Review: Skinny Puppy’s Weapon

By Brent Chittenden

When I got the offer to take an advanced listen to the new Skinny Puppy album, I pretty much threw myself at the chance. I’ve been a fan ever since my friend Jeremy lent me a cd copy of their 12 inch Anthology. The band itself is an incredible story. After a break up and the death of key member Dwayne Goettel, everyone assumed that they were done but not only did Nivek Ogre and Cevin Key reunite, they have since produced three solid albums that stand up with their back catalogue but more importantly, three albums that evolved.

And I’m glad to report Weapon is great addition to the Skinny Puppy arsenal.

Based around the theme of the glorification of weapons and mass media fear mongering, Weapon has the right beats in the right places. Songs like “wornin”and “gLowbeL” are perfect examples of SP embracing new electronic sounds and modes. “IllisiT” and “saLvo” however sound like they would fit in perfectly with the pre-break up era of Puppy’s catalogue. And then you tracks like “solvent” and “terminal” that completely and utterly embrace everything Skinny Puppy has done with a great eye to the future.

I let it leak to a few friends a while ago that I was reviewing this album I got asked “What does it sound like?” and I ended up contradicting myself a fair amount. It sounds modern… but would fit in with their older material perfectly. It’s probably the most accessible of SP’s output but at the same time it’s a Skinny Puppy album so a lot of people won’t get it.

Overall, if you are a Skinny Puppy fan, this album is definetly worth picking up. If you’re a fan of darker electronic music or industrial, I think this might be the new gateway drug into the band as it has both new elements and older ones and not only that, it’s a really solid album.

Put it this way. This album has been in at least one of my listening stations (laptop, mp3 player, stereo) since I got it.

Weapon is available May 28th but if you want to listen to the entire album first, you can find it streaming over at Revolver.

Brent’s favorite tracks:

wornin

paraagUn

terminal

Brent Chittenden

Brent Chittenden is a freelance writer with a gift for the geek. Currently a writer with A Journal Of Musical Things and a podcaster with True North Nerds, he's also written for Comic Book Daily, Explore Music and a dozen other places. Currently, he is the co-host of the True North Nerds podcast. You can find out more at www.facebook.com/bcchittenden

5 thoughts on “Review: Skinny Puppy’s Weapon

  • May 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm
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    paragUn is amazing. I loved HanDover more though overall as a complete album. Until then, their post-The Process releases didn't do anything for me. (I really did love The Process though.)

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  • May 28, 2013 at 8:09 am
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    The Process was indeed underrated; it's as different as every other SP album – and the fact that it has an acoustic guitar track was mindblowing.

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  • May 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm
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    More aggressive than the last 3 albums for sure. Hope they tour. And I'm pretty sure they don't care about album song polls and pick the setlist based on personal preference. You might get one fan picked song but thats it.

    But with them, anything is possible or impossible? Ohgr/Download tours of course will happen without protest

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  • June 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm
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    Great new album! I have been a fan since the beginning. I cannot wait for another tour. You are right, after Process I thought they would never put out another Skinny Puppy project. I love paraagUn.

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  • July 13, 2013 at 11:55 am
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    Skinny Puppy was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Years active : 1983–1995, 2000, 2003. previous albums were selling one of them is the album Echogenetic, in 2013 issued a new album, entitled Weapon with Style / Genre: Industrial and issued 11 best

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