!!Videos:
* [[NightmareFuel/MusicVideos Some videos]] border the line between this and genuine horror. Notably the one for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrrEo3hZABU Down in It,]]" footage from which was analyzed by the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement FBI]] as possible footage of a "gang killing" before it was revealed what it was.
** The story of the video was later featured on ''Hard Copy'' who produced [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gV8yQc0m7g this semi-ridiculous feature]] on the story.
* While nothing explicitly scary happens in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTFwQP86BRs Closer,]]" the grimy, late 19th century setting, out-of-date film stock and unsettling images makes the whole thing feel like some ancient lost silent film.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBFwXoyjU2E Deep]]," in which Trent drives around in his car, looking like one of the Uruk-Hai creatures from Literature/TheLordOfTheRings, due to the fact that he had stolen a valuable safe, and was sprayed with a toxic dye that won't come out.
* "[[https://vimeo.com/3556108 Happiness in Slavery]]." '''''(NSFW)''''' In case you might think of checking this one out for yourself, here's a summary: A man, played by performance artist and Supermasochist Bob Flanagan, [[spoiler: gets naked, lies down, and allows a machine to rip off [[GroinAttack his penis]] and gradually chop up the rest of his body]], then [[spoiler: grind him into meat, all depicted quite graphically, though about as artistically as possible... And in black and white]]. Its uncanny realism, making it look like an honest-to-God SnuffFilm, is why ''Broken: The Movie'' has never been released commercially. You've been warned.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omWQzYycyJk Starfuckers, Inc.]]," features Trent and a typical 'Hawt Blonde Gurl' going to a filthy carnival that looks like it's taking place in the ''Deliverence'' town, featuring all sorts of celebrity TakeThat including a [[GrotesqueGallery hideously obese Courtney Love]]. The video doesn't get insanely freaky until the end, where it's all in strobe lights and Hawt Blonde Gurl shocks everyone by revealing [[spoiler: [[UnsettlingGenderReveal she's Marilyn Manson]]!]]
* The music video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfW0ke4bwI4 Pinion]]," a short instrumental track, is downright unsettling. All grainy and colorless, the video starts with a creepy shot of a dirty urinal flushing, with the music lightly tapping away. As the track builds, the video pans down the pipes, getting more intense until you see [[spoiler: a leatherbound human being with his mouth against the pipe; twitching silently as he's getting drowned]]. Holy mother of God.
* [[https://thepiratebay.la/torrent/3586323/Nine_Inch_Nails_-__Broken__High-Quality_DVD Broken Movie, anyone?]] '''''(WARNING: NOT SAFE FOR WORK NOR YOUR SANITY)'''''
** The Broken Movie was never given a full release due to the fact that Trent thought the project went too far in terms of the "realism" and feared that the backlash would overshadow the music. He gave a copy to his close friends to which he made small edits to see if the video would get leaked. A heavy circulated version back then was missing the music video for Help Me, I Am In Hell. It wasn't until 2006, that a "mysterious shady character" got into Trent's files and uploaded the movie in DVD Quality onto PirateBay giving it a wider release. Trent also tried to get the movie uploaded onto Vimeo, however due to the graphic nature it was taken down very quickly. The film currently has a home on [[https://archive.org/details/NineInchNails-Broken Archive.org]] through a cleverly hidden easter egg within the NIN.com website. Viewer discretion is highly advised for those who want to watch it.
*** For those who do not want to view it but are still interested in the content of the "movie". The Broken Movie is a 20 minute short film directed by Peter Christopherson from Coil and is made to look like a snuff film. The film was made in response to the FBI investigating the music video for Down In It. See above for more context. [[spoiler: The film follows a serial killer who is being executed by hanging as he looks back on his final victim. After a quick intro, we see a POV shot of the killer driving and getting ready to kidnap a young man who is playing Basketball. The next shot shows the young man tied up in the killer's torture den being forced to watch NIN music videos and being tortured at the same time. We have little interludes which each music video for the first half of tracks of the