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Seen as a side project from industrial music gods Skinny Puppy, the short-lived Hilt actually had roots predating the start of that band. Vocalist Al Nelson and multi-instrumentalist cEVIN Key first worked together in Vancouver’s early punk scene via the band Illegal Youth in the late ’70s. After the group fragmented, Key’s path ran through Images In Vogue and then eventually to Skinny Puppy itself. Nelson continued working in more punk-oriented efforts, but began working with Skinny Puppy as well in the role of cinematographer for the band’s notorious, harrowing concert films. Nelson and Key resumed musical collaboration here and there, with Key’s Skinny Puppy partner dwayne goettel joining them, but they weren’t able to formally record anything until challenged by the Nettwerk label to record something for very little money. Up for the dare, the trio pulled in longtime Skinny Puppy producer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie for 1990’s Call the Ambulance Before I Hurt Myself. Ogilvie brought in some guest performers, including Caterwaul’s Betsy Martin and Mark Shaffer. The result, like many other Skinny Puppy-related efforts, had the sound of the main band but some twists and turns of its own. Various singles and a sophomore album in 1991, Journey To The Center Of The Bowl, followed, but Hilt eventually faded away as both Key and Goettel concentrated more on Skinny Puppy.


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  • EllenDegenerate

    pretty righteous

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • bEATWEAKer

    One of the greatest bands of all time.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ST3RST1K4R

    one of the best projects cEvin Key was ever part of..... its quite obvious that most overlook this band due to how musically different and diverse this side project is compared to more famous projects of cEvin Key like Cyberaktif. and The Tear Garden

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • jamiedylan

    Happy birthday Dwayne - RIP

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Harvey_Candyass

    holy shit this band is awesome

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
  • syllannibal

    so lovely...

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • hoogax

    great shit... i don't understand how this side project is so overlooked.

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Mambosun23

    Once had an almost frightening, near-religious experience listening to the Orange Pony EP on a Greyhound bus, going through the Rockies in the middle of the night.

    1 Jul 2009 Reply
  • analkitties

    super good

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • vividaudio

    Get out of the GRAVE, Alan.

    7 Apr 2009 Reply
  • irobius74

    I remember trippin' balls to this album for the first time I ever heard it in this Goth Chic's parents mini van. The soud system was all beefed up so it was quite the experience. That was like back in '92. Some memories just don't die.

    4 Apr 2009 Reply
  • thevioletdeath

    Journey to the Center of The Bowl ~ is in my short list of "best albums of all space and time"

    30 Mar 2009 Reply
  • YaLexx

    Pleasant tunes. Sound like mix of Skinny Puppy and Lou Reed...

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • toy-maker

    not bad :3

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ketamineface

    my fave out of all the SP side projects

    5 Sep 2008 Reply
  • The_choke

    added two new pics :p :)

    17 Oct 2007 Reply
  • PaniKattaKK

    you dont put \m/ if its not metal but its still cool

    28 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Shadowcast

    the worst of the flu! awesome!

    25 Apr 2007 Reply

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