Awesome / Nine Inch Nails

  • The glorious sucker-punch cry of defiance that is "No, You Don't." It starts out with some fairly generic pain-doom-angst lyrics, then unexpectedly turns around. It is incredibly refreshing.
  • Their performance at Woodstock 94 is considered to be the highlight of the entire festival and the moment that catapulted Reznor to superstardom.
  • "The Great Destroyer" from Year Zero has this "World of Cardboard" Speech listed on the main page: "I hope they cannot see the limitless potential / living inside of me to murder everything / I hope they cannot see I am the GREAT DESTROYERRRRRR..." Coming out of the guy who created The Downward Spiral and wallowed in angst and depravity for much of The '90s, this is kind of a triumphant moment for Trent Reznor.
  • The Tension 2013 show can be described as one big long Visual Effects of Awesome moment.
  • It must've taken insane amounts of balls to make the Broken music videos, knowing that they'd inevitably get backlash.
    • Especially "Happiness in Slavery", which surely wouldn't get a single halfway normal network playing it even late at night (which was reportedly the case for the "Pinion" video).

Awesome Music:

  • Basically, fans will argue any full-length from 1989-1999 to be Reznor's masterpiece.
    • Nobody ever seems to mention With Teeth, while it isn't the project's best work, it did show that Trent still had it in him to make music.
  • Year Zero, a grim Concept Album composed muchly on Reznor's laptop and featuring arguably some of his most visceral work in years. It's by far his most critically acclaimed work of the 2000s.
  • Hesitation Marks. It's proof that an artist known for writing angst anthems can indeed come back with a mostly upbeat and positive-sounding album and not lose any of his spark or integrity. But if we had to point out specific examples:
    • "Copy of A". The very definition of simple yet effective.
    • "All Time Low". Trent getting in touch with his sexy side and it's hard not to love. And the outro... that outro...
    • Disappointed is Trent's classily worded Take That to fans bitching about this album being different, something he has had to put up with since The Downward Spiral.
    • "While I'm Still Here". Heartwarming, Tear jerking and chilling to say the least.