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Prong

Power Of The Damager
13th Planet/Megaforce Records
www.prongmusic.com


Paul Raven R.I.P. 1/16/61-10/20/07

If you felt burned by 2003's Scorpio Rising, fear not. Even front Prong-man Tommy Victor admits that album should never have been called Prong. Power Of The Damager is gritty, dirty and relentless. Since the last release, Tommy's been shredding it up with Ministry and Danzig. Now he returns to no-nonsense fast and heavy ripping ably assisted by session bassist Monte Pittman, whose credits include many famous people you don't care about. You will care that drummer Aaron Rossi dances on the bass drum pedals like Shiva and comes to us by way of Strife and (most importantly) Shelter.

The intriguing "Looking for Them" comes in with slightly Eastern guitar, then jumps into classic Prong chug and growl. It's a catchy ambush sort of song, professing "They have no idea that we are looking for them." "Can't Stop the Bleeding" has moments of tender singing reminiscent of Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Muir. The strongest track "Banishment" has a Killing Joke vibe (surprise!). Victor pulls his vocals up at the end of the phrase, and then falls into the demon gurgling. The intro to "Spirit Guide" is a dark thing of beauty itself, welcoming you into the syncopated beat and swirled guitar. Old school hardcore closes out on the bulkily titled "Changing Ending Troubling Times."

The Power Of The Damager is that it holds its own with Prong's finest.

-Ewan Wadharmi


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