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Take a trip down the spiral...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Further Down The Spiral (Audio CD)
I really cannot begin to describe Reznor's creation in this beast of a CD. As the title of the album suggests this is a trip down a spiral. Reznor's inner depression, aggression and anger is all brought through. The tracks lead you through a variety of different emotions; dragging you though its own depression and suffering, beating you with its anger and pain but at some points somehow managing to get you levels of euphoria inexplicably.
"Piggy" is an excellent start to the album. Starting off as a slow calm song soon builds up into a fully blown techno track that really puts the rest of the album into perspective. The techno portion of the song almost makes you feel good!!! Has Reznor lost his touch? Well, no. Due to the very controversial roots of the track (a relation to a certain American murderer can be drawn)this lives up to the standards you'd expect from the likes of Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails!!!
The main feature of the album, of course, is the 3 parts of "self-destruction". "Part 1" is fairly calm but there are underlying hints of misery. Where as "Part 3" is an all out, fully powered scream that only feels it has accomplished its task once your ears have started to bleed.
"Heresy" is probably the most techno track on the album and would probably be better received by a wider audience of people compared to Reznor's other work.
"The Downward Spiral" is probably the strangest track on the album (or at least equal to "self destruction, final"). Starting off with a distorted voice it is soon followed by Reznor's trademark scream. Literally the moment the scream ends a very psychedelic techno (almost dance) track starts up.
"Hurt", the one live track on the album, is a well needed break from the mayhem this album has produced. This is a slow, calm song which is very much along the lines of "Something I Can Never Have" from NIN's 1st album "Pretty Hate Machine".
Aphex Twin live up to their usual ambient standards with their creation "At The Heart of It All". This time around the mood Aphex Twin set up is one of fear combined with the anticipation of impending terror.
"Ruiner" lies much along the lines of "Heresy" as it also goes very much along the lines of techno music.
"Eraser" is probably the hardest techno track on the album (this is ignoring the "self-destruction" series) and truly thrashes you with a multitude of hard-hitting synthesiser... well, noises (in lack of a better word for it)!
The CD ends with "Self Destruction, Final" the final part of the "self destruction" trilogy. It is a combination of both parts 1 and 3 but with an almost humorous outline.
All-in-all this is simply amazing and a must buy.