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From: New York, NY, United States
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Below is our complete Prong news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Prong today reveals the track listing for upcoming album "X - No Absolutes" that will drop on February 5th, 2016. Founder, vocalist and guitarist Tommy Victor also comments about the album:
"Prong is excited about the upcoming release of our tenth studio release of new material, 'X - No Absolutes.' It seems as though our recent records keep getting better and this new recording definitely appears to be a testament to this. Prong has maintained aggression while tackling the challenge of creating classic songs and anthems in the past, but we have gone even a step further with this mentality on 'No Absolutes.' Here you will find a collection of riff intensified crushers, furious barn burners, and fist pumping sing-a-longs.
"Also, this record exhibits even more technical proficiency, showing progress again on all fronts. We feel the listener needs to be excited about every lyric, performance, sound, etc. for the duration of the record. This record throws a powerful punch, yet we feel it to be memorable and in demand of future listens with it's energy, strong production and overall catchiness.
"Our themes on this record will certainly inspire some thought. Whether it be a dose of self discovery, a dialogue of a personal challenge or a viscous finger pointing at what we believe to be a falsehood, those attentive to messages and lyrics in general will be supplied. And we feel they will be compelled to shout aloud with, mimic a riff, sing along or cry out in pain with 'Prong X - No Absolutes!'" More...
After a self-prescribed hiatus, 2012 saw Prong blow the hinges off the door with the release of "Carved Into Stone." Seemingly out of nowhere, Tommy Victor and company managed to combine all the previous elements of the band's formula: thrash, hardcore, industrial metal, etc. with a new urgency and angst that struck a deep nerve with the band's loyal fan-base and beyond.
The band marched onwards with 2014's "Ruining Lives," which spawned a number of instant classics. This was followed by Prong's cover album "Songs From The Black Hole."
After a headline tour, it was straight back to the studio for another album. Just days after mixing was completed, Prong went on the road with Danzig and SuperJoint Ritual in North America and released the first single "Ultimate Authority" on the day the tour began.
"X - No Absolutes" is Prong's defining moment, with Tommy Victor mentioning that "sequencing the album was a difficult task; every song is so strong in it's own way."
Again produced by Tommy Victor, this time with trusted collaborator Chris Collier as co-producer and engineer, "X - No Absolutes" also broadens the horizon sonically. The new album will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on February 5, 2016 as digipak (incl. bonus track+poster), 2 LP Gatefold version (coloured vinyl, CD in paper sleeve) and download. More...
Just a few weeks ago, Prong announced a new studio album "Prong - X (No Absolutes)" to be released world wide January 29, 2016 through Steamhammer/SPV. Today, the band is announcing a full string of North American headline dates for 2016.
Tommy Victor had this to say: "Prong is doing a nice run of shows covering North America starting April 21, 2016 in support of our upcoming release 'Prong X - No Absolutes.' If you missed us on the Danzig/Superjoint tour or if we bypassed your locale, you can then experience a full set packed with all the faves new and old!" More...
Glenn Danzig started his Blackest of the Black tour over a decade ago in 2003. I caught it first in 2005 when he toured with Mortiis, Behemoth (among others) and what I believe was the first appearance of Doyle performing Misfits songs with Danzig. While this year’s lineup isn’t the “blackest,” that distinction goes to the last Blackest of the Black tour in 2010 when he took out Marduk and Possessed, Superjoint and Prong were solid acts nonetheless at this showing at Stubb’s in Austin.
Although they don’t carry the name recognition of a Phil Anselmo or Tommy Victor, openers Witch Mountain put on an impressive performance. The Portland-based doom act were in the news a year ago when longtime singer Uta Plotkin left the group and they hired 19-year-old Kayla Dixon as replacement. Dixon’s performance certainly showed she was up for the task this night. Her range was excellent. Whether she sang in a soaring almost R & B type voice or a death metal growl, her vocals were spot on. The rest of the band’s tones sounded great in their down tempo dirges. Even though there was only about 50 people in the crowd during their set, those in attendance seemed to show their approval. Touring with a big name like Danzig has to be doing wonders for their career.
Prong's new studio album "X (No Absolutes)" is due to be released worldwide January 29, 2016 through Steamhammer/SPV.
The first digital single, titled "Ultimate Authority," is out today to coincide with the kick off of Prong's North American tour supporting Danzig. You can hear the new single at Spotify here.
Prong's Tommy Victor comments: "There's no stopping. More songs were written and we recorded a powerful follow up to 'Carved Into Stone' and 'Ruining Lives.' We are real excited about this new one and it's nice that we have 'Ultimate Authority' out just in time for this tour." More...
