Skinny Puppy ‎– The Process

American Recordings ‎– 9 43057-2, Sub-Conscious Communications ‎– sub 006
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1 Jahya
Guitar – Pat Sprawl
2 Death
Guitar – Pat SprawlVoice [Voices] – Martyn Atkins*
3 Candle
Backing Vocals – Lorne BouquetGuitar – Pat Sprawl
4 Hardset Head
Backing Vocals – Lorne BouquetGuitar – Pat Sprawl
5 Cult
Guitar – Pat Sprawl, Rave (3), Troll (3)Viola, Cello – Pepperdine
6 Process 5:02
7 Curcible
Guitar – Pat Sprawl
8 Blue Serge 5:13
9 Morter
Electronics [Wave Manipulation] – Philth
10 Amnesia
Electronics [Wave Manipulation] – Philth
11 Cellar Heat 0:50

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First North American edition. Distributed by Warner.
All songs published by Dig It Music (SOCAN)
Recorded at Subconscious Studios, Vancouver (June 1994 - May 1995)
Shangri LA Studios, California (November 1993 - May 1994)
Additional recording at Soundhouse, Seattle
Mixed at Warehouse Studios (September 1995)
Edited and mastered at Enterprise

This Album Is dedicated In Loving Memory Of D.R. Goettel
February 1, 1964 - August 23, 1995

Sub 006 does not appear on the case, but does appear on the Sub-Conscious website. This is the number assigned to this release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 9362 43057 2 9
  • Barcode (String): 093624305729
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): Allied Record Company A2109 1 43057-2 70 ARC *M1 S1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2 V2 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): Allied Record Company A2109 1 43057-2 70 ARC *M1 S2
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2 V2E
  • Rights Society: SOCAN

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
24 30574 Skinny Puppy The Process(Cass, Album) American Recordings 24 30574 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
0936 2-43057-4 Skinny Puppy The Process(Cass, Album) American Recordings 0936 2-43057-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
CK 65930 Skinny Puppy The Process(CD, Album) American Recordings CK 65930 US 1996 Sell This Version
W2 43057, sub 006 Skinny Puppy The Process(CD, Album, Club, Col) American Recordings, Sub-Conscious Communications W2 43057, sub 006 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
ALR 166 Skinny Puppy The Process(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Always Records ALR 166 Russia 1996 Sell This Version


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August 14, 2016
I kinda came into SP around 1996, so I binged and kinda digested their whole catalog up until then at the same time. This didn't seem very radical to me, just the natural progression of a band's music. I remember being surprised when I found out about the extreme negative reaction to it in some corners. Anyway, it seems like the world's caught up to it and it's recognized as a pretty darn good album now.


September 27, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
Probably their Magnum Opus, "The Process" is easily one of Puppy's more debated albums among fans. The problem with this album is it's a pop sensible rock album from an anti-pop and in a sense anti-rock band. Tracks like "Candle" and "Cult" ride the line on being rock songs, while tracks like "Death", "Hardset Head", and "Curcible" ride the line on being straight up metal songs. This is easily the most mainstream accessible album they made in their original incarnation (several tracks were even used throughout the nineties on movies soundtracks, not artsy or counter-culture movies either, mainstream movies; ie. see Suburbia). At this point Puppy had pretty much left behind their new wavy synth lines and drum machine tracks years ago for a more metal influenced noisy and heavy sound. The issue people have is that this album took a swift turn at Last rights, and went sharply left towards rock/pop. From a music lover's perspective in general this album is a masterpiece, flowing seamlessly from beginning to end (If you play it on repeat, the first and last track actually loop into each other). There is little to no filler, from a band that though i love, has a substantial track record of making overly indulgent abstract noise tracks for the album's sake more than listening pleasure (listen to "fritter, Stella's home" from VIVsectVI to get a perfect example of this). The Process is good, maybe too good? At least too slick in a sense anyways for Puppy fans to handle. The reality is though, that SP were a constantly evolving band in their original incarnation, they never kept one sound for longer than an album or two, and after "Last Rights", this was a pretty rational direction for them to take; they had delved about as far into the Last Rights and Too Dark Park sound as they could without being redundant, or standing still, and going more nosy would have probably just led them back to the VIVIsectVI sound. Looking at all the album's together this album is a natural progression, though many fans would likely ague that. From the band's perspective this album was practically cursed; it more or less broke up the band, and shortly after it's inception one of the members died. and supposedly the sessions were plagued with issues among band members, and issues with drugs as well. There was never even a tour or anything to promote "The Process", and the studio sessions were so problematic and costly that Def-American actually dropped their other planned 2 next albums with SP because of it. So from everything listed it's easy to understand why this album gets so much abuse. In the end, "The Process" is a really good, little to no filler, well produced album (that DESPERATELY needs a vinyl reissue), and if nothing else, it makes an excellent gateway into the SP catalog.


