Listening to Skinny Puppy is a nightmare experience; many will find themselves right at home there. Bites and Remission, their first two efforts, were stunning accomplishments for their time, and their edges still cut today. Drawing on the influences of Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Suicide, Ogre and cEVIN Key used synthesizers to extract beats that sucked backwards, notes that mapped themselves onto multidimensional sound grids, dehumanized "ghost in the machine" voices, and other etiolated audio oddities. With the production assistance of David Ogilvie, the band positioned itself at the fore of Industrial music's avant-garde and held that spot until their 1996 farewell release The Process. They pioneered the use of sampling to create a seamless fabric of hysteria as evidenced on Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse and Cleanse Fold & Manipulate -- dense palimpsests of cybernetic sounds and smash-and-grab samples that ranged from campy to overtly political. As the band matured, their material became increasingly personalized, outlining their battles with drugs and depression. Too Dark Park is particularly tough going, but may eventually be considered their masterpiece.
Skinny Puppy Concert Films
Ain't It Dead Yet
Runtime: 1 hr 9 minTrailblazing the hard-core industrial genre in the 1980s, Skinny Puppy rocks Toronto's Concert Hall in this high-voltage performance recorded during the group's 1987 Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate tour. Nivek Ogre, cEvin Key and Mark Walk tear up the stage with "Dig It," "Anger," "Addiction," "Chainsaw," "First Aid," "Assimilate," "The Choke," "Deep Down Trauma Hounds," "Smothered Hope" and more...
Skinny Puppy Top Tracks
Beside You In Time
Nine Inch Nails
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minCapturing the powerful intensity and artistry of Nine Inch Nails amazing live performances during the 2005-2006 “Live: With Teeth” Tour, the Beside You In Time concert film showcases the band in peak form. A visually stunning experience with an array of inventive and ingenious lighting designs that draws the viewer in while focusing the force of NIN’s epic sound into visual form.
Requiem: Live in Lokerse Festival
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minHeavy and slow, Killing Joke [at least early in their career] was a quasi-metal band dancing to a tune of doom and gloom. They eventually became less heavy and more arty [more danceable even] but early on they made some urgent slabs of molten dynamite that oozed with the power of thick guitars, thudding drums, and over-the-top singing. This DVD and CD set features footage and recordings captured live on stage at the Lokerse Festivalin the Summer of 2003)