Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Prong-Cleansing, 1993

Pantera, White Zombie, Tool and Helmet. Do you know those bands? I would wager that many people know all of them or at least all except maybe Helmet. Those bands are different from each other in a lot of ways, but in general in the early 90's they had a heavy, stripped down sound. All of those bands met success ranging from decent (Helmet) to stellar (Pantera). Yet to me the band that was doing the stripped down heavy sound better than anyone was else was New York three piece Prong. They had a few release in the mid to late 1990's, but their real breakthrough came in 1990 with "Beg to differ" which exemplified a simple yet direct sound that really hit. In 1991 they released "Prove you wrong" which had a bit more industrial flare to it, but still retained a nice sharp heaviness. By 1993 they hit what I think was their peak with "Cleansing" which hits with all the subtlety of a jackhammer, but the band still manages to control the pace and squeeze everything they can out of each song. On "Cleansing" they mix things up a bit as well mixing traditional metal styling with more modern beats and styles. To me Prong were one of the most important metal bands of the 1990's due to their ability to maintain a solid heaviness reminiscent of 80's metal yet they still managed to stand fresh when compared to other 90's bands. This album still rattle my spine thirteen years after it's release so they must have done something right. In 1996 they would release "Rude Awakening" which was very good as well, but the band quickly broke up. Founder/vocalist/guitarist re-formed the band a few years ago and released an album, but it's like a different band as most of the magic seems to have been lost.

9 Comments:

Blogger Sgt Fluffy said...

Nov 2003, they release Scorpio Rising. Really hard Hitting kick ass album.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Sgt. Fluffy-I bought it the week it came out and thought it was just okay. There were some sparks here and there, but it just lacked the drive and tightness that the band had between 90-96.

7:56 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

I've heard of them, but have never heard any of their stuff. I might have to check them out...

8:55 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Prong - Cleansing was one of my favorite albums of the time. Thankfully, I was able to see them live. They were awesome.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Sgt Fluffy said...

I thought the sound was really good, then again I like their Peel seesions album...oh well

12:06 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Bruce-They were great in their prime.

Linda-I wish I could have seen them in their prime.

Sgt. Fluffy-I liked the Peel sessions as well.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Vicious Steve said...

I have a couple of Prong discs, I'll have to dig them out and re-listen.

Saw Prong open for Black Sabbath on the Dehumanizer tour in Boston and I saw them open for Ozzy too, I think on the No More Tours retirement tour.....or was it the Retirement Sucks tour.....all I remember is that they were 3rd on the bill opening for Filter and Ozzy in Mansfield, MA.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous fred charles said...

Prong were a great band and very underrated. They are so underrated that I forgot about them when you did your Underrated band week. I always wondered why they weren't more popular.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous fred Charles said...

Speaking of Prong. If you go to:

http://myspace.com

And search for the Display name PRONG, you can hear two brand new songs. They sound much thrasier now than they did on that reunion album. Very promising.

1:07 PM  

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