US industrial/electronic founded by Trent Reznor) UICY-2482 4988005363114
The Downward Spiral (US deluxe edition) 2×SACD 14 + 13 Interscope Records B0003739-36 602498647288
The Downward Spiral DualDisc 14 Interscope Records B0003762-82 602498648353
The Downward Spiral (Europe deluxe edition) 2×SACD 14 + 13 Interscope Records 0602498647288 602498647288
The Downward Spiral (Japan deluxe edition) 2×SACD 14 + 13 Interscope Records UIGY-7066, UIGY-7067 4988005385444
The Downward Spiral 2×SACD 14 + 13 Interscope Records, Nothing Records (US industrial/electronic founded by Trent Reznor) 0602498647288 602498647288
The Downward Spiral CD 15 Nothing Records (US industrial/electronic founded by Trent Reznor) UICY-6160 4988005429650
The Downward Spiral 2×12" Vinyl 7 + 7 Interscope Records B0011697-01 731452212610
The Downward Spiral SHM-CD 15 Universal Music (plain logo: "Universal Music") UICY-91220 4988005537591
The Downward Spiral (Definitive Edition; 24-bit/96kHz) Digital Media 14 The Null Corporation
The Downward Spiral CD 14 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Interscope Records, Nothing Records (US industrial/electronic founded by Trent Reznor), TVT Records A2 92346 77749902114302
The Downward Spiral (deluxe edition) 2×Digital Media 14 + 13

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: John Malm, Jr.
associated singles/EPs: Closer
Hurt
March of the Pigs
Piggy
remixes: Further Down the Spiral
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 201)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000110711 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/3719 [info]
Wikidata: Q784933 [info]
Wikipedia: en: The Downward Spiral [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Nine_Inch_Nails:The_Downward_Spiral_(1994) [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/N/Nine_Inch_Nails/Discography/Downward_Spiral,_The/ [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/nine_inch_nails/the_downward_spiral/ [info]
standalone website: http://tds.nin.com/ [info]

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