When Ogre and cEvin Key quietly revived Skinny Puppy in 2003, fans of the Vancouver industrial pioneers couldn't have seen it coming. The nature of their drug-fuelled hate-fest breakup during the recording of The Process (in 1996), which led to Ogre quitting, Dave "Rave" Ogilvie's permanent departure and Dwayne Goettel's tragic OD in his parent's bathroom, was so spectacular and destructive, it seemed like the kind of fittingly apocalyptic ending from which the band would never recover.
While many fans argued 2004's The Greater Wrong Of The Right proved they never did, it's only natural that their direction and sound evolved and lightened somewhat; you can't be menacing and dangerous forever. Mythmaker follows Greater's pleasure-over-pain emphasis, as on Jaher, where acoustic guitars provide a backdrop for Key's flourishing orchestral arrangements and Ogre croons a robotized melody.
Nevertheless, it's still very synthetic, pummelling and at times oppressive in classic claustrophobic Pup fashion. Definitely still one of the best in their genre.
Skinny Puppy play the Kool Haus Tuesday (June 5).