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An Industrial Metal band. A great mix of Synth and Rock music. Are ironically against commercialism but now one of the most famous Industrial bands.

Gave way to Marilyn Manson.

Did not give way to: Slipknot, Limp Bizkit or any Nu metal shit.
nine inch nails
by mike December 29, 2003
The band that is made up of 1 person , Trent Reznor. He himself has paved the path to industrial music and Marilyn Manson.
God money I’ll do anything for you.
God money just tell me what you want me to.
God money nail me up against the wall.
God money don’t want everything he wants it all.

No you can’t take it
No you can’t take it
No you can’t take that away from me
No you can’t take it
No you can’t take it
No you can’t take that away from me

Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I’d rather die than give you control.
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I’d rather die than give you control.

Bow down before the one you serve.
You’re going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You’re going to get what you deserve.
by XIII November 07, 2004
Nine Inch Nails is a industrial rock band founded in 1988 in Ohio.Nine Inch Nails often uses "NIN" for abbreviation,which the last N is backwards.Trent Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and is responsible for producing,singing,writing,and playing the instruments.He hires a live band after he completes the music.In the beginning he was a janitor and assistant engineer at a music studio,he recorded some demos with extra time left over.NIN's first album was successful due to the tracks: "Head like a Hole"and "Sin." In 1994,the album "The Downward Spiral" was released and a lot of songs were hits like "Closer","March of the Pigs",and "Hurt." The music video for "Closer" was really popular and was also edited because of the graphic content.In 2005,NIN released the album,"With Teeth" the songs "The Hand that feeds" and "Only" were popular hits,they made a music video for "Only" which was regular rotation video on MTV. In 2008,NIN released a album called "The Slip",online with their website without any advertisement or any promotion.NIN has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and 10 million alone in the America.Most NIN songs became popular radio songs in the 1990s through 2000s.Trent Reznor was on a list for Time magazine's most influential people in 1997.
Nine Inch Nails most common radio songs:

March of the Pigs
The Perfect Drug
Starfuckers, Inc
Into the Void
The Hand that feeds
by DH85 July 06, 2009
One of the greatest industrial bands, composed of 1 memeber, Trent Reznor(greatest musician). The reason i said one of the greatest bands, and not THE greatest band is because The faint, Skinny puppy, Wumpscut, and Frontline Assembly are great bands too.
Trent IS inspiration.
by Fuckthepainaway February 16, 2005
Nails that are nine inches in proportion.
Simon: "I need to build a house. How long should the nails be?"
Tamorania: "Nine inches. You need nine inch nails"
by Tre' Sowers February 19, 2007
1. 9 nails that are an inch in length

2. An insignificant quantity of nails that are uniformly 9 inches of length

3. A phrase describing what an entity named 'nine inch' does.

4. trent reznor (a.k.a. God)
I have a handful of nine inch nails.
by lingojac March 09, 2009
Post-industrial band founded in the 80's consisting of writer/vocalist/mandolin/saxophone/guitar/tamborine/synth/drum machine/sampler/laptop/tuba/accordion/xylophone/white noise and vuvuzela player Trent Reznor and through most of its live lifespan guitarist Robin Finck. Other notable personnel include Alessandro Cortini, Aaron North, Danny Lohner aka Renholdër, Atticus Ross, Ilan Rubin, Josh Freese, Chris Vrenna, Flood, Dave Grohl, Jeordie White aka Twiggy Ramirez, Charlie Clouser, Richard Patrick, Jerome Dillon, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, and others.

Genre is Industrial Rock and Industrial Metal. Very layered pseudo-EBM/Rock hybrid most of the time throughout the peak of its popularity, more of an alternative rock feel since With Teeth, excluding Year Zero, which was mostly glitch and Ghosts I-IV, which is broadly ambient. NIN is profanity and angst ridden almost all the time, so much so that it has been known for its angst (which can be either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your tastes). Started out with a (particularly dark) synthpop album much like Ministry, one of Trent's big influences along with Skinny Puppy, Gary Numan, Soft Cell, Throbbing Gristle, David Bowie and Pink Floyd to name a handful.

Pretty good. Nice amount of varied sound throughout the whole discography and one of the more abrasive sounding artists in modern rock music.
Critically and commercially, NIN's greatest album is usually considered to be The Downward Spiral, although fans tend to be totally split, with preferences mainly towards either TDS, The Fragile, Year Zero and Pretty Hate Machine.

Nine Inch Nails is that "fuck you like an animal band", that "hand that feeds" band and that "I hurt myself today" band. If you are referring to them as such learn the fucking song names.

It should be noted that NIN is not Industrial music, as it is commonly incorrectly referred to. Again, it is INDUSTRIAL ROCK. Different genre that sounds totally different. Save yourself from looking like a fool and make the distinction, because saying "Industrial" to describe any Post-Industrial artist is you being like one of those losers who calls any electronic music "techno"...and you don't want to be one of them.
by Nibbro January 12, 2013