Nivek Ogre

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Nivek Ogre
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Nivek Ogre in 2008
Background information
Birth nameKevin Graham Ogilvie
Also known as
  • Ogre
  • ohGr
Born (1962-12-05) December 5, 1962 (age 56)
Origin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Vocalist
  • musician
  • performance artist
  • actor
Years active1982–present
Associated acts

Nivek Ogre (born Kevin Graham Ogilvie December 5, 1962) is a Canadian musician, performance artist and actor, best known for his work with the industrial music group Skinny Puppy, which he co-founded with cEvin Key. [4] Since 1982, he has served as Skinny Puppy's primary lyricist and vocalist, occasionally providing instrumentation and samples. Ogre's charismatic personality, guttural vocals and use of costumes, props, and fake blood on stage helped widen Skinny Puppy's fanbase [5] and has inspired numerous other musicians.

Performance art artistic performance presented to an audience

Performance art is a performance presented to an audience within a fine art context, traditionally interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated, spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via media; the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer's body or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience. Performance art can happen anywhere, in any type of venue or setting and for any length of time. The actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work.

Acting impersonation of a fictional character

Acting is an activity in which a story is told by means of its enactment by an actor or actress who adopts a character—in theatre, television, film, radio, or any other medium that makes use of the mimetic mode.

Industrial music is a genre of music which draws on harsh, transgressive or provocative sounds and themes. AllMusic defines industrial music as the "most abrasive and aggressive fusion of rock and electronic music" that was "initially a blend of avant-garde electronics experiments and punk provocation". The term was coined in the mid-1970s with the founding of Industrial Records by members of Throbbing Gristle and Monte Cazazza. While the genre name originated with Throbbing Gristle's emergence in the United Kingdom, concentrations of artists and labels vital to the genre also emerged in America, namely in Chicago.


In 2001, he formed the electronic music group ohGr along with longtime collaborator Mark Walk. Originally named W.E.L.T., ohGr has released five studio albums since 2001, three of which have placed on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Ogre has also been involved with several other musicians including the Al Jourgensen bands Ministry and Revolting Cocks, Pigface and Rx with Martin Atkins, and KMFDM.

Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments, digital instruments and circuitry-based music technology. In general, a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means, and that produced using electronics only. Electromechanical instruments include mechanical elements, such as strings, hammers, and so on, and electric elements, such as magnetic pickups, power amplifiers and loudspeakers. Examples of electromechanical sound producing devices include the telharmonium, Hammond organ, and the electric guitar, which are typically made loud enough for performers and audiences to hear with an instrument amplifier and speaker cabinet. Pure electronic instruments do not have vibrating strings, hammers, or other sound-producing mechanisms. Devices such as the theremin, synthesizer, and computer can produce electronic sounds.

ohGr electro-industrial band

ohGr is an American industrial band formed by Nivek Ogre and Mark Walk of Skinny Puppy. Early ohGr releases incorporated hip hop and synth-pop influences, and in contrast to Skinny Puppy, utilized conventional structures and a lighter tone. Ogre noted that this direction was inspired by the pop bands he enjoyed as a child, such as The Archies. However, in releases such as Devils in my Details, ohGr has taken to a more abrasive, non-linear flavour of electro-industrial, while continuing to release pop albums such as 2018's Tricks.

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Ogre has on several occasions worked as an actor in low-budget horror films. He appeared as Pavi Largo in the rock opera film Repo! The Genetic Opera , as well as Harper Alexander in the comedy-horror film entitled 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams . [6] Ogre was reunited with Repo! director Darren Lynn Bousman for the 2012 musical short film The Devil's Carnival and its sequel Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival . In 2014, he starred in the Canadian film Queen of Blood . [7]

Horror film Film genre

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A rock opera is a collection of rock music songs with lyrics that relate to a common story. Rock operas are typically released as concept albums and are not scripted for acting, which distinguishes them from operas, although several have been adapted as rock musicals. The use of various character roles within the song lyrics is a common storytelling device. The success of the rock opera genre has inspired similar works in other musical styles, such as rap opera.

