The Process (Skinny Puppy album)

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The Process
Studio album by Skinny Puppy
Released February 27, 1996
Recorded November 1993 - May 1995, Vancouver (Subconscious Studios), Malibu (Shangri-La Studios) & Seattle (Soundhouse)
Genre Post-industrial, electro-industrial, industrial rock
Length 43:08
Label American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records
43057
Producer Dave Ogilvie, Martin Atkins & Skinny Puppy
Skinny Puppy chronology
Last Rights
(1992)
The Process
(1996)
The Greater Wrong of the Right
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The Process is the eighth studio album by industrial band Skinny Puppy. Many factors complicated the recording of The Process. The album's producer changed multiple times, from Roli Mosimann to Martin Atkins to Dave Ogilvie.[3] According to cEvin Key, their label, American Recordings, had pressured the band into adopting a more commercial sound or more Industrial metal sound similar to Nine Inch Nails. Following tensions between band members, Nivek Ogre left the band[4] on June 12, 1995. American Recordings decided to drop Skinny Puppy after the release of The Process. The band's keyboardist, Dwayne Goettel, died of a heroin overdose[4] shortly thereafter on August 23, 1995.[5] Following Dwayne's death, cEvin and Dave completed mixing of The Process.

The Process was intended to be a concept album about a psychotherapy cult from the 1960s[4] known as The Process Church of the Final Judgement, which Ogre was introduced to by Genesis P. Orridge.

At the time of its release, The Process was considered to be the final Skinny Puppy album;[5][6] the liner notes simply say "The End" after the album credits.[7] However, Ogre and Key reformed the band in 2000 and finally released in 2004 a new album, The Greater Wrong of the Right, eight years after the release of The Process.

The album was not generally positively received by music critics upon release, with Allmusic giving it a two-star rating.

The cover art is by Steven R. Gilmore.[8] The album was out of print for some time, but is now available in MP3 format.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Jahya"   3:34
2. "Death"   3:56
3. "Candle"   4:58
4. "Hardset Head"   4:06
5. "Cult"   3:03
6. "Process"   5:02
7. "Curcible"   3:28
8. "Blue Serge"   5:13
9. "Morter"   4:39
10. "Amnesia"   4:20
11. "Cellar Heat"   0:49
Total length:
43:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Nivek Ogre - vocals, guitar, synths
  • cEvin Key - drums, bass, guitar
  • Dwayne Goettel - keyboards, synths
  • Dave Ogilvie – mixing, guitar (track 5)
  • Ken "Hi-Watt" Marshall – mixing
  • Pat Sprawl – guitar (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
  • Philth – wave manipulation (tracks 9, 10)
  • Pepperdine – viola and cello section (track 5)
  • Martin Atkins – voices (track 2)
  • Lorne Bouquet – backing vocals (tracks 3, 4)
  • Troll – guitar (track 5)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  3. ^ Robbins, Ira (1997). The Trouser Press Guide to 90's Rock. Fireside. p. 657. ISBN 0-684-81437-4. 
  4. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "The Process Review". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b McCaughey, Brian F. (1996). "Skinny Puppy: A Difficult Process". RIP Magazine. 
  6. ^ "Skinny Puppy—The Process". CMJ New Music Monthly (College Media Inc.) (March 1996). 
  7. ^ The Process (Media notes). Skinny Puppy. Los Angeles, California: American Recordings. 1996. 
  8. ^ Kern, Jay (2010). Skinny Puppy: The Illustrated Discography (Second Edition). Mythos Press. p. 46. 
  9. ^ "Skinny Puppy – The Process". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 21, 2014.

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