Skinny Puppy
Mythmaker


3.5
great

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
December 20th, 2007 | 32 replies | 11,462 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Skinny Puppy attempts to integrate their 'old school' influences with their current, modern direction and it winds up working pretty well.

Skinny Puppy has been churning out quality Industrial albums since the early 80’s, but all of that came to a screeching halt during the recording of their album The Process when their keyboardist, Dwayne Goettel, died of a heroin overdose, and the band broke up. Considering the amount of turmoil and tension exhibited by the band during these recordings, even if he hadn’t died Skinny Puppy would have probably still broken up anyway. After the much publicized events of their break up, I’m sure no one thought that they would ever get back together, but after being split up for eight years, a recently clean and sober Nivek Ogre and Cevin Key decided to regroup under the Skinny Puppy name. This album, Mythmaker is their second release since reuniting.

To put it in terms that most people on this site can understand, this album is the equivalent of Dark Tranquillity’s Fiction album. It is a comprehensive retrospective of the band’s past, but done through new music. Over the course of this album you’ll find the simpler beats of the band’s origins, the metalized noise of Rabies, the dark, convoluted sounds represented by Too Dark Park and Last Rights, the gothic melodies of The Process, as well as the increased techno vibe of their first post-Goettel album, The Greater Wrong of the Right.

One of the main things that a lot of Skinny Puppy’s fans lamented when the band finally reunited was that they dropped the samples and dense nature found on Too Dark Park and Last Rights, and on this album they bring some of that back. Songs such as the first two tracks “Magnifishit” and “Dal” take a lot from those two previously mentioned albums. They both bring back the layered samples and darker melodies, as well as the distorted vocals that Ogre had written off during The Process. These songs aren’t just rehashing the past; they also bring new elements to the table as well. One of the best new elements is the increased emphasis on voice inflection, and variation. On past albums Ogre’s vocals had the potential to become slightly monotonous, and he has rectified that by injecting more melody into the vocal lines.

This album also finds the band bringing back the gothic melodies, and moody nature of their album The Process. One example of that is the song “Haze” which features a delicate sounding keyboard melody, and the moody vocals of Ogre. On this song he uses a few different voice modifiers to add even more variation to the song, with the main one making him sound like a robot, and another one being a deep growl. “Jeher” takes even more from The Process by including everything that the other song does, and adding acoustic guitar to the mix. In addition to the influences already mentioned, songs like “Pedafly” bring back the distorted guitar and feedback used in Rabies and too a lesser extent The Process, and mix it with the more energetic beats and vocal delivery of The Greater Wrong of the Right. That is where this album shines in the same way that Dark Tranquillity’s does, in that it brings together all the different elements from their various eras and mixes them together with new ideas with great success. For those that only started listening to Skinny Puppy during The Greater Wrong of the Right album, there is still plenty for you on this album too. They still make extensive use of the more upbeat and energetic beats (similar to The Prodigy), and accessible vocals on songs such as “Politikill” and “Ambiantz”, only they mix it with their past, and the new, more dynamic vocal delivery that Ogre is using these days.

While this album is not in the same league as their peak, Too Dark Park, it is still very good and it is nice to see them bringing back elements from their past that they had ignored on more recent releases. Really, though, as far as I’m concerned, any Skinny Puppy release is better then nothing at all, but, fortunately, the album is good anyway. For fans of Industrial, you should already own, at least, Too Dark Park if not Rabies and Last Rights as well, and this album would also be a good addition to that collection. For those that have never heard of Skinny Puppy, this would be a great place to start due to the comprehensive nature of the album, and from there you could decide what elements you liked the best and then get the albums from that era… or you could just dive right in with their best album, Too Dark Park, and witness what flawless Industrial is supposed to sound like.



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Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2007


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I always do two or three edits on Word, but there's always things that I don't catch until it's posted here (word usage, shitty phrasing, etc.), so I always have to do one last edit after it's posted... but I'm at work and have to do my job for once, so the last edit will have to wait a few hours.

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Jim
December 20th 2007


5110 Comments


great review.
these guys intrigued me when you suggested them, but i must confess they are still low on my shopping list
pedafly is the only one here i've heard and that was quite interesting, but again i think electronic music just eludes me in general

Jim
December 20th 2007


5110 Comments


voted btw
:thumb:

Tyler
Emeritus
December 20th 2007


7926 Comments


My dad is such an asshole. Drunken bastard doesn't even know I exist. But then he won't let me go to the Skinny Puppy concert because my heroine-addict aunt is coming over for dinner. Dinner? That's a laugh. Just an excuse for my mom to bitch at me for not wearing girly clothes like all the Britney Spears wannabes at this school.