<i>Repo! The Genetic Opera</i> 2008 film by Darren Lynn Bousman

Repo! The Genetic Opera is a 2008 American science fiction, gothic rock musical horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Based on the 2002 musical of the same name, which was written and composed by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich, the film stars Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Nivek Ogre, and Terrance Zdunich.

Early life

Ogre was born on December 5, 1962 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. [8] From a young age, he had imagined working in a studio as a singer, believing it was his own "manifest destiny". [9] He was also interested in magic and had attempted to become a magician, joining the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He entertained his parents with magic shows, during which his tricks would often fail humorously. [10] He described his childhood as "introverted", and that he would take refuge in watching monster movies; he also enjoyed the horror fantasy writings of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. [11]

Calgary City in Alberta, Canada

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As a child, he was fascinated with words and would spend time in his basement writing poetry. [10] [12] He would write several pages at a time and then play around with what he had written. "From that, I developed a keen sense of how words sound, how they can phonetically sound and be changed. How words obviously have different meanings and with a slight displacement can take on almost a surreal meaning". This interest in language and vocabulary stemmed from his love of music and lyrics. [10] His subsequent musical stylings were informed by the likes of Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, and Kraftwerk. He said listening to the Cure album Pornography was a "transformative" moment for him, [13] and that Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures introduced him to "the dark side of music". He soon found himself gravitating towards musicians such as Throbbing Gristle, Portion Control, and Front 242. [14]

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Ogre left Calgary for Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of twenty. "Vancouver has an edge to it; an attitude; an arrogance when it comes to music. I came there as a young 20-year-old from Calgary and entered into a world I’d never seen before". [15] In 1982, he attempted to start a record distribution company using borrowed money, a venture that ultimately failed. He was further troubled by the death of his father and a divorce from his wife. [16] Ogre was roommates with Images in Vogue member Gary Blair Smith when he met cEvin Key (Kevin Crompton), the drummer for Smith's band, at a party. [17] He also met future collaborator Steven Gilmore, whom he learned had also attended Ernest Manning High School in Calgary. [15] Key asked Ogre to join his project, Skinny Puppy, an invitation he accepted. [17] Images in Vogue recording engineer Dave Ogilvie also signed up. [18] The pair adopted stage names to avoid the confusion brought by having two people named Kevin in one group. [19]

Vancouver City in British Columbia, Canada

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Images in Vogue is a Canadian new wave group formed in 1981 in Vancouver. It originally consisted of vocalist Dale Martindale, guitarist Don Gordon, synth players Joe Vizvary and Glen Nelson, bassist Gary Smith, and percussionist Kevin Crompton. The band's manager was Kim Clarke Champniss, who later became a MuchMusic VJ.

Music career

Skinny Puppy

Ogre's work with Skinny Puppy has primarily been as the lead singer, though he would occasionally contribute work with percussion and synthesizers. [20] The first song he wrote for the group was titled "Canine" and helped establish the philosophy of writing songs about the world as seen through a dog's eyes. [21] "It was about a dog watching his master beat his wife and then questioning himself - should he be loyal to the man or rip his head off?" [16] Along with Bill Leeb (Wilhelm Shroeder), Ogre and Key produced the EP Remission in 1984 and released it through the newly established Nettwerk label. [20] Next to follow were two full-length albums, Bites in 1985 and Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse in 1986, the latter of which spawned their first single, "Dig It".

