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Ohgr, Undeveloped
Metropolis Records, May 10

04/28/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Being a fan of Skinny Puppy from their beginning, I’m often amazed at the lack of je ne sais whatever missing from their goth descendants. It’s a handicap, man, trying to fit in at the area goth clubs that have tried to get past the gestation stage, trying to keep a straight face when the human pincushion crowd starts getting all frisky at the sound of the latest Hanzel Und Gretyl tune and I’m thinking, ack, you poor fricking sods. And so my existence has been — having (probably unfairly) taken up the habit of tossing Dancing Ferret/Metropolis/WTII/etc. releases in the “Surely I’ll Get Around To This At Some Point” pile, my hopes for a devastatingly kickass darkwave album have been pinned to the next SP record, and I’ve been watching its news like a hawk. In the meantime, obviously not content to sit around waiting for SP’s legal or whatnot clouds to part, Puppy singer Nivek Ogre has again teamed up with longtime soundboard fixture Mark Walk to put out what amounts to almost an SP album, Undeveloped. As is tradition, this solo stuff is more dummy-ready, often catering to fans of Nine Inch Nails and even Marilyn Manson (SP diehards cannot express the depth of their snobbish disdain for that guy), but, equally expectedly, Ogre’s simply at a level his wannabes can never touch, drowning the listener in a unique horror-rock experience. And of course there’s the odd WTF floating in the winding-down samples and psycho-with-a-shotgun rants, like the playback of the actual 911 call when Jacko was dying (“Crash,” a denouncement of U.S. health care). Anyhow, before I turn this into my next attempt at a novel, I’ll close by saying that “Nitwitz” is my favoritest song ever, for today. A

—Eric W. Saeger






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