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 dumbshits who calls any electronic music "techno"...and you don't want to be one of them.
by Rod_Jonse January 12, 2013
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THE industrial rock band. All music written by Trent Reznor. Has some of the most penatrating lyrics of any music I've heard.
How could I
ever think
it's funny how
everything you swore would never change is different now.
like you said
you and me
make it through
didn't quite
fell apart
by joe May 04, 2004
1. re: Trent Reznor (greatest musician ever)
Nine Inch Nails is Trent Reznor
by fyrestarter May 18, 2004
A very talented industrial music artist, probably responsible for making industrial as popular as it is today. And to whoever said, "Why don't you listen to real industrial like Skinny Puppy and KMFDM?", I just have one thing to say: why don't you listen to real real industrial like Throbbing Gristle, who made the first and probably most f-ed up industrial music, and Nurse With Wound, who have been making some of the most sickening (and that is literally sickening, mind you) dark ambient music for over 30 years... oh, and Coil probably figures in there somewhere as well. Not to say Skinny Puppy isn't talented, but maybe you should know what you're talking about before you go putting other people down.
I like NIN. I also like Skinny Puppy and Throbbing Gristle and Nurse With Wound.
by SnareRushJunkie February 02, 2005
Industrial rock band formed in Ohio in 1988 by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Michael Trent Renznor, who is the only permanent and principle member. he uses various backing bands on tours. NIN are a very good band.
Head Like A Hole, 10 Miles High and Big Come Down are my favourite songs. very good stuff.
by BadLieutenant November 15, 2004
Extremely good "band" made up of one person, Trent Reznor. Usually, he takes a while to make new albums, but the wait is worth it. Known for Closer, the "fuck you like an animal" song. Also accused by elitists (people who hate any music that's played on the radio and/or isn't badass enough) of not being "real" industrial like Skinny Puppy. Albums at this point include (in order from 1989) Pretty Hate Machine, Broken (EP), The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, and With Teeth.

and nothing can stop me now
there is nothing to fear
and everything i'd ever want
is inside of here

- sunspots (with teeth)

if i could start again
a million miles away
i would keep myself
i would find a way

- hurt (the downward spiral)
by (untitled) May 15, 2005
The band which frontman Trent Reznor reinvented the industrial genre with.
Trent Reznor has got to be the most talented, good-looking 40-year old ever. Nine Inch Nails is proof, piggies.
by Maybell1ne October 10, 2005
Band that despite no longer being the centre of attention in the metal world, continue to rock, and rock well.

I am led to believe that Trent wrote the song "hurt", performed by Johnny Cash.
you let me violate you

you let me desecrate you

you let me penetrate you

you let me complicate you
by Gumba Gumba March 21, 2004
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