Musically, there isn't anything that ties the two albums together, which shouldn't come as a surprise to NIN fans (no two albums sound the same). If there are any similarities, it is perhaps in the lyrics and the narration of the album although Reznor's outlook on Hesitation Marks is a lot less bleak than it was on The Downward Spiral. It is almost as though Hesitation Marks is the story that follows The Downward Spiral.
If you haven't heard it yet, you can still stream the entire album here
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