Two excerpts from Ilker Yücel’s interview of Nivek Ogre for ReGen Magazine:
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Skinny Puppy has never shied away from political topics, and as the new album is called Weapon and seems to approach the angle that human beings are the weapons themselves now, what spurned the lyrical concept behind the album?
Ogre: The Oppenheimer quote brings up one of the many concepts that I wanted to try to bring across, which is that midway in the last century, I think we made a horrible mistake by splitting the atom in that way. I think Oppenheimer’s face when he makes that quote clearly shows how horrendous that decision was in his full knowledge of the Pandora’s Box that he opened. The idea for Weapon, although it might seem timely to people seeing it advertised as a new Skinny Puppy album, actually came into fruition during the tour in 2011.