Mon January 28th, 2002
And All That Could Have Been (2002)
Things Falling Apart (2000)
Fragile (1999)
Further Down the Spiral (1995)
Downward Spiral (1994)
Broken (1992)
Trent Reznor, vocals / guitars / bass / drums / programming
Industrial music has always been the domain of reclusive studio-mavens. Indeed, one of the reasons the music business ignored the genre for so long was because so many industrial bands were so faceless - or weren't bands at all but revolving-door ensembles of players loosely associated with a mastermind or two.

Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker, the dynamic duo at the heart of Ministry were also the driving force behind a gaggle of offshoot projects including Acid Horse, Revolting Cocks, Pailhead and Lard. In 1990, Trent Reznor joined forces with Jourgensen and Barker on a thermonuclear dance version of the Black Sabbath chestnut, "Supernaut." The moniker du jour for the collaboration was 1000 Homo DJs, and the resulting EP also featured three additional tracks, "Hey Asshole," "Apathy" and "Better Ways."
Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor once described himself as simply a guy from Ohio with a death disco band, and fundamentally that's exactly what Nine Inch Nails was back in 1989 when Reznor revved upPretty Hate Machine and unleashed it on the music world. But that was really just an auspicious start to one of the most influential acts of the '90s. Though a host of highly talented musicians (including Charlie Clouser, Chris Vrenna, Robin Finck) have lent their talents to the NIN fold, the band remains the brainchild of Reznor and he is the essence of the music.

Though the hard, heavy sound that Reznor cultivated is clearly a descendent of second generation industrial bands like Ministry, Skinny Puppy and KMDFM (spawn of granddaddies Cabaret Voltaire and Einstürzende Neubauten), his innovative twist was to intensify the dark, seductive dance grooves with a twist of pop and lyrical hooks almost as catchy as their musical counterparts. Pretty Hate Machine produced the death disco classics "Down In It" and "Head Like a Hole" and made Reznor an alternative rock superstar.

The long wait between that album and its follow-up only enhanced his profile in indie rock circles. Unhappy with his relationship with TVT Records, Reznor spent the next five years embroiled in legal sparring with the label, which eventually relented and allowed Reznor to create his own label, Nothing, under the auspices of Interscope. So when The Downward Spiral was finally completed it was a Nothing/TVT/Interscope release.

With each subsequent NIN project, Reznor has demonstrated his tremendously innovative, relentlessly inventive talents - testimony to that is the legion of young bands he has inspired and influenced.
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