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| album =''[[The Downward Spiral (halo)|The Downward Spiral]]''
 
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| length=3:54
| versions =Heresy<br>Heresy (Version)<br>Heresy (Blind)<br>Heresy (Demo)
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| BPM = 115
| live = [[Self-Destruct]] and [[Year Zero Warm-Up Tour]]
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| versions =Heresy<br>Heresy (Instrumental)<br>Heresy (Version)<br>Heresy (Blind)<br>Heresy (Demo)
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| live = [[Self Destruct Warm-up]]<br>[[Performance 2007]]<br>[[Wave Goodbye Tour]]
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}}'''"Heresy"''' is the third track on ''[[The Downward Spiral (halo)|The Downward Spiral]].'' In 2004, a demo version was included with the Tenth Anniversary 2-disc SACD of ''The Downward Spiral.''
  
"Heresy" is the third track on ''[[The Downward Spiral (halo)|The Downward Spiral]].'' In 2004, a demo version was included with the Tenth Anniversary 2-disc SACD of ''The Downward Spiral.''
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===Meaning===
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In an interview with U. Magazine published April 1994, [[Trent Reznor]] spoke about the meaning behind the lyrics of this song:
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<blockquote>"I was trying to explore some of the paranoia I have as a sexually active person in the age of AIDS," he says of "Heresy." "I guess I feel cheated for not growing up in a more liberated era. At the same time, what gets me mad is the way the right wing has used the 'convenience' of this epidemic in helping to promote their own agenda." [http://nothing.nin.net/int30.html]</blockquote>
  
 
===Song Credits===
 
===Song Credits===
*Production: [[Trent Reznor]]
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*Production: Trent Reznor
 
*Mixing Engineer: [[Alan Moulder]]
 
*Mixing Engineer: [[Alan Moulder]]
  
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*''[[Further Down The Spiral]]'' (UK)
 
*''[[Further Down The Spiral]]'' (UK)
 
*''[[Closer To God (halo)|Closer To God]]''
 
*''[[Closer To God (halo)|Closer To God]]''
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===Seeds===
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*''[[The Definitive NIN - Deep Cuts]]''
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===Other===
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*''Righteous Kill'' internet teaser trailer
  
 
==Versions==
 
==Versions==
 
===Heresy===
 
===Heresy===
This is the original album version.
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Best described lyrically as a scathing attack on religion (particularly Western Christianity), "Heresy" contains synthesized bass, simple and powerful drum loops, and distorted guitar riffs backing aggressive vocals and moody atmospherics. The lyrics are ripe with Nietzschean concepts and allude to the infamous "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Is_Dead God Is Dead]" statement. Like many other songs on the album, the song's bridge contrasts heavily with the verses and choruses by being considerably quieter. This is also the second song on the album to contain "The Downward Spiral Motif" and is played (in power chords at Drop D tuning) by the guitars during the chorus as follows:
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[[Image:Heresy_Motif_Tab.JPG|The motif found in the chorus]]
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===Heresy (Instrumental)===
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Released by Reznor through his [[remix.nin.com]] account, this is an unmastered and vocalless version of the album cut.
  
 
===Heresy (Version)===
 
===Heresy (Version)===
Coming soon.
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'''''Running Time: 5:19'''''
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This remix samples "In Suburbia" and "Television Believers" from Aron Ranen's ''Religion In Suburbia''.
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====Song Credits====
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* Manipulation: [[Charlie Clouser]]
  
