Archive for Prong

Deals & Steals – OzFest Edition

Posted in Deals & Steals with tags , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2011 by Lightning Slim

  A nice surprise as my SecondSpin order arrives before Xmas. All prices $US, shipping was $6.99 and customs (yeah they nailed us this time) $24 CDN.

Prong – Power of the Damn Mixxxer $5.74. Once you’ve heard the pounding remix of “The Banishment”, the album version just sounds like a dirge.

Run DMC – It’s Like That $1.02. This is the single remixed in the 90’s by Jason Nevins. If you don’t like this song there’s something wrong with you.

Napalm Death – Noise for Music’s Sake $7.19. Double-disc best of/rarities collection has an extensive set of liner notes, interviews and one heck of a convoluted family tree diagram.

And the big fat deal this time around:

  OZ – The Complete Seasons 1-4, Season 5 and Season 6. Seriously edgy prison drama (with JK Simmons!) will eat up lots of holiday time. I got the whole series spread across three box sets for $80! Add this to my recent acquisition of the complete Homicide: Life on the Street series and my head will be full of crime, punishment and NSFW dialogue for months to come.

Deals and Steals – Checklist Domination

Posted in Deals & Steals with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2010 by Lightning Slim

  There are a few items on this month’s CD shipment from Second Spin that I’ve been looking for since I first heard them. All prices U$, unless otherwise noted:

Flyleaf – Flyleaf $8.99. I was intrigued by Lacey’s vocals on the new Apocalyptica record, so I picked this up. Second disc contains an acoustic set of a half-dozen album tracks.

Die Krupps – Metalmorphosis of Die Krupps ’81-’92 $7.99. I’ve all but given up on finding the (I) record from Jurgen Engler’s primary industrial project – luckily this Cleopatra Records compilation has several tunes from that era onboard.

VNV Nation – Empires $7.99. The record that broke the futurepop sound wide open.

Prong – Power of the Damager FREE due to Second Spin promotion. Latter-day Prong fortified with Ministry-style industrial heft.

Even though the Prong was free, the big haul of the week was found at The Beat Goes On – they got me a copy of Messiah:

  Fan-club only release by Godflesh was re-released with additional dub remixes in 2003, but still not the easiest find. Awesome stuff- fits chronologically into the Pure era. It was also free, thanks to a full stamp card. My addiction has a few small perks!

Deals and Steals: Juggling Genres

Posted in Deals & Steals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2010 by Lightning Slim

  This shipment from Second Spin is all over the place. Those fine folks missed two of my selections (Eluveitie and Suicidal!) due to an online inventory problem, and actually went to the trouble of emailing me an apology and a coupon. Not bad! Here we go, prices in Cashitos Americanos with nada shipping :

VNV Nation – Of Faith, Power and Glory $8.99. Electronica masterminds continuing down the path of pop.

Prong – Scorpio Rising $4.99. Good price on a “lost” record. Review is already up!

Junkie XL – Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin $8.99. This is the Koch records version, which I’ve been looking for since I found out my Roadrunner version omits the Elvis remix on the disc pressing. Further inspection reveals other serious differences in tracklists. Stuck with keeping both!

Insane Clown Posse – Bang! Pow! Boom! $7.99. It’s fine. I’m an aficionado of pop culture. It’s not like I go to the Juggalo Gathering or anything. It’s fine.

Behemoth – Evangelion $8.99. Decent pricing on digipak with bonus DVD. Heavy as shit, too.

Deicide – Best of Deicide $7.99. Glen Benton’s contributions to Roadrunner United provoked some curiosity to hear more.

Ozzy Osbourne – Essential Ozzy Remastered $10.99. Nice selection of goodies when the mood strikes to remember when he was a working musician.

And the big enchilada of my unwittingly latin-flavoured batch of spiciness:

  Excessive Force – Conquer Your World $8.99. If you’re a KMFDM fan or someone who wished the recording of the early side-projects was better, rest assured the remasters coming out of Metropolis records are serious improvements with bonus tracks, better artwork and extensive liner notes.

Album Review – Prong “Scorpio Rising” 2003

Posted in Album Reviews, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2010 by Lightning Slim

   This is not an easy record to lay one’s hands on, thus the late review.  Prong has always been a somewhat second-tier act, linchpin Tommy Victor finding greater success when paired with other like minds. Scorpio Rising represents Victor’s output after his associations with Paul Raven, Charlie Clouser and Ted Parsons, but before touching the Midas hand of Al Jourgensen. As such, it’s an interesting look into the mind of the musician himself.

The album is quite similar to Halford’s Crucible in approach: it conquers with quantity, delivering fourteen tracks of varying styles. Don’t like this song? Here’s another.  It has neither the disco-industrial verve of Cleansing or the angular Chilling Joke drone of Rude Awakening, instead taking a slow-and-low route reminiscent of early Coal Chamber, a style quite well suited to Victor’s gravelly roar.

As usual, the lyrics ponder the abstract and the esoteric. For a man capable of rattling off a spot-on, lusty cover of “Space Truckin'”, Victor’s own lyrical musings always make it seem like he’s defending himself at the bar exam. Expensive verbiage is part of the Prong-ness of Prong, so no worries there for any listener with passing familiarity.

 Perhaps not the album you’d expect after a seven-year hiatus, but then again one can accumulate rust as easily as other material. Scorpio Rising doesn’t rewrite the playbook but represents a solid enough trip through Prong-land to inspire multiple listens. 7 out of 10

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