Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Nine Inch Nails-March of the Pigs (halo 7)



Released on February 25, 1994 on nothing records, TVT Records, and Interscope Records, the single for March of the Pigs (halo 7) is the first single from Nine Inch Nails sophomore full-length studio release in The Downward Spiral. The single serves as a preview of sorts of what is to come from the album as it features the song as well as a remix of the song and two remixes of another track from the album by longtime Skinny Puppy collaborator/producer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie and a B-side instrumental. The result is a release that would pave the way for NIN’s rise into the mainstream.




The title single is led by a pummeling beats set in a distorted drum machine mix with actual life drums that is followed by bass-droning synthesizers and driving guitars as Trent Reznor sings and snarls through the song with its abrasive and confrontational lyrics. The song would have a break where it would soften up with a simple beat, shimmering synthesizers, and Reznor’s calm vocals that is followed by a melodic piano riff as it returns into rock mode and then into soft mode. The remix for that song in All the Pigs, All Lined Up is an extended mix of the song with more synthesizers, guitars, and extended outros with some crowd noises and pig snouts in the mix. The instrumental B-side A Violet Fluid is a one-minute, five-second track filled with warbling beats and bubbling synthesizer melodies as well as noise-loops.




The first of two remixes of Reptile by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie in Reptilian is a track that emphasizes on many of the song’s instrumental textures in its mid-tempo yet hammering beats, warbling layers of synthesizers, and extended instrumental passages into the song with its beats and synthesizers. The second remix in Underneath the Skin is largely an instrumental mix that emphasizes on pulsating beats layering upon the song’s original beats along with some synthesizer loops mixed in. The mix also has some extended instrumental passages with bits of the vocals that appear at times as it is one of the finest remixes for NIN. The single was released in two versions with the U.S. version containing the song as well as three remixes and a B-side while the U.K. version was a 2-disc set with the first disc featuring a clean version of the song plus the album track Big Man with a Gun, All the Pigs, All Lined Up, and A Violet Fluid while the second disc features the original song plus the two Reptile remixes.




March of the Pigs is an excellent single release from Nine Inch Nails. Not only does it feature interesting remixes and material that would showcase what was to come from Trent Reznor. It’s a single that is one of the band’s strongest releases as well as showing a new side of the outfit. In the end, March of the Pigs is a brilliant single from Nine Inch Nails.

Nine Inch Nails: halos: halo 1 - halo 2 - halo 3 - halo 4 - halo 5 - halo 6 - (halo 8) – (halo 9) – (halo 10) – (halo 11) – (halo 12) - (halo 13) – (halo 14) – (halo 15) – (halo 16) – (halo 17) - (halo 18) – (halo 19) – (halo 20) – (halo 21) – (halo 22) - (halo 23) – (halo 24) – (halo 25) – (halo 26) – (halo 27) - (halo 28) – (halo 29) – (halo 30) – (halo 31) – (halo 32)

seeds: (seed 1) – (seed 2) – (seed 3) – (seed 4) – (seed 5) – (seed 6) – (seed 7) – (seed 8)

Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Film Soundtracks: null 1 - null 2 - (null 3) – (null 4) – (null 5) – (null 6)

Soundtracks/Miscellaneous: The Broken Movie - (Natural Born Killers OST) – (Quake OST) - (Lost Highway OST)

Live Shows: (NIN/Bauhaus/TV on the Radio-6/7/06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – (NIN/Deerhunter-8/13/08 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena) - (Jane’s Addiction/NIN/Street Sweeper Social Club-5/10/09 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – NIN/Godspeed You! Black Emperor-10/24/13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena - (NIN/Jesus & Mary Chain/Tobacco-9/27/18 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre)

© thevoid99 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

Nine Inch Nails-Fixed (halo 6)




Released on December 7, 1992 on nothing records through TVT Records and Interscope Records, Fixed is a remix EP by Nine Inch Nails that serves as a companion piece to the Broken EP as it features six different remixes to songs on the album. The record is the first of several remix recordings Trent Reznor would release as it would often serve as companion pieces to any album or record that was made. The record would feature remixes from Reznor as well as NIN cohorts Chris Vrenna, James Wooley, and engineer Sean Beavan along with members of the industrial group Coil, producer Butch Vig, producer J.G. Thirlwell, artist Paul Kendall, and performance artist Bob Flanagan. The result would be a standard bearer of what a remix record should be in the realm of alternative music.