Broken EP minus Last. We see the man being forced to drink a liquid (similar to the Pinion video), being shit on and possibly being fisted [off screen] (which links to the Wish video) and then we see the man get some of his teeth torn out with pliers and as the grand finale in an entirely new music video shot for the Broken Movie, we see the man's horrific death to the sound of the last song Gave Up whilst we see footage of the police investigating the killer's den finding all sorts of body parts in fridges and freezers (as an obvious nod to the Jeffrey Dahmer case). The man is strung up, has his torso sliced, gets castrated, gets his arms and legs chainsawed off, raped and has his heart ripped out and eaten by the killer. At the end of the movie, we continue to see the execution of the killer as we follow him as the gallows open and see the rope tighten whilst the killer has a blissful grin on his face. The film ends with a jumpscare after a black screen in which we see the killer's severed head fly across the room in one shot]]. End of movie...
* The video for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RN6pT3zL44 Came Back Haunted]]" '''''(EPILEPSY WARNING)''''' was directed by Creator/DavidLynch, and it shows. The seizure inducing flashing, the constant camera shaking on the scenes showing Trent's face, the very strange looking photographs and clay models, it's exactly what one would expect out of a music video from the man who made ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBOhQamGGuI Help Me I Am in Hell]]" has a video of a man having a meal of steak and wine '''in a room full of flies'''. One has to wonder how many flies he must've ingested while keeping such a straight face.
* "The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o7eEjMlkCI We're In This Together]]" music video could be considered nightmare fuel to some due to the surreal images within it such as extreme closeups of random people and objects not to mention Trent screaming the lyrics of the chorus while lights flicker. We follow Trent as he wakes up in an abandoned building and notices a crowd of lookalikes similar to him running through the streets of Mexico. Trent decides to follow the crowd up until they catch a train all packed together like sardines. Trent sees glimpses of a woman during this chaos so it's assumed that Trent is trying to follow her but the narrative isn't really explained well. Near the end of the music video, the crowd of people reach a desert to which Trent trips up and almost gets trampled by the crowd cowering into a ball. Afterwards, we see that the crowd of people are now gone, evaporated rapture style with only Trent left alone to wander in the desert in confusion as we see the remains of clothing of the Trent clones all strewn across the desert.
* "[[https://vimeo.com/3685071 Burn]]" is quite the disturbing video. In a similar fashion to the scrapped Hurt video (and '94 era live performances of Hurt), we see Trent in a warehouse type location in front of a giant screen performing the song whilst images from the movie Natural Born Killers and other b-roll material such as rotting fruit, old family movie footage, footage of the Holocaust, a Nazi rally, animal slaughter, wild animal fights, domestic abuse and other things are played in the background. Throughout the video we see different almost subliminal shots of Trent and the rest of the band dressed like characters from Natural Born Killers and demons. There's a particular shot of Trent which is guide haunting but it is a blink and you'll miss it moment before the second verse where we see a dazed looking Trent splattered with [[https://media.giphy.com/media/iweujrqzx9rpu/giphy.gif blood]].
* Some of the live visual videos are a mixture of nightmare fuel and tearjerking. The most famous has to be the projector reel for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZjuTjZeydA Hurt]] which would have been seen in the scrapped music video too. We see shots of a decomposing fox, WW2 executions, close ups of reptiles, burnt concentration camp and holocaust victims, atomic testing, close ups of paintings of Jesus' crucifixion among other thought provoking imagery. The 2005 visual reel for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV5eP0I-m5s Eraser]] takes things up a notch. Whilst the original 1994 reel showed footage of a desert storm. The 2005 reel gradually shifts from peaceful nature shots to a highlight reel of the worst of humanity with a lot of footage taken from the Iraq and Afghanistan war at the time juxtaposed with stock footage of people enjoying their lives whilst all of this awful footage is being shown.

