The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.

The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die

(Take Me to the Hospital)

TECHNO/ROCK

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.

The Prodigy

Veteran techno rockers, renowned for their blistering live shows and single 'Firestarter'.

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Wed 14 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 020 8365 2121

With Plus Support.

Thu 15 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 020 8365 2121

With Plus Support.

Birmingham Arena

Sat 10 Nov

prices vary / 0871 945 6000

With Plus Support.

Brighton Centre

Mon 5 Nov

£45 / 0844 847 1515

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