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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metropolis Records
  • ASIN: B00BQS5B7W
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wornin
2. IllisiT
3. SaLvo
4. gLowbeL
5. Solvent
6. ParagUn
7. Survivalisto
8. Tsudanama
9. PlasiCage
10. Terminal

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In nearly three decades of existence,Skinny Puppy has established itself as a ground breaking innovative voice in the world of electronic music.Fearless in both its musical experimentation and voicing a stance on the issues of our times,the new album,Weapon,is no exception.This stunning new album stands as a commentary on that which it is named after,the Weapon,or more specifically,to the concurrent glorification of the gun culture and simultaneous horror at the devastation the gun can cause.Given this view,the pop undertones of the albums opening warnin and the compelling counterpoint of the vocals and lyrics seem to reflect our mass media homogenization of an instrument of death into an entertainment centerpiece.illisiT could then be focusing on the authoritarian control applied to us under the guise of protecting us from the criminal element.Though possibly it is from the view of the average citizen,arming themselves against the threat of each other.The more it is analyzed,the more it could be pondered on varying levels.Perhaps the classic Skinny Puppy sounds evident in the song solvent are a nod to not only the past,but to a bleak Orwellian future,cycle of the weapon leads only to power in the hands of those who have no fear of using it.Are we facing a 1984 dystopia filtered through a Kafkaesque lens? A world where the illusion of power given to the private citizen afforded ownership of a weapon distracts them from the Big Brother drones that watch overhead?Parallels could certainly be drawn from our own society to a track like tsudanama,where the ever building menace of the mechanized rhythms crashes over the listener in waves as the vocals at times seem to take the tone of the voice of protest,standing against the inevitable tide of the dystopian path of progress.Then does plasiCage implore the listener to take up the fight against a gun worship culture and the spiraling towards oligarchy? Or are the mournful tones terminal a funeral dirge for our society? Could the weapon be the gun, or the one who wields it?Is it in creating an arms race among the populace,or does it lie in the resulting authoritarian control given to those who are charged with protecting us from ourselves? Is it the power to profit from the cycle? Is it the singular act of speaking against the conditioning of our thoughts and actions?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary G on 4 July 2013
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Best release since Greater Wrong of the Right. I've enjoyed their previous 2 albums but this feels much more like a return to form. Grabs you from the first listen. In short, it rocks.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Neale on 31 May 2013
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With every new Skinny Puppy album, there are predictable back and forth (Pardon the pun) arguments between fans, usually consisting of people not happy that the album doesn't sound like Too Dark Park or Rabies, and that it's "too modern" or "Too melodic" and "Not experimental enough"
I've always had a problem with this argument, because to me, the reason I have followed and loved every Skinny Puppy release is partly *because* it is different. Skinny Puppy are a consistently evolving and brilliant force in the world of music, an old dog that always has new tricks, if you will. That has never changed in my opinion.

And with Weapon, there can surely be no naysayers at all. It is an album that should delight every single Puppy fan, no matter what 'era' you prefer.

The previous album, Handover, demonstrated Skinny Puppy's modern electronical prowess, with little plucks and hints at nostalgia throughout. A perfect sound, if you ask me, and one I believed should have united all Puppy fans from their bickering. Alas, it didn't convince everyone, though I still fail to understand why.

If Handover had subtle nostalgic subtones, then Weapon is a nostalgia overload, with in your face sounds, synths and Ogre's vocalising straight from the likes of Bites or Remission.
With modern day lyrical inspiration, and a deliberate effort to use their old equipment, no matter your disposition this is a fascinating and involving album.

Analog feeling throughout, this is a much more stripped down and raw SP than we have heard in recent years, in fact in about 20 years. Rolling, pounding drums, raw organic synths and rasping vocals, occasionally vocoded and edited - This is familiar Puppy indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james woolley on 9 Sept. 2014
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cracking return to form!
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Miles on 3 Jun. 2013
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The last few albums you could have mistaken Skinny Puppy becoming the Phil Collins/Genesis of the electronic/industrial world as they sounded rather like a parody of Ohgr.