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Nivek Ogre performing with Skinny Puppy in 1987

Many of Ogre's early songs, specifically from the album Bites, were about his ex-wife. [22] Following Bites, Ogre began to construct more politically and socially minded lyrics such as those for the song "Dig It", which he says describes "a fight to rise above in the work force/ which can turn into your early grave". [16] Ogre's writing would gradually become more "worldly" and "ecology-minded". [23] Animal rights and environmental degradation would become recurring elements in Skinny Puppy's music. [24] 1988's VIVIsectVI , written as "a biting commentary on animal rights", [25] spawned the single "Testure" which peaked at no. 19 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. [26]

Skinny Puppy became known for their performance art laden live shows, a result of Ogre's use of costumes, props, and fake blood. [27] The set design for a live show often falls to Ogre, who usually builds the sets himself. [28] Ogre described the Too Dark Park tour as his career high point, during which he ran off what he called "car-crash energy". [9]

While recording the Skinny Puppy album The Process in Los Angeles, a split began to grow between the band members with Ogre on one side and the other two band members, Key and keyboardist Dwayne Goettel, on the other. In 1994, Skinny Puppy completed the master tapes for the album. Key and Goettel returned to Vancouver with the tapes while Ogre decided to stay in Los Angeles. Ogre quit Skinny Puppy in June 1995, two months before Goettel died from a heroin overdose. [29]

He joined the Banff Centre as an artist-in-residence in spring 2000 [30] before reuniting with Key to perform at the Doomsday Festival in Dresden as Skinny Puppy. [31] Relations improved between the two band members after the performance and they released The Greater Wrong of the Right in 2004; they followed this up with the release of Mythmaker in 2007 and hanDover in 2011. [29] In 2013, inspired by the news that their music had been used for torture at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, they released the album Weapon . [32] In early 2014, Ogre and Key sent the US government an invoice for $666,000 for the use of their music at the camp. [33] Ogre told the San Francisco Examiner that "they didn’t even use our actual recordings – they used bootlegs, so there was all sorts of hiss and distortion in the mix, which was probably even more disturbing to the person who was having it done to them". [34] In 2015, they embarked on the Down the Sociopath tour with Youth Code through North America. [35] A follow up tour in Europe entitled Down the Sociopath too Euro 2017 began in May 2017. [36]


In 1989, Ogre and Jourgensen started the side project W.E.L.T. (When Everyone Learns the Truth). Some material was recorded, but the only song they released was turned into Ministry's 1996 song "The Fall", from Filth Pig . [37] During the recording of The Process in Malibu, Ogre befriended Ruby member Mark Walk. [38] They revived the W.E.L.T. project by producing a 14-track album, but this was eventually shelved by their label, American Recordings. Ogre became depressed as a result of the labels decision; he told Exclaim! in 1998 that to relieve the situation, he picked up a book on Pink Floyd and started playing the guitar. "That was really good for me, it was really good therapy. It took hours and hours of time that would have been spent fixating on a problem that there was really nothing I could do about". [39]

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Nivek Ogre on stage with ohGr in 2011

Ogre was kept on the label for three years, unable to do anything with the recordings. "It wasn’t until about 2000 that I pulled myself up by the bootstraps and went to see what was going on. I found out that all that time, I could have just walked away from it because no one was going to do anything". [38] Ogre and Walk landed a deal with Spitfire Records, but were unable to retrieve their original master recordings from American. This meant they had to rerecord the entire album, a feat which took them roughly three to four months. [40] Using the new moniker ohGr, the album was released as Welt in February 2001. [41] A video for the song "Cracker" was produced by Skinny Puppy collaborator William Morrison, who would join the group on tour. Also joining the tour was cEvin Key, who performed drums. [40]

ohGr would produce three more albums including SunnyPsyOp in 2003, Devils in my Details in 2008, UnDeveloped in 2011, all of which landed on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. [42] "What makes ohGr different from Skinny Puppy", Ogre explained to Westword in 2011, "is that Skinny Puppy focuses on sound design with lyrics laid on top, while ohGr bases its music around lyrics". He stated further: "When we're performing live, with ohGr, we strip back a lot of the electronics and the stuff that doesn't need to be there...All the guitars out, all the bass out, when it's played live, and a lot of the keyboards are played live, too". [10]

ohGr released their fifth album, Tricks , on June 18, 2018. The album was funded by a PledgeMusic campaign. [43] The album had been intended for release on October 31, 2017, but the release date was pushed back due to a mastering error. [44] The band promoted the album with a 32 date North American tour and included three dates for the 2018 Cold Waves festival, [45] which they had performed in the year prior while supporting KMFDM. [46] The tour was the first time in 25 years Ogre performed in his hometown of Calgary. [45] The band was supported by Paul Barker's Lead into Gold and Omniflux. [47]

