Prodigy return with the release of their fifth studio album and
a free download.
Must Die’ is 40 minutes of having your head battered
by future nostalgia, serotonin levels twisted by feel-good horrorcore
and your synapses snapped by whiplash attitude. It's the sound of
The Prodigy mixing up genres, contorting the past
and rewiring the future, ram-raiding through the tranquility of
music's status quo like a blot on the landscape of England's dreaming.
The first thing
you notice about Invaders Must Die it is how complete
it sounds, a consistent collection of bangers all firing from the
same cannon. The next thing you notice about Invaders Must
Die is just how melodic it is. Not just melody in the vocal
sense but in the heyday-of-hardcore keyboard-hookline sense. Yes,
if The Prodigy have learned anything from the hugely
successful live shows was that those old skool rave anthems still
rock hard - and are every bit as iconic to their generation as punk
was to the nation's forty-somethings.
Must Die is awash with references to the free party generation,
thundering along like the mother of all E-rushes, all hairs tingling,
spine jumping and lips buzzing. But not a retroactive arms-in-the-air,
water-sharing nostalgia trip, but a set fuelled by punk's saliva-dripping
rabid snarl. Take 'Colours', the first tune The
Prodigy recorded for this set with it's 1992 polysynth
riffing that sounds like The Stranglers' 'No More Heroes'
parachuted into the middle of a Castlemorton circa 1992. Or 'Thunder',
the 21st century bastard child of the classic 'Out of Space'.
Me To The Hospital' finds Keith and Maxim flexing over
a vintage Prodigy riff. Suitably rusted, distorted and in need of
urgent medication it bites like the soundtrack to Dante's Inferno.
While the live favourite
On Fire' resurrects a 'flaming' theme and applies it to
a groove straight out second album 'Music for the Jilted
Generation. 'Omen' and ‘Warrior’s
Dance’ are both beamed straight into the moshpit
from rave central, while 'Piranha' rips the threads
from the back of 60's garage and beats it into the filthy gutters
of modern urban life.
Any old skool
bonhomie floating around the riffs of this album are quickly slaughtered
by 'Run With The Wolves' where The Prodigy's
self-assured, gang-minded campaign turns into a maniacal, nose bleeding,
heads-against-the-wall warzone. With added drum-pounding energy
supplied by Dave Grohl.
Invaders Must Die delivers its last brilliant twist with
‘Stand Up’ a horn-led sunrise anthem
that aches with the positivity of a new dawn, walking the line of
a burning horizon with the swaggering look of satisfaction that
only comes when you instinctively know you've achieved what you
set out to do.
but wouldn't you be if you'd seen off all of the invaders with your
most complete album yet, the first for your own record label?
Must Die is the unique sound of The Prodigy,
still trespassing after all these years, walking the path they've
created for themselves. And with that free party attitude still
breaking and entering where other's can
only dream of
Prodigy will be giving away a free download
of the brilliant title track ‘Invaders Must Die’
available from the band’s website www.theprodigy.com
on Wednesday November 26th from 7.30pm
for one week only.
There will also
be a High Definition video download of 'Invaders Must Die'
available from 12 noon on Nov 28th as part of the
Xbox 'Xtival campaign'. Featuring the screenwriter
and star of Kidulthood and Adulthood, Noel
Clarke, this will be available for free until Dec 5th on
the Xtival channel on Xbox Live.
To find out
more go to www.xbox.com/en-GB/xtival08/
The video will
also be streamed from www.theprodigy.com
1. Invaders Must Die
5. Take Me To
7. Run With The
8. Omen Reprise
9. World’s On Fire
11. Stand Up