Welcome to the musical meandering insights of Aaron Joy. Here you'll find 600 reviews of CDs & DVDs of rock & metal in all its variations, mainstream & indie. What they all share is that the album or band is unique in some way & not every submission was reviewed. Please share these reviews or link to them if you like what you read. Reviews are no longer being posted here but feel free to e-mail Aaron & post comments. (Formerly the Roman Midnight Music Blog)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Prodigy ~ The Fat Of The Land



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Style: electronica, hard rock, techno
Label: Warner Brothers
Year: 1997
Home: England

Members: Keith Flint, Maxim Reality – vocals
Liam Howlett ~ keyboards

Additional: Jim Davies ~ guitar
Shahin Badar ~ b. vocals

Guests: Skin, Saffron, Crispian Mills, Kool Keith ~ b. vocals
Matt Cameron ~ drums
Tom Morello ~ guitar


The Prodigy may not be rock or metal band, but the hits that brought them to top slots on MTV are some of the heaviest & doomiest dance beats out there. The Fat Of The Land is the climax of their commercial success & the only time they would sound so heavy before returning to the fog of dance floor music. 'Breathe' could have been something by Rammstein or any number of techno-metal bands that combine DJ's with pounding guitars. It rocks as hard as anything metal, let alone being incredibly memorable, alongside fellow chart-toppers 'Diesel Power' & 'Firestarter.' Anthrax helped bring in funk metal with no tarnishing to their career. The Prodigy could have been the leaders in dancefloor metal or techno-metal ... sadly this wasn't the case or their intention& The Fat Of The Land leaves listeners with but a taste of new future musical directions for the creative headbanger. But, as proof of the potential, Matt Cameron of Soundgarden & Pearl Jam & Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine & Audioslave make appearances on the album. Sampling, shouted hip-hop-eque controversial lyrics, heavy beats, hypnotic music beds - it's all here for the inspiring. Albeit, many metalheads won't give this a second ... or first listen, though it was a popular album on rock radio ... but the seeds were laid in the techno world to inspire the metal world ... it's almost like when Johnny Cash played Nine Inch Nails or Shania Twain crossed into the rock world ... well, or maybe not.

(featured on the Roman Midnight Music CD Reviews & Interviews podcast: episode 17 "Industrial Metal," April 2011, click here to listen)


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