The opening track is a remix of Gave Up by Coil with Danny Hyde as it starts off with these warbling layers of vocals and keyboards as it turns into something speedy and frenetic with its beats, pulsating vocal sounds, synthesizers, and guitar spurts as it is a major standout of the record which kicks things off to a great start. The first of two remixes for the song Wish is by J.G. Thirlwell who emphasizes on loops of the song’s beats and synthesizers while extending pieces on some of the instruments and creating new sound effects for some of the instruments and for Reznor’s vocals. The remix for Happiness in Slavery by Trent Reznor and Chris Vrenna with loops by Paul Kendall is largely an electronic take on the song with more emphasis on its synthesizers and drum machine beats as they’re extended to serve as an instrumental piece with screams from Bob Flanagan’s from the song’s video.




Throw This Away is a remix of Last as it’s a remix in two parts with the first section by Reznor and Vrenna that emphasizes on the bass line from Suck with windy sounds in the background that would warble through soft vocals of the song as it would build up into something more intense with hammering beats and driving guitars from an edited and aborted remix by Butch Vig that would later be released publically in 2007 in its full version. The second remix of Wish in Fist Fuck by J.G. Thirlwell that is largely an instrumental take on the song with extended loops on the drums and guitars as well as warbling synthesizers and distorted samples from the musical Showboat and a speech by Timothy Leary as it would become intense toward its coda. The closer is a remix of Happiness in Slavery entitled Screaming Slave by Reznor, Vrenna, Sean Beavan, Bill Kennedy, Martin Brumbach, and screams by Bob Flanagan. It’s essentially an instrumental take on the song that features warbled synthesizers and loops with bits of the original song appearing with waves of noisy synthesizers in the remix.




Fixed is a phenomenal remix EP from Nine Inch Nails. Not only is it a fitting companion piece to Broken but it’s also a record that serves as what Trent Reznor could do in bringing others to create new interpretations of his songs and make it sound unique. In the end, Fixed is an incredible remix EP from Nine Inch Nails.

Nine Inch Nails: halos: halo 1 - halo 2 - halo 3 - halo 4 - halo 5 - halo 7 – (halo 8) – (halo 9) – (halo 10) – (halo 11) – (halo 12) - (halo 13) – (halo 14) – (halo 15) – (halo 16) – (halo 17) - (halo 18) – (halo 19) – (halo 20) – (halo 21) – (halo 22) - (halo 23) – (halo 24) – (halo 25) – (halo 26) – (halo 27) - (halo 28) – (halo 29) – (halo 30) – (halo 31) – (halo 32)

seeds: (seed 1) – (seed 2) – (seed 3) – (seed 4) – (seed 5) – (seed 6) – (seed 7) – (seed 8)

Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Film Soundtracks: null 1 - null 2 - (null 3) – (null 4) – (null 5) – (null 6)

Soundtracks/Miscellaneous: The Broken Movie - (Natural Born Killers OST) – (Quake OST) - (Lost Highway OST)

Live Shows: (NIN/Bauhaus/TV on the Radio-6/7/06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – (NIN/Deerhunter-8/13/08 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena) - (Jane’s Addiction/NIN/Street Sweeper Social Club-5/10/09 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – NIN/Godspeed You! Black Emperor-10/24/13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena - (NIN/Jesus & Mary Chain/Tobacco-9/27/18 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre)

© thevoid99 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Nine Inch Nails-Broken (halo 5)




Released on September 22, 1992 by Interscope Records with partnership from TVT Records and Nothing Records, Broken is an extended play recording by Nine Inch Nails that marks a total shift from the previous sound from their 1989 debut album Pretty Hate Machine. Written, produced, and performed by Trent Reznor with additional production by Mark “Flood” Ellis on two tracks and two cover songs on the record. The record that feature contributions from collaborator Chris Vrenna, Martyn Atkins of Pigface, Filter co-founder Brian Liesegang, and longtime engineer Sean Beavan. The record was made in secrecy through various studios under different names at a time when Reznor was at odds with TVT Records over Reznor’s future and the type of music Reznor wanted to do. That eventually led to Interscope Record’s co-founder Jimmy Iovine to buy Reznor’s contract with TVT and give Reznor and his then-manager John Malm Jr. their own vanity label in Nothing Records. The resulting EP would be one of Reznor’s great achievements.




