Oct 15, 2014

RhoDeo 1441 Aetix

Hello, I'm getting fed up with that Pistorius saga and now he's close to sentencing his support demands a slap on the wrist for this hot head that shot his girlfriend with 4 bullits. I wonder if this is the usual south african justice that creep got one year to concoct his lies and it's train his act. He should rot in jail.....

Initially envisioned as an experimental side project by cEvin Key while he was in the new wave band Images In Vogue, today's band evolved into a full-time project with the addition of vocalist Nivek Ogre. Over the course of a dozen studio albums and many live tours, Key and Ogre have been the only constant members. Other members have included Dwayne Goettel (1986–1995), Dave "Rave" Ogilvie (long-time associate, producer, and "unofficial" fourth member until 1995). They developed into an influential band with a dedicated cult following, fusing elements of ambient, noise, new wave, electro, and rock music and making innovative use of sampling.....N'Joy

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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 Underwater.

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. Two more studio albums, 2007's Mythmaker and 2011's Handover, followed before the release of 2012's live album Bootlegged, Broke and in Solvent Seas.

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Throbbing Gristle came and went. Cabaret Voltaire furthered TG's grimy rhythmic onslaughts. Even SPK abandoned the cacophonous death noise of earlier records for the allure of the dance floor. But it was Canada's Skinny Puppy that paved the way for guys like Trent Reznor and Ministry. REMISSION, SP's first EP, remains the Puppy's finest hour. The breadth of vision and amazing instrumental prowess of vocalist Nivek Ogre and sound-designer Cevin Key will likely never be transcended.

 Though their modus operandi revolved around the darker subjects of this world, Ogre and Key were world-class synthesists and programmers. These multi-talented sound manipulators couched their ruminations about man's shadowy side in mind-bending whorls of haunted rhythm boxes, spooky, galvanizing synths, and various unidentifiable shards of noise. Get past Ogre's hoarse, dying dinosaur of a voice, and you'll find the beat-box banshee thrust of "Glass Houses," the primal industrial techno of "Far Too Frail," and the Kraftwerk-gone-netherworld beats and rippling electronics of "Sleeping Beast." Skinny Puppy was certainly confrontational. But unlike their spawn, Key and Ogre knew how to craft tunes and marry them to the most ingenious of sound patterns. Nettwerk's CD issue of REMISSION augments the EP with additional material.

Skinny Puppy - Remission  (flac 249mb)

01 Smothered Hope 5:14
02 Glass Houses 3:21
03 Incision 4:41
04 Far Too Frail 3:43
05 Film 2:51
06 Manwhole 1:44
07 Ice Breaker 2:46
08 Solvent 4:38
09 Sleeping Beast 6:01
10 Glass Out 3:25
11 ...Brap 1:09

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There's much to like about Skinny Puppy's first album. Right away, it's clear that Nivek Ogre, cEvin Key, and producer Dave Ogilvie are surfing through a sea of influences, demonic as their own take on these influences might be. Key member R. Dwayne Goettel wouldn't be joining the band until their next album, so his trademark demented keyboards and effects are absent, and in their place is a kind of film score minimalism. Indeed, many of the songs are reminiscent of the more mysterious cinematic moments of Popul Vuh and Jack Nitzsche. Hints of Depeche Mode and the Human League are all over "Assimilate," unmistakable Joy Division/New Order rhythm motifs crop up on "Dead Lines" and "Icebreaker," and fragmented and flanged Cabaret Voltaire experimentation is everywhere. But the band's sinister signature underbelly is already fully intact. Splattering sound effects, gurling gushing synths, piercing keyboards, and loads of spooky samples from The Legend of Hell House paint the songs in the traditional industrial horror fashion for which the band is known. "The Choke" is perhaps most indicative of the band's later sound, with its creepy samples from Roman Polanski's "The Tenant" (a source the band would return to on VIVISect VI) and Ogre's gruff vocals mingling under an abrasive chug of machine-gun guitar dynamics. "Social Deception," another standout, is an artsy collage that sees the band twiddling with distorted electronics. Wicked, deviant voices and a twitchy electro pulse make for a frightening experience. Most surprising about this early peek into the band's bag of tricks is how delicate and pristine they sound without the more elaborate layers of samples and effects that would become their bread and butter. Bites is a fascinating look at Skinny Puppy in embryonic form, full of beautiful keyboard sounds and brimming with youthful experimentation.

Skinny Puppy - Bites  (flac 443mb)

01 Assimilat 6:56
02 Blood On The Wall 2:58
03 Dead Lines 6:13
04 Church 3:16
05 Icebreaker 3:14
06 Tomorrow 4:53
07 Dead Doll 2:28
08 Film 2:18
09 Love 1:51
10 The Choke 6:29
11 Social Deception 2:57
12 Christianity 1:32
13 Basement 3:25
14 Last Call 5:54
15 Falling 4:20
16 The Centre Bullet 9:42
17 One Day 4:20

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Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse is a departure from the minimalism of Bites. Its unsettling, aggressive songs are constructed from countless layers of punishing samples and sounds. Mind marks the first appearance of R. Dwayne Goettel, and it's fair to say that his keyboard and effects contributions throttle the band toward their chaotic future masterworks. Album-opener "One Time One Place" gets things started with demonic glee. Its bubbling and festering stew of crunchy bass sounds and weird high-pitched synths is a sign of the disturbing riches to come over later albums. Many of the remaining tracks get mired in cacophony when compared against cuts from Too Dark Park and Last Rights, and Nivek Ogre screeches and wails like an ambient devil in places where he'd later sing/snarl to melodies. But even if the songs aren't as darkly catchy as those on the band's next albums, there's some truly inspired experimentation at play. "Stairs and Flowers" is a particularly unsettling noise accomplishment, as distorted sounds mesh and battle with voice samples from a Canadian radio play and then clash further with Ogre's spoken-word delivery and bizarre cackling. The subject matter is about as dark as it could possibly be, with "God's Gift (Maggot)" perhaps taking home the Most Twisted trophy, and that's how things should be with a Skinny Puppy album. If the Exorcist dialogue in "Burnt With Water" falls flatter than it should, at least the creepy Twilight Zone samples in "200 Years" display the band's trademark wicked artistry and perfectionist craftsmanship. The addition of "Deep Down Trauma Hounds" and "Addiction" needlessly complicates the Skinny Puppy discography, as both of the songs make more sense on Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate. The weak dub remix of "Stairs and Flowers" is a near aberration. Like Rabies, Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse isn't the sound of Skinny Puppy at their peak, but it's another brutal cog and vital detail in the band's overall blueprint.

Skinny Puppy - Mind The Perpetual Intercourse (flac 478mb)

01 One Time One Place 5:41
02 God's Gift (Maggot) 4:46
03 Three Blind Mice 3:08
04 Love 1:43
05 Stairs And Flowers 5:17
06 Antagonism 5:03
07 200 Years 4:45
08 Dig It 7:25
09 Burnt With Water 7:41
10 Chainsaw 5:55
11 Addiction 6:01
12 Stairs And Flowers (Dub) 6:35
13 Deep Down Trauma Hounds 7:32

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Anonymous said...

Hi. Could you re-up Remission, Bites, and Mind The Perpetual CDs please? Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Please reup these great early Skinny Puppy albums again. Thank you Rho.