I am mostly influenced by industrial metal and like to create music that would fit within that genre. Downward Spiral is the most influential industrial album for me.
My three favourite songs in order are: Closer, Reptile, and Eraser.
A remixed version of Closer was used in the beginning credits of my favourite movie of all time, Seven; and this was my first exposure to Nine Inch Nails at age 11. I became obsessed with the movie and that song. Closer, for me visually is a mix between a serial killer’s bedroom with black walls and a red neon crucifix, and a crowded underground nightclub in the 1990s, full of leather clad goths. The intensity of the last third of the song is a loud, slow burn, head banger despite its danceability.
The first time I listened to Reptile, I heard the intro as a dismal and distant, circus tune; which, erupted into a bone-crushing, guitar lead, industrial meltdown. And the eerie, epic horn you hear after the first chorus is one of my favourite sounds of all time. The song also stays true to the sleazy and deviant theme of much of the album. Lyrically, Reptile is top-tier.
Another one of my favourite sounds of all time is Reznor’s innovative use of a wind instrument to create a sound, that to me sounds like a dying human/bee hybrid; for the intro of Eraser.
Other noteworthy tracks include: Heresy and Mr. Self Destruct. Heresy’s synth track is great and Mr. Self Destruct’s progressively intensifying, percussive interlude loop is very cool.
Hurt is my least favourite track on the album because I heard the Cash version first. And, one cannot go back to the original version after you experience Cash magnificently kill it all away.
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