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Nivek Ogre was the snarling voice behind Canada's fierce industrialists Skinny Puppy, and after their demise in 1995, he was already tinkering around with various music projects. Together with producer Mark Walk (Pigface, Ruby), he designed the unit called OhGr. The new moniker, which had been in the works just prior to Skinny Puppy's end, did not see the light of day until the late '90s due to contractual drama with Rick Rubin's American Recordings. Ogre had anticipated releasing the debut album entitled WELT that same year, but music industry politics and egos played into ignoring the record. It wasn't until 1999 that Ogre's legal bindings to the record company expired and WELT was finally rescued. Tracks were revamped and OhGr inked a deal with Spitfire Records instead, and the album was issued in February 2001. Far more positive and motivated compared to the years he spent with Skinny Puppy, Nivek Ogre appeared thrilled with his OhGr and eager to make it worthwhile. ~ MacKenzie Wilson