For those who love industrial music, especially the latest generation of bands such as VNV Nation and Wumpscut, this offering from Skinny Puppy will put you in motion. Vivisect VI is the epitome of industrial music, containing ominous and pounding beats, haunting vocals and brilliant socially, environmentally conscious lyrics. With tracks such as Harsh Stone White, Who's Laughing Now, VX Gas Attack (a song that condemned Hussein for his use of chemical weapons against Iran and his own Kurdish subjects, when the rest of the Western world was silent as he was still considered an important ally to the US) and the unforgettably eerie Fritter (Stellla's Home), Vivisect VI remains on of the essential Industrial albums produced. Also included on the album is, of course, the track, Testure--a song that points out the essential cruelty and pointlessness of animal testing and vivsection, and has been a club stand by since it was released.
The uncanny power of Skinny Puppy and this particular album is that they never seem to sound dated or a relic of the past like so much other music. This is due to their revolutionary innovation of sound, noise and sampling and amalgamation of punk/electronic/gothic aesthetics, which turned into the most prominent bands of the last 20 years. Their influence has been repeatedly acknowledged and manifested in bands as diverse as Ministry, Pigface and Nine Inch Nails to Marilyn Manson, Leather Strip and VNV Nation. Listening to these songs, will make you want to get up and dance, even stomp and pound...it will rouse even the gothiest goth and the punkest punk to meet in unison on the dance floor-an increasingly rare occurrence these days. And it is precisely as a result of Skinny Puppy's ability reunite these once so closely integrated groups, which is where their ultimate attraction and musical power lies.