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Prong – Songs From The Black Hole

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Last Updated on 11:39 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Industrial/ Hardcore/Punk
Country: U.S.A.
Label: SPV/Steamhammer
Year: 2015

I became familiar with Prong in 1996 with “Rude Awakening” and they won me instantly. Since then almost 20 years have passed… I didn’t follow them frantically, neither created a superficial relationship. I just kept my distance, without this meaning that their next albums were lower in quality. Hopefully, we’ve reached the tenth release of the band, the first collection of covers.

Generally speaking, in the albums – collections of covers, unless you’re Metallica, the whole bet is firstly to be able to convey successfully the loose atmosphere and euphoria that existed during the recordings, secondly to show us your own perspective of your favorite tracks (i.e. making a real cover not a remake) and thirdly to make the tracks sound as if they’re yours (like Metallica, as we said at the beginning). And lastly, fourth, to teach your crowd and your fans unknown groups or quality groups that they ignore (see Slayer in “Undisputed …”).

Here we are dealing with a measured album, with meticulous production and carefully selected songs (see tracklisting at the end). The entire hearing is pleasant and fun though I don’t know if anybody would listen to the record several times in the future.

Spare a dime and get it. Great tracks played with respect if nothing else, although I would like some more experimentation. If this thing wasn’t lacking, it would totally raise the final grade…

1. Doomsday (DISCHARGE cover)
2. Vision Thing (SISTERS OF MERCY cover)
3. Goofy’s Concern (BUTTHOLE SURFERS cover)
4. Kids Of The Black Hole (ADOLESCENTS cover)
5. Bars (BLACK FLAG cover)
6. Seeing Red (KILLING JOKE cover)
7. Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely (HÜSKER DÜ cover)
8. Give Me The Cure (FUGAZI cover)
9. Banned in D.C. (BAD BRAINS cover)
10. Cortez The Killer (NEIL YOUNG cover)

4/6

Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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