Finally, we have a Skinny Puppy album that just not looks the part but also sounds the part. It may get inspiration from past achievements in the likes of Bites or Remission but is completely in tune with today. Tracks like Tsudanama still show that cEvin Key can create harsh, bleak and complex electronic music.

Vocals at times may still drift to Ohgr but finally there is some distance between the two projects helped by cEvin Key's use of old analogue equipment. Don't knock it as analogue is the new old. Just look at this year's NAMM will show you the massive interest in old style gear. As for the music itself it is as tight as ducks arse, punchy and gritty.

The modern pretenders may have claimed the old gods of electronic industrial rock were dead yet with Weapon Key and Ogre stick two fingers at them to reclaim that there is only one god of Industrial Rock and that is Skinny Puppy.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
It's 1984 Again. Break Out The Fog Machines 28 May 2013
By Herbert West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With a career in industrial/electronic as vast and varied as Skinny Puppy's, you never know which direction they will take with a new record. While I am no purist for any one SP style, if you asked me my personal favorite, I'd probably say their catchy synthpop era stuff between Remission & Bites (1984/1985). While not as deep or complex as later albums like Mind and Vivisect, the catchy beats and analog synth sequences of tracks like Far Too Frail and Smothered Hope had me hooked instantly and Remission remains my favorite album from them for its early synthpop sounds.

For their latest album Weapon, Skinny Puppy have indeed gone back to their synthpop roots, albeit with the production quality of their newer albums like Mythmaker or Handover. They even went back and re-recorded Solvent from Remission, with fantastic results.

All the tracks on Weapon also feature Ogre's original vocal style and effects, along with their original analog gear (I definitely hear Moogs all over this beast) adding to the retro vibe of the disc. In place of the glitchy programming from the last few albums are more minimal wave beats and synth sequences, which are very pleasing to the ear. Its certainly not a new concept for a legendary group to go back to their root sound (OMD & Depeche Mode recently did the same), but no one has pulled it off the way Skinny Puppy have on Weapon. This is no mere retread of their first few records, but rather taking that vintage sound and expanding on it in ways they could not back in 1984.

My favorite cuts on the new album are Solvent (great melodic overhaul making the track MUCH darker), Wornin', Illisit (great old school electro robotic chants), and Paragun, but the whole record start to finish is a must have. This is certainly the best album they have created since their reformation in 2000, and probably my second favorite disc from them overall. Yep, it's that good.

If you don't like the band's synthpop material, you will probably not agree with me and will want to wait for a more challenging release down the road, but I think fans of the band's early work will be in love with this record's sound as I am.

Must have release for all Skinny Puppy fans, and fans of early 80's synthpop & minimal wave in general.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Bridges old and new Puppy 28 May 2013
By Mirrorsaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Great album. Combines the best of the new Puppy sound and merges it with the old. The remake of solvent is great, and certain tracks like Tsudanama will stand out in the Puppy catalog for years to come. Ogre's voice and lyrics have definitely improved since their last album and they have kind of reigned in Mark Walk's influence to a better extent. cEvin seems to also have returned to simpler drum programming with more TR-808/909 going on and it sounds great. Some would claim this is the album many people have been waiting for, although all SP albums have a certain polarity to them even amongst big fans.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Weaponized Skinnypuppium 29 May 2013
By Eugene Axe - Published on Amazon.com
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Or should I say WeaponEyes'd? As other reviewers have noted, this album is a bit of a throwback to the original, gothic Puppy, with a modern twist. It nicely continues in and expands upon the direction of 2011's hanDover.

On first listens, 'Wornin'', 'Illisit', 'Salvo', 'Paragun', 'Survivalisto', & 'Plasticage' stand out. I'd go so far as to say 'Illisit' and 'Paragun' are just about the grooviest songs they've ever done - absolutely amazing. I'm very Very VERY impressed with these 2 tracks. Another song of note includes 'Glowbel', with its Downloadian keyboards. The reworking of 'Solvent' is also quite good. 'Tsudanama' is a harsher trippy number - sounds like something from the Last Rights period, had the Last Rights period occurred two decades later.

