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Skinny Puppy: hanDover

I have to confess I was expecting some punk pop combination however what I got was so far off the mark it literally took me by surprise like a gorgeous woman harboring Meat and Two Veg after kissing passionately in the elevator to her apartment. This is heavy stuff for all the wrong reasons, heavy industrial keyboard, sample based tracks that will have people waving glow sticks and slicing the air in cardboard box shaping fashion in clubs all over the world. It's the kind of music that Droids would fuck too, multilayered keyboards with blast beats and robotic vocals piercing my hardened metal soul. Like crossing the streams, this has to be avoided at all costs. God how I tried to find a redeeming factor and yes there is some guitar suppressed low down in the mix under the sampled 80's arcade game sound effects but it just sounds like random noise. 'Vyrisus' is a small glimmer of light which is the only track resembling some sort of structure however given the choice of having to sit through this album again or masturbating with a cheese grater I have to admit the cheese grater is looking mighty shiny and attractive. If you're into Skinny Puppy I'm sure this is right up your glow stick illuminated street….now please just make it stop!!!

(1 point for the awesome cover)

Track Listing
1. ovirt
2. cullorblind
3. wavy
4. ashas
5. gambatte
6. icktums
7. point
8. brownstone
9. vyrisus
10. village
11. noisex

Added: January 8th 2012
Reviewer: Mark Davies
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2834
Language: english

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Skinny Puppy: hanDover
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-01-08 00:49:12
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Welcome to the mysterious world that is Skinny Puppy.

One of the forefathers of the industrialized/electronic sound, Skinny Puppy has been around since 1982 forming in Vancouver, Canada . The band is often mentioned, along with Nine Inch Nails, as having a major influence on the genre. I must confess that I was unfamiliar with the band until I started listening to their new album HanDover, the follow up to Mythmaker released in 2007.

The band has gone through some tough times in recent years culminating with the passing of multi-instrumentalist Dwayne Goettel in 2005. I give the band credit for sustaining such a long career in what is a very tough industry.

Nivek Ogre (vocals, synth) and Cevin Key (synth, percussion, electronics, guitar, theremin) have been the band's only constant members. On the new album they are joined by Mark Walk (programming, guitar, bass), Ken Hiwatt Marshall (programming, synth, effects), Traz Damji (programming, synth) and Saki Kaskas (guitar).

This is an interesting album although you must keep in mind I am new to the band. Although the industrial sounds are there, the music is not as heavy as I was expecting although there are some intense moments – check out the punk influenced "Village". The heavy handed use of electronics and effects gives the music an experimental nature. This is a pretty catchy album and I like how the band uses the programming and effects to support the melody. As far as the vocals are concerned, Ogre has a pretty unique voice which is often altered by effects, which meshes well with the industrialized/electronic grooves. At times there is a sense of foreboding as the atmospheric effects can be a little unsettling but I would not call this an 'evil' sounding album. Creepy would be more like it as in the weird sounding "Brownstone" with its nightmarish lead vocals and overall demented vibe. In contrast, the highly melodic "Ashas" features choral background sounds.

The album ends with the strange "Noisex" showcasing the band's experimental nature with nightmarish effects and moody electronic soundscapes although a melody is never really developed.

Skinny Puppy has piqued my interest. The clean production and high recording quality further enhances the band's sound. Anyone interested in industrial/electronic music should probably check this out.

» Reader Comments:

Skinny Puppy: hanDover
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-22 07:58:28
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Dude, no offense, but did you just put Skinny Puppy in one category with some David Guetta type disco??? with your comment on how this music will be liked by those who love to wave with glow sticks? No way...this is way too weird shit for the technoheads...
Are you the "no guitar = no music" type of person ? Some of the metalheads tend to think this way.
Well if not this, then try some older albums by SP - Last Rights would make you sit with your jaw dropped probably.

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