Tommy Victor & Prong! What would the early '90's have been without them? Prong, along with the mighty Pantera, were two of the originators and saviors of Metal in the '90's, with their staccato, stop/start heavy infectious grooves. Brutal and dark, Prong helped pave the way for many a band along the way. After some time off and Tommy V out playing with Rob Zombie and Danzig, Prong returned to form with their 2007 release, Power of The Damager. This furious CD rivaled any of the early Prong material and it was this powerful release that triggered Prong's latest, Power of The Damn MiXXXer, an All Star remix treatment of all 13 songs previously featured on Power of The Damager.
Power of The Damn MiXXXer features remixes from the likes of Virus of Dope, Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Jon Clayden of Pitchshifter and DJ? Acucrack. Ranging from almost danceable Electronica to flat out fist pounding mania, Prong gets a makeover of different proportions for sure. As with remixes from 13 different people will do, not all of them hit the mark. AK1200 & GENR8's mix of the song "Pure Either" doesn't do it for me. It actually reminds me of the horrendous Styx song, "Mr. Roboto", if you can believe that. While "Bad Fall" remixed by Greg of The Dillinger Escape Plan, is the polar opposite of styles. Slow and eerie in the beginning and then destructive and manic at the end.
I for one am not a huge fan of these remix CDs. Prong's material is great on it's own, heavy and mean, just like it's supposed to be, but the 13 different remixes on Power of The Damn MiXXXer are somewhat interesting. Each artist had their chance to do what they felt like doing and with that type of freedom comes some stark differences. Some of these remixes almost remove the Metal uniqueness that is Prong and replaces it with a Dance or House element that I could totally do without. But if you are into these types of remix records, then you will enjoy this for sure. I for one would rather just have another Prong CD of new material (due in 2010), but if nothing else, it is an interesting listen. I just wonder if this CD was really necessary?
1. Worst Of It (Worst Of The Worst Mix)
2. Can't Stop The Bleeding (Smack! Mix)
3. The Banishment (Wolfzilla The Angry Moon Mix)
4. Power Of The Damager (Fabrication Mix)
5. 3rd Option (Naked In The Cadillac Mix)
6. Pure Ether (Big Riddim Mix)
7. Messages Inside Of Me (Chicxulub Impactor Mix)
8. No Justice (Crackmix)
9. Looking For Them (Contagious Mix)
10. Spirit Guide (Reality's Edge Mix)
11. Changing Ending Troubling Times (Abandoned Structures Mix)
12. The Banishment (Bitter Harvest Mix)
13. Bad Fall (Smiles On Your Face Mix)