In January 2019, amid similar stories from other bands, Walk told Billboard that PledgeMusic had owed the band $100,000 in funds raised during the campaign. [48] The company had been unresponsive with regards to when the band would be paid, which had forced them to release the album digitally and tour without merchandise to sell. [49]

Collaborations with Al Jourgensen

Ogre's first collaboration with Al Jourgensen was in 1987 during the recording of the song "Show Me Your Spine" for the film RoboCop . [50] The song was recorded by PTP, a side project of Jourgensen's alongside Ministry cohort Paul Barker. [51] Jourgensen explained that he "didn't even know who he [Ogre] was, but somebody said he was some singer from somewhere, so I just said "hey man, make yourself useful, get in here and sing". [52] Ogre would later go on tour with Ministry to promote their album The Land of Rape and Honey in 1988. [9] Ogre asked Jourgensen if he would produce the 1989 Skinny Puppy album Rabies , a job he accepted. Jourgensen described his experience with Skinny Puppy as tumultuous since it had been Ogre, not Key and Goettel, who asked for assistance on the record; "Sometimes bad vibes make for great, tension-filled music, and that's what Skinny Puppy thrived on". [53]

Ogre next worked with Jourgensen on the Ministry album The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste , receiving credit as a writer on the song "Thieves". [54] Ogre introduced Jourgensen to Toronto native Angelina Lukacin whose voice was recorded for the album closer "Dream Song". [55] Ogre joined Ministry on tour contributing guitars, keyboards, and vocals. [56] He said that "Playing with Ministry was insane everywhere, especially during the tour for The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste, which had the cage set up at the front of the stage. It became all you saw, the cage separating you from the raging mass of people in front of you". [9] The single "Burning Inside" featured a live cover of the Skinny Puppy song "Smothered Hope", [57] with Ogre contributing vocals. [58]

Ogre had also worked with Jourgensen in the industrial group Revolting Cocks, originally as a touring member. Ogre mentioned that he "had a gas" while on tour, referring to it as an initiation; "My brain was rotating about four feet above my head". [52] He continued to work with the group by providing vocals for their 1990 effort Beers, Steers, and Queers . [59] When Ogre was again invited to tour with the band, he declined, explaining that his friendship with Jourgensen had become strained. "There were a few things that happened between me and him [Jourgensen] that really made me question our whole friendship and his reason for having me down there. So I decided to bow out of the Revolting Cocks tour. If I hadn't, I would have come back totally addicted to heroin". [60]

Other musical ventures

Ogre became involved with Pigface, an industrial music collective formed by Martin Atkins, on their 1990 debut Gub . He sang on the song "Tapeworm" [61] and was featured on the 1991 live album Welcome to Mexico... Asshole . [62] Ogre also contributed to the studio albums Fook (1992) [63] and Notes from Thee Underground (1994), [64] and the live album Truth Will Out (1993) as a guitarist. [65] Ogre again teamed up with Atkins to form the band Ritalin, later renamed Rx. The duo's only release, 1998's Bedside Toxicology, provided a showcase for Ogre's singing, something which he had worked on while spending time in Seattle. [66] Ogre also made several contributions to KMFDM, providing vocals for the song "Torture" on their 1997 album Symbols . [67] He joined the band as a guest musician for their Symbols tour. He said of his experience: "There was a really great vibe on that tour and I really got along with all the people and it gave me a chance to laugh maniacally". [68] He worked with KMFDM again in 1999, singing on the songs "That's All" and "Full Worm Garden" for the album Adios . [69]

