Nivek Ogre

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Nivek Ogre
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Kevin Ogilvie
Background information
Birth name Kevin Graham Ogilvie
Also known as Ogre, ohGr
Born (1962-12-05) December 5, 1962 (age 54)
Origin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genres Post-industrial, electronic, dark ambient, electro-industrial, industrial rock, glitch, synthpop
Occupation(s) Vocalist, musician, performance artist, actor
Instruments Keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, vocals
Years active 1982–present
Labels Nettwerk Records
American Recordings
Spitfire Records
Metropolis Records
Associated acts Skinny Puppy

Nivek Ogre (born Kevin Graham Ogilvie December 5, 1962) is a Canadian musician, performance artist and actor best known as a founding member of the industrial music group Skinny Puppy.[1] Since that band featured another Kevin (Crompton, a.k.a. cEvin Key) and was produced by another Ogilvie (Dave, a.k.a. Rave), Ogre's alias was practical as well as theatrical. Since 1982, he has served as Skinny Puppy's primary lyricist and vocalist, occasionally providing instrumentation and samples. He is also a member of the electronic music group ohGr, which he founded along with longtime collaborator Mark Walk. Ogre has also made contributions to several other musical acts including Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface, KMFDM, and John Carpenter (as ohGr).

Ogre has on several occasions worked as an actor in low-budget horror films. He appeared as Pavi Largo in the rock opera film Repo! The Genetic Opera, as well as Harper Alexander in the comedy-horror film entitled 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams.[2] Ogre is reunited with Repo! director Darren Lynn Bousman for the musical short film The Devil's Carnival. In 2014 he starred in the Canadian film Queen of Blood.[3]


Ogre has been involved with many industrial music acts such as KMFDM, Rx, Pigface, PTP, the Tear Garden, the Revolting Cocks, Ministry, and his side project ohGr.[1] He also composed two music tracks for the computer game Descent II. His current projects include ohGr[1] and the reformed Skinny Puppy.[4]

Skinny Puppy[edit]

Ogre, along with cEvin Key, founded Skinny Puppy in 1982. While recording the Skinny Puppy album The Process in Los Angeles, a rift began to grow between the band members with Ogre on one side and the other two band members, Key and Dwayne Goettel, on the other. In 1994, Skinny Puppy completed the master tapes for the album. Key and Goettel returned to Vancouver with the tapes while Ogre decided to stay in Los Angeles. Ogre quit Skinny Puppy in June 1995, two months before Goettel died from a heroin overdose.[4]

In 2000, Ogre reunited with Key as Skinny Puppy for the Doomsday Festival in Dresden. Relations improved between the two band members after the performance. Key joined ohGr for its 2001 tour while Ogre appeared on the track "Frozen Sky" on Key's 2001 album The Ghost of Each Room. Skinny Puppy has since put out four albums: The Greater Wrong of the Right (2004), Mythmaker (2007), hanDover (2011), and Weapon (2013).


Ogre started the side project ohGr in 2001 with the help of Mark Walk. He has released four studio albums under that name: Welt in 2001, SunnyPsyOp in 2003, Devils in my Details in 2008 and UnDeveloped in 2011.



  1. ^ a b c "Having Survived Industrial Rock, Ogre Takes on the Future". Rolling Stone. October 16, 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Watch Some Muddy Gals at the Viaduct". NBC. January 23, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chris Alexander's "QUEEN OF BLOOD" Joins NYC's Philip K. Dick Film Festival!". Fangoria. December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Skinny Puppy Bark Back". Rolling Stone. May 20, 2004. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 

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