The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
(Take Me to the Hospital)
The Prodigy have a lot to prove. Live they are still incendiary, creating the biggest mosh pit of the weekend at last year’s T in the Park and sending the entire field into technoid spasms. On record however, there’s been nothing of note since 1997’s Fat of the Land conquered the dance/rock divide.
Here Liam Howlett takes no chances, harking back to the vintage Prodigy sound of old: hard techno, pulsating rave and rocked up breakbeat, while Keith Flint and MC Maxim shout and bark with the appropriate piss and vinegar. However unlike the embarrassing rehash of 2002’s ‘Baby’s Got a Temper’ or the lacklustre Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2004) they feel reinvigorated and rejuvenated, going back to their youth for inspiration rather than warming up last night’s left overs.
Lead single ‘Omen’ is a blast of 1990s ravecore, the kiddie xylophone adding a creepy refrain as befits the title; ‘Thunder’ borrows heavily from their classic ‘Outer Space’, mixing hammering bass with dub vocals; Dave Grohl adds his tub thumping to ‘Run With the Wolves’ and it all crashes to a close with the 90s staple, the comedown ‘sunrise anthem’, on ‘Stand Up’.
Most metal bands would kill for as relentlessly a pounding sound as The Prodigy have crafted here. There’s no real progression but the all out power attack of Invaders … is ultimately morish in the right setting, and although a bit one note, remains a floorfilling stomper packed with punk attitude.