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Rude Awakening

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Album Review

Prong continues to refine their piercing attack on Rude Awakening, while they are simultaneously expanding their sonic vocabularly. Throughout the record, they continue to mix in industrial rhythms and effects — there are samples scattered all over the album — but the key to the success of Rude Awakening is the precise, drilling effect of the group's jackhammer riffs. The relentless, brutal pounding of Prong's attack masks the band's inventive song structures. While they might not have many melodic skills, their ways of layering their rhythms and riffs more than compensates.

Biography

Formed: 1985 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Rising out of the expansive early-'90s thrash metal landscape, New York's Prong carved a niche all their own with their minimalist urban take on the genre. After years working as a soundman at New York's CBGB, Tommy Victor (vocals/guitars) drafted doorman Mike Kirkland (bass) and ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons to form Prong in the mid-'80s. The trio's early independent releases — Primitive Origins and Force Fed — were extremely raw and betrayed their hardcore roots. By the time the group...
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