!!Music:
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[[folder:''The Downward Spiral'']]
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[[folder: Original Album ]]

* Let's be honest here- pretty much the entirety of ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' is this. From the opening ''Film/THX1138'' samples to the noisy, droning LastNoteNightmare at the end of "Hurt" (which brings to mind flatlining ECG). Even the MoodWhiplash of "A Warm Place" manages to count, in a NothingIsScarier sorta way (it's the soundtrack to the point in the album's plot where the protagonist realizes how hopelessly fucked up he is, after all). What would you expect, from a ConceptAlbum about a character's self-destruction, descent into insanity and eventual suicide?
** The fact that Trent was forced to [[CutSong cut one song out]] because it came off as ''[[UpToEleven a blatant endorsement of suicide!]]'' [[FridgeHorror Imagine all the depressed young people who found that album cathartic having their self-hatred validated]].
*** [[HarsherInHindsight To make things even worse]], the album itself was released one month BEFORE [[Creator/KurtCobain Kurt Cobain]]'s suicide on in April 5th, 1994. And the title song has [[FridgeHorror obviously some similarities with the actual event that happened]].
* "Mr. Self Destruct", possibly one of the most harrowing [[IAmSong "I Am" Songs]] ever recorded.
* "The Becoming" has background music that consists of people screaming in fear and the song twitches and jerks like a malfunctioning robot hellbent on murder.
* Special mention must go to "Big Man with a Gun", which could be perceived as a rape scenario, or otherwise the protagonist going on a major power-trip, or actually him going on a [[GoingPostal violent and murderous rampage]] (according to the repeated lyrics "[[DoubleEntendre SHO]][[ShootTheDog OT]]!"). Either way, this is the point where the already dark and nihilistic album takes a turn into the supremely fucked up. The intense speed of the song, a highly distorted (and almost unrecognizable) scream of pleasure taken directly from a porn movie and the fierce distortion in the music and vocals building throughout, combined with the lyrics, make this deeply unsettling, particularly when followed immediately by "A Warm Place".
* "A Warm Place", despite its ambient sound and its place as a brief moment of clarity in the album and its narrative, nevertheless feels eerie considering [[ForegoneConclusion what follows it...]]
* "Eraser". Already starts uneasy with distorted guitars and pounding drums, but gets pretty terrifying at the end as Trent screams "'''KILL ME'''" [[spoiler:(and possibly "'''HELP ME'''")]] until his voice dissolves into the surrounding noise.
* Sometimes when performing "Reptile" live Trent will in the middle add "Please, don't hurt me" which is followed by a horrific crying scream, the most scariest example would have to be the one from "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ-w0TAE-mQ Woodstock 94 performance]], where it sounds like Trent is genuinely miserably screaming. Chilling. (4:33)
* The TitleTrack itself, what with the detuned guitar riff, the flies buzzing, the muffled screaming "[[BigNo NOOOOOOOO-]]" and thunderous drumming, and the main protagonist's SplitPersonality taunting as the poor bastard [[DrivenToSuicide tries to take his own life]]. It sounds like it's rotting and falling apart.
--> "He couldn't believe how easy it was"
--> "[[DrivenToSuicide He put the gun into his face]]"
--> "BANG!"
--> "So much blood for such a [[PrettyLittleHeadshots tiny little hole]]"
--> "Problems do have solutions, you know"
--> "[[NiceJobBreakingItHero A lifetime of fucking things up fixed]]"
--> "In one determined flash"
--> "Everything's blue"
--> "Everything's blue in this world"
--> "The deepest shade of mushroom blue"
--> "All fuzzy"
--> "'''SPILLING OUT OF MY HEAD!'''"
* "Hurt" is equal parts terrifying and tearjerking, but its LastNoteNightmare is nothing short of chilling... [[MostWonderfulSound depending on your prespective]].

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[[folder: Further Down The Spiral (Remix Album) ]]

* "The Downward Spiral (The Bottom)." At roughly a minute and twenty seconds in, [[CarefulWithThatAxe a genuinely terrifying scream,]] distorted to sound like it's coming from underwater ''and then getting closer'', [[JumpScare bursts out of nowhere]]. Specially the distorted "The deepest shade of mushroom blue" in several parts throughout the track.
* "Erased, Over, Out". At normal speed it's already scary with a sound that sounds like a pained, prolonged scream repeated over the course of the track. But speed the track up. [[SchmuckBait I dare you.]]
* "Eraser (Denial; Realization)", the penultimate track of the remix album (Rest of the world than in US), is full of [[HellIsThatNoise disturbing synths]], distorted guitar noises and with Trent's slowed down [[spoiler: "ERASE ME!"]] and [[spoiler: "KILL ME!"]] being played throughout the track. And then, the other half of the track starts [[FromBadToWorse becoming even worse]] with [[SensoryAbuse loud screeching noises]] and [[LastNoteNightmare it ends with the beginning sample from the original track]].