Supergroup Teenage Time Killers - featuring musicians of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Clutch, Prong, Municipal Waste etc.- took to the stage September 12th for the band's first-ever live performance. The concert was held at "The Fonda Theatre", in Hollywood, CA.
Check out fan-filmed live footage of the Misfits cover "Where Eagles Dare" below, featuring Corey Taylor, Randy Blythe, Peter Stahl, Tommy Victor, Lee Ving:
Artists originally booked for the performance included: More...
Danzig's "Blackest Of The Black" tour dates this coming October will feature Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong, and Witch Mountain.
The trek runs from October 2nd through Halloween and will hit the following cities and venues:
10/2 Sat - Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
10/5 Mon - Austin, TX Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre
10/7 Wed - Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
10/9 Fri - New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
10/11 Sun - Birmingham, AL Iron City
10/12 Mon - Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
10/14 Wed - Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
10/16 Fri - Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
10/17 Sat - Worcester, MA 'rock & Shock' The Palladium
10/18 Sun - Montreal, QC Metropolis
10/20 Tues - Portland, ME State Theatre
10/21 Wed - Nyc, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/23 Fri - Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
10/24 Sat - Milwaukee, WI The Rave
10/25 Sun - Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
10/27 Tues - Boulder, CO Boulder Theatre
10/29 Thur - San Jose, CA City National Civic
10/31 Sat - Halloween Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theatre
Prong released a preview clip for the upcoming new release "Songs From the Black Hole." The album is a collection of cover tunes and is set to drop on March 25th (Scandinavia), March 27th (Germany), March 30th (Rest of EU) and March 31st (USA) via SPV/Steamhammer Records.
The track list is:
1. Doomsday (Discharge Cover)
2. Vision Thing (Sisters of Mercy Cover)
3. Goofy`s Concern (Butthole Surfers Cover)
4. Kids Of The Black Hole (Adolescents Cover)
5. Bars (Black Flag Cover)
6. Seeing Red (Killing Joke Cover)
7. Don`t Want To Know If You Are Lonely (Husker Du Cover)
8. Give Me The Cure (Fugazi Cover)
9. Banned in DC (Bad Brains Cover)
10. Cortez The Killer (Neil Young Cover)
Check out the preview here: More...
No rest for the wicked: Steak Number Eight just announced more tour dates in Europe, this time supporting Prong together with Hark this Spring.
The tour starts out in The Netherlands on April 17th, and after visiting Belgium, Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Austria, the tour ends in Germany on May 3rd.
Prong will release an all-covers LP titled "Songs From The Black Hole" in the U.S. on March 31st via eOne Music.
The release will be in tandem with SPV/Steamhammer special CD and LP edition available in Scandinavia on March 25th, in Germany on March 27, and the rest of Europe on March 30th.
"Prong is very excited about the upcoming release of our new record, 'Songs From The Black Hole,'" says frontman Tommy Victor. "We are equally excited about the artwork and packaging."
Victor continues, "With the help of our art director Mike Lopez, the theme of urban decay, desolation, insecurity and ultimate change that prevails in the music has been brought to the surface in images. Since much of Prong's origins come from a place of abandonment, we feel our new album artwork fully reflects this sentiment."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Doomsday (DISCHARGE)
2. Vision Thing (SISTERS OF MERCY)
3. Goofy`s Concern (BUTTHOLE SURFERS)
4. Kids Of The Black Hole (ADOLESCENTS)
5. Bars (BLACK FLAG)
6. Seeing Red (KILLING JOKE)
7. Don`t Want To Know If You Are Lonely (HÜSKER DÜ)
8. Give Me The Cure (FUGAZI)
9. Banned in DC (BAD BRAINS)
10. Cortez The Killer (NEIL YOUNG) More...
Fresh off a U.S. tour, American trio Prong has finished an album of cover tracks, putting a distinct spin on an array of tracks originally recorded by artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Adolescents, The Sisters Of Mercy, Killing Joke, Hüsker Dü, and Neil Young.
Tommy Victor comments: "Prong is excited to announce 2015 European tour dates in conjunction with our upcoming release 'Songs From The Black Hole.' Along with the standards and selected tracks from our newest albums, we will be performing our versions of classic influential masterpieces, as featured on the new record.
"The tour has us returning to England, remarkably, for four shows after our premier UK festival appearance at Bloodstock. It will also be great to head back to Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria and Holland with a new set and another new Prong release, 'Songs From The Black Hole'!"
SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing the album as a special CD and LP edition in Scandinavia on March 25th, in Germany on March 27th, in Europe on March 30th, and in the USA on March 31st 2015. More...
The New York metal mainstays from Prong are hitting the the road beginning today - September 10th - in Los Angeles, CA through October 14th in San Francisco, CA.
