This is a 1992 reissue of Skinny Puppy's previously cassette-only debut, 1983's BACK AND FORTH, with demos and live tracks added. What's fascinating about this album is that although it was recorded very early in the era of industrial music, it sounds like prototypical Skinny Puppy. Fans who argue that the Canadian duo of cEVIN Key and Nivek Ogre didn't really accomplish much until sampling wizard and arranger Dwayne Goetter joined up during the recording of 1986's MIND: THE PERPETUAL INTERCOURSE, probably won't find much to change their minds on BACK AND FORTH. However, the more open-minded listener will be fascinated, because the group's early influences are much clearer here even than they were on the next release, the 1984 EP REMISSION. As one might imagine, there's a ton of Cabaret Voltaire on these 15 lengthy tracks, but perhaps more surprisingly, there's a certain brand of noisy postpunk (Wire, The Fall) here as well.
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