Now a quarter of a century into their career, The Prodigy are an act who genuinely need little introduction. This, 'The Day Is My Enemy', is their sixth album and will be promoted with European and UK tours, before a packed festival schedule taking in the likes of Isle Of Wight, T In The Park and Benicassim amongst many others.
When The Prodigy re-announced themselves with the vitriolic 'Nasty', it was the anger of the song which was the most impressive aspect of what was ultimately a disappointing return. Thankfully, the title track which opens the record hits the target with Liam Howlett providing the audio equivalent of an adrenalin shot. Tinged with electronica, the heavy beats are punishing in the best of ways and it is only bettered by 'Destroy', a frantic anthem which teases the sound of 'Breathe' during its intro. Another fine sensory assault comes in the shape of 'Wild Frontier', while 'Get Your Fight On' is a reminder of why this outfit have bridged the gap between dance and rock so successfully.
As much as 'The Day Is My Enemy' is a thumping example of the prowess of The Prodigy, it is by no means a classic to sit alongside their work of the nineties. The inconsistency which hindered 2009's 'Invaders Must Die' is, to an extent, present here. 'Ibiza' unfortunately finding Keith Flint sounding like The Streets' Mike Skinner while the lyric in 'Medicine' about "a spoon full of sugar" invariably leaves you thinking of Mary Poppins - perhaps the least threatening fictional character in history. It slightly derails an album of fury, which for the main, is channelled into relentless juggernauts, but there's no doubting this Essex trio remain a formidable force.
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