Trent Reznor Says Nine Inch Nails' 'The Downward Spiral' "Still Excites Me and Breaks My Heart"

"Has it really been that long, old friend?"

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Mar 8, 2024

Not only is March 8 International Women's Day (IWD), but Nine Inch Nails' sophomore album, The Downward Spiral, was released 30 years ago today. Feel old yet?

Dua Lipa fan Trent Reznor is doing some reflecting in honour of the watershed LP's anniversary, sharing his thoughts on the NIN website and across the band's social media channels.

"Spending too much time looking backwards feels dangerous to me, but this day on the calendar caught my attention. Has it really been that long, old friend?" the musician wrote. "I just spent an hour listening to this time capsule of what 28-year-old me had to say, and it still excites me and breaks my heart."

Reznor added, "Be kind to yourselves. Hope to see you soon." He expressed last year that he's no longer interested in being a touring musician, citing "the lack of importance of music in today's world" as "a little defeating."

Released on March 8, 1994, via Nothing Records, The Downward Spiral is a critically acclaimed and commercially successful concept album about a man's self-destruction (hey, maybe this really is an IWD record!) that solidified NIN as a force in '90s industrial rock and became massively influential. See Reznor's thoughts on its 30th anniversary below.


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