Weapon (album)

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Weapon
Skinny Puppy - Weapon (2013).jpg
Studio album by Skinny Puppy
Released May 28, 2013 (2013-05-28)
Genre Post-industrial, electro-industrial, glitch, noise, dark ambient, IDM
Length 45:36
Label Metropolis
Skinny Puppy chronology
hanDover
(2011)
Weapon
(2013)

Weapon is the twelfth studio album by Canadian electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy. It was released on May 28, 2013 via Metropolis Records.[1][2][3] The album artwork was completed by longtime collaborator Steven Gilmore and features a giant mechanized spider made out of various weapons such as guns and blades.[4] A music video for the song "Illisit" was produced and released online.

The album took inspiration form the news that Skinny Puppy music had been used for torture sessions at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Other influences included the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and American gun culture.[5] Dissatisfied by the long production time of their previous record, the band returned to the fast paced production style of their early years. The group started production by remaking the song "Solvent" from their 1984 EP Remission.

The album was well received by critics, many of whom took note of the 80's-esque musical style. The album landed on several charts, including the Billboard 200 where it peaked at #140. The band began touring for the album in January 2014 with the Live Shape for Arms tour. Early that same year, the group received mainstream media attention when they sent an invoice totaling $666,000 to the US Department of Defense for the use of their music during torture sessions at Guantanamo Bay.[6]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[9]
COMA Music Magazine Favorable[10]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[11]
Revolver Magazine 3.5/5 stars[12]
Exclaim! 7/10 stars[13]
Louder Than War Favorable[14]
FEARnet Favorable[15]
Head Full of Noise 5/5 stars[16]
Pop Blerd A+[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by cEvin Key, N. Ogre, Mark Walk.

No. Title Length
1. "wornin'" 4:42
2. "illisiT" 3:57
3. "saLvo" 3:45
4. "gLowbeL" 3:15
5. "solvent" 4:37
6. "paragUn" 4:52
7. "survivalisto" 4:50
8. "tsudanama" 5:53
9. "plasiCage" 3:13
10. "terminal ("Overdose" - hidden track starts at 5:01)" 7:10
Total length: 45:36

Anagram[edit]

The capital letters in the tracks can be arranged to read "CULLLT", and the O from the bonus track "Overdose" can be added to the message, making it read "OCULLLT". Ogre's side project with Mark Walk (Ohgr) used the same method to conceal a message in their first two albums.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[18] 140
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[19] 4
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[20] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[21] 21
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[22] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 60

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adams, Gregory (April 9, 2013). "Skinny Puppy Return with 'Weapon'". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (April 10, 2013). "Skinny Puppy Announces Release Date For 'Weapon'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Weapon". Metropolis Records. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Zander, Alex (February 13, 2013). "Skinny Puppy 'Weapon' May 2013". Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Stanciu, Raul (February 15, 2013). "Skinny Puppy album news". Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ Dredeyn, Stuart. "Skinny Puppy Didn't Intended to Torture Listiners (27 February, 2014)". The Province. theprovince.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Weapon - Skinny Puppy". Metacritic. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jeffries, David. Skinny Puppy: The Weapon > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  9. ^ Spencer, Trey (May 13, 2013). "Skinny Puppy – Weapon". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Hammett, William Dashiell (May 17, 2013). ":Music Review: Skinny Puppy – Weapon". COMA Music Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Houle, Zachary (July 25, 2013). "Skinny Puppy: Weapon". PopMatters. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ Camisasca, Paige (June 4, 2013). "Review: Skinny Puppy – Weapon". NewBay Media. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ Sylvester, Daniel (May 28, 2013). "Skinny Puppy – Weapon". Exclaim!. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ Deadhead (September 11, 2013). "Skinny Puppy 'Weapon' – album review". Louder Than War. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ Burkart, Gregory (May 28, 2013). "Skinny Puppy: 'Weapon' – CD Review". FEARnet. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Davis, Michael (May 29, 2013). "Review: Skinny Puppy – Weapon". Head Full of Noise Magazine. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ O'Brien, Jesse (May 2, 2013). "Skinny Puppy, Weapon: Album Review". Popblerd & Friends. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Skinny Puppy – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Skinny Puppy. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  19. ^ "Skinny Puppy – Chart history" Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums for Skinny Puppy. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  20. ^ "Skinny Puppy – Chart history" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Skinny Puppy. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  21. ^ "Skinny Puppy – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Skinny Puppy. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  22. ^ "Skinny Puppy – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Skinny Puppy. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Skinny Puppy – Weapon". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 21, 2014.