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[[folder:''The Fragile'']]

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[[folder: Original Album ]]

* While featuring [[HeartwarmingMoments more moments of beauty]], [[Music/TheFragile1999 THIS album]] [[FromBadToWorse isn't anything better]] than it's [[Music/TheDownwardSpiral predecessor]]...
* "The New Flesh" is terrifying.
* "The Mark Has Been Made" is mostly an awesome song, invoking the feeling of ''I Am Legend'', ''Need For Speed Undercover'' or ''S.T.A.L.K.E.R''. The last 21 seconds are a different story.
-->''[[LastNoteNightmare "I am getting clo-serrrr...I am getting clo-serrrr...All the time..."]]''
** That is actually part of "10 Miles High" originally on the vinyl version of "The Fragile". It was put in as a little secret.
* As is fellow B-side "10 Miles High". Featuring a creepy "I'm getting closer..." buildup, then a harsh, heavy, metallic riff explosion, then more quiet creepiness, then more heavy riffing, muffled this time so it sounds distant and decaying, then finally an absolutely ''terrifying'' [[LastNoteNightmare ending with creepy processed chanting]]:
-->''[[MadnessMantra "Tear it all down, tear it all down, tear it all down..."]]''
* "Underneath it All", the ambiguous penultimate song. The erratic electronics, the vocals rising in volume as it goes on, the sheer despair of the lyrics made note of... chills.
--> "[[MadnessMantra All I do, I can still feel you...]]"

--> "Numb all through, I can still feel you..."
--> "Hear your call, [[TitleDrop underneath it all...]]"
--> "Kill my brain, yet you still remain..."

--> "Crucified!"
--> "After all I've died!"
--> "After all I've tried!"
--> "You are still inside!"

--> "All I do, I can still feel you..."
--> "[[LastNoteNightmare All I do (You remain), I can still feel you (I am stained)]]"...
* "Ripe", the closing track in the Vinyl version. It's pretty much the definition of an [[DownerEnding excruciatingly grim ending]] - the fluctuating acoustic guitars rise their heads above the muck, disintegrating into [[SensoryAbuse distorted, raging, disjoint piano]] until the rotten, diseased acoustics return to make an awfully grim and ambiguous closer to the album's concept. The whole thing sounds as if it's rotting away under a thick sheet of frost... brrrgh.
** Taken UpToEleven with the complete version "Ripe (With Decay)" from the original CD release. This version which adds the remaining part of the song known as "Decay", where after becoming depressed, the main protagonist tries to find new hope, [[HereWeGoAgain then loses again]]! To add some more salt to the wound, dark, thunderous drums blare in the distance while Trent's unsettling chanting are heard in the background. Perfect for the album's DownerEnding.
** Then again, the song is suppose to represent the idea of returning to that feeling you wanted to leave behind (which in this case, was depression).
*** And also regarding the main protagonist becoming from being happy to depressed is more likely that [[FridgeHorror his own downward spiral has become a]] ViciousCycle.

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[[folder: "Things Falling Apart" (Remix Album) and "We're In This Together" (halo) ]]

* Albeit the whole track counts as TearJerker, Trent's chanting in the beginning of "The Day The World Went Away (Quiet)" is pretty disturbing. It sounds like some goddamn satanic ritual being made in progress!
* The remix version of "Where Is Everbody?" may [[AwesomeMusic/NineInchNails sound pretty awesome]] compared to the original, but the latter features some [[SensoryAbuse very abrasive synths]] and [[HellIsThatNoise muffled human screaming]] being heard in the background.

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[[folder: The Fragile: Deviations 1 (Instrumental Album) ]]

* 'Taken' is quite a disturbing demo. The majority of the soundscape of the song is Trent groaning and chanting being looped through a synthpad whilst a percussion loop plays as the chant slowly turns into a distorted scream which then fades out and loops all over again until the song ends.
* 'Last Heard From' may be a song related to Trent's score for Quake, especially the main theme as this is another song notable for using a very distorted scream from Trent being looped throughout the track whilst a synth pattern (similar to Missing Pieces) plays.
* 'Claustrophobia Machine (Raw)' is really hypnotic but very hard to listen to for the first few listens. A lot of people have theorised that the 'Claustrophobia Machine' in question is the sound of an MRI Machine booting up and making ungodly noises which has inspired the main percussion loop in this song. Other have more likened the song to an anxiety attack or being hunted down by a figure.
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[[folder:''With Teeth'']]
* 'You Know What You Are' is quite the paranoia fuel, especially when listening to the album with good quality speakers or headphones as we hear Trent's screaming vocals circle around the listener whilst he chastises himself for his past actions and calls himself out for being full of shit.
* The whole album can be considered somewhat nightmare fuel as the majority of songs are written during a period of writer's block Trent had after going to rehab to battle his substance abuse addiction. Songs such as Every Day Is Exactly The Same, Sunspots, With Teeth, The Collector and many more can take a whole new meaning when looking at the lyrics from the point of view of someone trying to beat addiction.
* The scrapped concept album of 'Bleedthrough' may have been quite the nightmare as Trent explained the concept being ďloss and possible discovery of self, along with alternate layers of reality and perception set inside a nightmare you can't seem to wake up from; with lots of feedbackĒ. This new concept was very heavily promoted on nin.com showing quotes from different Sci-Fi books, particularly 'The Lathe of Heaven' which is about a character who's dreams could alter past and present reality. However the concept was scrapped by Trent as he wasn't able to get it to work and not to mention the jokes in the community associating the album name with blood and tampons. The concept hasn't been scrapped entirely as a lot of the songs on With Teeth mention the concept of things 'bleeding through' and not to mention Trent's recent work with the EP Trilogy (Not The Actual Events, Add Violence and Bad Witch) sharing an almost similar (yet foggy) concept.

