a lame comeback in 2003, legendary, originally New York-based metal
veterans PRONG powerfully crank up with their current release
Power Of The Damager. A great record that goes much
back to the roots and almost matches the band’s most successful
and groundbreaking release Beg To Differ. Old fans
are thrilled but new ones hard to find. While Tommy Victor primarily
was in the spotlights with Ministry, PRONG was more or less
vegetating in shadows. Nevertheless, when it came to the European
tour announcement I was much excited and so were many fans ;) First
tour reports lowered my expectations since they spoke of just moderate
appearance of attendees. But… when arriving at Essen’s
I was comfortably surprised: Friday evening and the party got going!
A long queue of fans with hopeful faces. Yessss! That’s the
way it has to be!
But… before it all got started, some confusion was to struggle
ok, the replacement (Demia) of the original support band (October
Falls) has cancelled this show and got replaced by CAUSE FOR
CONFUSION. Funny name, isn’t it? Especially at tonight’s
confusions ;) Never heard of this band actually… Second one
in league is MOTORJESUS, a band I saw performing live 3 weeks
ago, where they rocked down everything.
to reports, Tommy Victor didn’t doing that well and organizational
problems pushed back the shows (and my interview with Tommy, he
eventually did himself) for an half hour. No problem, enough time
left to say hello to friends and to get beer. I didn’t have
to drive this evening… ;)
FOR CONFUSION ~ kicked off at eight and delivered
a half hour of aggressive modern metal in a smoke/shadow battle.
It all sounded much more powerful and more asskicking as on their
website player, especially, since the singing wasn’t too much
in the foreground. I guess, these guys got spontaneous on the bill
via their hometown mates Motorjesus. However, CAUSE FOR CONFUSION
have a debut record out entitled Days Of Confusion
where they played 4 of their seven songs from.
Setlist: Enemies, Before You Die, Fallen Angel, Never,
Lose, Believe, I Want You
~ I unfortunately gad to ignore for the time being. It
was interview time, and yes, I had a really nice talking ;) For
the last quarter I returned and behold! The Turock club was running
mad, people already freakin’ out! Unbelievable! Many fans
stood on the stage and wanted to dive or were just raising fists
and partying onstage. Singer Guido was blown away and could hardly
grasp what was going on ;) I knew that the MOTORJESUS guys
were quite nervous, because their label people and festival organizers
were announced to “examine” the cats for future bookings.
I’m sure they are now deeply convinced about the band’s
live qualities ;) Yeah, it was a real pleasure to watch these gents
rockin’ the stage. And Guido even kept on heating up the crowd.
The Turock turned into a cauldron. Ah, I love this band! Rock’n’Roll
till death. MOTORJESUS should support Warrior Soul, added
by Gorilla Monsoon… hehehe… THAT would be a killer package!
Anyways, fucking great show!
Setlist: Dirty Pounding Gasoline, Legion Of Rock, Deathrider,
Destroyer, Distortion Sleep, The Howling, Return Of The Demons,
A New War
~ made expectations skyrocketing… and couldn’t
master them in the beginning. Seems like Tommy, Monte and Aaron
needed some time to warm up on stage, because the entrance with
Bad Fall and No Justice was kind of unwieldy. Nevermind,
third song was Rude Awakening shooting us back to the glory
times. From this moment on PRONG did master its audience.
People were still heated up and started to freak out again. PRONG
downright absorbed the energy and shot one classics after the other
into the crowd. Of course, in between songs from Power Of
The Damager got played too, but generally speaking it was
an excellent trip through the entire history back to the very first
days and the first record with Disbelief and Freezer Burn.
Criminy! I wasn’t even 20 at that time… ;) Ok, the older
fans were blissfully grinning, while the youngsters still practiced
crowdsurfing. PRONG got likewise thrilled by the response
and its members were grinning like a Cheshire cat, bubbling over
with energy and spirit. The little big and much charismatic Tommy
(oh, and there I see them drooling again… *g*) absolutely
enjoyed this situation, told jokes and had fun among the fans.
Setlist: Bad Fall, No Justice, Rude Awakening, Looking
For Them, Another Wordly Device, Third Option, The Banishment, Broken
Peace, All Knowing Force, For Dear Life, Messages Inside Of Me,
Beg To Differ, Irrelevant Thoughts, Cut-Rate, Worst Of It, Spirit
Guide, Whose Fist Is This Anyway?, Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck,
Power Of The Damager // Dark Signs, Disbelief, Freezer Burn, Unconditional,
Prove You Wrong
That was a great evening! Indeed! My very first show in the new
year and already the first highlight :) I love it! Too bad I had
to be up early next morning, because it was Friday, party night
at Turock. Would have loved to stay there with friends… Anyways,
great show, did I tell ya? ;)