I'm not sure where this fits in relative to their other epic albums, but as of right now, this feels just about as good as anything they've ever done; it's at least their best since Dwayne. Enough commentary for now; time to Krank Up & enjoy the new Puppy...

Dig It.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Dog will hunt 1 Jun. 2013
By Ragman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When Puppy more or less fell apart in the early/mid-90s, following Ogre's departure, Dwayne's death, and the posthumous release of The Process, their constantly evolving sound was cut short at a transitional stage. Any lingering traces of that lost sound were seemingly exorcised when Cevin and Ogre collaborated on the song "Frozen Sky" back in 2001 for The Ghost of Each Room album. There was so much promise in that one song that fans dared hope that Puppy might live again in some form (Cevin joining OhGr's live band the same year just made it seem all the more possible). Our hopes were not in vain, but then the Puppy that formed in the wake of "Frozen Sky" was a very different animal and its subsequent output has had a rather polarizing effect on the fan base.

Of course, in retrospect, it was probably naïve to think the group's first effort in over a decade would sound anything like Too Dark Park or Last Rights. Even The Process received mixed reviews from long time fans upon release (given all that it was born of: drug addiction, internal friction, studio pressure and a revolving door of producers, it was hardly a surprise -- and even then, I'd argue it still turned out okay). But then "Optimissed" left those same fans scratching their heads, and The Greater Wrong of the Right, while harder to dismiss outright, seemed to suggest the band was suffering from some form of musical identity crisis. "Ghostman" and "Goneja" were outstanding songs and a logical extension of the direction they took with The Process (which, from a creative standpoint, just made sense), but the remainder of the album was disappointingly straightforward given Puppy had spent the majority of its career redefining the limits, song structures, and time signatures of music - both in theory and in practice. Even if you liked the album for what it was, which was perfectly fine, it was hard to deny that they'd simplified their sound for mass consumption - and if not for mass consumption, then to what end? Where's the artistic merit in treading already worn musical territory populated by inferior bands?

Mythmaker followed three years later. It was dark, weird, and experimental and managed to hit all the right notes and still sound new. It was probably just as polarizing, but I'm not sure why some objected to it and don't really care. I loved it. I considered it their return to form, and was content to write off TGWOTR as the band just shaking off years worth of rust, but then the SPV/legal nonsense went down, the planned followup was scrapped and reworked into OhGr's Undeveloped album (his strongest one), and the group eventually released the disastrously bad Handover, which sounded as if it had been thrown together in a couple of hours on a laptop using plug-in software. Granted, analogue tech can be cost-prohibitive these days, but the very nature of plug-in software levels the playing field considerably. Anyone with a laptop and money is suddenly a full-fledged songwriter, regardless of skill level, or lack of it altogether - and for Puppy (we're talking a freakin' titan in the scene here) to take such a convenient route just seemed beneath them. It would have been like Stanley Kubrick shooting a film on a digital camcorder and editing it on his laptop.

Weapon, however, has restored my faith in them - at least for the moment.

They've dusted off some of the analogue tech, brought back the classic voice treatments, and seemingly jettisoned the outside musical influences. While there are a couple of songs on here with a bouncy, playful sound, they sit comfortably on here amongst the rest of the material and don't feel like recycled leftovers from past Ohgr sessions. An argument could be made that Weapon is the most self-conscious album Puppy has ever recorded given how it addresses virtually every gripe some fans have had with the band's post-reunion releases. They've clearly gone back to their beginnings for inspiration; the Remission/Bites influence is certainly there, not just in the new "Solvent" but in "Salvo" and "Survivalisto" as well. I want to say that occasionally, they go too far with it -- "Salvo", for example; catchy as it is, tries so hard to emulate the Remission-era material that it almost becomes indistinguishable from it - but it's such a satisfying sound to hear from them again after all these years (and considering no one else sounds like that anymore) that I actually wouldn't' mind hearing more of it. Why the sudden retro urge, I don't know - but it seems to have quashed the identity crisis once and for all, so I consider it a positive thing and don't question it.

