Review: Nine Inch Nails – March of the Pigs (Rock)

This review covers the industrial track Nine Inch Nails – March of the Pigs.

This track was released in 1994 on the album The Downward Spiral.

The track starts with a drum kit. A synth bassline comes in. After that, the vocals then come in for a verse. The vocals have some filtering added to them. Some of the vocals in this section is a bit more whispered. This section is capped off with a guitar and kick.

From there, the vocals quietly sing the main chorus. A piano comes in at the end, seemingly ending the track, but this is a false ending.

Suddenly, the track comes back and the vocals take the track into the next verse. This section is followed up by a kick, a synth effect, and a guitar instrumental section.

From there, the vocals then take the track into the next round of the main chorus. When it hits the piano portion, the vocals extend the main chorus. This time, the piano and vocals actually lead the track out.

For me, it is a bit difficult to understand some of the lyrics because of the filtering and mastering. So, I could be mistaken on the intent, but my interpretation of this is almost like a short interpretation of venting out frustration. You get upset, you break stuff, and, ironically, when the piano comes in, the lyrics actually asks about the mood after. I actually do get the humour in that.

While there is some intelligent thinking behind the track, the problem I have with it is that I don’t see a whole lot of staying power. You listen through it, you possibly get the humour in it, then you move on. It’s not a track I would necessarily go back to over and and over again. Interesting while it lasts, but nothing I would personally throw on rotation to listen to it over and over again.

Overall, this is a decent track. It seems to be about venting out frustration in a rather short track. There is even some humour. Unfortunately, I don’t see a whole lot of staying power with this one. So, a decent track, even if short lived.


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