Новый альбом экс-вокалиста Skinny Puppy. Тег "пост-индастриал" здесь присутствует скорее за прошлые заслуги, ну и вообще - как-то не воспринимается имя Кевина-Нивека в отрыве от этого жанра. На самом же деле здешний материал - нечто вроде апокалиптичного синти-попа с EBM-замашками и нечастыми поползновениями в сторону творчества SP.
'What was interesting about the previous three ohGr albums, 'Welt' (2001), 'SunnyPsyOp' (2003) and 'Devils In My Detail (2008), were just how different they were to Skinny Puppy. Particularly 'Welt' and 'SunnyPsyOp' seemed to be yearning to break out of the Skinny Puppy mould and assert ohGr as an entirely new beast. Yet fast-forward to 'unDeveloped' and Nivek Ogre and Mark Walk seem to be in a thoroughly retrospective mindset. The result of which is a strong sense of a project coming full circle.
The opening song, '101', immediately harks back to one of Skinny Puppy's finest moments in 'Assimilate' as it thoroughly wrings-out those classic analogue sounds and vocal styles. 'Crash' mirrors the opening track somewhat with it's preceding intro track, but it is far modern in sound and more in fitting with previous ohGr work. 'Comedown' is a more danceable electro-ballad that makes good use of the distorted vocals as an extra layer of synths in the arrangement. Whereas 'screwMe' is a more restrained and stripped-back number with a great sing-a-long chorus in "Screw me, I like it...". But the album's highlight has to be 'traGek' with its apocalyptic synthpop quality and anthemic chorus evoking the highlights of Nivek Ogre's substantial career. The album closes on the more up-tempo and beat-driven 'Collidoskope', which despite its long, slow intro is perhaps one of the more live performance friendly songs present.
The long-running collaboration between Ogre and Walk has been a fruitful one and 'unDeveloped' is no exception. It is darker and more introspective than previous ohGr works, but it feels more well-rounded, especially as it acknowledges Ogre's other projects in its song writing. It may not be an instant hit with newcomers to ohGr in the same way 'Welt' and 'SunnyPsyOp' were with their strong MTV friendly singles/videos. But for long-time fans it will be a must have.'
Written bySean Palfrey @ www.truecultheavymetal.com