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[[folder:''Year Zero'']]
* The concept behind the ''Music/YearZero'' album and [[AlternateRealityGame ARG]]: brutal, fascist American theocracy following biological terrorism, a drug-enhanced fanatical military, drugs in the water supply to subdue the populace and increasingly frequent mind-numbing visions of ghostly, god-like hands descending from the sky known as "The Presence." "Proof" found via scrambled messages from the future scattered across websites and audio and video found on USB keys discovered at concert venues.
* The entire lore is pretty terrifying. Tribute websites dedicated to people killed in a bombing of the Academy Awards, a radio broadcast of an explosion at Wrigley Field, the diary of a child who watches his family die off...
* The TearJerker [[http://www.hourofarrival.net Hour of Arrival]] site dips very, very heavily into Nightmare Fuel territory at the end.
-->ITS HERE
-->o my god, dj, itís over the capitol. o my god, o my god iím so sorry.
-->this is the beginning
-->the stars are blowing out like candles, danny jane
-->make a wish make a wish make a wish make a wish make a
* Also, the corrupt, scrambled appearance of the websites, caused due to [[spoiler:the sites being sent back in time.]] Also, said event (as implied by "Hour of Arrival") seems to have occurred during the end of the world (February 10, 0000).
* Even though it's well known for being featured in the soundtrack of [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeed Need For Speed Undercover]], "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CV4M9lY8Ao The Warning (Stefan Goodchild Feat. Doudou N'Diaye Rose)]]"is much more darker and unsettling compared to the original.
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[[folder:''Ghosts'']]
* While ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6bo86AI5GA 8 Ghosts I]]'' is one of the most awesome tracks in the album, it's riddled with harsh electric guitar noises and thunderous drumming in which a WebVideo/YouTube comment admitted that it sounds like an [[AnarchyIsChaos angry mob kicking and screaming in fury]] while attempting to "break themselves free from the oppressive chains of society."
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxEC4hGdSWI 37 Ghosts]]'', one of the [[HiddenTrack Hidden Tracks]] of ''Ghosts I-IV''. It's easily one of the most unsettling tracks on the album, building into what sounds like a cacophony of distorted, digital screams. Listeners have compared it to an anxiety attack or [[SanitySlippage someone completely losing his mind]] in musical form, among other things.
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[[folder:''The Slip'']]
* "Lights in the Sky" is guaranteed to make the blood run cold in your veins.
* The LastNoteNightmare of "Corona Radiata", specially with the sounds of an infant screaming and cats hissing being heard in the background.
* The lyrics from final track, "Demon Seed" are sort of chilling, however:
--> "It keeps growing"
--> "And I can feel it breathe"
--> "I have been trying"
--> "To behave myself"
--> "It keeps growing"
--> "And I can feel it breathe"
--> "I have been trying"
--> "To tolerate you"

--> "Well I am reaching the point"
--> "Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah"

--> "I thought maybe"
--> "I thought this would go away"
--> "But it continues"
--> "The only constant"
--> "Every day"
--> "Stronger"

