A conceptual album and the second studio album released by Nine Inch Nails in May of 1994. It revolves around an unidentified man who basically goes on a "downward spiral" essentially, or path to eventual and imminent self-destruction.
It went quadruple platinum, and was deemed (I can't, for the life of me, remember who said this) "The bleakest platinum album probably ever released."
The Downward Spiral basically put Nine Inch Nails on the map in the 90s.
by VitalyKimiSebNirvana May 07, 2012
A blantantly sexual, profane, beautiful Concept Album by Trent Reznor, aka, Nine Inch Nails. It might be the best CD by Trent Reznor.
The Downward Spiral is most likely my favorite CD by NIN.
by funkfunk July 21, 2006
Nine Inch Nails CD released in 1994
Hey did you listen to The Downward Spiral yet?
by John Coltrane November 04, 2005

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