31 August 2013

Prong - Cleansing

Some bands almost hit the big time and just fall short for some, Prong are one of those types of bands.  This was their fourth release back in 1993 and these guys were on fire.  Back story - formed back in 1986, these guys have been stated as influences on Nine Inch Nails, Demon Hunter and Korn.  Musically they were the link between Ministry and trash metal in my eyes, around the time this album was released these guys were being played all over MTV when it used to be a music channel and they were touring with Clutch, Sepultra and Pantera. They had everything going their way and it all went to pot on their next album - but that is a review about 'Cleansing', not the rest of their career. 

The amount of things that are going on in this album is unreal, it is mostly on the industrial and groove metal that it comes to the forefront.  Starting with the devastating "Another Worldly Device", it then goes up a notch with the brutal "Whose Fist Is This Any Way" with the band sounding like a machine and just when you think it could not get any better they play their trump song "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck".  The power of this trio was just unbelievable.  Even after 21 years it is still one of the most amazing metal opening I have had the pleasure to listen to - even if it is slightly too strong for the rest of the album to cope with, my god is it still a powerful statement of intent.

But this is not to say that the rest of the album is not a quality release, it is just that the beginning of the album is so majestically and sonically amazing that the rest of album is just a shadow in some ways, but what a shadow it is.  The pounding and menacing entrance of "Not Of This Earth" with the almost perfect marriage of shredding and bass/drum combo, also added with the bruiser that is "No Questions" and you have an amazing record which struggles to get out of its own beginnings.  Growing up I love this album and got frustrated with it in equal measures.  The start of the album (as great as it is) takes the shine off the rest of the album.  If it only had changed the order a little, it would have been a perfect release (and in some ways it still is); but the fact the album cannot get out of its own shadow is a massive millstone for its neck.  This album needs to be heard, but maybe on random.

8.5 out of ten - Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart

You can purchase the album from here

You can visit the Prong website on this link

You can listen to the album on Spotify here

A live version of "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" below

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