Hateful : Nine Inch Nails "Downward Spiral"
It's a beautiful moment when, halfway into the fourth track, March Of The
Pigs, all hell is breaking loose in the inimitable Nine Inch Nails fashion.
Heavy techno bass, a high speed break beat, metallic high hat gnaws,
mutated synth, distorted guitars saws-and Trent Reznor screaming for all
he's worth. It's a sonic melee teetering on the verge of chaos which cuts
to bass, a few bars, and nothing. Total silence. Then it happens. A
melodic, smarmy piano refrain over which Trent does his best to harmonise,
"Doesn't it make you feel better?". More silence. A moment's reflection.
Then it cuts back to chaos. It's astonishing, it makes you laugh and it
makes a point. And in answer to your question Trent, yes it does make me
feel better, if only for a little while. You see, album number two for NIN
is pure industrial strength catharsis. Like previous releases, The Downward
Spiral is frustration distilled into an electronic palate of emotion:
lyrical desire and repulsion framed by samples, keyboards, live drum loops
and dirty guitar overload. It's a right musical purging that's both brutal
and subtle, ugly and attractive, engrossing and abrasive. It's an album
which takes some work, but if you're willing let's just say it's the gift
that keeps on giving. Don't go changing Trent!
4 skulls out of 5.
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