Many of the dates will see Prong playing alongside thrash masters Overkill. Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot's "Knotfest" October 25th in San Bernardino, CA. Full details are available below. The band comments:
"Prong starts our U.S. / Canada tour at the legendary Whiskey A- Go -Go in West Hollywood, CA. This is our first trip on this continent since our release of our Ruining Lives LP, after two successful European tours. We have a new 7" single out 'Remove, Separate Self' and will be selling it at shows as well as our first 'Turnover' 7".
"This is so cool because it reminds me of the old days when we sold our demo tapes and our initial EP 'Primitive Origins' at shows. So please check out our dates at this location. We are also excited about joining up with our old buddies Overkill on a good amount of our dates. So come on out and I'll see you on the road." More...
Fresh off their European festival Summer, Prong is gearing up to hit the road this September in North America in support of latest release "Ruining Lives," which was released earlier this year by SPV/Steamhammer.
The tour begins September 10th in Los Angeles, CA and runs through October 14th in San Francisco, CA. Many of the dates will see Prong playing alongside thrash masters Overkill. Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot's "Knotfest" October 25th in San Bernardino, CA.
The band recently completed filming on a new video for the song "Remove, Separate Self" (taken from "Ruining Lives"). Brian Cox and Marcelo Palomino directed the video, and it can be seen below courtesy of Loudwire.com.
Tommy Victor comments: "Prong has made a video for the song 'Remove, Separate Self,' the new single from our recent LP Ruining Lives. The song and the video are distinctively Prong, with a soul-searching and apocalyptic vibe. As a follow up to 'Turnover' we will release it on 7" vinyl as well. The single and video will correspond with our U.S. /Canada tour starting Sept 10th through Oct. 14th. Enjoy the video and we'll see you out on the road!" More...
Slipknot’s very own Knotfest has revealed additional bands for the October 24th - 26th destination festival held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.
Featuring Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, and Anthrax, the Knotfest lineup has now added Fear Factory, Napalm Death, Satyricon, Amen, Otep, Prong, Immolation, Attika 7 and more. The new additions will perform on the Extreme Stage 005 powered by Kinetik Power and Ernie Ball.
See below for details and look for an announcement in the coming weeks about Knotfest's Stage 004. As previously announced, Slipknot will close Stage 001 both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience.
This weekend's Bloodstock Open Air Festival will be streamed live over at this location, or by simply watching it in the player here:
The schedule of acts set to be streamed live is as follows (all times are BST):
Friday, August 8th:
Bloodshot Dawn - 11.00am
Entombed AD - 12:00
Primordial - 13.05
Flotsam & Jetsam - 14:10
Prong - 15.20
Triptykon - 16.35
Dimmu Borgir - 19.30
Down - 21:15
Saturday, August 9th:
Evil Scarecrow - 11.00am
Shining - 12.00
Decapitated - 13:05
Orphaned Land - 14.10
Lacuna Coil - 16.35
Children of Bodom - 17.55
Carcass - 19.40
Emperor - 21:30
Sunday, August 10th:
Arthemis - 11.00am
Aborted - 12.00
ReVamp - 13.05
Biohazard - 14.10
Obituary - 16.35
Amon Amarth - 19.30
Megadeth - 21.15 More...
The final bands have now been announced for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Festival, which takes place from August 7th - 10th (get ticket info and other details over here). The organizers of the festival comment:
"The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals have rocked to a conclusion and some more lucky young bands are joining the New Blood stage at Catton Park next month, plus there's a few last additions for the Sophie and Jagermeister stages.
"Balls Deep bring their trad groove metal to the Sophie Lancaster stage. The Brit outfit have been busy honing their ‘Pro-Pain cut with Black Sabbath’ sound, coming on like the bastard sons of Pantera and classic heavy metal.
"Over on the Jagermeister stage, female-fronted power metallers Aceldama will be impressing allcomers with their high octane performance and audience interaction, while New Blood stage stoner rocker’s Resin will be offering an additional acoustic spin on their new material.
"Meanwhile, the New Blood stage welcomes the last clutch of winners from the last batch of M2TM roadshow finals. Goat Leaf bring their doom groove from the Sheffield heats, Oakhaart’s tech death noise hails from Gloucestershire, impressing judges at the Bristol event, Sinpathetic grace us with their death metal from the Preston night, Eradikator’s thrash metal won out in Birmingham, and lastly but not least, Cacodaemonic's unholy, neo-classical infused death metal represents Nottingham."
The full 2014 festival lineup will be as follows: More...
The work of JRR Tolkien has long been a favorite muse of rock and metal artists. This year's Bloodstock bands Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Dimmu Borgir all have used Tolkien references in their work, along with many others (Nightwish, Gorgoroth and even the likes of Led Zeppelin to name but a few).
