In 2001, named The Downward Spiral as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time; in 2010, the album was ranked number 102 on their 250 Best Albums of Q's Lifetime 1986—2011 list.
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Reznor conceded The Downward Spiral could be "harmful, through implying and subliminally suggesting things", whereas could be "cartoonish".
Reznor regularly uses noise and distortion in his song arrangements that do not follow , and incorporates dissonance with chromatic melody or harmony or both.
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The stage set-up consisted of dirty curtains which would be pulled down and up for visuals shown during songs such as "Hurt".
It was used as a studio called "Le Pig" for recording 1992 and The Downward Spiral with collaborations from other musicians.