November 08, 2004


Perhaps I'm still dizzy from the Skinny Puppy gig last night, as I did slam my skull against The World's floor (AH.. thankfully carpetted, from the old glitzy Rosebud (RIP) days), during Tin Omen... so I don't have much sense today. Thanks, random freak for pulling me back up to my feet. Hey... the pit was rough, packed, and mostly leather clad, old angry people like me, soo that made it all the much better. It was nice to see a pretty much straight up industrial/rivethead crowd too... no goth poseurs or hipsters. I think there were actually a few girls there, maybe like.. 10? 15? LOL. The place was definitely beyond capacity.. The World is a small venue, but great. Please, Pittsburgh, don't shut this one down also... SUPPORT THE SCENE, GO TO SHOWS.

At the end of the show I dont know if i was covered in fake blood from the insane bloodbath on stage or was bleeding from a massive head trauma, but I didn't care either way. I've waited 14 years for Skinny Puppy to return to Pittsburgh, and they tore through an hour and a half set of absolutely amazing material, mostly from the back catalogue. It was a sweaty, violent, insanely loud production, with video screens, gas masks, mud, flour and relentless, abusive pounding... Ogre's vocal treatments/distortions were incredible as well...

They played everything you could have wanted... Worlock, Tin Omen, Hexonox, Gods Gift Maggot, VX Gas Attack, Convulsion, Harsh Stone White and sooo much more. The only song I really wanted to hear (besides Testure) would have been Smothered Hope, oh my god....

Anyways, one of the most amazing things I've ever seen, split evenly with Ministry, 2 weeks ago... This was a lot more personal, though, more intimate. Ministry was just total sensory overload, beating you constantly until you felt like you've been sucker-punched and mugged, left for dead in a filthy, frozen back alley. Skinny Puppy was more like... vivisection.

Needless to say, work was damn fun this morning at 6 am. I think I went to sleep around 3-3:30, but I don't know.

Posted by MichaelSichok at November 8, 2004 10:43 PM


I can only imagine. Sounds like you had a blast, literally. ;) I once went to a HateBreed show in Oakland, and stood amongst the mosh pit. Wow! Powerful stuff, powerful feelings. I sense that this concert was somewhat similar. It has been a while since I have went to shows where frustrations and feelings really show their faces. I can't say I have ever heard of these bands, though, that you have listed in the blog. You describe Skinny Puppy as more vivisection. What do you mean by this versus Ministry being a sensory overload? I'd like to hear these bands. I listen to all kinds of music. I'm open.

Posted by: ShannaDeFrances at November 10, 2004 01:39 PM

Sup Shanna

What I meant, was kind of a play on words. Skinny Puppy is VERY oriented around the animal rights movement, VERY active in that scene. Their seminal 1988 album, VIVISECT VI was a splash of acid in the faces of those abuse animals, as well as a testament to man's inhumanity to man. Vivisection, the being cut open and examined while being awake/conscious (like being disected and watching) is a horrible atrocity that is all to common within medical/research labs. This show made me feel like that. It was very intimate, precise and painful, actually terrifying. Every beat, noise, note, vocal, etc.. just cut through you. Ministry, on the other hand... that was music for the revolution, a soundtrack to war. Lock 'n load.

If you're looking to get into Skinny Puppy, I would say hit Barnes and Noble, check out the listening posts. Start off with the older albums and work your way forward. Cleanse, Fold & Manipulate, Mind...the Perpetual Intercourse, VIVISECT VI, Rabies, Too Dark Park.. all are amazing and will scare the Hell out of you.



Posted by: mike at November 10, 2004 11:48 PM

Is Skinny Puppy for or against vivisection?

Posted by: Mellanie at August 15, 2005 04:22 PM



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