Seminal Canadian industrial dance/rock group Skinny Puppy is reforming and plans to record its first new studio album since 1996’s “The Process.” Although details are sketchy, principal member Nivek Ogre (real name: Kevin Ogilvie) writes on his official Web site that he is backing out of a planned July appearance at the Arvika festival in Sweden due to “a studio time urgency related to the reformation of Skinny Puppy.”
Ogre and fellow Skinny Puppy colleague Cevin Key are currently playing together in the band Ohgr, whose 2001 debut album, “Welt,” was issued by Spitfire. Skinny Puppy had all but collapsed by the summer of 1995, but Ogre and Key eventually completed work on “The Process” in the wake of keyboard player Dwayne Goettel’s drug-related death in August of that year. The pair reunited in the summer of 2000 for a one-off live performance at the Doomsday Festival in Dresden, Germany.
Billboard.com understands that Ogre and Key will be joined in the studio by longtime collaborator David “Rave” Ogilvie (no relation), who produced the bulk of Skinny Puppy’s material up to “The Process.” Skinny Puppy engineer Ken Marshall is also said to be involved. No label or release date is yet attached to the project.
Ogre also says his decision to not play the Arkiva festival stems from “problems with the healing and therapy of my broken hand.” He reports the second Oghr album is “tentatively planned for winter of this year.”
Since Skinny Puppy’s dissolution, fans have been tided over by a handful of releases, including the 1998 remix collection “ReMix Dys Temper” and this year’s “Puppy Gristle,” a limited-edition album capturing a 1993 rehearsal session.