I know what you're thinking anon but hear me out; this album blends industrial music with ambient, noise, math rock, drone, funk and a few other things. Very diverse palette. The songs are densely produced and structured but still memorable and catchy. Furthermore, the story and atmosphere from track to track is really well paced and Hurt is a perfect conclusion to the album. Yes it's the go-to industrial album but it's legacy is well deserved.
Is there another industrial album that matches this? Seriously, tell me what it is. If there is industrial music better than this, I wanna hear it. I've heard several KMFDM, Ministry, Swans, Throbbing Gristle and Einstürzende Neubauten albums and I like them but I don't think any of them matched The Downward Spiral. If you think they do, please explain why.