Back in the late 90’s, The Prodigy were hailed as the new wave of popular music. Critics and the music industry hailed them as the harbingers of a new age of electronic music. Their hits “Firestarter,” and “Breathe,” and “Smack My Bitch Up” seemed popular enough to back up these claims, but the sad truth is that the American public was just not ready to embrace electronica on the scale that insiders predicted. The band largely faded from the spotlight after the release of 1997’s The Fat of the Land, releasing only one 2004 album and one EP in the interim.
Due in March is the bands fifth studio album, Invaders Must Die. Judging from the title track, not much has changed in the bands sound. Heavy house synths and muffled, distorted rock guitar blasts meet the occasional repeat of the song’s title. Can’t say I’m really excited about the song, nor the group’s prospects for stepping up and conquering the world as they were poised to do over a decade ago.