 
===Heresy (Blind)===
 
===Heresy (Blind)===
This version splices up the bass track and the drums to create a dancier beat (like the "Slate" remix of [[Head Like A Hole (song)|Head Like A Hole]]. In the choruses there is much less layering.
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'''''Running Time: 5:32'''''
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This version splices up the bass track and the drums to create a dancier beat (like the "Slate" remix of "[[Head Like A Hole (song)|Head Like A Hole]]"). The choruses are much less layered. On June 22, 2011, Joseph Bishara commented on the creation of the remix on his facebook page: "It was a great time - working at Bryan Adams studio in Vancouver with Dave Ogilvie and Anthony Valcic - programmed around the tracks, and we recorded hours of live at the console mixes, later edited into Heresy and Reptile remixes."
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A slightly extended version of this mix appears on the promo-only vinyl of ''Closer To God''.
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====Song Credits====
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* Manipulation: [[Dave Ogilvie]], Anthony Valcic, Joe Bisara
  
 
===Heresy (Demo)===
 
===Heresy (Demo)===
This demo version is found on the 2-disc Deluxe Edition of ''The Downward Spiral.'' The vocals in the verses are whispered and are not as layered as they are in the final album version. As well, the tempo is slower, and the structure is altered, specifically in the introduction.
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This demo version is found on the 2-disc Deluxe Edition of ''The Downward Spiral.'' The vocals in the verses are solely whispered, rather than both whispered and sung in Reznor's high register as on album version. As well, the tempo is slower (105 instead of 115 BPM), and the structure is altered, featuring a differently-arranged introduction.
  
 
==Live==
 
==Live==
When performed during the Self Destruct warm up shows in 1994, the song was played very similar to the album version. The only noticeable difference is the much louder guitars to the point where the famous The Downward Spiral motif in the chorus can be heard clearly. The way it was played in 1994 is similar to how it is played 2007.
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This song has been played very faithfully to the album version since 1994. However, it can be considered a setlist rarity because it has only been played on the [[Self Destruct Warm-up]] tour (twice), [[Performance 2007]] tour and [[Wave Goodbye Tour]] in 2009.
  
 
==Lyrics==
 
==Lyrics==
     He sewed his eyes shut
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     He sewed his eyes shut because he is afraid to see
    Because he is afraid to see
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     He tries to tell me what I put inside of me
     He tries to tell me
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    He's got the answers to ease my curiosity
    What I put inside of me
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    He dreamed a god up and called it Christianity
 
      
 
      
     He’s got the answers
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     Your God is dead and no one cares
     To ease my curiosity
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     If there is a Hell I will see you there
    He dreamed a god up
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    And called it Christianity
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     God is dead
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     He flexed his muscles to keep his flock of sheep in line
     And no one cares
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     He made a virus that would kill off all the swine
     If there is a Hell
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     His perfect kingdom of killing, suffering and pain
     I'll see you there
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     Demands devotion atrocities done in his name
 
      
 
      
     He flexed his muscles
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     Your God is dead and no one cares
    To keep his flock of sheep in line
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     Drowning in his own hypocrisy
    He made a virus
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    If there is a Hell I will see you there
    That would kill off all the swine
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    His perfect kingdom
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    Of killing, suffering and pain
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    Demands devotion
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    Atrocities done in his name
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    God is dead
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    And no one cares
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    If there is a Hell
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    I'll see you there
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    (Your God is dead) God is dead
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    (And no one cares) And no one cares
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     (Drowning in his own hypocrisy) If there is a hell
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    I'll will see you there
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It should be noted that the printed lyrics contain lines not sung in the studio recording:
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     Burning with your god in humility
 
     Burning with your god in humility
 
     Will you die for this?
 
     Will you die for this?
  
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The penultimate line of the final chorus as printed in the liner notes is not sung on the final album cut.
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The last line, rather than being sung at the end of the song, is repeated during the bridge, as evidenced in live performances.
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==External Links==
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljw2xWNT7k8&fmt=18 ''Righteous Kill'' internet trailer]
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{{Succession box
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| title=[[The Downward Spiral (halo)#Track Listing (original release and DVD-A release)|The Downward Spiral]]
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| before=[[Piggy]]
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| after=[[March Of The Pigs (song)|March Of The Pigs]]
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| track=3}}
 
[[Category: NIN Songs]]
 
[[Category: NIN Songs]]
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[[Category:Songs With Unused Lyrics]]

Revision as of 22:29, 4 April 2019

"Heresy"
Album: The Downward Spiral
Length: 3:54
Tempo: 115 BPM
Versions: Heresy
Heresy (Instrumental)
Heresy (Version)
Heresy (Blind)
Heresy (Demo)
Live: Self Destruct Warm-up
Performance 2007
Wave Goodbye Tour

"Heresy" is the third track on The Downward Spiral. In 2004, a demo version was included with the Tenth Anniversary 2-disc SACD of The Downward Spiral.

