The Mark Has Been Made

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"The Mark Has Been Made"
Album: The Fragile
Length: 5:15
Tempo: {{{BPM}}} BPM
Versions: The Mark Has Been Made
The Mark Has Been Made (And All That Could Have Been)
Live: Fragility v2.0

"The Mark Has Been Made" is the fourth track on the Right disc of The Fragile. It is an instrumental track.





  • Unbreakable (2000): Played during trailer.
  • Man On Fire (2004): Used in scenes to showcase Denzel Washington as a contemplative badass.
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: "Abra Cadaver" (Season 3 Episode 5, 2002-10-31)[1]
  • On certain commercials in the Los Angeles area (circa August 2007) for Bryman college, the intro to this song could be heard in the final seconds of the commercial.
  • Need For Speed: Undercover: Played during introduction to the game. Also plays a snippet after completing a race or being caught by the police.
  • The Sopranos: The entire track was used to score the trailer for Season 6 (originally broadcast in 2006, can still be viewed at Youtube, among other places). By letting the song play through as opposed to using only short, edited clips, they were able to emphasize the show's changes in tone by putting them in conjunction with the song's changes in mood (the gloomy, foreshadowing intro section eventually bursting into a distorted, noisy rock bridge, and then back again).


The Mark Has Been Made

The piece consists of a dark and quiet introduction, featuring a beat with a wah effect, deep synthesizers, strings, and guitar. This section ends suddenly, quickly transitioning to a lone wah guitar melody. It is soon joined by a loud beat and percussive bass and guitar and the return of the guitar melody from the first section. This is followed by a buildup with a new distorted guitar riff, increasing in intensity until it gives way to a beatless reprise of the introduction. On the CD and presumably cassette versions of The Fragile, "The Mark Has Been Made" ends with a short fragment of the song "10 Miles High," a track cut from these formats but that appears after "The Mark Has Been Made" on the vinyl versions of "The Fragile," albeit on a different side.

The Mark Has Been Made (And All That Could Have Been)

See Live below.


Backed by watery and flaming visuals, the live structure remained basically the same except for the ending: the first section before the wah guitar was shortened, and the buildup following it was more concise. The last section saw the band erupting into an entirely new riff, one that seems to echo the chords of the guitar-heavy middle section of "The Way Out Is Through", with Reznor wailing on top. It segued directly into "Wish."

Previous track - "Where Is Everybody?" Track 16 from The Fragile Right (CD), Side D (Vinyl) Next track - "'CD: Please, Cassette: Please(+appendage), Vinyl: 10 Miles High"