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Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Lucas Hilbert

Considered the breakthrough album that delivered a more palatable version of industrial music to the commercial audience, Pretty Hate Machine left its dingy mark on pop culture. The abrasive "sonarchy" of the album was first churned by despondent club-goers who roiled with the rhythms and aligned with the angst-ridden convictions. Since its release, the album's tempered deviations came to signify an aesthetic reverie for machine-driven martyrdom. Permeated by hissing engines and dissonant strains, the tracks cascade outside channels of modern complacency. Hits like "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" are recognized by the acidic beats, piercing riffs, and lyrical hostilities which snare the listener with disparaging rhapsody. Not for the light-headed, Pretty Hate Machine afflicts the inner sanctum and strikes a nerve.

1. Head Like a Hole6. Kinda I Want To
2. Terrible Lie7. Sin
3. Down in It8. That's What I Get
4. Sanctified9. Only Time
5. Something I Can Never Have10. Ringfinger


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Artist: Nine Inch Nails

Released: November 9, 1989

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (2)

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