Ogre appeared on The Final Cut's 1991 debut album, Consumed, alongside Chris Connelly, [70] and provided Monster Voodoo Machine a remix of the song "Copper Theft" on their 1994 album Defense Mechanism. [71] Ogre worked with Mark Walk on several tracks for the 1996 video game Descent II [72] and later on a remix of "Smothered Hope" for the album Remix dystemper in 1998. [73] The pair also provided a remix of the song "Edge of the World" by The Crüxshadows on their release Shadowbox . [74] He covered the song "Borderline" by Madonna for the album Virgin Vocies 2000: A Tribute to Madonna [75] and appeared on cEvin Key's 2001 solo album, The Ghost of Each Room . [76] Ogre supplied a remix of the track "Wraith" for John Carpenter's 2014 album Lost Themes [77] and also contributed to the 2015 Demons (1985 film) remix album. [78]


Vocals and lyrics

Described by Bill Henderson of The Orlando Sentinel as "disturbing, distorted and disconnected from anything real", [79] Ogre's vocal style took influence from the likes of Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire and Ian Sharp of Portion Control, and has in turn influenced a number of subsequent artists. "If I can do it and can emote, then anyone has a chance. And you don’t need to be a vocal acrobat to get an emotion across". [38] He started off his career as a "non-singer", with his vocals often heavily treated with effects. [80] His guttural and oftentimes unintelligible delivery became a hallmark of Skinny Puppy's music. [16] His lyrics, usually delivered as a stream of consciousness meant to invoke certain images to the listener, [81] range from surrealistic to overtly sociopolitical, and explore topics such as vivisection, war, disease, the environment, addiction, and self-determination. [11] [82] [83] The meaning behind his lyrics is often obscured by the cacophony of music surrounding them. "We're more into creating moods, and within them there's a lot more freedom for people to make up their minds and apply the lyrics to themselves and different situations". [83] When asked if he was bothered by people misinterpreting his lyrics, he replied "art is for interpretation, and interpretation can take on whatever form it wants". [84]

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Ogre (right) performing a stunt onstage at Wave-Gotik-Treffen, 2017

In the mid 90s, fearing that after years of strain he was beginning to lose his voice, he started receiving vocal training and implemented various exercises to save it. [85] For the W.E.L.T. project, producer Mark Walk encouraged Ogre to sing without vocal effects, a prospect which initially terrified Ogre, who said the effects were like a protective shield. To boost his confidence, he spent eight months working with his voice to test its capabilities. [86] He later said that singing without treated vocals allowed him to express himself in ways he'd never been able to with Skinny Puppy. [87] He continued this method with Bedside Toxicology, during the production of which he said he learned that not only could he compose music, but he could also harmonize with his voice. "I have more control over harmonies. In these incremental ways you like grow as an artist, hopefully". [84]

Live performances

Ogre's live performances have been referred to as performance art, [88] and are influenced by his interest in the horror films, [89] the work of Alice Cooper, [90] and his childhood love of magic tricks. [91] The Los Angeles Times attributed Ogre's theatrics to him becoming "the first industrial rock star". [92] On stage, he employs a wide range of props and costumes, and uses liberal amounts of fake blood despite an allergy to red food dye. [93] [94] He considered the Too Dark Park tour to be a career high point [9] and one of his favorites, and included several large set pieces, [95] one of which, the stilt-man, involved Ogre walking on stilts while operating a pair of hydraulic crutches as he lurched towards the audience. [95] When asked if he felt Marilyn Manson had stolen parts of his old stage show for himself, Ogre insisted that Manson had only ever used the stilt-man character, incorporating it into his own show. [96]

