Skinny Puppy – Weapon by Demitri Levantis

Album Name: Weapon
Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Metropolis Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.metropolis-records.com/
Released: May 2013

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Band line-up:

Nivek Ogre – Vocals
Cevin Key – Drums, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard
Mark Walk – Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard

Tracklisting:

1. wornin
2. illisiT
3. saLvo
4. gLowbeL
5. solvent
6. paragUn
7. survivalisto
8. tsudanama
9. plastiCage
10. terminal

Review

The ongoing debate on gun control and the right to bear arms in America has certainly been on topic for many artists in the last year. One of those many artists wanting to express their disgust at how so many human beings put machines of death over human life are Electro-Industrial veterans Skinny Puppy, who return with twelfth studio release: WEAPON. The title alone is enough to say this is one very violent album of industrial music, add that to the very fitting album cover and this piece will certainly start turning heads.

And musically, we certainly aren’t disappointed in being shocked and blown away more times than expected. Opening track ‘wornin’ will please any retro gamer with its NES like electro notes and dance infusing beats, all set to some very morose raps on the nihilism of gun ownership and American conservatism. The Canadian veterans have not forgotten their roots either, by incorporating synthesisers on ‘illisiT’ and ‘saLvo’ to create a traditional EBM atmosphere. Guitars are also similar to early works from The Cure and The Mission which will make any Goth Rock lover smile. ‘saLvo’ also reminded me of the Judas Priest trial with the constant repeats of the phrase ‘do it’ being played behind the angry vocals. Very reflective indeed.

‘paragUn’ comes with vocals similar to Pete Burns in Dead or Alive’s heyday, and with angry political lyrics you’d expect from an Anarcho Punk outfit. Applying good alternative dance beats with anti fascist speeches certainly puts this album on the map. ‘survivaliso’ is openly anti militant and we finish this whole experience with ‘plastiCage’ and ‘terminal’, whose futuristic mix of video game-esque electric beats paint a mental picture of a dystopian future, which for Skinny Puppy, may just be round the corner.

Electro-Industrial isn’t always regarded as an openly political genre, but any kind of alternative music with roots in the Punk and Goth Rock world will always be paying tribute to its proverbial ancestors at one point or another. And here we have the fathers of Electro-Industrial using the aggressive minimalism of punk to make politics something to dance to. A strong paced series of thought provoking anthems which will stick in your head the moment they hit your ears.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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