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Nine Inch Nails

Since Nine Inch Nails was brought into being, Trent Reznor has become one of the most respected and innovative artist. The Nine Inch Nails band won few Grammy awards and in 1997 Reznor appeared in Time magazine's list of the year's most influential Americans.



Without Michael Trent Reznor Nine Inch Nails wouldn't be existed. The leader of the band was born in 1965 in Pennsylvania. To understand the phenomenon of Reznor's music we have to go back to his childhood. His parents divorsed when he was five and a little Michael Trent (later Reznor was referred to by his middle name to avoid confusion with his father). started to live with his grandparents from his mother side. Already then he started to play the piano and he started to learn classical music. In school band he played on saxophone and tuba. His first band was called Option 30. Soon he stared to be fun of Kiss and after only a year of college, Reznor dropped out and moved to Cleveland where he went with his friend from high school Chris Vrenna. There, merely 19 years old Reznor fascinated by hard sounds that came out from the elecronical instruments, he joined The Innocent band as a keyboardist. Soon the band released the album "Livin' In The Streets" but Reznor quit after just three months. Since then he joined local bands like The Exotic Birds. He was a shop assistant in keyboards shop. He got a job as a janitor and as an assistant engineer at Right Track Studio where he could use the instruments during unused studio time. Shortly Reznor changed the job - he learned on his own to use recording program and from janitor he started to work as a sound engineer. His first demo material had been recorded there that later were put at Nine Inch Nails' first album "Pretty Hate Machine".

Trent Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails who is its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to perform with him. Sometimes Reznor invites other musicians to co-operate during the recording sessions such as Danny Lohner, Charlie Clouser, Chris Vrenna Dave Grohl or Richard James.




Nine Inch Nails ia an american band playing the industrial rock founded by Trent Reznor in 1988 in Cleveland.

Nine Inch Nails' debut album, "Pretty Hate Machine" was released in 1989 by TVT Records. Reznor worked in Right Track Studio as a janitor and after the duty hours he could play the keyboard, drums, guitars and make the samples. Reznor's ambitions for Nine Inch Nails were to release one 12-inch single on a small European label. But first he sent his demo to several various american record labels.  Thanks to his manager, John A. Malm Jr., Reznor received serious offers from many of them, but eventually signed a deal with TVT Records. An early effort called The Industrial Nation was rejected by TVT. This led Reznor to take tracks from the denied earlier works and form "Pretty Hate Machine", which was recorded in various studios around the world with Reznor collaborating with some of his most idolized producers. Released on October 20, 1989, the album was a critical and commercial success, receiving radio airplay for the singles "Down in It", "Head Like a Hole" and "Sin". "Terrible Lie" and "Something I Can Never Have" also received moderate airplay along with the three lead singles.

In 1992, Trent Reznor returned from hiding and presented his label with "Broken". After the commercial and critical success of "Pretty Hate Machine", TVT Records pressured Trent Reznor to record a similar album that had potential successful singles. TVT Records was insistent that they would not release anything other than an album much like "Pretty Hate Machine". This led to Reznor demanding his label to terminate his contract, because he felt like their meddling was hindering his musical integrity. This argument between his label led Reznor to disappear for a few years, where he was, in fact, recording his new EP, which he planned to make much heavier then the first album. During this time, Reznor used a variety of aliases to stay hidden from label interference. The lead single "Happiness in Slavery"  received moderate airplay, but its music video led to MTV banning the video. But the single "Wish" was much more successful with an aggressive live performance on the music video, and the single won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.

