Nine Inch Nails ‎– Broken

Nothing Records ‎– INTD-92213
NIN – halo five
CD, EP, Digipak

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Pinion 1:03
2 Wish
Drums [Extra Real Drums] – Chris Vrenna, Martin Atkins
3 Last 4:44
4 Help Me I Am In Hell 1:55
5 Happiness In Slavery 5:21
6 Gave Up
Drums [Extra Real Drums] – Chris Vrenna, Martin Atkins
7-97 (no audio)
98 Physical
Written-By – A. Ant*
99 Suck
Written-By – Pigface

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The sound of this recording was influenced by Trent's live band in 1991, featuring Richard Patrick, Jeff Ward, and James Woolley.

Studios: Hell (New Orleans), Royal Recorders (Lake Geneva), South Beach Studios (Miami Beach), Village Recorder (Los Angeles), A&M (Los Angeles), Pig (Beverly Hills).
Mastered at Futuredisc.

The digipak unfolds, exposing the dermis laden with lyrics and notes, while its landscape's center embeds Reznor's musical endeavor.

Manufactured and Distributed in the United States by Uni Distribution Corp.

Tracks 7 to 97 are each one second of silence.

Tracks 98 and 99 are unlisted hidden tracks.

Total Run-time: 33:09

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 0694-92213-2 4
  • Other (NIN Release Number): HALO Five
  • Matrix / Runout: INTD92213 0325707283

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7 92213-2, 92213-2 Nine Inch Nails Broken(CD, EP + CD, Mini) Nothing Records, TVT Records, Interscope Records, Atlantic, Nothing Records, TVT Records, Interscope Records, Atlantic 7 92213-2, 92213-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
INTD-92213 Nine Inch Nails Broken(CD, EP, RP, Dig) Nothing Records INTD-92213 US Unknown Sell This Version
7 92213-4 / PRCS 4314 SR Nine Inch Nails Broken(Cass, EP, Promo) TVT Records, Interscope Records, Atlantic 7 92213-4 / PRCS 4314 SR US 1992 Sell This Version
INTBD-92213 Nine Inch Nails Broken(CD, EP, RE) Nothing Records INTBD-92213 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
00602557142792 Nine Inch Nails Broken(12", MiniAlbum, 180 + 7" + RE, RM) Nothing Records, Interscope Records 00602557142792 Europe 2017 Sell This Version


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December 15, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
Not many EPs are actually mini-albums (typically they are remixes and covers, etc.) This is one of those rare ones. A 27 minute blast of anger plus 2 scathing covers. Once it kicks in with Wish it doesn't let up save a slow interlude. This one was inspired by his live band after touring, hence a more rock and metal instrumentalism. I remember hearing about how Trent pulled the original version, which had the 2 covers on a 3" CD, because retail stores were taking the single out and selling it separately. He then tacked them at the end of the EP as tracks 98 and 99, after 7 - 97 tracks of blankness. That impressed me a lot that he did that.


December 31, 2007

Perhaps Trent took an Al Jourgensen approach to this album. He went from Synth Pop and took a head dive into the Metal arena. This is NIN's hardest release to date. The music is quite simple compared to his other releases. I would rank this as my least favorite NIN album, but it is still awesome! This is a perfect companion to help relieve stress or a bad experience. Once again, Trent has made a different record for a different occasion! 4/5


March 28, 2004
Very different from previous NIN's works - really aggressive and more rock oriented. Songs like "Wish" or "Happiness In Slavery" are great mixes of rock energy with electronic noises. I really like almost true metal "Last" (only percussion is programmed). Worth mentioning are also unlisted bonus tracks, two covers: Adam Ant's "Physical" and Pigface song "Suck". Peculiar that last one is much better than original and my personal favourite from the whole EP.


August 12, 2003

I can't listen to this album when I'm happy. But, on those rare occasions when I'm mad as hell, this album is perfection.
Its puts me in the mind to break furniture, to destroy, to scream and yell and rip shit apart. To punch walls and smash printers, to swing a bat at an electric appliance until nothing remains of it but tiny pieces scattered all over the carpet.
Two songs that go with it are March of the Pigs and Burn.
The bonus track are great, but not part of the mood.


September 16, 2001
edited over 17 years ago

The way this EP opens up, is really awesome, and it isn't too harsh-sounding for me, but it seems like, from there the rest of the album just gradually descends into choas.