"HYMNS OF THE WARLOCK:
A TRIBUTE TO SKINNY PUPPY"

Artist: Various Artists (1998)
Label: Cleopatra Records
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 13

B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

This album includes covers of Skinny Puppy songs done by FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, SPAHN RANCH, THE ELECTRIC HELLFIRE CLUB, RAZED IN BLACK, PYGMY CHILDREN, LEAETHER STRIP, CROCODILE SHOP, DOWNLOAD, KILL SWITCH...KLICK, DEATH RIDE 69, DEAD VOICES ON AIR, DATA BOMB and THE ETERNAL. While the concept for this album is good, and the band even better, it still falls short of my expectations. I have a few complaints with this album that I have to get off my chest. First of all, there are five instrumental tracks that come off as just filler. Secondly, some of the songs are recorded at a lower more muffled volume. This makes the album sound quite unbalanced and prevents it from flowing smoothly. I also don't care for the track order in which the songs are in. Even with these complaints, this is still a good album. The songs by PYGMY CHILDREN, LEAETHER STRIP, CROCODILE SHOP, DEATH RIDE 69 and THE ELEMENT are especially good and stand out. It's just too bad all of the songs couldn't have been of the same high quality. The songs found here are energetic dance floor ready electro industrial with the usual catchy electronic programming, synth melodies and drum beats. The vocals are distorted and growl with anger. Nothing really new, but still great stuff. If you're a big Skinny Puppy fan and want to hear some of their classics redone by current industrial acts, you will want this album. Even if you're not a big Skinny Puppy fan, these songs sound original enough for you to enjoy listening to.