Despite his work being labeled shock rock, he says that his performances are meant to get the audience to think and see different viewpoints rather than simply gross them out. [97] He toned down the use of props for his performances with ohGr, wanting the shows to instead focus on music. [98] He clarified his stance while touring in support of Devils in My Details: "For me, ohGr is not a way to reinvent the wheel but to be open to anything. So it doesn't mean, necessarily, that there's going to be a lot of flash on this tour, because that's more of a Skinny Puppy trademark". [99] He told the San Francisco Examiner that he had disliked his early work with Skinny Puppy, saying that he thought of himself as a "ham-fisted hack". It wasn't until he revisited old concert footage that he changed his mind. "I recently watched a concert video of me cutting a smile into my face during 'Assimilate', and I was creating tension even though I didn't know I was doing it. It all came from my love of magic". [100]

Acting career

Ogre's first attempt at acting came in the form of an audition for the role of Funboy in The Crow , an experience which he described as being dreadful. "That's where for the first time I really hit that wall of 'whoa, this is very different than being on stage'. The read was with [the] male assistant director who was playing the female opposite me in a kind of sexy situation [...] I just lost my shit trying to make this work and thought, 'this isn’t for me'". [101] Skinny Puppy were to appear on the soundtrack with the song "Outafter" (which later appeared on the Download album The Eyes of Stanley Pain ). However, Ogre nixed the idea as he felt the song sounded too "techno-y"; he later regretted this decision when he found out the film's star Brandon Lee liked the song. [102]

Ogre's first experience acting was alongside his Skinny Puppy cohorts in the film The Doom Generation . The film's director Gregg Araki, a Skinny Puppy fan, invited the band to play as a group of goons who attack a car. cEvin Key sustained several injuries from falling off the car; "[He] landed right on his face. Literally faceplanted into cement". Ogre later stated that, "I don't think we ever heard back from Gregg Araki after that, unfortunately. He's a great director, and it wasn't anything weird between us and him; it was just an odd thing that happened". [103]

Ogre returned to the screen in the 2008 Darren Lynn Bousman film Repo! The Genetic Opera as Pavi, a frequent partier who wears a mask of flesh. [104] The film was released in 11 theaters worldwide [105] and received mostly negative reviews from critics. [106] Ogre responded to the criticism, telling Arielle Castillo of the Miami New Times , "I'm not saying it's not without problems, it was a low-budget film [...] There are a few things like editing and connecting things, but it still works, it's still got a lot of heart". [107] Ogre later appeared as Harper Alexander in the Tim Sullivan film 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams , replacing Giuseppe Andrew who had played the character in the film's 2005 predecessor. [108]

Ogre reunited with Bousman for the 2012 horror musical short The Devil's Carnival and its accompanying road tour as The Twin. [109] He returned for the full-length feature sequel, 2015's Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival . [110] In 2014, he starred in Scream Park alongside Doug Bradley. In the film, he plays psychotic killer Iggy, who, alongside his partner Ogre (played by Ian Lemmon), hunt down crew members of a decommissioning amusement park. [111] He also appeared in the 2014 film Queen of Blood , the spiritual successor to director Chris Alexander's debut film. [112] Ogre was also featured in the 2016 documentary Diary of a Dead Beat, which follows the career of filmmaker Jim Van Bebber. [113]

Personal life

Ogre is known for being a staunch supporter of animal rights, often condemning animal testing as being "pointless". He explained his viewpoint in a 2000 interview with Zillo magazine: "No human being would want to endure that kind of torture. Who would want to be locked up in some sterile laboratory? I love animals more than anything." [114] This stance culminated in the 1988 Skinny Puppy album VIVIsectVI and its accompanying stage show, which featured re-enactments of animal experiments with a prop dog. These recreations were so provocative that the band was arrested and fined for being a nuisance to the public. [115] In addition, he opposes factory farming and was a vegetarian for fourteen years, but abandoned the diet citing health problems. [116]

