Prong
Prove You Wrong


4.0
excellent

Review

by Liam8VIII USER (8 Reviews)
December 19th, 2012 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Prong album which helped bridge them into industrial metal and remains one of their finest.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the New York metal scene was presenting a somewhat diametrically polarized output in terms of style and tone. In one hand you had the lyrically moody and gargantuan based riffs of bands such as Life Of Agony and Type O Negative whereas in the other hand, bands such as Helmet, Unsane and Prong were delivering tight, muscular, rhythm-orientated offerings of alternative metal. You also had Cannibal Corpse – just for good measure. Prong’s PROVE YOU WRONG was their second major label album and their third overall.

Prong’s previous release, 1990’s BEG TO DIFFER, is a succinct and rigid thrash metal classic that is both influential and yet perhaps even a little underrated. Prong’s most commercially successful album, CLEANSING was released in 1994. PROVE YOU WRONG was released in between these two which just about makes it one of the bands most overlooked releases and also marked the bands first personnel shuffle with Troy Gregory replacing Mike Kirkland on bass.

PROVE YOU WRONG is what could be described as a transitional album as it shows the band focus less on the thrash tendencies which dominated previous material and more with a new direction akin to industrial metal but still retaining their urbanistic beats and slamming riffs. The end product is a slightly underdeveloped sound which would later fully form and become CLEANSING AND RUDE AWAKENING. Even so, PROVE YOU WRONG is still a damn fine release and still remains more interesting than subsequent albums.

A notable change is within the aforementioned bass department which is given a more audible presence through the boosted production; the opening twangs of the punchy ‘Positively Blind’ and the rattling opener ‘Irrelevant Thought’ are among the examples which showcase this best. What could be perceived as familiar territory are the usual echoed vocals and layered guitars which make the whole album sound like it was recorded in a subway station, also the ever credible Ted Parson’s creative and sometimes even tribal influenced drumming which holds everything together.Tracks such as ‘Contradictions’ and the instrumental ‘Territorial Rites’ give way to a slower and more atmospheric approach, the latter begins similar to what would be expected of Parson’s previous band, Swans, with its utterly crawling pace before returning to the usual pulsating tempo. It also includes brief sampling which would foreshadow the industrial direction. Towards the later stages of the album we have one of the albums best moments and something of a curio as it enables the band to sound a little upbeat with a rendition of The Stranglers 'Get A Grip (On Yourself)', even if they have more or less Pronged the original up with a straightforward cover.

Other highlights include the loose title track with what could be sworn to have a country music influence in it somewhere and the straight-up groove metal exercise in ‘Pointless’ which could have easily felt in place on BEG TO DIFFER. One of the only problems with PROVE YOU WRONG though is that it does lack that killer application track, that one song which defines the album. Not necessarily a single, perhaps just one or two songs which stand head and shoulders above the rest; BEG TO DIFFER had its title track and CLEANSING has ‘Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck’. Instead, the album becomes a merge of tracks that are at a consistently high level but never spike beyond that which ultimately leaves you wanting more. Nonetheless, this is still one of Prong’s finest.



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KILL
December 19th 2012


81232 Comments


hardly listened to this one but cool review

Liam8VIII
December 19th 2012


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks Kill! it's worth a go if you liked Beg To Differ.

Toondude10
December 19th 2012


13864 Comments


You talk a lot about their other albums rather than this particular albums, so it sounds as if your talking about the band rather than the album in a way, but you do have good details.

Also, I would explain a little bit more on the negatives of the album because I don't really get what you're trying to say.

Not a bad review though, just a few odds and ends.

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Liam8VIII
December 19th 2012


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can understand the confusion but I just wanted to provide a bit of context for the album by mentioning other releases. The main negative is something I tried to some up in the final paragraph but I also made a slight mention to how I felt the sound was underdeveloped. I could have dwelled on the negatives but I wanted to maintain a justified 4/5 rating. Thanks though, criticism is always welcome.

Toondude10
December 22nd 2012


13864 Comments


No problem, as a future suggestion, make the negatives an entire separate paragraph. I'm sure that may help.

SheriffOfHongKong
December 4th 2016


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is very frustrating. It has some of their best stuff but also has a lot of filler that drags it down. The 2nd half of the record just isn't that great.

Davil667
December 4th 2016


3748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

2nd half has Torn Between, Brainwave and Shouldn't Have Bothered though, all killer tracks.

teamster
December 4th 2016


4212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh awesome , an early Prong review. Band is criminally underrated IMO. Their sound is one of the crispest and tightest I have ever heard. I've been on board since Beg To Differ. Excellent review and thanks.

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Davil667
December 5th 2016


3748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just gave this a spin after ages, I didn't remember this ruled so much! Had to bump my rating immediately.



And totally agreed teamster, Prong should be way more popular, in general as well as here on Sput.

teamster
December 5th 2016


4212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@David667 - I really love their early stuff...Cleansing is a top 25 album all-time for me. But, their last couple albums have been darn good too. I say of all the old school thrash bands still around today, Prong sound the best, with Death Angel second.

Davil667
December 5th 2016


3748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, Cleansing is def Prong's masterpiece and Tommy's still going pretty strong these days. He still has some killer riffs up his sleeve and I dig everything he has a say in, his contribution to Ministry was just awesome.

Liam8VIII
February 5th 2017


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still love this album; it's probably gone up in my preference, bought the purple vinyl last year!



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