Meaning

In an interview with U. Magazine published April 1994, Trent Reznor spoke about the meaning behind the lyrics of this song:

"I was trying to explore some of the paranoia I have as a sexually active person in the age of AIDS," he says of "Heresy." "I guess I feel cheated for not growing up in a more liberated era. At the same time, what gets me mad is the way the right wing has used the 'convenience' of this epidemic in helping to promote their own agenda." [1]

Song Credits

Appearances

Halos

Seeds

Other

  • Righteous Kill internet teaser trailer

Versions

Heresy

Best described lyrically as a scathing attack on religion (particularly Western Christianity), "Heresy" contains synthesized bass, simple and powerful drum loops, and distorted guitar riffs backing aggressive vocals and moody atmospherics. The lyrics are ripe with Nietzschean concepts and allude to the infamous "God Is Dead" statement. Like many other songs on the album, the song's bridge contrasts heavily with the verses and choruses by being considerably quieter. This is also the second song on the album to contain "The Downward Spiral Motif" and is played (in power chords at Drop D tuning) by the guitars during the chorus as follows:
The motif found in the chorus

Heresy (Instrumental)

Released by Reznor through his remix.nin.com account, this is an unmastered and vocalless version of the album cut.

Heresy (Version)

Running Time: 5:19

This remix samples "In Suburbia" and "Television Believers" from Aron Ranen's Religion In Suburbia.

Song Credits

Heresy (Blind)

Running Time: 5:32

This version splices up the bass track and the drums to create a dancier beat (like the "Slate" remix of "Head Like A Hole"). The choruses are much less layered. On June 22, 2011, Joseph Bishara commented on the creation of the remix on his facebook page: "It was a great time - working at Bryan Adams studio in Vancouver with Dave Ogilvie and Anthony Valcic - programmed around the tracks, and we recorded hours of live at the console mixes, later edited into Heresy and Reptile remixes."

A slightly extended version of this mix appears on the promo-only vinyl of Closer To God.

Song Credits

Heresy (Demo)

This demo version is found on the 2-disc Deluxe Edition of The Downward Spiral. The vocals in the verses are solely whispered, rather than both whispered and sung in Reznor's high register as on album version. As well, the tempo is slower (105 instead of 115 BPM), and the structure is altered, featuring a differently-arranged introduction.

Live

This song has been played very faithfully to the album version since 1994. However, it can be considered a setlist rarity because it has only been played on the Self Destruct Warm-up tour (twice), Performance 2007 tour and Wave Goodbye Tour in 2009.

Lyrics

    He sewed his eyes shut because he is afraid to see
    He tries to tell me what I put inside of me
    He's got the answers to ease my curiosity
    He dreamed a god up and called it Christianity
    
    Your God is dead and no one cares
    If there is a Hell I will see you there
    
    He flexed his muscles to keep his flock of sheep in line
    He made a virus that would kill off all the swine
    His perfect kingdom of killing, suffering and pain
    Demands devotion atrocities done in his name
    
    Your God is dead and no one cares
    Drowning in his own hypocrisy
    If there is a Hell I will see you there
    Burning with your god in humility
    Will you die for this?

The penultimate line of the final chorus as printed in the liner notes is not sung on the final album cut. The last line, rather than being sung at the end of the song, is repeated during the bridge, as evidenced in live performances.

External Links


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