I must admit that I was in two minds about this release. On the one hand, I was very excited about another project being unleashed from the Skinny Puppy camp; but on the other, I was rather cynical and expecting a re-tread of old SP territory. Fortunately, the latter is not true! From your first glimpse of the album with its gorgeous Roman Dirge (creator of the "Lenore" comic book) artwork, you know that this is something special. It is an *immense* album that I'm sure will be appreciated by die-hard Puppy fans like myself, but also by those enamoured with coldwave bands such as Ministry, Cubanate and KMFDM, because (and let's not be coy here) "Welt" ROCKS! Tracks like "Minus" and "Kettle" brim with heavily distorted guitars, but yet don't ever venture towards "Process" territory: the song structures here are much more conventional than those of the Puppy swansong, much more direct and poppier with their verse-chorus-verse patterns. Yet, it's not always full steam ahead for ohGr, the album does have its mellow moments such as trippy electronic opener "Water" and "Suhleap", which sees Ogre's voice reaching previously uncharted territory. However, for me, the album's highlight is undoubtedly "Cracker": a simple pop song on the surface, but, upon closer inspection, actually oozes venom from every pore with lyrics like "You think you're evil but you're not / still sucking life from the mainstream"...oh yeah, and Ogre raps :) To surmise, Ogre and Mark Walk have done a splendid job with "Welt". Not one track on the album sounds similar, but yet they all carry a highly individual sound that ties them all together. This is possibly the first, true, post-millenial album and looks destined to be a classic.
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I originally bought this album due to that it has great artwork, and on the experience of ogre. This album is pure Industrial/EBM, it's amazing how heavy a noise you can make by using keyboards and samples. The first track fluctuates between heavy and lighter moments, a constant beat flowing throughout, making the song agressive and melodic, with a great main riff like tune. Track two, devil, features very distorted vocals, and is generally fairly heavy , and follows on main tune and then builds around it choruses and random noise. The most melodic track is 4, earthworm, it starts slow and builds itself up, with a slight harpsicord sound which compliments ogre's voice. This album is quite politically minded as with most of ogre's lyrics, but it is not as shocking as his previous band, skinny puppy. This album is good but their later release is heavier and Welt sounds a little dated, it has a vague 80's feel to it.
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I have received an advance of this disc, and let me tell you, "ULTIMATELY AMAZING!" The tracks flow with great use of synth sounds and psycho-melodies! After years of struggle to release this it come to surface bearing it's teeth to smile, gnash, and chew up all "by the numbers" elektro/industrial bands! A must for ANY Skinny Puppy FAN!!!