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Prong is a thrash metal and later groove metal band from New York City, New York, US, formed in 1986. Prong had two independent releases, Primitive Origins and Force Fed. The albums attracted the attention of Epic Records, which signed the trio in 1989. The group disbanded in 1997 after the Rude Awakening tour, but re-formed in 2003. A pioneer of the urban scene, Prong is fronted by Tommy Victor. KoRn's Jonathan Davis, as well as Trent Reznor allegedly cite Prong as an influence to their musical style.

Prong was founded in 1986 by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor (then a soundman at New York City's renowned CBGB's). With bassist Mike Kirkland (formely of NYHC band Damage and doorman at CBGB’s) and ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons, Prong released two independent CDs that were noted for their brutal hardcore sound.

Epic Records saw the band's potential and signed them in 1989. Prong's major
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PRONG Force Fed album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Force Fed
Crossover Thrash 1988
PRONG Beg to Differ album cover 3.65 | 6 ratings
Beg to Differ
Crossover Thrash 1990
PRONG Prove You Wrong album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Prove You Wrong
Groove Metal 1991
PRONG Cleansing album cover 3.73 | 7 ratings
Groove Metal 1994
PRONG Rude Awakening album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
Rude Awakening
Groove Metal 1996
PRONG Scorpio Rising album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Scorpio Rising
Groove Metal 2003
PRONG Power of the Damager album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Power of the Damager
Groove Metal 2007
PRONG Carved Into Stone album cover 3.96 | 5 ratings
Carved Into Stone
Groove Metal 2012
PRONG Ruining Lives album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Ruining Lives
Groove Metal 2014
PRONG Songs from the Black Hole album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Songs from the Black Hole
Groove Metal 2015
PRONG No Absolutes album cover 3.56 | 5 ratings
No Absolutes
Groove Metal 2016
PRONG Zero Days album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Zero Days
Groove Metal 2017

PRONG EPs & splits

PRONG Primitive Origins album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Primitive Origins
Crossover Thrash 1987
PRONG The Peel Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Peel Sessions
Crossover Thrash 1990
PRONG Whose Fist Is This Anyway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whose Fist Is This Anyway
Groove Metal 1992
PRONG Whose Fist Is This Anyway (Four Industrial Mixes) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whose Fist Is This Anyway (Four Industrial Mixes)
Groove Metal 1992
PRONG Snap your Fingers, Break your Back (The Remix EP) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Snap your Fingers, Break your Back (The Remix EP)
Groove Metal 1993
PRONG Sepultura / Prong album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sepultura / Prong
Groove Metal 1994
PRONG Age of Defiance album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Age of Defiance
Groove Metal 2019

PRONG live albums

PRONG 100% Live album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
100% Live
Groove Metal 2002

PRONG demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

PRONG Demo '86 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo '86
Crossover Thrash 1986
PRONG 4 Song Demo '87 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
4 Song Demo '87
Crossover Thrash 1987
PRONG Unconditional album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groove Metal 1991
PRONG Prove You Wrong album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prove You Wrong
Groove Metal 1991
PRONG Prove You Wrong 5 Song Sampler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prove You Wrong 5 Song Sampler
Groove Metal 1991
PRONG Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck
Groove Metal 1993
PRONG Controller promo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Controller promo
Groove Metal 1996
PRONG Power of the Damn Mixxxer album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Power of the Damn Mixxxer
Metal Related 2009

PRONG re-issues & compilations

PRONG Playlist: The Very Best Of Prong album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Playlist: The Very Best Of Prong
Groove Metal 2012

PRONG singles (8)

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Third from the Sun
Crossover Thrash 1989
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Lost and Found (+ 3 'Live at CBGB' Tracks)
Crossover Thrash 1990
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For Dear Life
Crossover Thrash 1990
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Broken Peace
Groove Metal 1994
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Face Value
Groove Metal 1996
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Rude Awakening
Groove Metal 1996
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Rude Awakening Remixes
Groove Metal 1996
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Revenge ... Best Served Cold
Groove Metal 2012

PRONG movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Live and Illegal in Baltimore - March '94
Groove Metal 1994
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Prong - The Vault
Groove Metal 2005

