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Invaders Must Die – The Prodigy An Album Review

'Invaders Must Die'

'Invaders Must Die'

THE PRODIGY RETURN and INVADERS MUST DIE!!! (COOKING VINYL)

After five years of obscurity The Prodigy return to their roots with their nostalgic new release ‘Invaders Must Die’ an album Mixmag hailing ‘As devastating as you could hope for’.

It’s easy to forget that The Prodigy have given us some of the most memorable tunes of the rave era with seminal classics such as ‘No Good’, ‘Firestarter’ ‘Poison’ and ‘Outer Space’ forever embedded in the conscious of a generation.

Throughout the 1990’s The Prodigy wore the crown of mainstream techno, punk, jungle pop, dance mash up despite valiant efforts at deposition by The Chemical Brothers and Underworld. However, the release of 2004’s Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned was received with indifference.

Despite this over the last ten years The prodigy have achieved what very few bands succeed in achieving – a state of notoriety that inspire iconic tabloid headlines. The Sex Pistols attained this the morning after their today programme appearance in 1976 when The Daily Mirror shrieked ‘The filth and the fury!’ Twenty years later with the release of ‘Firestarter’ The Prodigy infuriated The Mail On Sunday to such an extent that they trumpeted ‘Ban this sick fire record’. The consequential effect allowed The Prodigy to cement their mark on the social fabric of this country.

Invaders Must Die is forty minutes of having your senses violated, your serotonin levels warped and your head generally assaulted by the unique genre contorting sound of ‘The Prodigy’. It is the musical equivalent to forty minutes spent on the dodgems.

'The Prodigy 2009'

'The Prodigy 2009'

With the core members, Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim united the groups creative balance is restored. Within the commencement of the first thirty seconds a sampled voice declaring “We are The Prodigy” initiates us into the bass pumping, guitar driven, crazy video game reality gone amok style fitting of The Prodigy.

At times you find yourself smiling incredulously when the best bits from previous offerings over the years are shamelessly flaunted. ‘Warrior’s Dance’ echoes the landscape so effectively with ‘No Good (Start The Dance) that a gleeful smirk inevitably invades your mouth.

‘Take Me To The Hospital’ and ‘Thunder’ so distinctly echo The Prodigy’s 1992 offering ‘The Experience’. The former with Maxim’s dance hall raga, big beat kicks and low synth lines and the latter’s snarky rave slabs adding a nice touch of déjà vu to the record.

‘Run With The Wolves’ is a concentrated shock of electro rock and by a significant margin the most pioneering track on the album. It features an ultra heavy guitar riff provided by none other than Dave Grohl synched to a banging bass line. Combined with heated vocals from Keith Flint it is one of the bands coolest offerings ever.

Howlett has also additionally concocted in ‘Stand Up’ a feel good party in the streets number. With it’s proud bass and trashy drums it leaves an indelible imprint in The Prodigy catalogue and a welcome addition to this superior album.

At heart The Prodigy have always been an electro dance act with a rock and roll demeanour and by embracing this philosophy they have resurrected the elements that place this band atop the mantle once more. With a malevolent wink and a nod to their roots they manage to avoid the typical back to old school method and simply rock some tooth rattling bass beats with all manner of other aural bombardments and heavily accented vocals.

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