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Formed: 1986
From: New York, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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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.

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Prong & Corrosion of Conformity Tour in July

In support of their new album "Carved Into Stone" New York metallers Prong have confirmed new tour dates for this July with Corrosion of Conformity. These dates follow the string of dates that Prong is already scheduled to play with Maryland Rockers Clutch. A complete list of all tour dates can be found below.

Prong has been selected as one of the bands to play on this year's inaugural "Knotfest" hosted by Slipknot. The two date festival will take place August 17th in Pacific Junction, IA and August 18th in Somerset, WI. More...

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Prong To Play First Annual "Knotfest"

Prong has been selected as one of the bands to play on this year's inaugural "Knotfest" hosted by Slipknot. The two date festival will take place August 17th in Pacific Junction, IA and August 18th in Somerset, WI. More information on "Knotfest" can be found here.

Frontman Tommy Victor commented on being selected to play on the first Knotfest:

"Prong is unbelievably honored and flattered to be a part of the first ever 'Knotfest!' We want to thank our friends in Slipknot and the organizers for giving us the opportunity to be on this bill with all these incredible bands. All the festivities included are going to make this very special for everyone involved. It's amazing!"

Prong will also be on the road supporting new album "Carved Into Stone" this July with a string of shows with the legendary Maryland Rockers Clutch. This run kicks off July 11th in Fayetteville, AR and runs through July 22nd in Richmond, VA. A complete list of dates can be found below. Prong's video for "Revenge...Best Served Cold" can be viewed at this location. More...

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Prong Comments On Bassist Situation

Prong is is currently in the midst of a short U.K. and European tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the landmark "Beg To Differ" album. In addition, Prong is playing classics from the band's catalog as well as material from the recent "Carved Into Stone" album. Joining mainman Tommy Victor and drummer Alexei Rodriguez are bass players Matt Brunson of Crowbar and former Cradle of Filth bassist Dave Pybus.

Tommy explained the presence of not one but two well know bassists:

"Since Tony Campos (who has been touring with the band and played on Carved Into Stone) is touring with Soulfly, we've had to tour with other bass players. Everyone who has toured with us so far has been fantastic and brought their own personal style to Prong. Phil Zeller from Toxic Holocaust did the Crowbar tour. Jason Rapesi who has played with Stone Sour did a few shows with us before that. We were heading to Europe and the guy we had couldn't do it in the eleventh hour.

"Rather than cancel, our friend Matt Brunson from Crowbar stepped in and learned the entire Beg To Differ album in a day and a half! Then we found out that Dave Pybus who has played with Cradle of Filth, was going to be the tech on the tour. As it turned out, Dave is a massive Prong fan! He learned some of the other songs and has been joining Alexei and I onstage every night. Now we have two great bass players each night! This tour has been a blast!" More...

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Clutch Announces New Tour Dates

Maryland rockers Clutch are currently in the midst of a North American tour which features headlining shows, co-headlining dates with Hellyeah, and a radio festival appearance. Today Clutch is excited to announce a headlining run for this summer with Prong and Lionize providing support. The tour is scheduled to kick off July 11th in Fayetteville, AR and currently scheduled to wrap up on July 22nd in Richmond, VA.

Clutch will also be returning to Europe this festival season. The band has been confirmed for the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid Spain on May 26th and the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden on June 29th.

Clutch will be releasing a 7" picture disc single of the new track "Pigtown Blues" on June 19th (The digital single will be released June 5th). This is the first new studio material from Clutch since 2009's "Strange Cousins From the West," and the first simultaneous worldwide release for Weathermaker Music. The track "Pigtown Blues" will be debuted on "The Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter" which airs weekly on BBC/Radio 1. More...

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Prong Posts New Music Video

Tomorrow sees the release of "Carved Into Stone," the new studio album from Prong. The band recently filmed a video for the song "Revenge...Best Served Cold," directed by Scott Hansen (Unearth, Whitechapel, Wretched). The video is being exclusively premiered today on Noisecreep. Get a first look at the video here or in the player below.

The song "Eternal Heat" is still streaming courtesy of Metal Insider at this location, or you can check out "Ammuntion" through Noisecreep.

Prong worked on this Long Branch Records debut with producer Steve Evetts, and the track listing is as follows: More...

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Prong Streaming New Song

Prong is a little bit less than two weeks away from the release of new album "Carved Into Stone." Today sees the premiere of a second song from the "Carved Into Stone," entitled "Ammunition." Check out the exclusive premiere courtesy of Noisecreep here.