In the period between the production of the albums VIVIsectVI and Last Rights , Ogre struggled with substance abuse. His addiction to drugs, coupled with his preference for working with Al Jourgensen, led to him often being the odd one out. [115] Ogre was admitted into hospital while touring with Pigface in Sweden. While there he learned he had contracted hepatitis A, and later went to seek treatment from a rehab center in Edmonton. [117] Reflecting on the turbulent production of 1996's The Process , Ogre said: "We all had drug problems but didn't know it from each other [...] I was in Los Angeles getting clean while the others were doing drugs in Vancouver." [118] Ogre remains an avid supporter for the legalization of marijuana. [119]

Writer Jolene Siana had sent Ogre numerous letters over a span of three years during the 1980s. Following a chance meeting with Siana a decade later, Ogre returned these letters, which he had stored away in a box. [120] Siana then compiled the letters and published them in the book Go Ask Ogre: Letters From a Deathrock Cutter in 2005. [121]


Skinny Puppy



1995 The Doom Generation GoonUncredited; alongside cEvin Key and Dwayne Goettel
2008 Repo! The Genetic Opera Pavi LargoCredited as Ogre
2010 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams Harper Alexander
2011Fix: The Ministry MovieHimself Ministry documentary
2011The Key to Annabel LeeThe NarratorShort film
2012 The Devil's Carnival The TwinShort film
2013 Scream Park Iggy
2014 Queen of Blood Preacher
2015 Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival The Twin
2016Diary of a Dead BeatHimselfDocumentary film
2016-2017 Teen Wolf Ghost RiderTelevision series

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Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre. Initially envisioned as an experimental side project by cEvin Key while he was in the new wave band Images in Vogue, Skinny Puppy evolved into a full-time project with the addition of vocalist Nivek Ogre. Over the course of a dozen studio albums and many live tours, Key and Ogre have been the only constant members. Other members have included Dwayne Goettel (1986–1995), Dave "Rave" Ogilvie, Mark Walk (2003–present), and a number of guests, including Bill Leeb, Al Jourgensen (1989), and many others.

Dwayne Goettel Canadian musician

Dwayne Rudolph Goettel was a Canadian electronic musician, best known for his work in the industrial music group Skinny Puppy. Starting his career playing for a variety of acts around Edmonton, he joined Skinny Puppy in 1986 following the departure of keyboardist Bill Leeb. A classically trained pianist, he helped to broaden Skinny Puppy's sound with his extensive knowledge of equipment and sampling. He assisted bandmate cEvin Key on a number of side projects such as The Tear Garden and Doubting Thomas, and helped form the experimental electronic group Download. He also created the independent record label Subconscious Communications with friend and colleague Phil Western as a means to release his solo work.

<i>Rabies</i> (Skinny Puppy album) 1989 studio album by Skinny Puppy

Rabies is the fifth studio album by Skinny Puppy. It was released on November 21, 1989 through Nettwerk. The album notably features Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen who performed electric guitar and vocals on several songs. The album spawned two singles, "Tin Omen" and "Worlock", the latter of which becoming one of the band's most recognizable songs. The cover art was made by longtime Skinny Puppy collaborator Steven R. Gilmore. In 1993 the CD edition was reissued by Nettwerk to correct mastering errors in the original release.

cEvin Key Canadian musician

cEvin Key is a Canadian musician, songwriter, producer, and composer. He is best known as a member of the industrial music group Skinny Puppy, which he co-founded in 1982 with singer Nivek Ogre. Initially a side project while he was with the new wave band Images in Vogue, Skinny Puppy quickly became his primary musical outlet following a record deal with Nettwerk Records in 1984.


Pigface is an industrial rock supergroup formed in 1990 by Martin Atkins and William Rieflin.

