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Stepping into the world of Nivek Ogre and cEvin Key is like stepping into a Dadaist electro-performance-art thrill ride. The show began with a crippled Ogre entering the stage. He was hunched over supporting himself on a cane. On his head was a tall white mitre, his face had a white mask with large black pits for eyes and a long gnarled beard hung off his jaw. His white outfit looked like a straight jacket with its clasps and extended sleeves. The performance of their "In Solvent See" tour was another Skinny Puppy visual and audio head-trip.

Despite defaming the Holy See, the show was less grotesque than previous ones. However, there was one point where Ogre was in a box and it looked as if he was shot from behind as red liquid oozed down the Plexiglas. He sang a few songs from inside this box with his face directed into a camera that projected his wide-angled image onto the big screen behind the drums. The show used a sophisticated light and projector system with screens set up above cEvin Key's gear.

With three or four costume changes from a glowing skull face to a mitre with smoke bellowing out of the top, the show was exciting to follow. They played a full span of their musical portfolio from classics like "Addiction," "Warlock," and 1985 hit "Assimilate," to tracks from their as-yet-unreleased In Solvent See. Consequently, the delayed release of the album was due to their label, SPV, filing for insolvency earlier in the year. Lucky for fans the tour was not canceled.

  • Artist: Skinny Puppy
  • Show date: December 9, 2009
  • Venue: House of Blues
  • Seats: General admission
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