Prong is currently on tour with Crowbar and Witchburn, in support of the new album, set for an April 24th release date on Long Branch Records, a division of SPV. A complete list of dates can be found below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Eternal Heat
2. Keep on Living in Pain
3. Ammunition
4. Revenge ... Best Served Cold
5. State of Rebellion
6. Put Myself to Sleep
7. List of Grievances
8. Carved Into Stone
9. Subtract
10. Path of Least Resistance
11. Reinvestigate More...

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Crowbar and Prong Assault San Antonio

Bludgeoning hardcore, bruising grooves and bittersweet syrupy sludge elbowed the eardrums of Backstage Live’s patrons as they paid witness to two of the standard bearers of ‘90s metal—Crowbar and Prong. Although both bands look and sound very different, both artists lent a hand in sculpting the modern metal sound. The chunky rhythms and mechanized motions of Prong helped direct a stampede of Nu Metal, core and other rhythmic mosh-oriented bands, while Crowbar brought attention to a strong metal scene in NOLA and helped define a more extreme form of doom metal called sludge.

Crowbar and Prong rose to prominence through videos on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball (when it still mattered). These singles were part of the metal education for many in attendance, so the enthusiasm displayed during Prong’s “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” and Crowbar’s “All I Had (I Gave)” came as no surprise. Although those videos built a mountain of exposure for both bands, neither group has achieved headline status like former touring mates Pantera, Sepultura and Danzig, which rang true in the small amount of ticket sales produced. More...

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Prong Streaming New Track

Prong is set to release the new album "Carved Into Stone" on April 24th on Long Branch Records. Today the band is premiering a track from the album exclusively on Metal Insider. Get a first listen to the song "Eternal Heat" today and be sure to check out an exclusive interview with Tommy Victor here.

Prong will be hitting the road tomorrow for a string of headlining dates with support coming from Black Tusk. This leg runs through March 26th in Fullerton, CA. Following those shows, Prong will be hitting the road with Crowbar and Witchburn.

Prong has completed work on the band's Long Branch Records debut with producer Steve Evetts. According to a press release, "'Carved into Stone' is quintessentially Prong. It stretches into the band's earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on New York's Lower East Side to the present as a staple of today's post-metal and rock scenes." The album's track listing is as follows:

1) Eternal Heat
2) Keep on Living in Pain
3) Ammunition
4) Revenge ... Best Served Cold
5) State of Rebellion
6) Put Myself to Sleep
7) List of Grievances
8) Carved Into Stone
9) Subtract
10) Path of Least Resistance
11) Reinvestigate More...

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Crowbar To Tour With Prong

New Orleans sludge metal veterans Crowbar have announced that they will be joining forces with New York heavy metal outfit Prong for a series of shows this Spring.

Prong will be touring in support of their new studio album, "Carved In Stone," which will be released on April 23rd in Europe and April 24th in North America. Crowbar are still promoting their latest album, "Sever The Wicked Hand," which was released in February of last year through E1 Music.

The initial tour dates are as follows (with more expected to be announced):

April 5 - Dallas, TX - Trees
April 6 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
April 8 - El Paso, TX - House Of Rock
April 11 - Hollywood, CA - The Whisky
April 12 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
April 13 - Gallup, NM - Slopshot Billiards
April 14 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
April 16 - St Louis, MO - Fubar
April 18 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
April 19 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
April 20 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
April 21 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's

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Prong Unveils Art, Track Listing And Release Date

New York act Prong has unveiled the artwork and track listing for the forthcoming album "Carved Into Stone." The album is set for release on April 24, 2012 (North America) through Long Branch Records. The artwork was created by Vance Kelly (Down, The Sword).

The track listing for "Carved Into Stone" is as follows:

1. Eternal Heat
2. Keep on Living in Pain
3. Ammunition
4. Revenge ... Best Served Cold
5. State of Rebellion
6. Put Myself to Sleep
7. List of Grievances
8. Carved Into Stone
9. Subtract
10. Path of Least Resistance
11. Reinvestigate More...

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Pit Stories: Exposed Genitalia And On-Stage Theft

We've been catching up with metal bands and fans all over to get their best mosh pit stories. This week Prong's Tommy Victor shares the following tale of full frontal male nudity and on-stage theft:

Even though Prong was originally based out of the Lower East Side of Manhattan New York City, we've has some crazy shows out in L.A. Mainly in Hollywood at the Whiskey. For those who are unfamiliar, the lower level is all pit area, with the exception of a few booths by the lower bar. The sound there is always good. Lots of low end and high volume throughout the club, especially downstairs. There isn't a barricade, So if you are onstage you are very connected to the pit audience, literally on top of the crowd.

