The Downward Spiral On its second full-length album, Nine Inch Nails (a.k.a Trent Reznor, the studio Svengali responsible for NIN's mix of twisted techno and impure industrial rock)… Nine Inch Nails Rock
Music Review

The Downward Spiral

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Nine Inch Nails; Genre: Rock

On its second full-length album, Nine Inch Nails (a.k.a Trent Reznor, the studio Svengali responsible for NIN's mix of twisted techno and impure industrial rock) advances further along the path of radio-friendly aural terrorism. Reznor's pet topics (sex, power, S&M, hatred, transcendence) are all on The Downward Spiral, wrapped in hooks that hit your psyche with the force of a blowtorch. Definitive: the phallus-as-firearm imagery of ''Big Man With a Gun.'' B+

Originally posted Mar 18, 1994 Published in issue #214 Mar 18, 1994 Order article reprints