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Primitive Origins

ProngAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 28, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Records
  • ASIN: B000000J1O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Re-issue of long outta print 2nd release from NYC's hard'n'heavy rock metal punk legends that feat.ex Swans & Damage guys. Orig.released in 1988 on Spigot this ferocious musical assault still sounds fresh today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential hardcore November 17, 2000
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This is the album to take with you to the proverbial desert island. Nothing gets your adrenaline flowing like these 20 minutes - it's ridiculously short, but that doesn't matter - of speedy noise and agression. If you like to play the air guitar and bang your head when the wife and kids are away (and preferrably the neighbours too): this is it! It's a pity Prong slowed down on their later albums, because this is what they're really good at.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Under-appreciated hardcore/crossover October 12, 2013
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Prong are perhaps best known for their 1994 album, "Cleansing," and, subsequently, for track number three on said album, "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck." But what they are frequently overlooked for is having a whole slew of great albums, and for being a very influential hardcore/thrash crossover band. Take, for example, 1987's debut, "Primitive Origins." This is not a particularly well-produced affair, nor is it a fruitful source for infectious melodies. But both of these factors just make it all that more raw, intense, and viscerally gratifying.

These eight tracks are layered in one-dimensional hardcore vocals, rip-roaring guitars, pulverizing drums, and dirty, washed-out-sounding bass. The end result is an all-too-often overlooked effort that is comparable to the likes of (early) Corrosion Of Conformity, Stormtroopers Of Death, and D.R.I.. And like C.O.C., S.O.D., and D.R.I., Prong would go on to inspire a whole mess of crossover-thrash groups. And should "P.O." also -- like albums released by those three groups -- be considered a precursor to the grindcore genre? Absolutely!

Beginning with a bang, opener "Disbelief" blasts out of the starting gate with pummeling drums (including a rapid-fire drum intro), and smoke-inducing chainsaw guitar riffage. Thus, this number would otherwise evokes Anthrax and early Metallica, sans for the fact that it is heavier and murkier than anything ever put out by either of those bands, and has a heavy reliance on smashing double bass and blast beats. It tacks on a catchy, New York City Hardcore-style call-and-response vocal refrain, and closes with a blistering solo, too. And it all flows right into "Watching," which opens with some cool, harmonized dual guitar leads that would not sound out of place coming from a Judas Priest record(!).
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