Further Down the Spiral

Further Down the Spiral
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Remix album by
ReleasedJune 1, 1995 (1995-06-01)
Recorded1994–95
StudioUnique Studios (New York City)
Genre
Length63:56
68:59 (V2)
Label
Nine Inch Nails chronology
The Downward Spiral
(1994)
Further Down the Spiral
(1995)
The Fragile
(1999)
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 9
(1994)
Halo 10
(1995)
Halo 11
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Cash Boxpositive[2]
Spin8/10[3]

Further Down the Spiral is the first remix album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. It is the companion remix disc to the band’s second studio album, The Downward Spiral, and was released on June 1, 1995 in two editions, one denoted as Halo 10 (released in the United States and in the United Kingdom on the morning of release, to be pulled and replaced with Halo 10 V2 by lunch time[citation needed]) and the other as Halo 10 V2 (released in Japan, Australia, and the UK), each containing a different set of tracks.[4]

The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on June 26, 1996, denoting sales in excess of 500,000 copies in the US.[5] Further Down the Spiral showed a more varied and experimental point of view to the original[citation needed] and boasted many high-profile remixers and contributors including Aphex Twin, JG Thirlwell, Rick Rubin with Dave Navarro and Coil with Danny Hyde.[6]

The discs include remixes of "Mr. Self Destruct", "Piggy", "Hurt", "Eraser", "The Downward Spiral", "Heresy", "Reptile", and "Ruiner", as well as two original compositions by Aphex Twin.

"At the Heart of It All" and "The Beauty of Being Numb"

Aphex Twin's two contributions to Further Down the Spiral are not remixes but rather new works composed specifically for the album. Aphex Twin is the performance moniker of British electronic musician Richard D. James, who was quoted about his various "remixes" as saying "I never heard the originals, I still haven't. I don't want to either, or my remixes for that matter." [7] Both tracks would later appear in shortened form on Aphex Twin's 2003 compilation 26 Mixes for Cash. "At the Heart of It All" shares its name with a Coil piece from their 1984 LP Scatology.[8]