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Prong invent... nu-metal!?!?!? - 16%

Skullhammer, June 12th, 2004

This is complete fucking nonsense. Prong started out as an above average thrash band. Then they got some groove influence, but they still made quality music. The industrial influence on Cleansing was also bearable... but this isn't. This is pure shit. The only slight resemblance of Prong's former glory is show on the track Mansruin. That’s pretty much the only thrashy riff throughout the whole album. BTW, that’s the only riff for Mansruin.

Yea they're talent sure has dumbed down. I mean c'mon... Mansruin is just one riff for 3:27! There is no more groove either. All the tracks are just maybe 1 or 2 simple riffs combined with random noise to produce complete and utter shit. In all of this nonsense there are a few good tracks.

Controller is one of these good tracks. Awesome guitar squeals and slides and nice drum work. If only the other songs on this album sounded more like this one. Rude Awakening is by far the best song on this album... but that's not saying much. Sure it has a complete mainstream feel but it’s a sad and gloomy song that pulls you right in. Dark Signs is that last good song on this piece of shit album. Generic drumbeat throughout and crappy guitar riffs but still better than the rest of the slop on this album. The bonus track Proud Division is decent as well.

The rest sounds exactly the same. You can’t tell anything apart. Its one boring mainstream song after the next. Tommy Victor's have effects now on all of the songs. Bass is heard pretty clearly but it’s nothing amazing. The guitar work, of course, is pure shit as well as the drums.

Don’t even bother with this. I enjoy Prong... to a certain extent. Just keep this in your mind... everything post-1994 for Prong is crap. They will never be the same as they were...