Producers: David Oglivie, Alien Jourgensen, Cevin Key.
Engineers: David Oglivie, Alien Jourgensen, Cevin Key.
Recorded at Mushroom Studios, Vancouver, Canada.
RABIES, Skinny Puppy's 1989 release, is the band's most commercially successful album. This is due in large part to the production of the Canadian trio's fifth full-length album, handled by Ministry helmsman and Wax Trax! Records figurehead, Al Jourgenson. He adds plenty of electro-skronk guitar to the formerly pristine electronic proceedings. RABIES was not much noisier than earlier albums like 1987's CLEANSE FOLD AND MANIPULATE, but Jourgenson's taste for high-decibel, high-pitched squalls make it sound superficially different. "Tin Omen" and "Fascist Jock Itch" particularly benefit from Jourgenson's inimitable input. Elsewhere, the more traditional-sounding "Worlock" and the sample overload "Hexonxonx" sound much more like the Skinny Puppy of albums past, but it's the atmospheric and almost terrifying instrumental "Spahn Dirge" that particularly stands out. This lengthy and effective noise piece is the best work of Skinny Puppy's career.
Alternative Press (11/99, p.23) - Included in AP's 10 Essential Industrial-Rock Albums - "...unflinchingly wields visceral six-string sternum-kicks to the atmospheric electronics of Cevin Key and Dwayne Goettel..."