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Skinny Puppy, Weapon
Metropolis Records

05/16/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



I’ve been an unapologetic fanboy of these industrial-electro pioneers since I first heard them in 1989, a crush that peaked with their release of 2004’s Greater Wrong of the Right and subsequently waned a bit over the next two albums. Buzz is pretty happening on this one, supposedly their best since at least GWOTR, which I’m on board with, being that it does have some of that same depth and subtlety — matter of fact I’m still processing, which involves listening past the snarled real-life-apocalyptic lyrics and delving into the sample layers. At first, the two leadoff songs disappointed me in that they seemed more in line with what we’ve heard from lead singer Nivek Ogre’s solo releases, but they’re electronically deep, like subway-earbud music for fast-moving zombies. “saLvo” evokes the same breakdance/krump memories of the “Pro-Test” video, pretty much the only simple-stupid danceable song on GWOTR (comparatively, Weapon has a lot of immediately accessible goth-club stuff).  I’m still analyzing this thing, but enjoying it for sure. AEric W. Saeger





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