The Downward Spiral

Release date
23 Nov 2004
Running length
27 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Mr. Self Destruct 4:30 208,733
2 Piggy 4:51 285,502
3 Heresy 5:19 255,608
4 March of the Pigs 4:11 337,163
5 Closer 6:13 602,551
6 Ruiner 4:56 240,507
7 The Becoming 4:30 237,819
8 I Do Not Want This 5:42 206,170
9 Big Man With a Gun 1:36 212,894
10 A Warm Place 3:23 249,009
11 Eraser 4:52 204,866
12 Reptile 6:51 205,741
13 The Downward Spiral 3:56 188,541
14 Hurt 5:00 469,955
1 Burn (Soundtrack Version (Explicit)) 5:00 1,526
2 Closer (Precursor) 7:15 51,991
3 Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) 4:03 75,819
4 A Violet Fluid 1:03 58,505
5 Dead Souls 4:53 138,752
6 Hurt (Quiet) 5:09 75,140
7 Closer to God 5:06 59,373
8 All the Pigs, All Lined Up 7:28 46,382
9 Memorabilia 7:22 48,649
10 The Downward Spiral (The Bottom) 5:58 59,464
11 Ruiner (Demo) 4:50 23,822
12 Liar (Reptile Demo) 6:56 23,420
13 Heresy (Demo) 4:00 23,552

About this album

The Downward Spiral (also known as Halo 8) is the third major release by American Industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails, released in 1994 on Reznor’s own Nothing Records (a vanity label of Interscope Records). “Halo 8” of the official Nine Inch Nails halo releases, it is a concept album detailing the destruction of an undisclosed man; from the beginning to his climatic suicide. The album was a major commercial success that secured Nine Inch Nails as a force in the 1990s music scene, in particular following the release of the single “Closer” and its controversial video.

To record the album, Reznor rented the house located at 10050 Cielo Drive in Beverly Hills, California where actress Sharon Tate was murdered by members of the Manson Family in 1969. Reznor built a studio space in the house which he named Le Pig, after the message that was scrawled on the front door with Tate’s blood by her murderers. Reznor told Entertainment Weekly that despite the notoriety attached to the house, he chose to record there because, “I looked at a lot of places, and this just happened to be the one I liked most.” Reznor moved out of the house in December 1993, after he said “there was too much history in that house for me to handle.” After the album’s recording, Trent Reznor consulted with the landlords and had the house demolished shortly after.

Reznor made a statement about working in the Tate house during a 1997 interview with Rolling Stone:

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  • karolcia_1993

    Quite possibly the greatest concept album ever recorded.

    8 Sep 1:49pm Reply
  • Wunster

    v stay pleb

    3 Aug 4:52pm Reply
  • Illest_Villain

    v kill yourself

    2 Aug 5:57pm Reply
  • Wunster

    Boring as hell

    1 Aug 11:42am Reply
  • RebelGlassZero

    still don't like this as much as his other albums.

    31 Jul 7:47am Reply
  • bartende_r

    disorienting, disconcerting, surprising... The energy in this album makes me wanna punch the world in the face while still finding some closure in spiritual healing (A Warm Place, Hurt). This album is nothing short from a masterpiece + it's aging beautifully.

    2 Jul 9:18pm Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    Had this when it came out, I was in the third grade. Once my mom heard it, gone. But I never forgot how it made me feel then, and still now.

    26 Jun 3:21am Reply
  • legologos

    I recorded a mellow version of Mr. Self Destruct. Stream and download it here:

    21 May 4:47am Reply
  • ViniciusStilt

    One of my favorite albums of all-time.

    11 Apr 3:21am Reply
  • WickedProphet

    This album is important [2]

    26 Mar 9:28pm Reply
  • SBrewski

    this album is important

    16 Mar 3:08am Reply
  • ShiverTool

    Today is the 20th anniversary of my favorite album, The Downward Spiral. Long live Nine Inch.Nails! And now...the album in emoji! 👫💗💋🙏⛪️💊💉🔫🐷💔🐏⛪️🔫🔥🐖🐖🐖💗🐶🐯🐴😠🐄💪👒🔊😔💬💔🙎🔫😔✏️💭🐜🐉💗🔫💉💭😔🔫💀

    6 Mar 5:11pm Reply
  • Faraudo2112

    This is one of the best (if not the best) albums ever. Period.

    16 Feb 8:44pm Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    An incredible piece of work.

    6 Feb 11:39pm Reply
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  • OldSchoolKing

    The copy I have is the 2004 10th anniversary edition, but my cousin has the original 1994 release, and I was checking it out one day and it doesn't lists the tracks anywhere on the CD itself or the packaging and the artwork. Of the original 1994 releases, the only editions I've seen that list the songs are the cassette and vinyl editions.

    31 Jan 9:28pm Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    "My favorite album is Pink Floyd's "The Wall."" shit taste. "This is an industrial, even darker version of that, and it's amazing." no it isn't. it's not incoherent and overlong and self parodying and generally dull, it's actually pretty good.

    13 Jan 4:52pm Reply
  • pyschoklown2

    my favorite album

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gmac1993

    My favorite album is Pink Floyd's "The Wall." This is an industrial, even darker version of that, and it's amazing.

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Gaffes

    The perfect structure for a concept album. It remains insuperable. The greatest concept album of all time.

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
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