Any Questions? - Prey For Death (Special Edition)
Prey For Death (Special Edition)
1. Get Inside
2. Minds Curl (Live)
3. Fuckin' Hippies
4. Dead Space
5. Until Death
6. Strafing Children
7. The Face
8. Limerick Lights (Radiation Mix)
11. Prince of Darkness (Live)
Any Questions? is comprised of two members: Ttam Troll and MC2P4
This product was produced, composed, engineered, performed, and recorded at Floating Fish Studios 09/91 to 11/92
Get Inside and Minds Curl were recorded live to DAT 01/29/92
Terminal and Virus were recorded and mixed 09/01 to 11/01
Prince of Darkness was recorded live 08/91
Fuckin' Hippies, Dead Space, Until Death, Strafing Children, The Face, and Limerick Lights were edited and remixed by Ttam Troll 11/08/92
Mastered by Eric Beebe at The Farm, Coopersburg PA
Illustrations by Mike Bohatch @ www.eyesofchaos.com
Copyright ©1992/2002 Floating Fish Music
"We felt that the time was right for re-releasing Prey For Death," states MC2P4. "Though Prey For Death was our fourth release, it was the first that garnered us international exposure (pre-internet boom) through publications like IndustrialnatioN, Side-Line Electrozine, and Cinetik" adds Ttam Troll. "To make this re-release special for our fans, we added three songs that were excluded from the original release. These had been excluded due to the format limitations of our original cassette only release. We think these extra songs and the whole release still stand up very well even after 10 years," says MC2P4.
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Any Questions? has been around for a long time, and so has their first release Prey For Death. The original release year was 1992 to be exact, and the boys in Any Questions? have commemorated the tenth anniversary of the release by reissuing it with bonus tracks and in a Digipak featuring artwork by Eyes of Chaos creator Mike Bohatch. Admittedly, the vicious sounding industrial songs that Any Questions? is known for are catchy and provide excellent background music for a basement torture or a gathering of occult-like nasties. Prey For Death has an industrial sound that often feels dated and overtly abused. It captures the defining era of industrial music when bands like Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly were paving their roadways to hell, and had Any Questions? garnered the attention they deserved at the time, they too could have clutched on to those coattails and ridden out the rugged industrial death path that they chose. But what certainly justifies obtaining this release for their fans is the inclusion of three additional tracks and maybe even for the classically unique industrial sound included on it. Those unfamiliar with Any Questions? can also benefit by taking a trip back in time and hearing some pretty disturbed and rather good dark industrial.
- Joseph Graham
The dark-electro act Any Questions? first released Prey For Death back in 1992. Prey For Death has now been remastered and re-released as a special edition digipak to mark the band's 10-year audio marriage of man and machine. The interface of flesh and technology is a theme Any Questions? has fed on and played up from the start. The first release of Prey For Death in '92 led to a multimedia live show of gruesome-ness that is said to have first put the band on an international stage of recognition. Even though Prey For Death has been remastered it definitely retains an "old-school" electro-industrial sound and feel. While I'm not all that familiar with recent efforts from the band, this material (most of which is from '92) doesn't rely on developed verse/chorus song structures so much, but more on a streaming sort of intensity. "Get Inside" is one of the catchiest from the album. The catchiest song title has to go to "Fuckin Hippies," and while I'm not as fond of this song as a song, the title says enough I think, "Yeah, fuck hippies, here-here!" I might add that only after listening to this album on a decent sound system was I impressed with the vocals, which didn't carry so well on my shitty-car stereo. Speaking of vocals, some of the vocal stylings, such as "Limerick Lights Radiation," have a distinct Ogre flavor and are at their best when sounding like this. It took me a while to get into Prey For Death, but if this is what Any Questions? was doing back in '92, there's no question I'd dig their current stuff.
After the "Mutation" album, here comes already a new electro assault from the American AQ. "Prey For Death" is a familiar title for all of those who've been familiar with the demo work of the band! The inspiration came from the past, but curiously enough the sound is still credible. The main force is the powerful production, which attenuates the here and than poorly elaborated structures. The tracks are energetic, based on dynamic and worked out percussion patterns while the vocals are quite persuasive! "Prey For Death" is full of dark electronic moods, which are moving on the edge of industrialism. It all sounds very aggressive and the "Terminal"-song is one of the best examples of this state of terror installed by AQ. It's maybe a pity that they don't concentrate that more on refined and slower pieces like "Strafing Children". There's a cool deep electronic bass line recovering this song while the way of singing is more melodious. If you like dark body power without too much complexity and innovation, this band will probably fulfil your expectations!
