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) - (null 7)
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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