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Bites
     

Bites

by Skinny Puppy
 

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There's much to like about Skinny Puppy's first album. Right away, it's clear that Nivek Ogre, cEvin Key, and producer Dave Ogilvie are surfing through a sea of influences, demonic as their own take on these influences might be. Key member R. Dwayne

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There's much to like about Skinny Puppy's first album. Right away, it's clear that Nivek Ogre, cEvin Key, and producer Dave Ogilvie are surfing through a sea of influences, demonic as their own take on these influences might be. Key member R. Dwayne Goettel wouldn't be joining the band until their next album, so his trademark demented keyboards and effects are absent, and in their place is a kind of film score minimalism. Indeed, many of the songs are reminiscent of the more mysterious cinematic moments of Popul Vuh and Jack Nitzsche. Hints of Depeche Mode and the Human League are all over "Assimilate," unmistakable Joy Division/New Order rhythm motifs crop up on "Dead Lines" and "Icebreaker," and fragmented and flanged Cabaret Voltaire experimentation is everywhere. But the band's sinister signature underbelly is already fully intact. Splattering sound effects, gurling gushing synths, piercing keyboards, and loads of spooky samples from The Legend of Hell House paint the songs in the traditional industrial horror fashion for which the band is known. "The Choke" is perhaps most indicative of the band's later sound, with its creepy samples from Roman Polanski's "The Tenant" (a source the band would return to on VIVISect VI) and Ogre's gruff vocals mingling under an abrasive chug of machine-gun guitar dynamics. "Social Deception," another standout, is an artsy collage that sees the band twiddling with distorted electronics. Wicked, deviant voices and a twitchy electro pulse make for a frightening experience. Most surprising about this early peek into the band's bag of tricks is how delicate and pristine they sound without the more elaborate layers of samples and effects that would become their bread and butter. Bites is a fascinating look at Skinny Puppy in embryonic form, full of beautiful keyboard sounds and brimming with youthful experimentation.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/1993
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003000222
catalogNumber:
30002

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Performance Credits

Skinny Puppy   Primary Artist
Nivek Ogre   Synthesizer,Percussion,Vocals,Voices,Metal Percussion
cEvin Key   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Metal Percussion
Wilhelm Schroder   Bass,Synthesizer Bass

Technical Credits

Tom Ellard   Producer,Digital Sampling
Nivek Ogre   Lyricist
cEvin Key   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Digital Sampling,Sequencers
Dave Ogilvie   Producer,Engineer
Steven R. Gilmore   Original Sleeve Design
Greg Sykes   Sleeve Assistant
Terry McBride   Executive Producer

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