The first of two instrumental tracks in Pinion opens the record as it’s a one-minute intro that builds up in its volume softly with sounds of distorted guitar power chords that builds up with atmosphere electronic loops in the background emerging as it gets louder where it serves as an intro to the next track Wish. The song is accompanied by sounds of winds blaring through the song’s production with thumping beats as Reznor sings nihilistic lyrics that feature spurts of distorted and driving guitars. The song’s lyrics are definitely dark as the chorus include some low-key yet warbling synthesizers in the background as it would later feature live drum tracks from Chris Vrenna and Martyn Atkins as it is one of the heaviest songs that NIN has done.




Last is a metal-based song with driving guitars and hard-hitting drums in a mid-tempo setting with snarling vocals from Reznor as he sings dark and lyrics of despair as he knows that his time won’t last. It’s a song that has tempo changes that include a slightly-faster tempo during the bridge and hard-hitting sounds in the chorus thanks in part to its production by Reznor and Flood. The instrumental Help Me I Am in Hell is this quiet yet dissonant track driven by a guitar and a soft bass with atmospheric synthesizers in the background to build up a sense of momentum in the track while the guitars remain simple and to the point. Happiness in Slavery is this broad and heavy track led by pulsating and bombastic beats as Reznor screams “slaves scream” as he would sing these cryptic lyrics of slavery and oppression as the song is driven by spurting guitars and melodic synthesizers as it has this amazing structure in its production and attention to detail in where to put a synthesizer in the track as well as its guitars.




Gave Up is a song with different time signature changes as it starts off as a mid-tempo track with melodic synthesizers and pulsating beats as Reznor sings through filtered vocals to moody lyrics as it then kicks into a fast-paced chorus of driving guitars and drums as the song moves back-and-forth. Reznor and Flood’s production on the song would play with that structure as there is a bridge that mixes all sorts of sounds as Reznor sings the line “I tried but I gave up” repeatedly. The record on CD would then be followed by 90 seconds of silence in tracks 7 to 97 as they would later be removed in the 2017 reissue of the record on digital and vinyl where two extra tracks appear.




The first is a cover of Adam and the Ants’ Physical as it is this mid-tempo track chugging bass and guitars to a steady and bopping rhythm as Reznor sings Adam Ant’s playful and salacious lyrics as it include songs of barking dogs (Reznor’s then-puppy Maise) as the guitars and drums would intensify as the song goes on. The record closer Suck is a remake of a song Reznor co-wrote with the industrial group Pigface that was co-founded by Atkins. Reznor’s take included a sturdy yet melodic bass line, spurting synthesizer melodies, bopping beats, and these eerie lyrics of despair as the chorus would be hard-hitting with its beats and blazing power chords on the guitar.




Broken is a phenomenal EP from Nine Inch Nails as it display a major change in sound and production from Trent Reznor from the synth-pop aesthetics of his debut album to something much broader and complex. As hard-hitting and abrasive as this record is, it is also a record that has elements of melodies that does make it engaging no matter how intense the record is. In the end, Broken is an incredible record from Nine Inch Nails.

Nine Inch Nails: halos: halo 1 - halo 2 - halo 3 - halo 4 - halo 6 - halo 7 – (halo 8) – (halo 9) – (halo 10) – (halo 11) – (halo 12) - (halo 13) – (halo 14) – (halo 15) – (halo 16) – (halo 17) - (halo 18) – (halo 19) – (halo 20) – (halo 21) – (halo 22) - (halo 23) – (halo 24) – (halo 25) – (halo 26) – (halo 27) - (halo 28) – (halo 29) – (halo 30) – (halo 31) – (halo 32)

seeds: (seed 1) – (seed 2) – (seed 3) – (seed 4) – (seed 5) – (seed 6) – (seed 7) – (seed 8)

Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Film Soundtracks: null 1 - null 2 - (null 3) – (null 4) – (null 5) – (null 6)

Soundtracks/Miscellaneous: The Broken Movie - (Natural Born Killers OST) – (Quake OST) - (Lost Highway OST)