<i>VIVIsectVI</i> album by Skinny Puppy

VIVIsectVI is the fourth studio album by Canadian electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy. It was released on September 12, 1988 through Nettwerk. Despite tackling controversial topics like animal rights, chemical warfare, and environmental waste, VIVIsectVI was well-received. It spawned two singles, "Censor", which was released on the album as "Dogshit", and "Testure", which was Skinny Puppy's only song to chart on Billboard's Dance Club Songs. VIVIsectVI was followed by a theatrically involved tour with Nine Inch Nails as the opening act.

<i>Remission</i> (EP) 1984 EP by Skinny Puppy

Remission is a 1984 EP by Canadian electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy, their record label debut and first release with Nettwerk. The 12-inch EP originally featured with six tracks, then, a year later in 1985, it was released on cassette with five additional songs that lengthened the release to a full album. This expansion became the default version of Remission.

<i>Too Dark Park</i> 1990 studio album by Skinny Puppy

Too Dark Park is the sixth studio album by the industrial music group Skinny Puppy. The album cover features the debut appearance of the band's "SP" logo. The cover art was created by Vancouver based artist Jim Cummins. The artwork for this album and its associated singles was inspired by cosmic horror stories such as the Cthulhu Mythos.

<i>Last Rights</i> (album) 1992 studio album by Skinny Puppy

Last Rights is the seventh studio album by Canadian electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy. It was released in March 1992 as the group's final record distributed through Nettwerk. Last Rights saw the band experimenting with two opposite extremes: cacophonous heavy music and gloomy melodies, resulting in moments of industrial weight as well as moments of uncharacteristic softness. Along with containing some of the band's most impenetrable walls of sound and an eleven-minute track composed almost entirely of manipulated and distorted samples, Last Rights also features Skinny Puppy's first ballad.

<i>Welt</i> (album) 2001 studio album by ohGr

Welt is the first album by the band ohGr, formed by Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy, and musician/engineer Mark Walk. The song Water has been featured in the motion pictures Life as a House and for the end titles in Kill Theory. The album artwork was created by comic book artist Roman Dirge.

Censor (song) 1988 single by Skinny Puppy

"Censor" is a song by Canadian electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy, taken from its 1988 album VIVIsectVI and released as a single in the same year. "Censor's" original title was "Dogshit", which was changed for this release's marketability.

Worlock 1990 single by Skinny Puppy

Worlock is a single by the band Skinny Puppy from the album Rabies. The song uses a sample of the guitars in "Helter Skelter" by The Beatles, as well as a vocal sample of Charles Manson singing the song. Vocalist Nivek Ogre considered it one of the band's better songs.

<i>Mythmaker</i> 2007 studio album by Skinny Puppy

Mythmaker is the tenth studio album by electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy. It was released on January 30, 2007 through Synthetic Symphony. Lead vocalist Nivek Ogre said the band took a simplified approach, but that it was a difficult record to make. It charted on a number of billboard charts, and received mostly positive reviews, with critics focusing on whether it was stylistically similar to previous albums.

W.E.L.T. was a briefly extant side-project between members of industrial bands Skinny Puppy and Ministry. The project was active for a short while in 1989.

<i>HanDover</i> 2011 studio album by Skinny Puppy

HanDover is the eleventh studio album by Canadian band Skinny Puppy.

<i>Weapon</i> (album) 2013 studio album by Skinny Puppy

Weapon is the twelfth studio album by Canadian electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy. It was released on May 28, 2013 through Metropolis Records. Skinny Puppy received mainstream media attention when the band billed the U.S. government for using its music as torture in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, which was a primary source of inspiration for the album. Musically, Weapon's sound is reminiscent of Skinny Puppy's earliest releases, Remission (1984) and Bites (1985), due to the employment of old equipment and simplified songwriting.

<i>Tricks</i> (album) 2018 studio album by ohGr

Tricks is the fifth studio album by electro-industrial band ohGr. The album was funded via a PledgeMusic campaign and was released on June 18, 2018 after a number of delays. The band raised $20,000 within a few days of announcing their campaign. The band embarked on a North American tour alongside Paul Barker's Lead into Gold and Omniflux.


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