Thursday, April 2, 2009


Founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor, its only official member, Nine Inch Nails (a.k.a. NIN) is a U.S. industrial rock group which has produced several highly influential records thoughout the 90's until very recently.

NIN's sound is a combination of meticulously-assembled layers of distorted guitar & electronic sounds on cathartic heavy metal rocking rythms, robotic techno beats or instrospective ballads.

Another trademark of NIN's musical style is related to the way Reznor's changes the dynamics within a song structure, switching from quiet to loud & back again with an abrupt stop at the end. Reznor's voice follows the same pattern alternatively whispering then screaming his tortured lyrics.

Among the different artists which were influenced by NIN, let's mention David Bowie whose Outside & Earthling albums (released in 1995 & 1997) were greatly influenced by Trent Reznor's musical characteristics. Another artist where Reznor played a major role at the early stage of his career is Marilyn Manson. Acting as a mentor & a producer, Reznor helped Manson's become the most controversial entertainers of the 90's with his 2nd album released in 1996 called Antichrist Superstar.

The playlist below is a sample of NIN's work over the years.

Découvrez la playlist I love NIN de domguillemin

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