Live Shows: (NIN/Bauhaus/TV on the Radio-6/7/06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – (NIN/Deerhunter-8/13/08 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena) - (Jane’s Addiction/NIN/Street Sweeper Social Club-5/10/09 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – NIN/Godspeed You! Black Emperor-10/24/13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena - (NIN/Jesus & Mary Chain/Tobacco-9/27/18 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre)

© thevoid99 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Nine Inch Nails: Sin (halo 4)




Released on October 10, 1990, the single for Sin (halo 4) is the third and final single from Nine Inch Nails from its debut album Pretty Hate Machine. The single features three remixes of the song by Adrian Sherwood and Keith LeBlanc plus a B-side in the cover of Queen’s Get Down, Make Love produced by Al Jourgensen of Ministry under the Hypo Luxa alias. The remix single would help the song become not just a popular live staple for NIN but also one of its quintessential recordings.




The remixes of Sin is in three different versions as the short version at four-minutes and nineteen seconds was released for the song’s very controversial music video while the long version at nearly six minutes both versions is given more dance-based rhythms to the song with the long version featuring extended synthesizer pulses with layers of synthesizer melodies and extended breaks in the instrumental while the short version is an edited version of the song. The instrumental dub mix is emphasized on many of the instruments in the song with few of the vocals appear every now and then in just three words of the song in warbled and heightened mixes. The cover of Queen’s Get Down, Make Love is a mid-tempo track with samples of the 1962 film version of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a Japanese porn film, and Queen’s We Will Rock You as it has a unique structure. It starts off smooth and slow with some funky guitars and layered synthesizers as Trent Reznor sings Freddie Mercury’s salacious lyrics and the song then rocks full-on for its chorus.




The single for Sin is one of the finest releases from Nine Inch Nails as it just spans a total of nearly 20 minutes in its four tracks. Along with a great B-side that would become a live staple for some time, the single definitely plays up into what NIN would do for clubs as well as their reputation as must-see live act.

Nine Inch Nails: halos: halo 1 - halo 2 - halo 3 - halo 5halo 6 - halo 7 – (halo 8) – (halo 9) – (halo 10) – (halo 11) – (halo 12) - (halo 13) – (halo 14) – (halo 15) – (halo 16) – (halo 17) - (halo 18) – (halo 19) – (halo 20) – (halo 21) – (halo 22) - (halo 23) – (halo 24) – (halo 25) – (halo 26) – (halo 27) - (halo 28) – (halo 29) – (halo 30) – (halo 31) – (halo 32)

seeds: (seed 1) – (seed 2) – (seed 3) – (seed 4) – (seed 5) – (seed 6) – (seed 7) – (seed 8)

Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Film Soundtracks: null 1 - null 2 - (null 3) – (null 4) – (null 5) – (null 6)

Soundtracks/Miscellaneous: The Broken Movie - (Natural Born Killers OST) – (Quake OST) - (Lost Highway OST)

Live Shows: (NIN/Bauhaus/TV on the Radio-6/7/06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – (NIN/Deerhunter-8/13/08 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena) - (Jane’s Addiction/NIN/Street Sweeper Social Club-5/10/09 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – NIN/Godspeed! You Black Emperor-10/24/13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena - (NIN/Jesus & Mary Chain/Tobacco-9/27/18 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre)

© thevoid99 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018

Nine Inch Nails-Head Like a Hole (halo 3)




Released on March 22, 1990, the single for Head Like a Hole (halo 3) is the second single from Nine Inch Nails from its debut album Pretty Hate Machine. The U.S. maxi-single features five remixes of the song plus two remixes of Terrible Lie, two remixes of Down In It along with its demo. Many of the remixes are by Trent Reznor and Mark “Flood” Ellis as well as contributions from Keith LeBlanc as it play into the song’s presentation of industrial thrash and engaging lyrics.




The first of five remixes for Head Like a Hole opens with the remix entitled (slate) is a more dance-driven song with its warbling layers of synthesizers and emphasis on higher pitches in the synthesizers, bass, and guitar spurts. The (clay) remix by Keith LeBlanc is essentially a single-edit version of the song with vocal layers in the song’s chorus to open the song as it’s the most famous version of the song that would accompany its music video. The (copper) remix is an extension of the (slate) remix but with more warbling beats and pulsating synthesizers in the background as it would feature a coda of Queen’s Body Language repeated in a playful way. The fourth remix entitled You Know Who You Are by Reznor and Flood is an instrumental remix of the track with more emphasis on the pulsating synthesizers and atmospheric textures of the song. The fifth and final remix of the song in (soil) is a more rhythmic take on the song with its emphasis on its beats as well as a warbled mix on the synthesizers.

