ohGr is a band formed by nivek ogre, of Skinny Puppy, and musician/engineer Mark Walk. Although the pedigree of the group’s members might suggest otherwise, ohGr is not strictly an industrial group, as it draws from elements of synth-pop/electro-pop, metal, and even hip hop.
Unlike Ogre’s earlier Skinny Puppy work, ohGr has a more conventional structure to its music as well as a lighter tone, lyrically and musically.
The band was officially formed in 2001, although the material for the first album, Welt dates back to the mid-nineties, having been held up due to legal trouble with American Records. The first work produced by the band was actually the soundtrack for the computer game ‘Descent II’, but it was a number of years before their first album was released. Welt was originally the title of the group, a long standing acronym from early Skinny Puppy years when, shortly after Bill Leeb (of Front Line Assembly) left the band, Ogre graffitied “Wilhelm Eats Lunch Today” around Vancouver due to their then-acrimonious split. It was then refined to the less antagonistic “When Everyone Learns Truth”. It was later discovered that in the interval, the name had been taken by a Californian punk band.
Currently the project is on hiatus - Ogre, cEvin Key and William Morrison toured in support of the new Skinny Puppy album, The Greater Wrong of the Right, for much of 2004. Mark Walk is also working with Skinny Puppy, although not touring with them.