To record his third album "The Downward Spiral", Trent Reznor rented the house where actress Sharon tate was murdered by Charlie Manson in 1969. The artist denied that he was fascinated by that murder, saying that searching for the house to rent the prise of that one was reasonable. In December 1993 he moved out of the house saying that "there was too much history in that house for me to handle." The album was released March 8, 1994 on Nothing Record (a vanity label of Interscope Records) "March of the Pigs", "Closer", "Piggy" and "Hurt" were its single. The album was a commercial success thanks to the single "Close". In 2004, The Downward Spiral in deluxe version was re-released to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

In August 21, 1999, "The Fragile" was released. Reznor describes the album's plot and story as "a theme of things falling apart." Interscope company didn't want to promote the album so Trent was forced to provide funding for the subsequent North American tour out of his own pocket. On the album you can hear many sounds' experiments but Reznor ensured that most of those "eccentricity" are the melodies played on the guitar. The singles were "The Day the World Went Away", "We're In This Together", "Starfuckers, Inc." and "Into the Void".

For the next studio album the fans of Nine Inch Nails had to wait till April 27, 2005, when "With Teeth" was released. With Teeth was released as a standard CD, double vinyl, a DualDisc and a CD/DVD combo. The album generated threee singles: "The Hand That Feeds", "Only" and "Every Day is Exactly the Same" - they all became very popular.

Next, very important album is "Year Zero", released April 16, 2007. The album is a concept album that criticizes contemporary policies of the United States government by presenting a dystopian vision of the year 2022. That album was the lst one released by any record label. Reznor decided to record the material independently. Already "Year Zero" was recorded on the Reznor's notebook during the "With Teeth" tour and his home studio. During the concerts before the album was released the pendrives with singles of his new albyum could be found in the halls. Reznor denied it was a commercial trick saying that the CD is an obsolete and it's irrelevant. April 10, Reznor gave access  to the all singles of his new album on his MySpace website. There were two promotional singles "Survivalism" and "Capital G". With releasing re-mix from "Year Zero" that is "Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D",Reznor effectively ended the band's relationship with its record label and started to proceed "free of any recording contract with any label".

In March 2, 2008, Nine Inch Neils released four-track album "Ghosts I-IV" as a instrumental singles. Initially intended to be a five-track EP the final release is presented as four nine-track instrumental EPs, 36 tracks in total. "The rules were as follows: 10 weeks, no clear agenda, no overthinking, everything driven by impulse. Whatever happens during that time gets released as... something". The first EP was free downloaded on the band website without any promotion. Ghosts I-IV was released in a number of different formats at various price points: Ghost I - free, Digital release, Two-Disc release, Vinyl release, Deluxe Edition.

"The Slip" is the last album released May 5, 2008, via free digital download on the official Nine Inch Nails website. The album was recorded during free weeks in Reznor home-studio. According to Trent, the track listing and lyrics were finished in May 1, the final mix and sequencing in May 3, the mastering in May 4, artwork on Saturday, and the album was released in May 5 with the words: "thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one's on me".

Trent Reznor has infuenced many newest alternative musicians. The artist wasn't the first one who combines heavy sounds, sinthetic samples and sometimes autobiographical or even sentimental lirics. Before there were Ministry or Skinny Puppy but his charisma is more overwhelming. In 1992 Reznor started Nothing Records where Marilyn Manson was recorded. Nine Inch Nails together with Ministry contributed to popular the industrial music with metal accent.

The Nine Inch Nails' singles were also soundtracks such as "Dead Souls" in "The Crow" movie ora "Just Like You Imagine" from "The Fragile" was put into limited edition of "300" soundtracks. Reznor is credited for "Driver Down" and "Videodrones; Questions" on the soundtrack for Lost Highway, while another track, "The Perfect Drug" is credited to Nine Inch Nails instead.

Trent Reznor often criticize music industry especcially attempting to restrict artistic freedom by large corporations. Nine Inch Nails  On stage, NIN often employ spectacular visual elements to accompany performances, which frequently culminate with the band destroying their instruments.



  • Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
  • Broken (1992)
  • The Downward Spiral (1994)
  • The Fragile (1999)
  • With Teeth (2005)
  • Year Zero (2007)
  • Ghosts I-IV (2008)
  • The Slip (2008)