This Day In Music History: March 8th, 1994 – Nine Inch Nails brings industrial to the mainstream with ‘The Downward Spiral’

When Nine Inch Nails released Pretty Hate Machine in 1989, it played a major role in bringing the harshness of industrial music to the mainstream alongside bands like Ministry. However, its synthpop nature was quickly phased out in favor of a more metal approach, especially on 1992’s Broken EP. A much heavier album than its…

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On ‘Broken’, Nine Inch Nails created an industrial metal EP that lashed out at the system

Nine Inch Nails likely did more for industrial rock and metal than any other band, both from a critical and commercial standpoint. While their magnum opus is often considered 1994’s The Downward Spiral, preceding that landmark record was 1992’s Broken EP. The album is a short, yet effective burst of industrial metal that is still…

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