Cleansing (album)

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Prong cleansing cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 25, 1994
GenreGroove metal, industrial metal, alternative metal
ProducerTerry Date
Prong chronology
Whose Fist Is This Anyway?
Rude Awakening
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Record Collector3/5 stars[2]

Cleansing is the fourth album by the American heavy metal band Prong. It was produced by Terry Date, whereas all of Prong's previous albums had been produced by Mark Dodson. It includes ex-Killing Joke members Paul Raven on bass guitar and John Bechdel on keyboards/programming. Cleansing was Prong's only moderate commercial success. It was reissued in 2008 as a digipak version.

The music video to "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" was featured on an episode of Beavis and Butt-head. The professional wrestler Justin Credible used the track as his entrance theme in Extreme Championship Wrestling and when performing in the independent promotions.

To promote the album, Prong embarked on the Cleansing Tour which included opening acts Clutch and Drown. They also toured with Sepultura and Pantera as an opener for their Chaos A.D. and Far Beyond Driven tours.

Vision Thing by The Sisters of Mercy was an influence on Cleansing. Tommy Victor said that the band was tired of their earlier thrash metal sound, and he wanted the band to go in a new direction that incorporated dance metal.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Prong.

1."Another Worldly Device"3:23
2."Whose Fist Is This Anyway?"4:42
3."Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck"4:11
5."Broken Peace"6:11
6."One Outnumbered"4:58
7."Out of This Misery"4:25
8."No Question"4:17
9."Not of This Earth"6:25
10."Home Rule"3:57
Total length:58:02


Cover versions[edit]

"Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" has been covered by several artists:

Chart positions[edit]


Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position Cite
1994 The Billboard 200 126 [4]


Jason Roche of The Village Voice included Cleansing on his list of Top 20 New York Hardcore and Metals Albums, saying that it "proved to be as catchy as it was heavy".[5]


  1. ^ "Cleansing - Prong". AllMusic.
  2. ^ McIver, Joel (September 2008). "Cleansing". Record Collector. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  3. ^ Nunnally, Doug (2015-04-01). "Interview: Prong Frontman Tommy Victor Walks Us Through The New Album". New Noise Magazine. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  4. ^ "Prong". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  5. ^ Roche, Jason (2013-07-08). "The Top 20 New York Hardcore and Metal Albums of All Time". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2016-06-05.