If youve been in the Gothic/Industrial scene for any more than a few months, youve no doubt heard of the legendary Industrial band Skinny Puppy. It was 1983 when cEVIN Key and Nivek Ogre formed this band and released their debut cassette Back and Forth. Their first full-length album Bites was released in 1985. It was the next year when Dwayne Goettel joined the band and this band would be complete for many years until 1994 when he would die of a drug overdose. Though they released many albums over their long career, 1996 would see the last full-length album release until now.|
Ogre and Key both had many different side projects and involvement in many other bands. The long list of popular acts related to these artists include Ministry, Pigface, RevCo, Download, ohGr and others. After 1996 their personal tastes seemed to drift further and further apart and it seemed a reuniting of Skinny Puppy would not be likely. However, 2000 saw them take to the stage and dazzle their audiences with their excellent live performances. This would lead up to their latest release in 2004 The Greater Wrong of the Right.
Over the years, the style of this group has varied about as much as any one band can over the span of a little more than a decade. Some songs have an 80s New Wave flare to them, while others delve into the hardest, darkest, experimental Industrial sound which has been a standard for many young Industrial bands to follow. The fanbase of this group has grown worldwide while much of their music received radio play on commercial radio throughout the late 80s and early 90s. Since then their fanbase has continued to grow through popular radio and the underground Gothic/Industrial scene. With a history as promising as this, it is something that other indie bands can look up to and hope to accomplish through hard work and perseverance.
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The Greater Wrong of the Right - Review
I think that anyone that has ever been into the Gothic/Industrial scene probably one or two favorite songs from Skinny Puppy. They have certainly released enough hits that it isnt hard to find one that you can really enjoy, whether its the club classics Worlock or Assimilate, or the downtempo powerful track Killing Game. So when word came out of a type of reunion of Key and Ogre for a tour and now this new album, I think that Im not the only one that had high hopes and was excited to see what would come out of it all. I now have the album in my hands and have been listening to it and picking it apart one song at a time.
The overall feeling of the album is one of dicey, mixed up beats and politically driven lyrics. This content isnt hard to imagine with the current state of the world which has driven boundaries and divisions so wide along political, religious and other lines that until now have seemed quite blurry. Whatever side you happen to be on from one issue to the next, I think that the opinions and feelings of these artists are expressed well through this music in a somewhat tasteful fashion. There are things that I do and do not agree with, but the music is the heart of it all, and in general it is quite enjoyable.
I dont think there are any real lasting impressions so far on this album, although several tracks are growing on me the more I listen. But it seems to be a fairly even album, without too many ups and downs. The first track Immortal brings out the classic hard and powerful style with grinding guitars, solid vocals and bombastic percussion. This could easily be a highlight for most listeners. However, there are plenty more along these lines, with EmpTe following with another track that ebbs and builds, slows and quickens into powerful crescendos. The inclusion of Past-Present shows that they can pull of an EBM track as well as the other great artists. This has quickly become a favorite track of mine with the dance-friendly beats, layered synths and electronics along with the mixture of occasional vocoded vocals.
Like previous albums, there is the inclusion of the occasional experimental sound and downtempo or mid-tempo tracks. The most noteworthy is probably d0wnsizer, with the ambient and experimental textures weaved in with dark and gloomy vocals. Others along these lines include Neuwerld, though it includes more of an up-beat tempo, the experimental textures in the music and slurry vocoded vocals are a nice touch that is definitely out of the ordinary. Use Less delves into the powerful noise of Industrial music of the past, while not consistently powerful, it fades into ambient electronics and then builds to bombastic and driving percussion where they just really let it all out.
The only complaint I have is the inclusion of the rap-like tracks that sound a lot like Limp Bizkit or other Rock/Alternative/Rap artists that just hit a nerve with me. Pro-test is an example of this type of track with slightly distorted or vocoded vocals rapping away at a fast and un-intelligible lyrics. Apart from this flaw in my opinion, I think this album lives up to the standards so many have set for a new album from this legendary group.
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