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Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails

Perhaps more than any other group, Nine Inch Nails helped popularize industrial music with mainstream audiences, especially in America, where band leader, founder and all-around driving force Trent Reznor has arguably become the genre’s most recognizable figure. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 17, 1965, Reznor taught himself multiple instruments and trained as a studio engineer prior to recording Nine Inch Nails’ first demos, virtually single-handedly. These became the foundation of 1989’s official debut, ‘Pretty Hate Machine,’ which gained release through independent TVT Records and steadily marched its way to platinum sales, while Reznor and his hand-picked band mates built a large following through relentless touring, including the 1991 Lollapalooza Festival. 1992’s ‘Broken’ EP was unveiled as a stop-gap while Interscope Records extricated Reznor from his TVT deal, so it was 1994’s ‘The Downward Spiral’ that truly elevated Nine Inch Nails to global stardom, with its state-of-the-art industrial art-rock and controversial music videos backing smash hits like ‘Closer’ and ‘Hurt.’ Simultaneously, Reznor further complicated his busy schedule by mentoring and producing new age shock rocker Marilyn Manson across a trio of platinum-selling releases (culminating in 1996’s iconic ‘Antichrist Superstar’) before experiencing a very public falling out with his protege. But at least this finally allowed Reznor to focus again on Nine Inch Nails, which consolidated its career longevity with 1999’s much delayed (and thus highly anticipated) double album, ‘The Fragile,’ which debuted at No. 1 and paved the way to more extensive touring. But another six years would pass before Nine Inch Nails’ next studio effort, ‘With Teeth,’ which saw Reznor emerging from serious substance abuse issues to embark on a period of unparalleled prolificness and technological innovation behind the marketing of fast-recorded followups, ’Year Zero’ (2007), ‘Ghosts ‘ I-IV’ and ‘The Slip’ (both 2008). The latter pair also saw Reznor exiting Interscope and suffering diminished sales, as a result, but the artist’s reinvigorated creative drive and good health carried Nine Inch Nails forward as one of the world’s most popular tour draws and an enduring musical force, as evidenced by 2013’s warmly received ‘Hesitation Marks’ album.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Trent Reznor: Internet ‘Has Created a Toxic Environment for Artists’ + Led to ‘Some Very Safe Music’

In a new interview, Trent Reznor reveals how he feels the Internet has negatively impacted the creative process for modern music.

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Nine Inch Nails Top 2017 Panorama Fest Bill; Red Hot Chili Peppers Among Bonnaroo 2017 Headliners

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Angela Weiss / Frazer Harrison / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

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Photo Credit: John Crawford
Photo Credit: John Crawford

Nine Inch Nails’ New Track ‘Burning Bright’ Is WAY Heavier Than You Expected

Nine Inch Nails are embracing the heavy once again!

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Photo Credit: John Crawford
Photo Credit: John Crawford

Nine Inch Nails to Unleash ‘Not the Actual Events’ EP on December 23!

Trent Reznor wasn’t lying when he said 2016 wasn’t finished yet.

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27 Years Ago: Nine Inch Nails Unleash ‘Pretty Hate Machine’

On Oct. 20, 1989, Nine Inch Nails unleashed the industrial tour de force 'Pretty Hate Machine.'

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Araya Diaz / Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Trent Reznor: ‘I’m Absolutely Terrified’ About Donald Trump’s Lasting Effect on Politics

In a new interview, Trent Reznor shares his thoughts on Donald Trump as a presidential candidate and his lasting effect on the political climate.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson ‘Had Such a Ball’ Listening to Tool + Nine Inch Nails on Ecstasy

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson reflected on the good times listening to bands like Tool and Nine Inch Nails while taking ecstasy in the mid-'90s.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Foo Fighters vs. Nine Inch Nails – Rocktober Rumble, Round 1

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Trent Reznor + Atticus Ross Reveal Full ‘A Minute to Breathe’ Song From ‘Before the Flood’ Film [Update]

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have revealed the song 'a minute to breathe' from the upcoming 'Before the Flood' documentary.

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