PRONG Reviews

PRONG Age of Defiance

EP · 2019 · Groove Metal
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Kev Rowland
It has been years since I last listened to Prong, probably not since 2003’s ‘Scorpio Rising’, but although there is a different rhythm section since then, singer/guitarist Tommy Victor is still at the front as he has been for more than 30 years. Five songs, less than 20 minutes in length, only two are new with the other being three live cuts. I’m not sure why this has been released, but possibly as a stopgap given their last album was in 2017, since when they have replaced bassist Mike Longworth and brought back Jason Christopher who was in the band for four years prior to ‘Zero Days’. This is an okay release without ever really hitting its straps, and it feels like the band is marking time. Let’s hope that when they come back with their next album there is more enthusiasm and excitement as while this is okay it is rarely anything more than that.

PRONG Cleansing

Album · 1994 · Groove Metal
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Attitude, balls-out aggression, and industrial soundscapes: this describes Prong’s 1994 breakthrough album Cleansing. Taking the massive thrashings of Pantera, the grungy aggression of Helmet, and the atmosphere of Killing Joke, Prong threw a bunch of what made 90’s metal great into one absolute sucker-punch of an album.

With this album, Prong hit the perfect stride of simultaneously being monstrously heavy and infectiously catchy. Especially with “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck”, which I would easily call this one of the best songs of the 90’s. The dense, bass-heavy, and rhythmic hook that drives the song makes this an instant mosh-pit anthem. “Cut-Rate” can join the likes of Pantera’s “Domination” and Sepultura’s “Dead Embryonic Cells” as having one of the greatest massive grooves to dominate the bridge of a thrash song, while “Broken Pieces” and “Test” bring in a bit of funky bass to blend with the shredding riffs.

Frontman Tommy Victor barks with utmost conviction throughout each song, and even on the rare chance that the music lets up, he maintains a roughness that still works. With Killing Joke’s Paul Raven on bass coupled with Victor’s love of the band, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that songs like “Not of This Earth” and “Home Rule” are very reminiscent of the aforementioned band. Similar also, is that the whole album maintains an underlying industrial backing sound. Raven and drummer Ted Parsons dominate the entire album with an incredibly strong rhythm section, and Victor’s surging guitar playing blends beautifully to create what really is one of the grooviest albums I’ve ever heard.

While Prong never quite got to the same big-name status as some of their contemporaries, I believe Cleansing deserves to be mentioned alongside classics such as Vulgar Display of Power and Arise as one of the greatest metal albums of the 90’s. When it comes to crushing riffs and monster hooks, Cleansing delivers with some of the best of them.

PRONG Zero Days

Album · 2017 · Groove Metal
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There's an argument to be made that a lot of bands put out their best material on their first to fifth album, or before they turn 40 years old. Think about all the bands who were better when they were newer. Of course, there are exceptions. Notable among those exceptions are New York's mighty Groove Metal Veterans, Prong.

Tommy Victor, who basically is Prong in the way that Dave Mustaine basically is Megadeth or Trent Reznor is Nine Inch Nails or Jeff Waters is Annihilator, has arguably only been getting better and better the more he works. Especially since the band really hit their new stride with their 8th studio album, Carved Into Stone in 2012. Basically, ever since then, everything the band touch has turned to gold. Great production, great tone, great vocals, great choruses, great riffs. Absolutely consistent, basically no filler, no drop-off from album to album.

You may have guessed already from that introduction, but I like Prong's newest album, 2017's Zero Days. I like it a lot. It is Prong's 11th full-length studio album (not counting remixes, covers albums and compilations),  and it is an absolute gem.

It follows that perfect formula of the past three studio albums perfectly, delivering more of that fantastic modernized Groove Metal with small hints of the different parts of their career all refined and with a lot of chug, pace and groove balanced out with catchy but not saccharine melodies. 'Bad Ass' are really the best words to describe their current sound.

Combining the crunchy, crushing riffs of a Pantera, the eerie melody and mechanical sensibilities of a Fear Factory, the hardcore-influenced groove of a '90s-era Sepultura and muscular power of a Machine Head, but with an updated sound and masterful production job; Prong batter the audience with a perfect blend of styles as easily enjoyable by a Black Label Society fan as a Five Finger Death Punch or a Pitchshifter fan.

