On 5 November 2008, it was announced that the band’s fifth studio album would be called Invaders Must Die and would be released on the band’s new label, Take Me to the Hospital. It is the first studio album released by the band since 2004’s Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned and is the first Prodigy album since 1997’s The Fat of the Land to feature all three members of the band. in the USA on 3 March 2009.
The album features drummer Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures) on drums for “Run with the Wolves”. The top five hit “Omen” and the “Invaders Must Die” tracks were co-produced with Does It Offend You, Yeah? frontman James Rushent. Sleeve notes show an A&R credit for Nick Halkes who signed the act to XL thus possibly linking with the clear references on the album to rave culture and the presence of the ‘classic’ Prodigy sound that seemed less present on the ‘Always Outnumbered’ album. The band said that the album would go back to their “old-school but cutting edge” roots. The album was released as a CD, CD/DVD set, double vinyl, digital download and a luxury 7-inch vinyl box set including: five 7-inches, CD/DVD, bonus CD, poster, stickers and stencils.
Invaders Must Die was released on 21 February 2009 in Australia and in Europe on 23 February 2009 charting at number one in the UK with week one sales of over 97,000 – a higher figure than for either ‘Always Outnumbered..’ or their singles collection. The album also charted top 5 in Germany and Australia and top 10 in Norway and several other European countries. To coincide with the release of the album, the band embarked on a nine date, UK arena tour, with support from Dizzee Rascal, Noisia, Herve and DJ Kissy Sell Out. The single “Omen” debuted at #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart the week of 25 February 2009.
Initial critical response to Invaders Must Die was somewhat mixed. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 60, based on 20 reviews. However, the album has been well received by the fans.
The single “Warrior’s Dance” was released on 11 May 2009. The track’s chorus is a sample of “Take Me Away” by Final Cut with True Faith. It also contains beat samples from “Let The Warriors Dance” by Addis Posse.
The digital single was released on 17 April in Australia, exclusively on iTunes, although the “Edit” version with none of the remixes is also available. When released on iTunes Australia the song was titled incorrectly and the download was actually a song from Placebo, this issue was fixed later on.
3 remix versions of Warrior’s Dance will be sold on the Prodigy’s own store, as digital downloads in MP3 format. An extra remix will be exclusive to iTunes. The song peaked at #9 on the UK Singles Chart.
The single “Take Me To The Hospital” was released on 31 August 2009. The CD Single includes the Sub Focus Remix and the 12″ Single also includes a Rusko Remix. Liam also collaborated with Josh Homme to create the “Wreckage” mix of the song. The song shares its name with the band’s record label.The track features samples from ‘Salami Fever’ by Pepe Deluxe and ‘Ragamuffin Duo Take Charge’ by Asher D & Daddy Freddy.
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