Ushering in a new era of confessional music that explored trauma, depression, and self-loathing Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral is a seminal album that changed popular music forever. Into The Never: Nine Inch Nails And The Creation Of The Downward Spiral tells the story behind the album.
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Released in 1994, the album resonated across a generation, combining elements of the Nine Inch Nails sound; metal, industrial, synth-pop, and ambient electronica, and going on to sell over four million copies it brought transgressive themes of heresy, S&M, and body horror to the masses, to find limits of music technology. The Downward Spiral resonated across a generation, combining elements of metal, industrial, synth-pop, and ambient electronica, and going on to sell over four million copies, while bringing Trent Reznor to the edge of self-destruction.
Inspired by David Bowie’s Low and Pink Floyd’s The Wall, the album recounts one man’s disintegration as he descends into nihilism and nothingness. Blurring the lines between autobiography and concept album, creation and decay, it is also the story of Trent Reznor (who is Nine Inch Nails) as he pushed himself to the edge of the abyss, trapped in a cycle of addiction and self-destruction. The Downward Spiral also presents a reflection of America and a wider culture of violence, connecting the Columbine High School shooting, the infamous Manson family murders, and the aftermath of Vietnam and the Gulf War.
Featuring new interviews with collaborators and artists inspired by the album, Into the Never sets The Downward Spiral in the context of music of the era and brings the story up to date, from Reznor’s recovery to his reinvention as an Oscar-winning soundtrack artist.
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Adam Steiner is a writer interested in philosophy, architecture, and street art culture. He has worked as a hospital cleaner, mental health worker, dog walker, and as a freelance journalist. Aside from a Nine Inch Nails book he has written a novel about the NHS, Politics Of The Asylum.
Adam loves swimming and the music of Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave, John Frusciante, David Bowie, The Cure, Caribou, James Blake, Faith No More, P.I.L., and Manic Street Preachers