The Greater Wrong of the Right

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The Greater Wrong of the Right
GreaterWrongAlbumCover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 25, 2004
Recorded 2002 - 2004
Genre IDM, electronica, electro-industrial, industrial rock
Length48:36
Label Synthetic Symphony
Producer Mark Walk, cEvin Key
Skinny Puppy chronology
The Process
(1996)
The Greater Wrong of the Right
(2004)
Mythmaker
(2007)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 79% [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Billboard Favorable [3]
Calgary Herald Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Entertainment Weekly B [5]
Exclaim! Favorable [6]
The Orlando Sentinel Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]
Orlando Weekly Favorable [8]
PopMatters Favorable [9]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [10]
Tiny Mix Tapes Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [11]

The Greater Wrong of the Right is the ninth studio album by Skinny Puppy. It was their first new full-length LP since 1996's The Process . It was also their first album since 1985's Bites without the support of deceased keyboardist Dwayne Goettel. This is the first Skinny Puppy album not produced by Dave Ogilvie, who at the time of its recording was concentrating on his own band, Jakalope.

Skinny Puppy band

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.

<i>The Process</i> (Skinny Puppy album) 1996 album by Skinny Puppy

The Process is the eighth studio album by Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy. Released through American Recordings on February 27, 1996, The Process was the band's final album before reforming in 2000 and releasing The Greater Wrong of the Right in 2004. Skinny Puppy's keyboardist, Dwayne Goettel, died near the end of The Process's creation, and the album was fraught with difficult production and record label intrusion.

<i>Bites</i> (album) album by Skinny Puppy

Bites is the first full-length studio album by Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy, released as an LP through Nettwerk in 1985. It was reissued in 1993 on CD with additional material compiled from cassette releases, international releases, and previously undistributed tracks. The cover art was designed by Steven R. Gilmore.

Contents

The percussion sample of "Pro-Test" was taken from a live performance by Gary Numan. The original sample can be heard on his CD, Live in London on the introductory track. The art direction and design was credited to Steven R. Gilmore. [12]

Gary Numan English singer, composer and musician

Gary Anthony James Webb, known professionally as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. Born in West London, he first entered the music industry as frontman of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two albums with the band, Numan released his debut solo LP The Pleasure Principle in 1979, topping the UK Albums Chart. He achieved his peak of mainstream popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the No. 1 singles "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and "Cars", but maintains a cult following.

Steven R. Gilmore is an artist and graphic designer most known for his work on album cover design, particularly his role as in-house artist for Nettwerk Records for much of the 1980s and 1990s. He has designed record album sleeves for Skinny Puppy, Nickelback, A Perfect Circle, BT, Machines of Loving Grace, Two Steps from Hell and many others. Gilmore also created the promotional materials for films such as The Dark Knight, 300, Watchmen and The Lord of the Rings.

It is one of the few Skinny Puppy albums to chart in the Billboard 200, peaking at #176. [13]

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Track listing

All tracks written by Ogre/Key/Walk.

No.TitleLength
1."I'mmortal"4:16
2."Pro-test"5:29
3."EmpTe"4:11
4."Neuwerld"5:28
5."Ghostman"4:55
6."dOwnsizer"4:20
7."Past Present"6:27
8."Use Less"4:47
9."Goneja"5:25
10."DaddyuWarbash"3:18
Total length:48:36

[14]

Personnel

Nivek Ogre Canadian singer

Nivek Ogre is a Canadian musician, performance artist and actor best known as a founding member of the industrial music group Skinny Puppy. Since that band featured another Kevin and was produced by another Ogilvie, Ogre's alias was practical as well as theatrical. 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 to expand Skinny Puppy's fanbase and has inspired numerous other musicians.

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.

Danny Carey musician, songwriter

Daniel Edwin Carey is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by artists such as Zaum, Green Jellö, Pigface, Skinny Puppy, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, Carole King, Collide, Lusk, and the Melvins.

Chart positions

Chart (2004)Peak
position
US Billboard 200 [15] 176
US Independent Albums (Billboard) [16] 9
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) [17] 7

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