Last Rights, Skinny Puppy's final album before a five-year hiatus, and their second to last overall, is a hailstorm of electro-distortion ten years ahead of its time. Even while industrial pop stars like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry were strutting their way across the charts and media outlets trumpeting the industrial revolution, Dave Ogilvie and cEvin Key's ambitious production talents reached what is easily a technical peak (and, arguably, an artistic peak). "Inquisition" is the pinnacle, a heart-stopping single whose production contributed just as much to the air of menace as Ogre's vocals. Skinny Puppy even attempts a ballad on "Killing Game," with surprising success. Though the dense production occasionally masks Ogre's vocals and songwriting, Last Rights is a sonic masterpiece that undoubtedly influenced sound manipulators from Autechre to White Zombie.
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Last Rights is maybe Skinny puppy's least accessible album; it sounds chaotic the first listenings; but then it grows on you as you begin to fully appreciate the originality and powerful inspiration this band displayed on this album. It is not as dark as Too Dark Park, but its changes of rhythm and variety makes this album 100%enjoyable. 'Love in Vein' is a bit linear but good song, electronic and raw. 'Killing Game' is a ballad!, and a very good one, one of the best Puppy songs ever; 'Knowhere?' is a chaos of noise from which it emerges Ogre's voice as a lament. 'Mirror Saw' and 'Inquisition' are the most typical Puppy songs here, and the most accessible, but good. The second half of the cd is the most experimental; Ogre's voice sounds more like an instrument, appearing and disappearing incessantly. 'Scrapyard' is a collage song (noise, 15-second acoustic guitar break, more noise...), 'Riverz End' is a very good instrumental one flowing through melancholy, 'Lust Chance' is also a collage VIVISect-style, 'Circustance' is a very suggestive song which sounds weird but catchy;Finally, an 11-minute track, 'Download', anticipates the sonic sculpture and experimentation of Download (the band) Last Rights is not the easiest Puppy album (which one is easy, anyway), but if you want to fully know this band, this cd is necessary.