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Skinny Puppy formed in 1982 from the partnership of cEvin Key (Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Key was dissatisfied with the pop direction of his then-current band Images in Vogue and began Skinny Puppy with the intention of doing something more raw and experimental. The duo recorded their first self-released cassette Back & ... Read more in Amazon's Skinny Puppy Store

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1985 album, trademark demented industrial soundscapes, with samples, & score like ambience. Essential!

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Sheer Perfect 27 Jan. 2004
By FormerZygote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Made in the mid 80's. When I first showed my fiance a few years ago the song "Assimilate" and asked her "So, guess what year this song was made..." she said, "I'd guess 1993" I was not supprised at all. Flocks of rivetheads and industrialites have tried thier best to have similar sound to Skinny Puppy yet so many failures to capitolize on it lay in their wake.
"Bites" is an ambiant journey as much as a dance album. Pioneering ambiant scapes were with names like Richard James and his famed "Aphex Twin" and ofcourse the ever amazing kEVin cEY of the wonderful Skinny Puppy, Download, Pleateu and even a self titled album or two he managed to do well with. Bites is a reminder that all music can weave together and be blissfull amongst eachother. If you ever notice it seems most of the greatest bands ever were never easily defined untill they almost created a whole scene. Industrial was never known to have a affiliate sound untill Skinny Puppy made the scene.
This album is all thrill and satisfaction nd that is guarenteed. Listen to "Assimilate and "The choke" for 2 perfect dance songs and all the rest of this album for dreamscapes, interludes and emotions avast.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
bitten... 30 Jun. 2004
By J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
listening to songs like "Deadlines", "THe Choke", "Last Call", "Assimilate" and "Centre Bullet" take me back, and forth in time. i am reminded of the clever and creative use of voice (in Ogre and/or sampled form), the remolding of almost every other aspect of conventional music, and the fact that this album was truly years ahead of it's time. I can undeniably say that this is one of the most unique listening experiences i have ever had.
I'd heard Philip Glass and Steve Reich, and the Bill Laswells and John Zorn's, Throbbing Gristles and Residents as well, although perhaps a touch too young to understand. But these Skinny Puppy fellas did something to me that the others didn't when they created this record - They scared the crap outta me and at the same time filled me with a tremendous sense of curiosity and wonder. it was unlike anything i had ever experienced before. I can't help remembering the images of 3 goth/punks all in their cool attire, including Cevin's Def Jam t-shirts, worn with pride (he pounded out some seriously groovy beats - Hank Shocklee owes him some props on that for promoting his label even b4 Scott Ian did). These images still to this day stay in my mind as they opened me to the world outside top40/glam metal.
I am truly biased towards this record because it's such a milestone in my life. But i do have to say, 19 years later that it still has an undeniable freshness and power. Much of the music is so undeniably the foundation and bulding blocks to many future genres. All i can say is that i will keep listening to this record as long as i have eardrums. The only regret I have is that I never had the chance to see them live - Altho Ain't It Ded Yet? was pretty darn cool as well as some live clips I've seen. Well, Nuff said Enjoy the record and keep on B-rappin'....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Definitive Puppy 11 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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To be honest, this is my favourite SP album to date. The songs are some of the most left-field work i have ever heard, but at the same time, very accessible. The album kicks off with one of the best songs of their career, ASSIMILATE. A dancy, mechanical anthem with a great lyrical structure and epic chorus. Much of the album is made up of instrumental tracks (which are fantastic) but the driving force is songs like THE CHOKE, DEADLINES, LAST CALL, SOCIAL DECEPTION, etc. Overall, BITES has a cleaner sound than many of their later works, relying more on their strange alien melodies and unique percussive rhythms. If you are interested in one of the defining albums of early industrial, give this a listen. I doubt you will be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Disturbing, haunting, lovely, strange.... 22 Jan. 2009
By Matt Willimas - Published on Amazon.com
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I must stress that anyone wanting to begin listening to Skinny Puppy must not judge upon first listen of any album by them. I remember first hearing this album a few years back and aghast at why I'd spend ten dollars on such a minimal, dated, plunkering electronic album.

It wasn't after half a years worth of listening and I was completely in love with this album. It's true I was in a dark place in my life, I worked at night alot and this (as well as other Skinny Puppy albums) were the soundtrack to my life between drives to and from work or my insane 2 a.m. walks at night. I can't think of a better album for a midnight winter walk with the stars out overhead.

To give perspective, its true bands like Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire jumpstarted the 'industrial' genre, and bands like Portion Control, Front 242, and yet again later Cabaret Voltaire injected dancier rhythms into the mix. Skinny Puppy took these influences and ran with them...to entirely new heights! Ogre's snarled, bizarre lyrics are un-replicable. It's true the album is largely instrumental but Cevin Key gives us alot to chew on. Mincing bass lines, crunching analog beats, haunting washes of synths, blood curdling samples. He's repetitive at times and yet I would never accuse him of meandering. Nor does he find one cool effect or idea and beat the heck out of it for 5 minutes. There's a trance enducing effect to all he writes on here. Before Goettel introduced a whole new level of insanity into the mix on the following albums, this was largely Cevin's show and gives us insight into his techniques.

This album runs the gamut of moods, its true, its almost overwhelming perhaps even too long. Still, I'm too biased especially with all the memories of those long walks. Every synth line, beat, screech by Ogre, bizarre movie sample, my brain studied with fascination, even goosebumps. All of the songs are essential for the most part...a necessary part of the framework. Otherwise it would be incomplete.

You have your classic industrial songs like 'Assimilate' 'Deadlines' 'Last Call' and 'The Choke', each six minute songs of pulsing rhythms and fearsome vocals by Ogre, Cevin Key's engineering spitting up and chewing them out with delightfully demented effects. There's the creepy sample filled pieces like 'Ice Breaker' 'Blood On The Wall' 'Basement'. These all show Bites at its darkest ferocity.

Bites also segues into the weird. 'Tommorrow' is a bizarre chirpy piece that could set you on edge or into a trance. 'Dead Doll' may sound lame and proto-industrial, but you're missing the minimal demented fun of it.
'Falling' is by far the most endearing, with its laid back beat and cute synths but once Ogre begins his undecipherable rant its completely creepy.

Then Bites can transform into sheer beauty that Tangerine Dream can only wish they had. 'Film' and 'Christianity' are short pieces that seem like fluff offhand, but are trance inducing moments giving respite
between the other moods of Bites. Then we come to my all time favorite tracks....'The Centre Bullet' is reason alone to purchase this album if nothing else IMO. Nearly ten minutes of pure haunting bliss, this is my put-me-back together song, I absolutely love it. Cevin Key's finest hour of ambience in Skinny Puppy. And ending the album on a mellow note we have 'One Day', a rather uncharacteristic piece but wonderful nonetheless. Kudos for tacking this unreleased one on, Nettwerk.

Long review I know. Check this one out for yourself, especially if you're just getting into Skinny Puppy. It's older material, but let's face it...ANY Skinny Puppy is an acquired taste, but with each 'bite' it gets better!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Like a horror film put to music 24 Jan. 2005
By Herbert West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my fav skinny puppy albums next to Too Dark Park and Mind: It has all the best samples and still retains that 80's feel. I cant get tired of this disc and you shouldnt either. Listen to this with the lights off
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