online listen
and the passing grade mark stops at 2
I know I have a Skinny Puppy album, but I can't remember which one
looking at the covers didn't even help
could put these guys in 3 different forums
when in doubt I usually go with alt
only two tracks I could get by here
best is the included
nice industrial there

from the album - Village

released Oct 25th, 2011

from all music


Drawing from the pioneering work of artists like Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, and Suicide, the dark avant-
industrial group Skinny Puppy formed in 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Originally a duo comprised of former
Images in Vogue drummer cEvin Key (born Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (aka Kevin Ogilvie), Skinny Puppy followed
their debut cassette, Back and Forth, with the EP Remission, the first of many recordings with producer David
"Rave" Ogilvie, in 1984.

Keyboardist Wilhelm Schroeder joined the group for 1985's full-length debut, Bites, but was replaced the next year
by Dwayne Goettel, whose sampling and synth work proved significant in the development of the Skinny Puppy
aesthetic from ominous dance music into a distinct fusion of industrial, goth, and electronic sounds. Subsequent
releases like 1986's Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse, 1987's Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate, and 1988's VIVIsectVI
further honed the trio's style, as well as introducing the outspoken lyrical agenda that remained a thematic
constant throughout much of the group's work.

In 1989, Ministry's Al Jourgensen added vocals, guitars, and production work to Rabies; later, he joined Ogre in
the side project Pigface. Ultimately, the members' interest in pursuing similar outside projects began to unravel
Skinny Puppy: in 1987, Key and Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots recorded the album Their Eyes Slowly
Burning under the name Tear Garden, and in 1990, he and friend Alan Nelson worked as Hilt. A major rift began
splitting the band apart, and Key and Goettel often sided against Ogre, whom they felt was more interested in
pursuing solo work than in keeping the trio intact; drugs had also become a serious problem, but Skinny Puppy
nonetheless signed to American Recordings in 1993 and relocated to Los Angeles to begin production work.

The sessions for the album, titled The Process, proved disastrous; for the first time in nearly a decade, David
Ogilvie did not oversee production duties, and the group went through several producers, including former Swan Roli
Mosimann and Martin Atkins. Flooding and earthquakes further hampered the sessions, and Key was severely injured in
a film shoot. After months of recording, Key and Goettel, dissatisfied with Atkins' work, absconded with the master
tapes and returned to Vancouver in mid-1994 to finish production. Ogre remained in California, and later announced
he was leaving Skinny Puppy to form W.E.L.T. A few months later, on August 23, 1995, Goettel was found dead of a
heroin overdose in his parents' home; in his honor, Key and Ogilvie finally completed the album, and The Process
was released in 1996. A multimedia history of the band, Brap: Back and Forth, Series 3 & 4, followed a few months
later, while Key returned to his new project, Download. Released in 1998, Remix Dys Temper featured Skinny Puppy
reworkings by Autechre, Neotropic, and Adrian Sherwood in addition to industrial groups like KMFDM and God Lives

By 2000 the word was out that Key and Ogre had buried the hatchet, reactivated Skinny Puppy, and recording was
underway. A 1994 jam between Skinny Puppy and Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV member Genesis P-Orridge was released
under the title Puppy Gristle in 2002 on Key's subCON label. The SPV label (which had long been the distributor of
the band's albums in Europe) signed the band in late 2003. Skinny Puppy's Greater Wrong of the Right hit the
streets in 2004 with members of Tool, Collide, and Static-X making guest appearances. It was followed in 2007 by

Album Review

Skinny Puppy's second life has meant an exchange in profile from vanguard of industrial-music-as-such to cult
appreciation, but what the band lacks in terms of immediacy and notice it seems to have gained in a kind of cryptic
comfort level. On the third album since cEvin Key and Ogre restarted the group, there's a kind of pleasant frisson
to be found between the contrast of Ogre's ever present distorted rasp and Key's fluid grasp of sampling and sonic
structure. If anything, the kind of layered explosiveness that used to define the band completely is one approach
of several, so hearing songs like "Ovirt," bubbling tones leading the way, shows both what has changed and remained
the same in equal measure. While Ogre's lyrics are no less anti-sunshine than ever, the pulsing and nervous rage
that defined the group's first years is constantly supplemented by the more tempered turn of recent years, though
there's a notable exception in the cackling accent put on "Brownstone." Meanwhile, a few songs like the rabble-
rousing "Vyrisus" and the mostly four-to-the-floor punch of "Point" and "Village" fully relaunch the demi-EBM/dance
approach of earlier times in turn, while the smooth buildup and flow of "Cullorblind" make for one of the flat-out
catchier songs they've done. The regular presence of acoustic guitars on many tracks, while hardly surprising at
this point in the band's career, does demonstrate how far the band has come over time in terms of what the
partnership would mean, but perhaps even more telling is how the basic combination of vocal stress and slippery,
queasy textures remains paramount. Even a song like "Wavy," perhaps one of the gentlest they've ever done, drums as
skittering pace and pulse, wouldn't be as strong without the melancholic touches of piano and other more
unidentifiable sources swirling around the arrangement. In contrast, songs like "Gambatte" sometimes feel a touch
forced with the quicker pace and higher energy, though as a nod to pop hyperactivity in its own right there's
something to them, a wicked wink that works.

Track Listing

1. Ovirt
2. Cullorblind
3. Wavy
4. AshAs
5. Gambatte
6. Icktums
7. Point
8. Brownstone
9. Vyrisus
10. Village
11. NoiseX