July 7, 2013
"The Process is trying to link people into accepting the total sum of the parts that have, throughout time, polarized people. Through the acceptance of no one particular dogma, one begins to see the parts of all beliefs from which he/her can construct their own path or reality."
– Nivek Ogre

from this interview: Question 4.


April 13, 2011
good album from a great band. but lets not forget the title track.
the process:
"process: alternative - mass control.diversification and guilt. jealousy. prejudice the courage to be themselves...often hated.aims to make individual freedom. spiritual bounds. mental shackles. to heal the wound of separation.
to question the unquestioning of the mind
offers an alternative to mass control

the center of the information war

we have progressed

physically as far as we can go... next stage mental.the process is you. justification decentralized by conditioned guilt.fear responses
realize..for individuals who wish to acquire. the process

sigil to the will
give the mind before which is a function of the self to react
the act of focusing releases a tremendous energy
as the concourse lowers positive flow of energy

so be it
the process
so be it mindedness..ageless souls..striving for individual matters...toward collective goals. a guiltless state of self awareness. the process is you.

thats what this album is all about
the process is YOURS


December 16, 2009
This album is an embarassment to both the band and fans. Skinny Puppy should have called it quits after Last Rights! That would have saved thier image and left a legacy behind them. It was a huge mistake for them to get back together after Last Rights. Everything after that is garbage! Ballads?? Guitars?? Sounds like a fucking metal band. :( Worst let down ever.. As far as I'm concerned, they ended in 92.


December 15, 2009
I dislike the most reviews...after several months of listening this, this gave me an insatisfaction and depressing sensation. Maybe is not musicaly crushing and impacting like others albums, but it's simple, sounds good and this have an real intention from the members. I like every Skinny Puppy album because every album has it originally sound (not like NIN) and one day this crushed my heart. Don't listen it deeper ;).


March 17, 2008
Like dj_medusa, I hated this album back when it came out and while my tastes have grown tremendously since then, it still makes me cringe whenever I hear it. I can find tracks that I like, but even those only make the grade in light of how awful the rest of it is. Whatever factors played into the creation of this album, a new approach is not synonymous with quality, nor is it an excuse for putting out garbage.


March 22, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
It's not one of my favorites and I hated it when it originally was released. Part of that probably stemming from being young and thinking that my favorite band had sold out to what was then a major label. I've recently started to give the album a second chance, so I'm still digesting it today. Now with a more mature ear and outlook on music, I can find tracks that I like. It's still not a good solid Puppy album in my book, though. It sounds like too much rock was starting to bleed into their sound at that stage of their career. Signs of what was to come with the reunion of Key and Ogilvie in 2004? But then again, I'm the rare fan that's not too thrilled with <i> The Greater Wrong of the Right</i> either. Call me picky.


February 17, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

I believe that Blue Serge, Morter, and Amnesia are the best tracks. On first listen, Candle is captivating, but it seems to me too much like a Moby outing, where the grunge rock itch sets in and the artist straps on a guitar, trying to relive Jimi Hendrix or Ozzy Ozbourne. I used to like The Process, but through repeated listening, it gets old. Jahya is of the same nature.


February 25, 2004

The Process is the most disliked and most underrated album out of the entire Skinny Puppy discography. Lots of conflict and controversy surround the recording and release of this record. The album, shrouded in mystery, serves as a nice post-script to what was then thought of as the end of one of the greatest bands in the history of electronic music.