Album: "Rude Awakening" (1996)
Label: Epic
Style: Electro metal
Songs: 13


Reviewed by: Darklight

The first thing that I noticed when I played this CD was that the first song "Controller" is actually a cover of Argyle Park's "Doomsayer". The title and chorus of the song have been changed to "Controller", but it's the same exact song as "Doomsayer". Scott Albert of Circle Of Dust gets credit for writing it. The Argyle Park version is a lot better, though. But I was surprised that the album opened with an industrial song. Well, the entire album is an industrial album. The electronics are very subtle. Distorted vocals and scratchy noise sounds are about the only things keeping this album from being pure metal. But cyber bands such as Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, Nitzer Ebb, Drown, Die Krupps, Killing Joke, Circle Of Dust, Argyle Park, Sisters Of Mercy, and Lords Of Acid are given thanks in the CD booklet. It's obvious that Prong is slowly but surely coming into the industrial scene. But why they didn't take the electro sound even further is beyond me. They probably didn't want to upset their current fanbase. But they could be the next Die Krupps if they allowed electronics more in their music. I know that they could be a great industrial band, this album proves that. All of the songs are angry aggressive guitar drivenmetal. But they are pretty catchy. The best songs on the album are "Caprice", "Rude Awakening", "Unfortunately", "Face Value", "Avenue Of The Finest", "Slicing", "Without Hope", and "Close The Door". Everything else on the album is pretty much just drab straight forward metal. But overall this is a very good album. I just hope that Prong decides to get into the cyber sound even more on their next album.