Highlights include the speedy Hardcore influenced 'Force Into Tolerance' with its bouncy floor tom drive, opener 'However It May End' & also 'Interbeing' with their fat bouncy '90s riffing, as well as 'The Whispers' which seems to be a hark back to their classic single 'Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck' but with a much more melodic chorus that sounds like it should be in a pro wrestling event.

Just because they've been going a while, doesn't mean Prong aren't putting out some of the best material of their whole career. This album is a superb blend of tooth-kicking riffage and sweet but uncommon melody. It has all the advantages of Nu Metal without all the questionable drawbacks. Its fun, its bouncy and its accessible, but it still has ferocious riffs, impressive guitar solos and a direct through-line to beefy hardcore, classic thrash metal, and the slightest hints of industrial lurking deep in the background. If any of that sounds good to you, check this album out and check the three studio albums that preceded it too. You won't be sorry.

PRONG Beg to Differ

Album · 1990 · Crossover Thrash
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Back in 1990 New York’s Prong were really onto something. They had been mixing Thrash Metal and Hardcore Punk as many others had before, but managed to do it in a very creative way and come out with a Groove Metal gem that would see them entering the same sort of territory as Pantera, Machine Head, Fear Factory and ’90s era Sepultura would do soon after.

Maybe its the tone and the production job from Mark Dodson (Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax), maybe its the tempo, or maybe its nothing more complicated than the songwriting, but this album feels like history being made. The blistering Thrash Metal opener ‘For Dear Life’ is chunky riff-driven fun, and there are reappearances of that spirit here and there throughout the album, but basically after that it slows down a bit, and mixes a Sabbathy riff focused 3-4 minute structure with the power and grit of Thrash, the bark and streetwise nature of Hardcore and that charming early ’90s sound to create a damn solid, memorable and interesting album. A pretty good example of the album’s style overall would be ‘Right To Nothing.’

Tommy Victor’s iconic voice ties it to what would follow, but this may sound a bit different if you are expecting it to sound identical to their classic Cleansing record or their amazing four newest albums. Its a bit more simple and a bit less sophisticated, but it is very charming. One-dimensional is the wrong term, but, focused!

If you like Prong but don’t own this yet, dig back and don’t miss out! If you like any of the other bands listed above, make it your business to check Prong out as well!

PRONG No Absolutes

Album · 2016 · Groove Metal
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Prong’s 2016 album X No Absolutes is a real stunner. The band entered a new golden period of high quality and high productivity with 2012’s Carved Into Stone. Since then they’ve released 4 studio albums, one covers album, and one semi-live album. You could imagine with that high an output maybe the albums would sound rushed, but quite the opposite, this is arguably the strongest period of their career to date.

Among the best of this renaissance period is X No Absolutes, which is their tenth full length studio album (hence the X!). Prong show no weakness or slowing down with age. This album is pretty damn bad ass. The album follows the musical direction of the past few albums; Pantera & Early Machine Head-esque ’90s sounding Groove Metal mixed with brief hints of Thrash, a weird arty Killing Joke tinge at times, the best parts of Nu Metal used in moderation and all that is wrapped up in Tommy Victor’s New York bark.

The first track, lead single and modern day concert mainstay, ‘Ultimate Authority’ is an absolute winner, starting the album off strong with its faster pace and memorable chorus. All the first four songs are great. Groovy, punchy and memorable. Varied, but tied together perfectly by the vocal and production style. If you want to know if this album (or band) is for you, check out those first four tracks, they are red hot.

The title track comes next, branching out into more melodic material, which then defines the middle of the album. ‘Do Nothing’ actually reminds me a bit of Papa Roach only with more Fear Factory style drums, if you can imagine that. Think Digimortal meets Love Hate Tragedy.

After the middle experimental section of the album, it gears back up into more metallic territory, with ragers like ‘Universal Law’ and ‘In Spite Of Hindrances’ being particular highlights.

If you are into the likes of Pantera, Machine Head, Fear Factory, Pissing Razors, ’90s era Sepultura and actually Five Finger Death Punch as well now that I think of it, I think you would really enjoy this album. Its got a real good mix of styles but lives in that very crunchy, bouncy, memorable world more often than not and is another fine example of Prong’s modern day upswing. If you haven’t checked them out since Cleansing, maybe take a look back in the Prong camp nowadays, they’re as good if not better than ever!

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