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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #95-91

Continuing on with our Top 100 list at The History of Metal, I bring you my next five with a little bit of justification.  If you haven’t checked out The History of Metal or THOM as we call it, please do it’s a cool forum to talk about and share metal.  The page creator does a great job as keeping topics fresh and he also takes the time to pose challenges to the group; Top 100 Albums being one of them.  I think the best part of this whole challenge besides getting to see everyone else’s choices is to reminisce about why I love these albums so much.  It gets me listening to some of these I haven’t heard in a while.  Not to mention, seeing everyone elses favorites gets me to explore some things I haven’t heard yet.  Enjoy!

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Album Review: Prong – Carved Into Stone

The release of Prong’s 9th studio album, Carved Into Stone, was a pleasant surprise.  I had no idea it was coming, so there was no chance to build any sort of anticipation.  One minute, Prong is not on your radar and then before you know it you are blindsided with a new album.  What’s a Prong fan to do?  I became a fan of Prong in the late 80’s/early 90’s when Beg to Differ and Prove You Wrong were released.  Their urban-industrial vibe provided an alternative to thrash and especially the genre affectionately known as “hair metal.”  Prong was doing quite well for themselves, that is, until Grunge came along.  As with many metal bands of the 90’s, Prong disbanded.  And of course, like those same bands that “hung up” their guitars, Prong returned in the next decade…new millennium actually.  After a 7-year hiatus, Prong resumed operations with the release of Scorpio Rising followed by Power of the Damager; both ok releases.  Their latest album, Carved Into Stone, is highly reminiscent of the early Prong days.  The album, as a whole, is every bit as industrial and groove oriented as their songs Beg to Differ and Snap Your Fingers…Snap Your Neck.  But, there is something else too…

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Themed Thursday – Where Are They Now?

Ever wonder what happened to some of those old metal bands that coulda, woulda, shoulda?  Or maybe they did make it big and then faded fast?  Check it out this theme of the week:  Where are they now?

The facts of this theme were taken from various internet sources.  Remember, you can’t always believe what you read online, but in this case I can’t see why any of the sources I looked at would lie.

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Song of the Week – Unconditional

Tipping the sands of time oh about 20 years back…there was a metal/industrial band making a name for themselves on a more commercial level.  Prong hit the metal scene with some grinding and melodic riffs; certainly set their sound apart from the mainstream.  The trio released the album Prove You Wrong (their 4th) in 1991.  I remember hearing Unconditional for the first time and became an instant fan.  I thought you should relive it if it has been a while or check it out here if you have never heard it.

Prong was on hiatus from 1996-2002.  Since the reunion, Prong has released Scorpio Rising and Power of the Damager which are both pretty good, but my heart goes out to Prove You Wrong.  Prong also released a live album and Power of the Damager (mixxxer) since returning from their hiatus.

SOTD-25 Nov 2010

I had a very small window of opportunity to pick out the song of the day today.  As it so happens, I was sent to the store for last-minute Thanksgiving supplies, and I had the Ipod in full swing.  But as soon as I heard the song, I knew it was the right one.  There is also something gratifying hearing my car stereo say the name in a female robot voice. (thanks to the Ford Sync system).

The song of the day for November 25th, 2010, is “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” by Prong, from the album “Cleansing.”

I sincerely hope each of you is able to spend Thanksgiving with someone, be it a friend, a spouse,  family. 

I am thankful for Metal, and to each of you for tuning in today.

Have a good one.