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[[folder:''Hesitation Marks'']]
* The first track, ''The Eater Of Dreams'' starts with a bunch of odd bleeping noises and several synth melodies while a [[DroneOfDread creepy drone]] becomes louder and louder until suddenly fading into "Copy of A".
** The robotic voice heard in the background before being cut short is pretty unsettling, though.
* "Black Noise" off ''Hesitation Marks'', which destroys and suddenly swallows the entire track under a mix of echoing screams until the entirety of the album ends on [[LastNoteNightmare a very creepy and uneasy note]].
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[[folder:''Not the Actual Events'']]
* ''Not The Actual Events'' can be classified as this, entirely, from Branches/Bones ending on a [[CarefulWithThatAxe cut-off loud scream of Trent Reznor]] to the creepy, mechanical, dead sounding "Dear World" the paranoid whispery and suddenly frantic "The Idea Of You" or the rage fueled "Burning Bright (Field On Fire", yet special mention goes to "She's Gone Away" which features heavy beats stomping all over the track while Trent's voice and screams echo throughout the entirety of the track, Trent's screams get a special mention as he sounds as if he was in genuine anguish.
-->''[[MadnessMantra She's gone, she's gone, she's gone away, she's gone, she's gone away]] AAAAAARGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
* It should be especially noted that She's Gone Away was originally written for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QczxCxFRUf0 "The Nine Inch Nails'" performance in the new season of Twin Peaks]] which brings an extra bit of nightmare fuel to the song by associating with David Lynch, Laura Palmer and the acid trip that is episode 8 of Twin Peaks - The Return. David Lynch rejected Trent's first draft of a song for not being "dark enough" for Twin Peaks. You can definitely say that this has filled the void.
* [[https://www.reddit.com/r/nin/comments/6t92wa/on_the_bside_for_not_the_actual_events_vinyl_has/ If you rip and play the B-Side]] in reverse, you'll hear the three remaining tracks heard from Music/TheDownwardSpiral album until reaching "Reptile". [[spoiler: There is a theory that the reversed tracks may represent the main protagonist's [[CallBack flashback]] of his (presumably failed) suicide attempt.]]
* A rather Meta example: If you open the package after purchasing a digital copy of the said EP, you'll get a [[SurpriseCreepy rather nasty surprise]]! You'll find an envelope containing a series of liner note sheets in addition to a black powder and cryptic note. The said black powder will easily stain your hands and many, MANY people who discovered it believed that the powder is dangerous regarding the warning sticker "may contain [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking subversive elements that produce feelings of euphoria and may be harmful and unsettling to the consumer]]". Fortunately, it's actually made out of a non-toxic material known as graphite. No wonder why [[TrollingCreator Trent had the idea of packaging like this]].
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[[folder:''Add Violence'']]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR_2sbeuNTU 'The Lovers']], is a very disjointed yet hypnotic track which can make people feel quite uneasy upon the first few listens. Lyrically inspired by a poem Trent wrote about addiction and his experiences with addiction and withdrawal whilst in New Orleans in the 1990's and his stint in rehab within the early 2000's after the death of his friend and accidentally overdosing in London in 1999. Each of the spoken-word verses are recorded through a dictaphone giving the effect of a stream of consciousness rant over a percussion loop until Trent breaks into a more melodic chorus with Trent using some falsetto. The second spoken-word verse features these particularly haunting lines, "Maybe I could stop it if I wanted to but Iím not the one driving anymore. I know who I am but I know who I am, Right? Please don't leave me here with them"
* ''The Background World', the final track of the Add Violence EP (and the longest original song in the NIN discography) starts off calm with vocals from Trent and backup vocals from Mariqueen. It starts off very calm but builds to this epic chorus of voices but all of a sudden roughly half way through the music suddenly stops and gives way to a distorted buzzing noise. What begins is an incomplete tape loop that repeats itself approximately 52 times becoming increasingly distorted with every loop until the loop finally and abruptly ends becoming very incoherent and an all out assault on the ears of anyone who may be listening. This 'experience' goes on for 7 MINUTES with some fans liking the experience to a panic/anxiety attack or slowly being consumed by something evil or dark. Zane Lowe from Beats 1 called the last 8 minutes "some of the most sonically destructive music I've ever heard." when interviewing Trent and Atticus before the EP's release, and boy, was he right.
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[[folder:''Bad Witch'']]
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[[folder:Other]]
* Also, the ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' OST. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMptMoFwEoA Track 3]] has distorted gibberish throughout, along with the horrid, squishing writhings of the [[FinalBoss Hell Mother Shub Niggurath]].
* For those who played VideoGame/Doom3, you may notice that Trent Reznor's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1efLLwGqQs original theme for the game itself]] from the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Alpha release]] is pretty unsettling compared to the other track used in the retail. It's full of [[DroneOfDread droning]], [[HellIsThatNoise breathing noises]], distorted guitar notes, and you can hear the mumbling voices in the background. It's like if you're stuck inside a dark cave with no way to return and getting chased by a horde of monsters. [[ParanoiaFuel Very disturbing]].
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