PROMETHEUS BURNING: Kill It With Fire CD WTII Records
With this latest studio album this Pittsburgh duo have made Chicago based WTII Records their home. It’s fair to say that PB fit well into a roster that planned to take off from where the legendary ‘Wax Trax!’ label left off, fitting more into this ethos than a lot of the acts preceding them promised.
The opening title track holds more to US electro industrial than previous affairs, with years of stateside heritage soaring throughout its veins in the form of catchy hooks and a punchy, riotous beat, alongside effectively treated vocals; this is further capitalized on the chant-along lyrics of ‘inTerruptOr’.
The mid 80’s to early 90’s were critical in forming the classic Americana style of Industrial and this has been typified in the 4-4 synth oriented pulsating ‘We R the Gods’, bringing to light those elements that made KMFDM great (before they turned into a bad metal cliché) and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult fun to pump out of your speakers, before heading to some seedy club in the middle of nowhere.
Vocally Nikki Telladictorian may not be the strongest when it comes to outright singing, but this is where PB have ultimately shined. Rather than overwork her output, the lyrics are sometimes spat out with venom and more often than not, sleazily drawled out with a charismatic sincerity. A strong front-woman persona that places Prometheus Burning in the fortunate position of an act that rather than being mocked for its approach, should stand the test of time.
The only downside to ‘Kill it with Fire’ is the obvious comparison with many electro artists you will have undoubtedly heard many times before, musically speaking. However, as a whole this latest instalment displays passion in relishing this approach, coming out smelling of roses where so many have stank out the joint over and over again.