Now Bloodstock’s co-founder, fantasy artist Paul Raymond Gregory, is thrilled to bring the two themes together and launch a major art exhibition at Bloodstock this year.
Christened the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery, the exhibition is to be a permanent addition to the festival and will provide a showcase for a changing selection of rock-related art and memorabilia. Paul Raymond Gregory’s extensive body of work includes many famous album sleeves and monolithic pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien. Paul’s first ever album cover commission was in 1984 for Saxon’s "Crusader," so launching the RAM Gallery on the 30th anniversary of Paul’s artistic debut in the metal world is fitting indeed.
This year’s first showing will include all the original Bloodstock festival artwork, going right back to the first indoor event in 2001, plus a wide range of Paul’s album art including the sleeve of Saxon’s latest release "Sacrifice." Representing Paul’s Tolkien work, there will also be a large triptych inspired by The Silmarillion opus (from whence Marillion derived its name). The painting will be mounted in a bespoke hand-carved frame created by framer John Davis. Although John has framed much of Paul’s other work, the triptych features the first frame actually designed by Paul himself. In addition, Paul will be signing copies of his book "Beyond Time And Place," which showcases artwork from the breadth of his career.
The exhibition will also include a small selection of bespoke handmade guitars created by young artist/musician Cynosure who is working to re-define the guitar, not just as a functional instrument, but as a working, playable piece of art.
The current Bloodstock Festival 2014 lineup is shaping up as follows: More...
The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival have checked in with the following update about confirming more bands for the 2014 edition:
"Things are hotting up at Bloodstock HQ and even more bands are unveiled for 2014!! Joining the main stage bill are the newly renamed, Entombed A.D. After having to change their name from just ‘Entombed’, LG Petrov and his fellow band members are once again ready to let the music do the talking after a year of internal struggles. They release the highly anticipated new album ‘Back to the Front’ on 4th August via Century Media and are eager to get back on the road.
"Getting the heads banging on the Sophie stage on Thursday are British trad metalheads Monument, and bringing their own brand of theatrical madness and extreme metal are former ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ winners, Gethika. Bringing an international flavour on Sunday are death/thrash metallers Krow, who hail all the way from Brazil. Fancy something a little different? Then check out 16-yr old blues star in the making Aaron Keylock, also performing on Sunday’s Sophie stage.
"Not content with that, Bloodstock can also reveal six killer bands for the Jagermeister stage! Grab a couple Jagerbombs and come headbang to Undersmile and King Creature on Friday, plus Massive Wagons and a special acoustic set from Orphaned Land on Saturday. If you’re still standing come Sunday, be sure to catch Rabid Bitch of the North and The Heretic Order."
The new Prong album "Ruining Lives" entered the U.S. Billboard charts at #16 Heatseekers/Top New Artists, #28 Hard Rock, #28 Current Hard Music, #58 Top Hard Music and #74 Indie while "Ruining Lives" also continues to be #1 at CMJ Loud Rock Radio.
The band has added more tour dates in Europe and North America as special guest to Overkill and additional headline appearances. Full details are available below.
European Summer Dates:
22.07. I-Milano - Lo-Fi
24.07. SLO-Tolmin - Metaldays
26.07. D-Viersen - Eier mit Speck Festival
27.07. NL-Eindhoven - Dynamo
29.07. NL-Rotterdam - Baroeg
30.07. D-Weinheim - Cafe Central
31.07. D-Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
02.08. D-Wacken - Wacken Open Air
06.08. GB-Belfast - Limelight 2
07.08. IRE-Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
08.08. GB-Derbyshire - Bloodstock Open Air
09.08. B-Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival
19.08. D-Düsseldorf - Stahlwerk Club
20.08. D-Aachen - Musikbunker
21.08. D-Stuttgart - Universum
22.08. D-Würzburg - Posthalle
23.08. D-Bad Wünnenberg - Wünnstock Open Air More...
With the release of new album "White Devil Armory" scheduled for this summer, the New Jersey thrash metal veterans in Overkill now announce an extended European tour for October and November 2014.
Joining Overkill on tour will be L.A.-based metalheads Prong, Swedish speed youngsters and labelmates Enforcer, as well as Greek heavy metal outlet Darkology.
Commented Overkill vocalist Bobby Blitz: “We hit the European shores on October 30th of this year, with our White Devil Armory version of 'Killfest'. With us will be PRONG & ENFORCER. We look forward to banging out the new tunes, as well as some of the old school classics we have banged our heads to over these past 28 years of touring. Until then, Horns UP!“
"White Devil Armory" will be out on July 18th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age." See the band live: More...