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Editors’ Notes

In Trent Reznor’s world 2022 is Year Zero, not the year Social Security comes crashing down, but something more paranoid, angry and ominous, when drugs are filtered into the water supply to protect against a terrorist attack and mass consciousness comes dangerously unhinged. 1984 comes 38 years late. The concept fuels Reznor’s rage, and tracks such as “Survivalism” and “Capital G” feed on the difficult events of the new millennium, but he also understands that preaching to the converted isn’t the only reason he’s held onto his audience. His adventures into sound range among the moody, atmospheric funk of “The Good Solider” and “Vessel,” the sonically enhanced garage-rock swagger of “Capital G,” and the more expected rampages of “Survivalism” and “My Violent Heart.” Throughout, Reznor knows the value of a consistent groove and a jarring electric outburst. He seamlessly weaves these tracks into a long, continuous journey to the end of civilization.

Customer Reviews


This is a fantastic album! Every song is so unique in it's own right. There are weird mutilated sounds dotted everywhere which sound like a cat on a record player being chased by a cricket bat...but more importantly it sounds GOOD. Here are my ratings for each song: Hyperpower! - 8/10 Uplifting introduction, sets the tone. The Beginning Of The End - 9/10 More poppy than usual NIN, slightly less distortion. Survivalism - 8/10 Awesome song, great disco beats. The Good Soldier - 7/10 Really tense & moody, not as gd as rest of album. Vessel - 9/10 Really funk-ay song, sum really weird sound FX. Me, I'm Not - 8/10 Straight up industrial rock song. Capital G - 10/10 Best song on the album, INCREDIBLE! My Violent Heart - 8/10 Sounds like Korn on depressants, huge chorus. The Warning - 8 & a half/10 Pounding bass, cool distorted vocals God Given - 9/10 More of an RnB style, really cool chorus tho. Meet Your Master - 7/10 Disco-y instrumental, pretty good. The Greater Good - 7/10 Another instrumental, can get a bit borin. The Great Destroyer - 9/10 Cool sound FX, gr8 upliftin chorus. Another Version Of The Truth - 5/10 Yet ANOTHER instrumental, this time a piano 1. In This Twilight - 8/10 Dark & intense, really moody vocals. Wheres the last song "Zero-sum" itunes? gr8 song people, go get it! All in all, BUY THIS ALBUM!!!! IT WILL BLOW U AWAY!!!

NIN Evolves

Its an album you can play end to end without the smile fading from your face. Its amazing. When Trent writes an album, he creates a world; sometimes its shocking, sometimes its actually quite beautiful. With this album, and the album With Teeth, he does one better, he brings the world into his music. Its not so much about him anymore. He’s always been about self analysis, but now he’s broadening his scope which is a really interesting new direction. Musically this album bears the marks of some serious studio time, its got a swagger to its sound that Trent’s music has not had before. Buy it, play it loud and lose yourself in the bass :-)


Again, this new album is so different to the all the previous ones, more rocky and shouty. But as in the title, like most NIN albums, you have to learn to love it! If you can't be bothered then thats your own fault because given a couple of listenings this is AMAZING! Here are my thoughts on each song: Hyperpower - Nice start to the album 4/5. The Beginning of the End - Great song, excellent thrashing guitars 4/5. Survivalism - So catchy! Worth a few listens, one of the best songs on the album, fab chorus 5/5. The Good Soldier - Interesting song, not typical NIN, more mellow but very good 5/5. Vessel - Oh my god, can I go any faster? Great song, really catchy chorus, interesting FX 5/5. Me, I'm Not - Strange song, but I quite like it - some very weird FX on this though! 4/5. Capital G - When I saw others raving about this, I didn't get why at first, but WOW! Really worth the time, such a good song, quite poppy dare I say? 5/5 My Violent Heart - Slightly dull verses, but great chorus, very catchy 4/5. The Warning - Good song, but nothing that special about it 4/5. God Given - Not one of my favourites on the album, sounds like some of the others plus has some weird whispering 3/5 Meet Your Master - One of the best on the album by far, on par with Survivalism and Capital G (but has its own sound) has a really AMAZING chorus 5/5. The Greater Good - Nothing special in my opinion 3/5. The Great Destroyer - Quite a good song, but ruined by the mish mash of sound effects in the second half of the song 3/5. Another Version of the Truth - Instrumental, quite like A Warm Place from The Downward Spiral 3/5. In This Twilight - I like this one, and I don't know why but it reminds me of Every Day Is Exactly the Same (a brilliant song by the way, on With Teeth - check it out!) again some pretty strange FX... 4/5 But remember this IS a NIN album and my favourite songs might not be yours, so take the time to find your own favourites!


Formed: 1989 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Nine Inch Nails were the most popular industrial group ever and were largely responsible for bringing the music to a mass audience. It isn't really accurate to call NIN a group; the only official member is singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, who always remained solely responsible for NIN's musical direction (he was, however, supported in concert by a regular backing band). Unlike the vast majority of industrial artists, Reznor wrote melodic, traditionally structured songs where lyrics...
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