Skinny Puppy is one of the iconic bands for
Electro-Industrial and Experimental music. They have been one of the key bands
in bridging both genres together and with other genres. Their music has been one
of the standards for bands in the Electronic world that strive to have a visible
value in the global music market.
What (Band): There few bands that have nailed down success, presented a
depth of meaning in their music, and have entertained fans with the creative
expressionism in every aspect. Among that short list of elite bands is Skinny
Puppy. The band has had performances that have entranced the fans with the
visuals and dominated the minds through the ears with the energy in the music.
Many bands strive to be part of a trend, when it comes to Skinny Puppy, they
make the trends that guide Electro-Industrial music. This has made each release
by the band groundbreaking.
Skinny Puppy also is one of the few bands that use the music as both a means of
creative expression of their talents and in many times as a method of opening
the eyes of their fans to what is going on in the world. This combination melded
into one band that has thrived for as long as it has shows the true genius in
Why (Song):Salvo is a perfect representation of the many layers
of what is Skinny Puppy in one song. Of all the new songs by the band, this is
one of the best to show, in a nutshell, what Skinny Puppy is in style. The song
also gives a fundamental presentation in terms of tone and feel that is similar
to much of the music in the lead singer's side project,
Where (Song): Skinny Puppy's music has always been one that can fit in
any radio show or dance club that caters to Electro-Industrial. Where Salvo
stands out is that it also hits many of the related genres that are more a kin
to OhGr. These genres would be EBM, hard Dark Wave, some Synthpop, and even
harder edged Ambient music. The fact that Salvo has a dynamic that touches many other
genres in how it presents itself makes it a song that has flexibility in how it
is presented. This is much like Worlock or some of the variations of Assimilate.
How (Song): The album Weapon, as a whole is a superb album. Salvo is a perfect representation of the stellar music that the
band has made in this album, but the song has other merits to it. The fluid feel
is where it can appeal to other fans of Electronic music and get their "feet
wet" in what is in Skinny Puppy's music is a huge point to present. Some of the
secondary pints that the song presents is the grittier elements that are in many
of the songs the band has released, an aggressive undertone, and sampling near
the end. It also shows a feel to the music that is less pounding in rhythm and
more flowing in how the synthesizer controls the tempo to the listener. This
aspect is more common in many of the other genres and gives Salvo a quality that easily makes it
leap ahead of most other songs.
Coctail (Sounds Like): 1 part Skinny Puppy's Twleve Inch Anthology + 1
part OhGr's SunnyPsyOp + 1/4 part V2A + 1/4 part Front 242
Anyway you mix it you can't go wrong. Skinny Puppy has always been one of the
true standard's in Electro-Industrial and this song is proof why this isn't
going to be changing anytime soon.
Draven Taylor's Note: Skinny Puppy is one of my personal favorite bands.
I have had the honor of chatting with Ogre in the past and consider him to be
one of the most insightful, intellectual, creative, and talented musicians I
have known. I was actually timid to make Skinny Puppy one of the first bands to
reboot Song Of The Week. They are a band that deserves proper respect that can
give good insight to their music. There are not many bands out there that have
presented their style, evolved that style, and stayed true to who they are as
musicians while maintaining a level of dominance in their respective part of the
music industry. When you consider that they are one of the guiding forces in
more than one base genre of music, it can be intimidating to review their music.
Much of Skinny Puppy's music can be a challenge for people to hear that are not
used to Electro-Industrial or Experimental music. That is where Salvo
comes in. As a song, it shows many of the best elements that are in both genres
where a person can experience the music and not get overwhelmed by the
aggressive abrasive nature of the music. For me, it is a song that I would play
for someone that has no clue as to what these genres are and/or who Skinny Puppy
is as a band. It can give them a sample of the band that can present many of the
elements that are amazing with Skinny Puppy's style.