ohGr – unDeveloped
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Review by: Tiffany Angeney
As a fan of both Skinny Puppy and ohGr, I almost fainted from happiness when I got this CD to review.Â unDeveloped opens with â€œ101 Introâ€ I have to admit I was very surprised when I heard the second song on the album entitled â€œ101â€. My first reaction was to look and make sure I had the right CD in. â€œ101â€ is reminiscent of Old School Skinny Puppy back when they drew very heavy from electro, hip-hop and Martial Industrial. A melodic, dancy beat makes itâ€™s the perfect song for requesting at your local club.
Up next is â€œcrashintroâ€ and â€œcrashâ€. â€œcrashâ€ opens with clips from the actual 911 call reporting the death of Michael Jackson. Drawing heavy on 80â€™s style hip-hop and featuring driving pianos and guitars this song is a morbid outlook on the hopeless, doomed state of the world, life and fame. ohGr lets us know there is “Nowhere left to run”.
â€œpissageâ€ is up next. An almost ethereal opening is disrupted by ohGrâ€™s signature unsettling harsh chanting vocals. The ethereal feel keeps on with haunting strings, harsh guitar bursts and unsettling screams over chanted verses. An almost seamless breathe of quiet takes you into â€œComedownâ€ opening with a chilling yet catchy synth line that you will have stuck in your head for weeks. ohGr utilizes the power of his voice full force in this song. The vocals are layered throughout and it adds a depth that isnâ€™t usually featured in an ohGr album.Â This is by far one of my favorite song on the album.
â€œtyperâ€ is beautiful mess of distorted sound bytes, the almost annoying clicking of a typewriter and garbled transmission. â€œStick to the mainstreamâ€ is repeated over and over as well as â€œdo not look behind youâ€ and â€œwho is thisâ€. It’s almost a surreal look into what the future of the world will be like. A bunch of mindless masses forced to believe subliminally in conformity by a controlling government.
â€œscrewMeâ€ is a beautiful almost strange type of a ballad. Old School synth riffs seemingly play a wonderful game with melodic piano line. A melancholy song â€œScrew me, I like Itâ€ is the chorus. I found myself listening to this song about 5 times while feeling the sudden urge to cry. This song is about giving up and giving in and somehow enjoying it. I have to admit this is my favorite song on the album. I never expected to hear such a melodic song from Nivek and I hope he makes more. This song is a brilliant masterpiece.
â€œbellewâ€ keeps up the old school synth riffs. I couldnâ€™t help but think Nivek drew some inspiration from Gary Numan on this song. Itâ€™s a beautiful little number reminiscent of 80â€™s darkwave and synthpop. â€œhollowâ€ is next and conjures up the styling of Skinny Puppy way back in the 80â€™s, back when Bites was released. The sound, of course, is a lot cleaner and better produced and features hypnotic, ethereal, almost trance like beats over Nivekâ€™s signature chanting.
â€œtraGekâ€ had me fooled for a minute. The opening beat is very similar to the riff from â€œSmothered Hopeâ€ and I half expected a dance song. I was happily very wrong. Harmonic vocals over a pounding almost synthpop sounding riff mixed with sparse drums.Â This song is like some messed up 80â€™s pop song. It’s amazing.
â€œanimistâ€ is a slow bass heavy dirge riddled with distortion. â€œnitwitzâ€ closes out the album. A guitar driven song with distorted vocals and almost militarist riffs during the chorus. I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m saying this but I think ohGr just wrote a semi fucked-upÂ anthem for our generation. I’m a little scared and excited to see it anyone else thinks so.
Donâ€™t go too far though. If you are patient and wait after â€œnitwitzâ€ is over and cut through the silence you will treated to a secret track. â€œCollidoskopeâ€ is featured at the end of the album. A beautiful creepy lullaby that features samples at the beginning of voice messages left by early discoverers of the â€œCollidoskopeâ€ site and seemingly some of his fellow cast members from â€œRepo! The Genetic Operaâ€. I adore this song and I adored the web game that went along with it. If you donâ€™t know the history of this song please check it out. Iâ€™m so happy Nivek featured it on the album.
Buy this album. Itâ€™s the album I believe a lot of ohGr and Skinny Puppy fans have been waiting for. I canâ€™t find one flaw in it.
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