We did a show years back that was way sold out, that had a few memorable episodes. We were touting like crazy, partying like crazy, pretty much sleeping in our gig clothes, not washing much nor changing much. Our late great bass player Paul Raven had this weird leisure suit that he pretty much lived in. Somewhere down the line the crotch ripped out of the trousers. Raven could care less. With the lack of laundry access and hygiene in general we all pretty much bypassed underwear. So we start our set and I notice a few girls situated directly under Raven pointing upwards and giggling. I'm trying to sing and play and I'm watching these girls laughing at Raven's cock and balls hanging over their heads. We had to stop the show because I couldn't concentrate. I told Raven to move back a bit. He got mad at me.

The show continued and people were going crazy. It was a great crowd. I was leaning over the crowd, singing playing, interacting with the crowd. Suddenly I was interrupted again by a chain smacking into my guitar. I was wearing a chain wallet, I knew that, but this was all chain. I reached back into my rear pocket: no wallet! I was pick pocketed right on stage. I stopped the show and yelled "Somebody stole my wallet!!" I was freaking out, but the show had to go on. I did notice some scuffle by the door, but I continued the set rather upset. There was money, ID, credit cards, etc. in the wallet. Lost now at the Whiskey.

We were loading out and two dudes sweating, panting, approached me declaring they got my wallet while handing it over! They were upstairs, saw the dude who nabbed it. They ran out of the club and chased him down all the way to La Cienega where they jumped him and got it back. They missed the rest of the set but said it was worth it being loyal fans. Every once in awhile I run in to one of the dudes on the Strip and buy him a drink, telling everyone "This is guy who retrieved my wallet ..stolen on stage!!"

Years later Prong is still doing it. We just finished recording and mixing our new LP entitled "Carved Into Stone" on SPV Longbranch records out April 24. Maybe not the Whiskey but see you live soon!

You can get your own taste of Prong insanity live, as the band has already confirmed upcoming 2012 tour dates for February and March. Find a list of the currently announced shows here, and be sure to check back next Tuesday for more Pit Stories.

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Prong Announces U.S. Shows

Prong will be touring throughout 2012 supporting the forthcoming release "Carved Into Stone," which will drop in April on Long Branch Records. The initial dates have been confirmed, and they include one headlining date and two shows supporting Bay Area Thrashers Testament on two dates in February, followed by a string of headlining gigs in March.

Prong is putting the final touches on the band's Long Branch Records debut with producer Steve Evetts, which will be titled "Carved Into Stone." Prong's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

2/16: Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon
2/17: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*
2/18: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory *
3/22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room
3/23: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
3/24: Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
3/25: Fresno, CA @ Starline
3/26: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
*with Testament

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Prong Reveals New Album Title

New York act Prong has revealed that the long awaited follow up to 2009's "Power To The Damager" will be entitled "Carved Into Stone." The official press release reads:

"PRONG are putting the final touches on their Long Branch Records debut with producer Steve Evetts. Says guitarist, vocalist and PRONG founder Tommy Victor of the making of the album: 'It was hardest I've ever worked in the studio on any record I've ever been involved with.' PRONG (whose lineup includes bassist Tony Campos and drummer Alexei Rodriguez) has taken a major step forward in their constantly evolving brand of sonic schematics.

Titled Carved Into Stone, the album is quintessentially PRONG. It stretches into the band's earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on New York's Lower East Side to the present as a staple of today's post-metal and rock scenes. 'I always believed there were many dimensions to PRONG,' says Tommy. 'Every record we've been associated with different scenes - hardcore, metal, industrial - even dance! I think this record brings all of that together and sounds very modern at the same time.' "

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Prong Enters The Studio

Fresh from inking a deal with SPV/Long Branch Records, Prong has entered the studio with producer Steve Evetts. "He understands Prong in a way no other producer we've ever worked with has," says Prong guitarist, vocalist and mainstay Tommy Victor on the choice of producer. Evetts' recent work includes the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan and Suicide Silence.

"We have a lot of history and have always evolved as a band. The goal for all of us was to take all of that and make a definitive PRONG album," Victor continues.

In the meantime, Prong has been featured in Decibel magazine's Thrash Metal Hall of Fame special issue in an article detailing the making of 1990's benchmark album "Beg To Differ." Spin Magazine best summed up that era of Prong's evolution as "crafted in an alternative universe where Alain Jourgensen - not Dave Mustaine - is the incorrigible charter member of a pre-Metallica world."

