I don't care who you are or what rock you hid under but if you haven't heard of this album, or any part of it, your an alien to me. This is probably one of the Top 10 Classic industrial albums of all time, in my eyes, and I'm probably not alone in saying that either.
Even after 15 years it still sounds current and the music still kicks ass. It spans so many levels too. We have hard brutal industrial/rock with Mr. Self Destruct. Awesome hard pounding industrial with Heresy. Soft melodic organ music with A Warm Place. The acoustic cover song of Hurt. We even have a #1 hit with Closer, which I actually got sick of after a while. I've heard this song on the most pop of radio stations and it surprised me. I also hated the fact that people thought they were so different and unique because they liked that song; "I listen to everything, even NIN." My reply, "Oh really, I love that album The Downward Spiral the most, you like Pretty Hate Machine?" Long pause..... "Pretty what?" ARG!!! Anyway, this album helped popularize industrial music in a way, and maybe that's a good thing and maybe not. All the singles that came from this album were great too so that made me enjoy it even more.
In the lyrics the word "I" appears 143 times. That doesn't include the words "I'm" or "Me" either. Trent loves himself.
On the start of the track Reptile you hear the looped sample of the Pedulum swing from the classic Vincent Price movie Pit and the Pendulum. Another reason why I love this album.