On the other hand, there's too much that's modern to simply dismiss Weapon as a purely retro affair. "Wornin'" manages to recapture the melodies that Puppy did so well on those early albums without feeling like they were intentionally replicated. As critical as I've been of the band's new found accessibility, in all fairness, they do melody really, really well. And I think a lot of fans have become so accustomed to the Too Dark Park/Last Rights sound that they've forgotten Puppy was actually melodic and danceable in their early years. "Illisit" and "Plasticage", in stark contrast, are much more aggressive -- "Illisit" being the stronger of the two (the breakdown mid-song, awash in a wall of menacing synths, with Ogre in manic-preacher mode is absolutely priceless). And then there's "Tsudanama" -- the kind of SP song fans have waiting for the band to write since it reformed. This is the Skinny Puppy I grew up listening to, and the group I've been waiting to hear again since Last Rights. It's wavy, spastic, and not all that far-removed from their more recent material, but there's a sense of familiarity to it - proof that they can sound modern without betraying their core sound/musical identity/what-have you. It's the highpoint of the album by far. Why the hell the band can't sound like this all the time (or at least more often) I don't know, but it's definitely appreciated.

"Paragun" was actually the first song previewed from the album. At first listen, I was on the fence about it. It's catchy, and after several listens tends to grow on you (love the bass), but being one of the more innocuous songs on the album, it was an odd choice for an appetizer. As a primer for what to expect from the album as a whole, it gave very little away, making the rest of the record a complete (and pleasant) surprise. I'm just not sure the song really cinched it for fans that way "Salvo" did when it followed prior to the album's release. "Glowbel" is likely to be the one song destined for Ohgr comparisons. It's fairly bouncy, though hardly the most accessible number on the album, and there's enough going on in it that I could argue against making such comparisons. Repeat listens bring out all sorts of little nuances consistent with Cevin's signature style. And at the end of the day, I don't really care who or what it sounds like. I just like the song. If I have any gripe at all with the album, it's "Terminal". It's in the tradition of "Amnesia" and "Goneja", and I actually dig it quite a bit. It's a haunting number that starts out low key and crescendos into something intense. I just wish they'd done a little more with the percussion. "Goneja" had that amazing firecracker percussion and I just feel like something similar would have pushed the song over the edge.

Overall, Weapon is a strong record that I honestly think stacks up well against some of their signature albums, even if it doesn't re-invent the wheel. Cevin's in top form throughout, while Ogre, mired under processors, sounds like himself again. If anything, Ogre's lyrics have only gotten sharper with time. The stream-of-conscious-approach is still in full-effect, he's just a bit more lucid now than on the Nettwerk efforts - the difference between Burroughs and Joyce in their respective primes. In a lot of ways, I think this is a record the band needed to make to get everyone back on the same page. I know not everyone was put off by their last few, but if you were one of those who were, this is the album that will win you back.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It never fails... 3 Aug. 2013
By J. D. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Skinny Puppy is a great band. The only problem is the overzealous snotty fans.. Some of the most pretentious snobs people in the world. They make albums that sound different, they are bashed. Then they make an album that is closer to the original sound(Weapon) and the same complaints. These are miserable people who live to complain, true industrial fans is you ask me. A parody of themselves, a scene that is long dead. Just keep listening to everything from 92 and before, also hate anything that sounds "commercial" (yeah you guys are so clever and awesome) if this is your attitude why bother?? This is their best album since Last Rights hands down. Yes, let's have sp keep making albums that sound like TDP or Rabies, Rabies is their worst from the 80's and that's pretty much the consensus.

The thing is, if they made albums that sound like the dark harsh sound they are known for these same schmucks would complain that it isn't original or "treading the same ground or some other non-sense.. Weapon is fresh as most of the fans are saying. There were far more complaints with Process-Mythmaker, and while I enjoy Mythmaker it now pales in comparison. No cheesy guitars, No silly lyrics or Al Jourgensen tampering with what is already good. Get it now!!:)
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