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So when this album came out, I was estatic and rushed out to buy it. And I was not dissapointed. The electronic and industrial vibe mixed with our familiar Prong sound was music to my ears literally. And to this day I still love this album.
What I found the most interesting was that, the first song, "Controller" was actually a song Tommy had written and performed with Argyle Park for their album "Misguided". I had loved Argyle Park for a while at this point and found it interesting that I never caught the connection between them and Tommy.
Regardless, if you like your music to have energy and soul, make sure to get Rude Awakening. And be sure to check out Argyle Park, Circle of Dust as well.
The title track is without a doubt one of the best tracks on the album, and it's cutting shards of guitar and Tommy's vocals, along with Ted Parson's excellent drum fills and Paul Raven's tuneful basswork, just compliment the track even more. It remains one of their best songs, and it caught radio to a degree. Opening track "Controller" is brutal, heavy, and doesn't let go of its grip on you. "Avenue of the Finest" also continues the intricate, drilling guitar riffs, right on through to the closing bonus cut, "Proud Division", which is undeniably a catchy, compact metal song. Other songs like "Mansruin" and "Face Value" also scale up on the volume, never letting up the intensity and showing the metal that Prong truly perfected on CLEANSING and even PROVE YOU WRONG or BEG TO DIFFER. Not one weak track, this is truly a splendid album.
It's interesting to note that after this album, there was no word or news from Prong until the announced release of SCORPIO RISING, and even the 100% LIVE album, which to a degree still managed to entertain us Prong fanatics. Had RUDE AWAKENING been Prong's swansong, it would have definitely been a strong one. If you're a fan of CLEANSING, no doubt you will immerse yourself in the precision and masterful metal of RUDE AWAKENING.
But with that having been said, please note that that does not mean that it is a bad album. In fact, with it, Prong became one of the best, catchiest, and most danceable industrial metal groups this side of Godflesh. (And one that would go on to inspire such future industrial/groove metallists as Fear Factory, Rammstein, Static-X, and Gojira.)
Some Nine Inch Nails-esque vocals are elegantly laid over a batch of groovy, heavy riffs and a dance floor-approved backbeat in the album's mosh pit-ready opener, "Controller." And likewise, "Caprice" anchors strong, churning guitar lick with Ministry-esque chugging rhythms and pronounced, grumbling bass lines. And on later standouts, like "Unfortunately" and the thrashy and aptly-entitled "Slicing," Prong marry a bobbing, punching guitar lick with a strong, grungy, and dirty-sounding bass bottom (and both include bass intros).Read more ›
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It's every bit as good as you would expect. If you like Beg to differ and Prove you wrong, you'll dig this one too. This is from 96, but it's real good.Published on February 21, 2014 by Grenade Motorsports
I just like It overall. It has good jams witch Is a keeper I got the tape the first time & wore It out, Get the cd.Published on July 14, 2013 by talker
hello I live in Colombia South America by a family I get the product in great condition thank you very much.Published on September 3, 2012 by edixson
I am a musican and listen to tons of music. To keep a long story short, my musical background is massive and intriguing. Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by Farburn69
Prong had been leaning in an industrial direction since 'Irrelevant thoughts' on Prove You Wrong. With Rude Awakening they made a quasi-concept album that never got the attention... Read morePublished on May 22, 2008 by knifemare69
Even though Prong gets alot of credit for bringing a more "Alternitive" Metal style to the table, and doing so fairly early, before the boom of Altern/Nu Metal in the late 90's,... Read morePublished on May 14, 2008 by T. Gore
I am gona put it in short words i buy this cd because i heard one song at a bar and the Dj told me it was Prong i dont know what hapened. Read morePublished on June 4, 2006 by Jorge Federico