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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 13TH PLANET RECORDS
  • ASIN: B000V9KENI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Looking For Them
2. No Justice
3. 3rd Option
4. Pure Ether
5. Power Of the Damager
6. The Banishment
7. Worst Of It
8. Spirit Guide
9. Messages Insode Of Me
10. Can't Stop The Bleeding
11. Bad Fall
12. Changing Ending Troubling Times

Editorial Reviews

There is a price to pay to being the first at anything. Prong has been forging their own brutal route since their inception only to see their sound borrowed, perverted or outright stolen. Power of the Damager is not so much a return to form as it is an aggressive Call to Arms. A battle cry in which Prong takes on all corners and reclaims their rightful seat at the head of the table. The latest incarnation of Prong seems to have given new life to Tommy Victor, who rips into every track with the ferocity of a man who has nothing left to prove. Words drip with an intensity conjured from the depths of the soul, when wisdom and life experience are of little comfort in a world of indifference and suffering. Guitars viciously slice like a razor's edge carving through your insides. There is a sense of focus and intensity on Power of the Damager solidifying who is the Student and who is the Master. Monte Pittman (bass) and Aaron Rossi (drums) rise to the occasion and deliver the most punishing rhythm section to ever record under the Prong moniker. Prong has returned to doing what they do best, and yet somehow it feels like something brand new all over again.

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Plenty of those Prong-esque guitar squeals throughout.
Dons Word
Simple conclusion: if you have been a fan of Prong and loved "Cleansing" and "Rude Awakening," you will NOT be disappointed with this album at all.
David D. Abraham
I really liked the music but the CD recording was quite bad.
LarryS

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dons Word on October 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Prong returns after a few years with a beautifully dark cd! The riff master Tommy V has the pedal on overdrive here. This CD is much better sounding than 'Scorpio Rising' and seems a mile away in terms of quality. I liked the previous disc, but it was missing something. This CD misses nothing.

I wont do a track by track breakdown, but will say that the best tracks are Looking for Them, The Banishment, Worst of it, Cant Stop the Bleeding (catchy, accesible),Bad Fall (old school Prong).. But the tracks are all worthy. It works as a whole. No HORRID songs on the whole set!

If you liked Prong before but were disappointed by 'Scorpio' then you will love this. Sounds like it should have followed 'Rude Awakening'. But it is heavy! The riffs really get you going. Plenty of those Prong-esque guitar squeals throughout.

The grooves are there in droves and the mix is much better than its predecesor. Prong has delivered a great CD and i am very glad that the band has carried on. Old Prong fans will chew this up. new metal fans can learn from one of the best riff generators out there.. Great effort. Am very happy with this release. Definately one of '07's and Prongs best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joel Israel on April 11, 2008
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One of the least-known yet most influential bands in the hardcore metal scene of the early nineties, New York godfathers Prong have never really gotten the exposure and success they deserve. Despite a string of excellent experimental metal releases, many of which are now considered classic ("Beg To Differ" and "Cleansing" both come to mind), Tommy Victor and co. have never really broken through to the level of many of the bands who steal their riffs and style. Perhaps timing was an issue, as they came along during the birth of the grunge scene and the subsequent death of metal's popularity- but they have always also been a boundary-pushing and avant-garde metal band...hard to categorize and pigeonhole, combining elements of industrial, hardcore, punk, and thrash metal into a heady brew long before the so-called "post-metal" scene exploded over the last few years. Basically, these guys were post-metal before post-metal.

Prong is back with a vengeance and a new (still power trio) lineup, with Victor still the nucleus around which the rest of the band accretes, and this is without a doubt the best album they have released in close to a decade. He definately leads the charge, as well, with all of the patented Prong-isms I have come to know and love. Chuncky, groove-oriented riffing peppered with squealing harmonics. Sudden, dramatic shifts in speed and texture. Nihilistic lyrics describing urban and inner decay and struggle. Bizarre, "outside the box" unorthodox song structures and dissonant atmospherics. And happily, better vocal performances this time around than the nearly unlistenable "Scorpio Rising". A very solid, welcome return to all of the things that made Prong so great and influential to me when I was a teenager. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff B. Scholz on October 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As a longtime Prong devotee (all the way back from the 'Primitive Origins' days) I can honestly say that this is, without question, Tommy Victor's greatest work yet (with no shortage of praise for his new A'-Gunners, Monte Pittman and Aaron Rossi). Absolutely amazing music. I can't stop listening to this album! Mature lyrical content and blistering, innovative tunes... it doesn't get better than this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Swan on November 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
So happy to have another Prong CD available, these guys have been doing this for a long time, and it seems to me just about every hard rock/metal band on the radio today sounds like them....who knows who those bands are since they don't tell the names of those bands when they play songs anyway. Point is, Prong did it way before any band today on the radio along with Helmet, Corrosion Of Conformity, and perhaps Biohazard etc in the early 90's, and I still hear the same sound coming from todays hard rock/psuedo metal (or whatever you wanna call it on the radio) bands. All those more technical thrash bands with sticatto riffs and start-stop rhythms laden with just enough melody, then an outburst of speed with a scream?...well, to me Prong outdo them all, they rule and that is why you need all of Prongs CD's (takes up less space than the hundreds of imitators also). I recommend "100% LIVE" also along with this one, then go back and pick up their early CD's, you'll be glad you did I think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Keller on December 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Yes, Prong have returned. After the miserable release of Scorpio Rising a couple years ago, it seemed as though we may never hear another new Prong album that was remenicent of the previous 'Cleansing' and 'Rude Awakening' albums. Prong seemed to have fallen off the face of the metal scene after 'Rude Awakening' and when they reappeared with 'Scorpio Rising', it sounded as if Tommy Victor and crew had been gone too long. Scorpio didn't sound anything like the Prong we knew before and it looked like we may never hear them again.

But Prong have tapped into the root of their sound and have delivered a homerun in the form of 'Power of the Damager'. More akin to 'Cleansing' than 'Rude Awakening'. So much that they could have called it 'Cleansing 2', I'm glad they didn't but they could have. The familiar choppy, chugging guitar sound has returned. As well as the snapping of the drums and the gutteral throat of Tommy Victor himself. It's a wake up call in the form of a slap in the face to some of the more popular hard rock and metal bands of today. The sound is gritty and confident with it's feet firmly on the ground. No tricks or funny sound effects. Nothing fancy or fantastical. No, just true metal that makes no apologies and owes no explanations.

I give this 5 stars for creating a new album that ranks right up there with their best. For coming back from the place where so many bands have never returned. To be away that long, put out an album that strayed so far away from their sound but then to come right back with a hard hitting album that sounds like they never went anywhere at all. Welcome back.
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