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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...
Prong released a new lyric video for the track "Turnover." The song was taken from the upcoming new release "Ruining Lives," which will be released via SPV/Steamhammer in Scandinavia on April 23rd, in Germany on April 25th, in Europe on April 28th and in the US/Canada on May 13th.
The track listing for "Ruining Lives" is as follows:
2. The Barriers
3. Windows Shut
4. Remove, Separate Self
5. Ruining Lives
6. Absence Of Light
7. The Book Of Change
8. Self Will Run Riot
9. Come To Realize
10. Chamber Of Thought
11. Limitations And Validations
12. Retreat (Bonus Track) More...
On April 19th, Prong will release an exclusive 7" single for the Record Store Day celebration in the USA with new track "Turnover" on side A and the "Pig Remix" of "Revenge Best Served Cold" by Raymond Watts on Side B.
The single is limited to 3,000 copies and comes in green marbled vinyl. The worldwide digital release of this single is set for April 21st.
Prong will take care of European fans by selling this 7" inch single during a European trek that kicks off on March 26th in Essen and ends on April 20th in Stockholm. During the upcoming tour, the first 100 fans to show up at the venue will receive a free 2 track cardboard sleeve CD. This CD contains another new track from the upcoming album "Ruining Lives" and a track from the 2012 album "Carved Into Stone."
The new album "Ruining Lives" will be released through Steamhammer/SPV in Scandinavia on April 23rd, in Germany on April 25th, in Europe on April 28th and in the US/Canada on May 13th. Catch the band live: More...
"Ruining Lives" will be Prong's follow-up to 2012 release "Carved Into Stone." The following press release was issued about the upcoming album:
"With Tommy Victor in the producer's chair and Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, Sepultura) once again coming in to put his trademark shine on the record, Ruining Lives has turned out to be a monster of an album.
"From the first riff-assault of the opener 'Turnover,' the album takes you on an angst-filled roller coaster ride that marries some very old school, Beg To Differ-elements with post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash, all the while retaining a modern and current feel. Fans of the bands legendary, genre-defining Cleansing-era and new fans alike will be thrilled."
Tommy Victor also comments: "This is the fastest written and recorded Prong album ever and it has more great songs than any previous Prong record. I am particularly proud of the vocal performance and I think we captured some outstanding sounds on this album. There's a little bit of a throwback element here. Ruining Lives is almost a 'Force Fed' type of song. The album is a hybrid between NY Hardcore and some very modern, song oriented work. You will find some 'Rude Awakening' but also some solid, crushing riffs. I feel we have captured the best elements of Prong on this album." More...
Bloodstock has added three headliners to the Sophie Lancaster stage: Rotting Christ, Sister Sin, and Satan.
A teaser trailer for the U.K. fest can be seen below, and this year's edition is set to take place on August 7th - 10th at Catton Park in Derbyshire. There are still many more bands to be announced, and the current lineup is as follows:
Ronnie James Dio stage
DOWN, EMPEROR, MEGADETH, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SAXON, LACUNA COIL, OBITUARY, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, CROWBAR, PRIMORDIAL, LACUNA COIL, PRONG, DECAPITATED, BIOHAZARD, REVAMP, ORPHANED LAND, ABORTED, EVIL SCARECROW
Sophie Lancaster Stage
ROTTING CHRIST, SISTER SIN, SATAN More...
The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival are thrilled to announce the addition of three more bands to the main stage bill in 2014: Amon Amarth, Hatebreed, and Prong.
Amon Amarth comments: “We are proud and excited to be playing at Bloodstock Open Air in 2014, the birth place of the ‘Epic Viking Rowing’, which has spread among fans across the world! See all of you B-O-A maniacs in August! Cheers from your friends Amon Amarth!”
Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta comments on being confirmed for the fest: “When I found out, I opened my window and yelled FUCK YEAH, MOTHERFUCKER! My neighbor looked up at me startled, and asked what the outburst was all about. I told him we’re playing Bloodstock 2014! So spread the word people, it's gonna be a great summer and it will be Hatebreed's only UK show, so don't you dare miss it!"
For more info on the coming 2014 edition of the U.K. Bloodstock festival, head over to this location.
Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.
Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:
Friday, June 28th:
Heaven Shall Burn
All That Remains
Veil of Maya
Love and Death
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...
New York's Prong has confirmed that the band will be heading over to Europe this Summer. Prong is scheduled to play a handful of festival dates as well as a string of headline shows.
Currently, the tour is scheduled to kick off June 23rd in Clisson, France at Hellfest and will run through July 14th in Serbia at Exit Fest. More dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. A complete list of dates can be found below.
The band founded on New York's Lower East Side is finally making its triumphant return home. Prong will be returning to New York City as part of the Metal Insider Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Star of Palm Beach. This special show will take place on Friday October 19th and is an official CMJ Show.
Support on the bill will come from This or the Apocalypse, For Sleeping or Jumping and Eminence. Tickets for the show are on sale now and are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The cruise departs from Pier 40, located at West Houston St. at West Side Highway. Prong frontman Tommy Victor commented on the band's homecoming: More...
Footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user Livebands2010, of Randy Blythe from Lamb of God joining Prong for a cover of the Misfits track "London Dungeon." The video, available below, was recorded at the Knotfest in Somerset, Wisconsin. As Randy Blythe puts it, "this song is about being in prison in a foreign country."
Blythe was recently released from the Czech Republic after being held for over a month due to charges of manslaughter. The charges stem from a 2010 incident when a 19 year old fan was allegedly pushed off the stage and subsequently died several weeks later. At this point it is not yet clear if Randy will have to stand trail and when that trial might be held.
Due to circumstances beyond the band's control, Prong has been forced to pull out of some shows on the current tour run, including headline dates and shows with Static-X. The band will still be playing the "Knot Fest" and will resume touring starting with a headlining date in Portland, OR at The Hawthorne Theater.
According to a statement, the band is very sorry about the cancellations and plans on hitting the East Coast in full force as soon as possible. Prong's remaining tour dates are:
8/17: Pacific Junction, IA @ Mid-America Motorplex
8/18: Somerset, WI @ Float-Rite Amphitheater
8/31: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
9/1: Seattle, WA @ Seattle Center
9/2: Richland, WA @ Ray's Golden Lion
9/3: Modesto, CA @ Fat Cat
9/4: Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater