ohGr
Devils In My Details


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
November 5th, 2008 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In an era where Skinny Puppy refuse to make a classic SP album, it was amazing to see Ogre do it all on his own while still retaining the identity of his previous solo albums.

If a band is around long enough it seems like at least one member is going to step out on their own and release a solo album. In the case of Nivek Ogre he really had no choice in the matter since his fulltime band, Skinny Puppy, had self-destructed in what seemed like a very permanent way. After the split, a lot of fans hoped that he would use his new band to carry the torch that SP had dropped but that wasn’t what happened. Instead, Ogre went in a weird electro-pop direction that had very little to do with his previous outputs. In hindsight, it was probably a good idea to avoid competing with Skinny Puppy’s legacy so soon after the band’s demise, but times have changed.

Skinny Puppy has since reformed and absorbed most of the influences that Ogre’s side project had to offer (to the dismay of many). This has left some to wonder what the point would be of another album under the moniker, and the answer may surprise you. Rather than create another weird electro-pop album, Ogre has returned to the style of older Skinny Puppy albums and mixed it with the eccentricity and modern sensibility his side project was always known for. This blending of influences, both past and present, has resulted in an incredibly diverse album that stands head-and-shoulders above his previous solo work and even the modern Skinny Puppy albums.

This huge leap in quality is the result of every aspect of the album coming together very effectively, and that begins with the music. Over the course of Devils in my Details there is a multitude of styles that seemingly draw from any project Ogre has ever been a part of. For those looking for old-school Skinny Puppy there are songs such as “Shhh” with its rhythmic percussion, rolling synths and vocal delivery similar to Ministry’s “Jesus Built My Hotrod”. On the other hand, there is also the general weirdness that was present on his previous solo albums. For that influence there are songs such as “Feelin Chicken” with its demented circus music and Ogre’s spoken-word nursery rhyme delivery all over squawking chickens and politically charged samples. While every song draws from Ogre’s various projects, there is one influence that seems to be used more than any other on this album.

Devils in my Details seems to draw from a lot of the same influences as Skinny Puppy’s masterpiece, Too Dark Park. The influences that I’m referring to are the crazy distorted vocals, the moody synth melodies and the use of white noise; among others. I don’t mean to imply that Ogre is plagiarizing his own back-catalog though, because every song certainly has its own identity. A good example of this would be the song, “Smogharp”, which creates the same dark, moody atmosphere that ran rampant through Too Dark Park, but it creates its own identity with eerie melodies over a trip-hop beat. This embracing of past and present doesn’t just apply to the music either.

Ogre utilizes an abundance of different vocal effects to an extent that hasn’t been seen from him in over a decade. He has brought back the deeply distorted growls, the compressed singing, and the lunatic ranting as well as a new spoken word style that is very deep in pitch. This liberal use of varying effects allows the album to avoid one of the pitfalls of many industrial albums; redundant, two-dimensional vocals. Lyrically, he treats us to the surreal, political lyrics that he has always been known for. The kind of lyrics where words only remotely seem to make sense together but over the course of a song they seem to slowly merge into a bigger picture.

There are many fans that have become disillusioned with Ogre’s main band and this album seems like a bone thrown in their direction. It retains the strange poppy melodies and electronica-influenced beats of his solo albums, but they come mixed with the kind of sounds Skinny Puppy used to use including the oppressive synths, various processed vocal styles, and dark atmospheres. This combination of styles has not only led to the creation of an album that is the best of both worlds, but also one of the best albums to be released within the industrial genre in quite some time.



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Bleak123
November 5th 2008


1902 Comments


Great review as per usual Willie :thumb:

I'll make a point of checking this out.

bastard
November 5th 2008


3435 Comments


Staff Member Trey

good job.

Willie
Moderator
November 5th 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks. This went through many re-writes as I kept changing the direction I wanted to present it in. If I hadn't already said that I'd write it I'd have probably given up on it.

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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2008


15743 Comments


aw first staff pick

rasputin
November 5th 2008


14555 Comments


Good review Willie, probably not my type of album though. *Imaginary pos*

BallsToTheWall
November 5th 2008


44805 Comments


Nice review, I have hard time catching your reviews now that your staff. I'm not sure if I would normally like this but I haven't heard any good album in weeks, inspiring a review drought in the process.

Willie
Moderator
November 5th 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I have hard time catching your reviews now that your staff.
It's funny that you mention that because I've noticed the same thing in general. I think a lot of people read reviews from certain reviewers even if the album isn't something they'd be into and apparently that's what I had going on with my reviews. We'll see after a few more if that is really the case I guess.
You might like this, but it's doubtful.

Bleak123
November 5th 2008


1902 Comments


I'm hoping to have the same kind of respect for my reviews one day as you have for yours lol
This Message Edited On 11.05.08

Wizard
November 5th 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Skinny Puppy’s masterpiece, Too Dark Park.


Thank you for showing me the way!

So I just ordered this!!!!!!! Very happy to see that you're not letting staff go to your head and that you're still able to pump out quality reviews ;).

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Burn2Burn
November 5th 2008


2378 Comments


wtf i didn't know Ogre was doing a solo album...very excited to get this now.

Meatplow
November 6th 2008


5524 Comments


I have OhGr's Welt, which I didn't warm up to on first listen.

Good review, I may take another look at the guy.

brandtweathers
November 6th 2008


2007 Comments


solid review and i may or may not check this out but, oh greatness, what a cheesy band name

beans
November 6th 2008


2332 Comments


good review. doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but i will probably end up buying this.

Burn2Burn
November 6th 2008


2378 Comments


Feelin' Chicken is kinda fhunee

Willie
Moderator
November 6th 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"...the album is further heightened by the spoken-word performances of Bill Moseley. Moseley-known to many as Chop Top from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and a staple in Rob Zombie's early films-contributes wondrous imagery to give such tracks as "Psychoreal," "Timebomb" an extra resonance. (Ogre appeared with Moseley and Paris Hilton in Repo! The Genetic Opera, a Blade Runner-meets-Rocky Horror Picture Show horror epic being released by Lionsgate in early November.)
http://www.rockpolis-media.com/news/2008szept/news2008_540.php
I tired to find some type of press release for this before I reviewed it but his OhGr site was no help, but I just found this. That is something kind of cool that would have been nice to use in the review.
I have OhGr's Welt, which I didn't warm up to on first listen.
This is nothing like that album and even less like his last release.
solid review and i may or may not check this out but, oh greatness, what a cheesy band name
It has been his stage name since the early 80s. It works ;)
Feelin' Chicken is kinda fhunee
Yeah, totally.

taylormemer
November 6th 2008


4953 Comments


Shouldn't you put a comma in the summary somewhere?
And also...

Rather then create another weird electro-pop album


Willie
Moderator
November 6th 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

There could be one after "SP album" now that you mention it.
Damn, I pay specific attention to "then/than".... thanks.

taylormemer
November 6th 2008


4953 Comments


No probs man. Not trying to be a spelling/grammar Nazi, but yeah.

foreverendeared
November 6th 2008


14678 Comments


great review Willie. i may or may not check this out

south_of_heaven 11
November 7th 2008


5438 Comments


Sup Willie.

Writing good staff reviews now I see.

Nice.



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