Nine Inch Nails

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For more on the history of Nine Inch Nails, see Trent Reznor.
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Nine Inch Nails (photography credit: Baldur Bragason)

Nine Inch Nails is the studio name for Trent Reznor, as well as the name of the band hired by him to perform songs while on tour. It is an industrial rock band, and the most recognized one since the genre was introduced.

Nine Inch Nails (commonly abbreviated as NIN) was formed in Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1988, and has so far released eight full-length studio albums, nineteen singles and EPs, a number of remix albums, and some live compilations. Reznor is the only official member and has always been solely responsible for the musical direction of the band. His lyrics are largely concerned with the exploration of the self, but with albums such as Year Zero and The Slip, the lyrical focus shifted somewhat to extrospection. Earlier NIN material was created almost entirely by Reznor, but starting with The Fragile, he began to allow for a more collaborative writing process involving other players.

After recording a new album, the assembly of a new band usually follows, along with extensive touring; the live component of Nine Inch Nails is largely considered a separate entity from NIN in the recording studio. NIN's live shows often involve visually spectacular elements such as screens and lighting rigs, which have been used on the Self Destruct, Fragility, With Teeth Arena Tours (Fall & Spring), Performance 2007, Lights In The Sky and NIN 2013-2014 tours, and would sometimes culminate with the destruction of musical instruments.

Body Of Work

See also Halo numbers.

Full-Length Albums

EPs & Remix Albums

Live Releases





  • Trent Reznor

Live Band Members

  • Alessandro Cortini: Keyboards (2004-2008, 2013- ) (Also occasionally handles guitar, bass, backing vocals, programming)
  • Robin Finck: Guitar (1994-1996, 1999-2000, 2008- ) (Also occasionally handles backing vocals, keyboards)
  • Ilan Rubin: Drums (2009- ) (Also occasionally handles keyboards, cello, guitar, bass, backing vocals)

Former Members





Backing Vocals


  • Martin Atkins (1991-1992) (Studio-only drummer; featured in music video for "Head Like A Hole")
  • Sean Beavan (Backup vocals from mixing console for the Self Destruct and Pretty Hate Machine tours)
  • Wes Borland (Auditioned for guitar player in 2004, eventually replaced by North)
  • Keith Hillebrandt (1996-2002) (Sound designer; was listed as full band member on the "I'm Afraid Of Americans" remix along with Reznor, Lohner, Clouser and Dave "Rave" Ogilvie)
  • Dave “Rave” Ogilvie (1997-1999) (Was listed as full band member on the "I'm Afraid Of Americans" remix along with Reznor, Lohner, Clouser and Keith Hillebrandt)
  • Atticus Ross (Creative partner, mixer and programmer for NIN since With Teeth era; was guest keyboardist for the last show of the Wave Goodbye Tour)

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