The first remix of Terrible Lie entitled (sympathetic mix) by Trent Reznor and Flood doesn’t do much with the song as it removes some of the synthesizers in the song as well as create something different for its intro as a single mix for the song. The (empathetic mix) features a much different intro with its beats and emphasis on expanding the song into a six-minute, eleven-second track with different takes on the backing vocals in the chorus and in some of the synthesizers on the track. The two remixes of Down In It in (shred) and (singe) appear on the single as additional tracks with the latter being extended by eighteen seconds. The demo version of that song appears as what one would expect in a demo with hollowed drum machine beats, melodic synthesizer spurts, a guitar spurt, and Reznor singing. The closer for the single is an unlisted track that is essentially an audio snippet of Heather “Princess” Day praising NIN during their infamous appearance on Dance Party U.S.A.



The U.K. version of the single that was released in late 1990 features the (clay) and (copper) remixes of the song as well as an additional remix that didn’t appear in U.S. releases known as (opal). That remix features an array of live instrumentation that is sampled from the song Tambourine by Prince & the Revolution with some distorted and whispering vocals from Reznor as it include some warbling synthesizers and some pulsating beats that is sampled from another Prince track in Release It as it’s one of the finest remixes that Reznor and Flood has done.

Head Like a Hole is a terrific single from NIN as it would help establish the band as a major force in alternative rock at a time when audiences were craving for something different that wasn’t glam metal or polished mainstream rock. The single showcases the song’s importance in underground clubs that would help bring attention to industrial and electronic music into the 1990s.

Nine Inch Nails: halos: halo 1 - halo 2 - halo 4halo 5halo 6 - halo 7 – (halo 8) – (halo 9) – (halo 10) – (halo 11) – (halo 12) - (halo 13) – (halo 14) – (halo 15) – (halo 16) – (halo 17) - (halo 18) – (halo 19) – (halo 20) – (halo 21) – (halo 22) - (halo 23) – (halo 24) – (halo 25) – (halo 26) – (halo 27) - (halo 28) – (halo 29) – (halo 30) – (halo 31) – (halo 32)

seeds: (seed 1) – (seed 2) – (seed 3) – (seed 4) – (seed 5) – (seed 6) – (seed 7) – (seed 8)

Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Film Soundtracks: null 1 - null 2 - (null 3) – (null 4) – (null 5) – (null 6)

Soundtracks/Miscellaneous: The Broken Movie - (Natural Born Killers OST) – (Quake OST) - (Lost Highway OST)

Live Shows: (NIN/Bauhaus/TV on the Radio-6/7/06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – (NIN/Deerhunter-8/13/08 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena) - (Jane’s Addiction/NIN/Street Sweeper Social Club-5/10/09 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – NIN/Godspeed! You Black Emperor-10/24/13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena - (NIN/Jesus & Mary Chain/Tobacco-9/27/18 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre)

© thevoid99 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Nine Inch Nails-Pretty Hate Machine (halo 2)




Released on October 20, 1989 by TVT Records, Pretty Hate Machine (halo 2) is the first full-length studio album release from Nine Inch Nails with all songs produced, arranged, performed, and programmed by its mastermind Trent Reznor. Along with production contributions from Mark “Flood” Ellis, John Fryer, Keith LeBlanc, and Adrian Sherwood as well as contributions from NIN cohorts in Chris Vrenna and Richard Patrick. The album is a collection of songs that would showcase Reznor’s approach to the sound of industrial music that had become an underground sensation through acts like Ministry, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Skinny Puppy but with a more sonic approach to the production as well as elements of pop craftsmanship in songwriting. The result is one of the finest debut albums of the 1980s.

The album’s opening track is the second single Head Like a Hole as it opens with this array of flourishing keyboard sounds that is followed by pulsating beats that help sets up the song into this intense and upbeat song with its bass-heavy synthesizers and steady rhythm. The lyrics of the song is filled with a lot of angst and power in its act of defiance as it is surrounded by tribal chants in the background courtesy of the layered production by Reznor and Flood. The song’s chorus with its driving guitars is definitely an example of great pop craftsmanship as it rocks and easy to sing-a-long to. Terrible Lie is a more mid-tempo song with its heavy beats, melodic synthesizers, thrashing guitars, and Reznor’s snarling vocals as he sings lyrics filled with disdain towards the idea of faith as it has element of direct anger towards God.