- Deranged Psyche
Gaze Into A Gloom
Ten years is quite a remarkable age for a band. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Any Questions? has released the special edition CD of their 1992 classics, "Prey For Death"! This newly remastered release features bonus tracks, limited edition digipak packaging and special artwork.
With "Prey For Death" Any Questions? presents us with a real joy: the highest quality industrial and electro music. Glorious trashing distorted drums in the best manner combined with noisy atmospheres and distorted vocals.
Great release, highly recommended to those who still haven't heard anything by this group and, of course, to all who have. Complex rhythms and musical structures are guaranteed...
- Merje Lohmus (aka Mad Sister)
This is a 10th anniversary special edition cd of their 1992 release, which is remastered and feature bonus tracks. Pure electronics that go great to a sci-fi thrill/horror soundtrack. Harsh vox blends with dark synthesizers that will carnage and brings the chill inside you. Amazing what these Philly's duo doing who doesn't sound like no other industrial band.
- Donovan Tate
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Floating Fish has re-released this apparently classic industrial album by Any Questions? Given the quality of industrial sound coming out of my speakers, I can understand why they felt this CD worth re-unleashing. It's edgy industrial for those who like their electronic aggression on the dark side.
The more the disc played, the more it grew on me. It isn't fast, trance beat industrial, nor is it guitar driven industrial metal like Static X. It's just dark, bloody attitude electro horror.
- Kristofer Upjohn
Another dark, gritty, hard industrial offering from these boys from PA! A bit more aggressive and catchy on this album, definately a must have for fans of the darker, hard industro sound.
- Tommy T
Industrial death-obsessed music.. don't really know what else to say.. oh yeah, well recorded.
1992 was a seminal year for music in general. Unless you were closely following every new Industrial release with the assistance of an electron microscope, you would've missed a demo distributed by Pennsylvania's Any Questions? The curious no longer need to feel left out, but only if your really want to do the time warp again. Despite the rhythmic pulsation boasted by "Get Inside," the intervening ten years seem to have done little to improve upon the potential presented by this group. Minimalist in their approach, these gentlemen exist in an electronic realm that is rarely visited in the present. If anything, many EBM composers could probably learn the importance of lyrics from Any Questions?, an area that has managed to stand the test of time with the tracks "Strafing Children" and "Fuckin Hippies." Yes, those were the days when Trent and Al preached strong compositions backed with clever words. Perhaps this dated foray could've had an even greater impact if all of the tracks were re-recorded and remixed with an eye and ear pointed in the direction of the 21st Century. It's good to see some of the pioneers of the scene are still alive and kicking. Now if only they can show us what they've learned during their hiatus.
- Zaanan Foreman
The duo of Ttam Troll & MC2P4 have been around making a unique style of electro-industrial music for many years now. Indeed the material on this album dates from 1991/92 (although this special edition saw the light of day in 2004) & while the mix of FLA-type vocals with dark industrial synths with a mood & approach that has a strong new-wave/post punk feel (the authentic-sounding bass work of "Strafing Children" & "Limerick Lights" being the most obvious manifestations of this) might make it sound a bit dated it has actually stood the test of time pretty well, making for an album that's ripe for re-discovering. The opening "Get Inside" acts as a good indication of the album as a whole, launching straight into its hard-hitting rhythmic path with a number of isolated dark melodic motifs contributing to what remains a no-frills feel. For the most part the tracks are pretty linear in nature, sounding pretty much the same from start to finish, an approach that usually makes for tracks that sound more like musical sketches than finished pieces but the duo easily avoid that particular pitfall is as a succession of bold & gutsy soundscapes take centre stage on tracks such as "Minds Curl", where gutsy synth sweeps & mutated voices set a gloomily abstract atmposphere over an incessant, mid-paced rhythmic backing & the quaintly-titled "Fuckin' Hippies" where the punchy rhythmic cascades provide the backbone to another ominous workout. Both "The Face" & the penultimate track "Virus" display a greater melodic presence which adds an extra dimension to the music without diluting the established no-nonsense feel, especially on the latter track where some very cool simulated siren effects (done via analogue pitch-bending) & accoustic-sounding percussion contribute towards a fuller sounding piece that really motors along. The obviously improvised mess that is "Prince Of Darkness" closes the album in a more freeform manner as an incessant yet shapeless rhythmic malestrom vies for space with some equally unfocussed quasi-melodic synth work before collapsing into a chaotic mess. Not the most successful track they've ever done but that's the nature of improvisation, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Overall, though, AQ? prove themselves to be an unjustly overlooked band who are still worth checking out.
- Carl Jenkinson