DeadToPain
December 20th 2007


694 Comments


ya know, this is one of my first favorite bands, and it's good to see they're back together. i wasn't too impressed with greater wrong of the right, so maybe i'll like this since it seems to include older elements.

and i don't think too dark park is their best. i'd go with either remission or rabies. just my opinion.

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2007


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pedafly is the only one here i've heard and that was quite interesting, but again i think electronic music just eludes me in general
I still think there is a good chance that you would like "Too Dark Park" if you checked it out... maybe one day ;)
My dad is such an asshole. Drunken bastard doesn't even know I exist. But then he won't let me go to the Skinny Puppy concert because my heroine-addict aunt is coming over for dinner. Dinner? That's a laugh. Just an excuse for my mom to bitch at me for not wearing girly clothes like all the Britney Spears wannabes at this school.
Where did you hear that? Or was it simply a bout of inspiration on your part?
ya know, this is one of my first favorite bands, and it's good to see they're back together. i wasn't too impressed with greater wrong of the right, so maybe i'll like this since it seems to include older elements.

and i don't think too dark park is their best. i'd go with either remission or rabies. just my opinion.
I wasn't too impressed with "Greater Wrong of the Right" either, although it had some songs I liked a lot. I like this one a lot more then that one, although it still has a lot of elements from it.

Remission is pretty good, and Rabies has my favorite song from them (Worlock), but overall it seems kind of hit and miss. For me, nothing tops "Too Dark Park".This Message Edited On 12.20.07

DeadToPain
December 20th 2007


694 Comments


too dark park is good, don't get me wrong. there's a few albums i'd put ahead of it though. the second Brap release is pretty tits too. i also think i favor last rights over park too. i guess it's because of the amount of time i've spent with this band though.

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2007


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love "Last Rights"... part of the thing might be that "Too Dark Park" is the first album I ever heard by them, and also the first Industrial I ever heard in general and none of their other albums have ever hit me like that one did.

DeadToPain
December 20th 2007


694 Comments


understandable. i think that Skinny Puppy is just one of those bands that stays with you for life. Once you hear them and you actually dig them, it's all over. You've got me ripping the rest of the stuff i hadn't put on my computer. I get on these kicks with these guys where it's almost all i can listen to.
The evil can't be stopped...My sister introduced me to these guys when i was in middle school. It was all downhill from there. I've spent the better part of 20 years scratching my brain listening to this stuff.

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2007


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I totally agree with everything you said. I accidentally stumbled onto them in Middle School because I thought they played Punk, so I bought a CD by them (the description called them "Cyber Punk" and I assumed that was Punk with Keyboards or something).
Since you like them so much, you should check out this site. It has full concerts in both audio and video format that you can download for free. It's sanctioned by the band, just so the powers of Sputnik know ;)
http://www.skinnypuppy.hu/media_eng.html

DeadToPain
December 20th 2007


694 Comments


Dude, thanks! I'm suprised I've never seen that before. And just because I'm listening now; The Killing Game is one of the best songs ever. I don't care what anyone says!

rasputin
December 20th 2007


14541 Comments


Great review. Skinny Puppy has always been one of those bands which I know exists, and I've wanted to listen to them, but I never have.

Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2007


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, what are you waiting for??? ;)

Hewitt
December 20th 2007


371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

At first I didn't care much for the new CD but then one day it just hit me and grew on me a lot. A very nice surprise. Good review also.

BallsToTheWall
December 20th 2007


44294 Comments


Heard of this band, not so much the music although i've been meaning to check them out for some time now. Pretty solid review as well.

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Willie
Moderator
December 20th 2007


15964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard of this band, not so much the music although i've been meaning to check them out for some time now.
That seems to be the general statement being made... it's time to rectify that by getting out there and checking them out! I reccomend "Too Dark Park" or "The Process" (The Process is probably more geared towards people who like Metal, but "Too Dark Park" is flawless).

Wizard
December 21st 2007


19383 Comments


Awesome review once again. I really dislike the direction that Skinny Puppy has gone in, especially their album previous to this one with the retarded hip-hop influence on it (they even had a video out for one of the songs with lol breakdancers on it).

and witness what flawless Industrial is supposed to sound like.

Ummmmmmmmmm, I'm always going to stick with Ministry's earlier stuff on this one. I really enjoyed the album by these guys with the song Rabies on it.

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DeadToPain
December 21st 2007


694 Comments


As in the early Ministry stuff where Al Jourgenson sounded like he wanted to be in Depeche Mode? Because I certainly don't want to hear that stuff again. Although, "Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse" is quite awesome.

Wizard
December 21st 2007


19383 Comments


I was more talking around the lines of The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste and Psalm 69!

DeadToPain
December 21st 2007


694 Comments


Oh good...I was just joshing anyway. I always bring that up when people talk about "old" Ministry. I like the look on peoples' faces when I play that shit. They always think I'm fucking with them until they look at the computer monitor. :-)



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