The album’s first single Down In It is a mid-tempo song with drum machine beats that would pulsate amidst its layers of synthesizers with some melodic keyboards and guitar spurts courtesy of the song’s production from Reznor, Adrian Sherwood, and Keith LeBlanc. The song also feature Reznor singing in a rap-like tone with its lyrics that are filled with a lot of despair about one’s self. The mid-tempo ballad of sorts in Sanctified is led by a melodic bass line as well as soft beats and lush yet heavy synthesizers. The song’s lyrics that are sung calmly by Reznor through its atmosphere production from Reznor and John Fryer show that air of imagery into what Reznor is singing as it include some droning guitars from Richard Patrick who was then the live guitarist of NIN before co-founding Filter in the mid-1990s.




The ballad Something I Can Never Have is one of the album’s standouts in large part to its atmospheric and layered production from Reznor and Fryer with melodic piano parts, soothing yet brooding synthesizers, and Reznor’s calm vocals as he sings haunting yet somber lyrics to play into a sense of loss. The song would also feature atmosphere beats and textures during the song’s chorus as it add to its eerie tone. Kinda I Want To is an upbeat track with bopping rhythms, guitar spurts, scratchy synthesizer textures, and Reznor’s growling vocals as he sings lyrics of yearning and lust. The song opens with this warbling yet atmospheric synthesizers as it would lead into the bulk of the song as it includes a bridge from Down In It with driving guitars and warbling synthesizers. The album’s third and final single Sin is a synth-heavy song led by pulsating yet rhythmic beats that is energetic enough to dance to along as the layers of synthesizers in its production by Reznor and Fryer along with Keith LeBlanc’s re-mixing give the song so much to digest. Even in the song’s lyrics where Reznor would be calm as well as snarl a bit as he sings about the ideas of sin as it include some driving guitars and a collage of hisses and such.




The mid-tempo ballad That’s What I Get is one of the album’s standouts in terms of its layer of warbling synthesizer melodies that is accompanied by melodic blurbs of another synthesizer before it becomes this somber yet ambient tone as Reznor sings the song. The song’s lyrics of longing and despair matches up with Reznor’s calm vocal as it is carried by this incredible production from Fryer who blend the two elements of calm and ferocity. The Only Time is another mid-tempo track that is largely carried by a funky bassline with a steady beat and soft synthesizer blurts for the verse while it becomes a more bopping rhythm for its chorus. Reznor’s snarling vocals play into the song’s humorous lyrics as it play into the joys of fucking as the song also includes a live drum performance late in the song to play into its offbeat tone. The album closer Ringfinger is a melodic yet chilling song due to its mid-tempo presentation with a bopping beat and melodic synthesizers. The song’s lyrics are definitely with entrancing and eerie imagery as it include these layered vocal in the chorus as well as scratchy keyboards and sampled guitars from Jane’s Addiction’s Had a Dad to help drive the song.




The 2010 remastered edition of the album (halo 02R) that is mastered by Tom Baker does broaden the album a bit while getting rid of a few samples from the original album due to licensing reasons yet the changes are just extremely minor. The added track in the remastered edition is a cover of Queen’s Get Down, Make Love that was a B-side to the Sin single that was produced by Al Jourgensen of Ministry under the Hypo Luxa alias. The song with its sample of sexual moans from a Japanese porno film, melodic synthesizers, hammering mid-tempo drums during the chorus, driving guitars, and Reznor’s snarling vocals as he sings Freddie Mercury’s playful lyrics. The song is definitely one of the finest covers that Reznor has done as it include a sample of We Will Rock You by Queen.



Pretty Hate Machine is a phenomenal debut album from Nine Inch Nails. With its mixture of industrial bombast and electronic collage with pop sensibilities that help the songs be engaging. It’s an album that manages to provide what Trent Reznor would do as an artist and as a producer as it remains the outfit’s most accessible work to date but it also maintains an edge that doesn’t play by convention into what would later come for industrial music in the 1990s. In the end, Pretty Hate Machine is a spectacular album from Nine Inch Nails.

Nine Inch Nails: halos: halo 1 - halo 3halo 4halo 5halo 6 - halo 7 – (halo 8) – (halo 9) – (halo 10) – (halo 11) – (halo 12) - (halo 13) – (halo 14) – (halo 15) – (halo 16) – (halo 17) - (halo 18) – (halo 19) – (halo 20) – (halo 21) – (halo 22) - (halo 23) – (halo 24) – (halo 25) – (halo 26) – (halo 27) - (halo 28) – (halo 29) – (halo 30) – (halo 31) – (halo 32)

seeds: (seed 1) – (seed 2) – (seed 3) – (seed 4) – (seed 5) – (seed 6) – (seed 7) – (seed 8)

Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Film Soundtracks: null 1 - null 2 - (null 3) – (null 4) – (null 5) – (null 6)

Soundtracks/Miscellaneous: The Broken Movie - (Natural Born Killers OST) – (Quake OST) - (Lost Highway OST)

Live Shows: (NIN/Bauhaus/TV on the Radio-6/7/06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – (NIN/Deerhunter-8/13/08 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena) - (Jane’s Addiction/NIN/Street Sweeper Social Club-5/10/09 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – NIN/Godspeed! You Black Emperor-10/24/13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena - (NIN/Jesus & Mary Chain/Tobacco-9/27/18 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre)

© thevoid99 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Nine Inch Nails-Down In It (halo 1)




Released on September 27, 1989, Down In It was the first major release of Nine Inch Nails as the first single that was written, produced, and performed by Trent Reznor under its main discography surname in halo 1. The song would feature two remixes by Adrian Sherwood and Keith LeBlanc as it would define NIN’s sound in its blend of industrial rock textures and pop craftsmanship that would make Reznor one of the top figures of the 1990s alternative music scene.




The song is this mid-upbeat track with a collage of synthesizer melodies and textures with some rhythmic drum beats and Reznor kind of rapping through the song as its lyrics is filled with element of despair. There’s bits of guitars in the song as it is truly this odd yet catchy song as the first track of the single is known as (skin) which would be the same version that appeared in the album Pretty Hate Machine. The two remixes by Adrian Sherwood and Keith LeBlanc would extend the song or add more textures. The first remix entitled (shred) gives the film an extended outro to play into the song’s muddy synthesizers as well as its metallic guitar spurts, warbling beats, and other textures in the synthesizers and song’s production. The (singe) mix is based on the musical form of dub with additional synthesizers, vocals in different parts of the song with elements of repetition, and rhythmic beats that are extended.

The single for Down In It is an excellent release from Nine Inch Nails as it’s an indication of what is to come from Trent Reznor. Especially in the remixes as well as the sonic production of the song of what Reznor would do as an artist and the songs he would create that would provide a template of the different kinds of music it would emerge for alternative music in the 1990s.

Nine Inch Nails: halos: halo 2halo 3halo 4halo 5halo 6 - halo 7 – (halo 8) – (halo 9) – (halo 10) – (halo 11) – (halo 12) - (halo 13) – (halo 14) – (halo 15) – (halo 16) – (halo 17) - (halo 18) – (halo 19) – (halo 20) – (halo 21) – (halo 22) - (halo 23) – (halo 24) – (halo 25) – (halo 26) – (halo 27) - (halo 28) – (halo 29) – (halo 30) – (halo 31) – (halo 32)

seeds: (seed 1) – (seed 2) – (seed 3) – (seed 4) – (seed 5) – (seed 6) – (seed 7) – (seed 8)

Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Film Soundtracks: null 1 - null 2 - (null 3) – (null 4) – (null 5) – (null 6)

Soundtracks/Miscellaneous: The Broken Movie - (Natural Born Killers OST) – (Quake OST) - (Lost Highway OST)

Live Shows: (NIN/Bauhaus/TV on the Radio-6/7/06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – (NIN/Deerhunter-8/13/08 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena) - (Jane’s Addiction/NIN/Street Sweeper Social Club-5/10/09 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater) – NIN/Godspeed! You Black Emperor-10/24/13 Atlanta GA, Philips Arena - (NIN/Jesus & Mary Chain/Tobacco-9/27/18 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre)

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