For more information on Prong, visit the band's official website by navigating over to this location.

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Prong Signs With Long Branch Records/SPV

New York act Prong have signed a worldwide deal with Long Branch Records/SPV. The band are currently working on a new, as yet untitled, album for release in Spring 2012.

Frontman Tommy Victor commented on signing with SPV: "I feel like PRONG has come full circle. We have the same energy and excitement about our music that we did at the beginning of our career. With Long Branch SPV we've found people to work with who are very supportive of us and what PRONG has accomplished so far in our career."

SPV A&R representative Maria Ouellette spoke about signing Prong: "We're extremely excited to welcome PRONG into the SPV/Long Branch Records fold! Tommy Victor's musical innovation and influence is far-reaching and inspirational, and exactly what we're about. We're proud that we can be part of their next musical milestone!" More...

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Sunday Old School: Prong

CBGB's may well be known as one of the most famous clubs in the world, having been home to many bands from The Ramones to Agnostic Front, but it's staff has plenty of connections to music too, not least of which was the club's sound man Tommy Victor and doorman Mike Kirkland, who would soon form their own band, Prong. Prong was completed a few months after Victor and Kirkland (Vocals/guitar and bass respectively) began jamming together when the band recruited former Swans drummer Ted Parsons. Having essentially being born from the best place for hardcore in New York, it's no surprise that the early Prong material was very much rooted in the genre. Following their debut released, the EP "Primitive Origins" and the full length, "Force Fed," the band were able to secure a major label deal when they signed with CBS Records for their next release, "Beg To Differ." The album was a critical smash, earning rave reviews from big name publications like Rolling Stone and the praise continued even after Kirkland left the band was replaced by Flotsam And Jetsam bassist Troy Gregory, when Prong released their third full length album, "Prove You Wrong," which featured an almost bizarre cover of the punk classic "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)" by The Stranglers.

"Prove You Wrong" also featured the band's first experimentation with electronic sounds such as sampling and programming, a feature which was to be expanded upon on the next album, "Cleansing," which was released in 1994. With a sound more grounded in industrial metal and Pantera producer Terry Date behind the mixing board, the record proved to be hit, containing such fan favourites as "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" (which was used by Extreme Championship Wrestling as the theme for the wrestler, Justin Credible) and "Broken Peace." The album also garnered Prong support slots on some major tours, including supporting Sepultura on their "Chaos A.D." tour, and performing with Pantera who were celebrating the release of their number one album, "Far Beyond Driven." More...

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Soulfly Reveals New Bass Player

Tribal metal outfit Soulfly has announced that the group has recruited former Static-X, Prong, and Ministry bass player Tony Campos into the band, replacing former bassist Bobby Burns, who left the group in July of last year.

Campos will be performing his first show with Soulfly at a Belgian festival on July 31st. Stay tuned for further information.

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Fear Factory To Stream Saturday's Concert

TheRaveLive.com will present a free live webcast from Fear Factory on Saturday, May 29th. The broadcast will begin at 8:30pm ET / 7:30pm CT / 5:30pm PT / 12:30am GMT, and is scheduled to also include sets from Prong, Silent Civilian, and Thy Will Be Done as part of the Fear Campaign Tour. Fear Factory is currently touring in support of their latest full-length, "Mechanize," which was released via Candlelight Records. The live stream can be found at this location (registration is required).

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Fear Factory Upates Tour Schedule

Candlelight Records today confirms three more in-store/meet-and-greets as part of Fear Factory's ongoing Fear Campaign American Tour 2010. All four members of the band will be available to meet with fans at Magnolia Thunderpussy in Columbus, Ohio on May 30, Digital Ferret Records in Philadelphia on June 6, and Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, New Jersey on June 10.

Fear Factory, currently on tour supporting their latest album "Mechanize," had a brief scare earlier this week when their tour bus nearly went off road while in route to Boise, Idaho. Luckily no one was injured and the band made their show at Knitting Factory Concert House without much delay. Guitarist Dino Cazares says, “We were on our way to Boise for a day off when about 8:45am our bus driver fell asleep at the wheel. He swerved to the opposite side of the road. Most of us woke up when we felt the bus on the rumble strips and then the dirt. He woke up in time to swerve back onto our side of the road and pull over.” Continuing he notes, “thank god there was no on coming cars or 18-wheelers on the road. Everyone is fine just a little nervous.”

The upcoming Fear Factory tour dates are as follows: More...

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Prong To Tour With Fear Factory

New York based metal veterans Prong has announced that they will be joiing industrial metal legends Fear Factory on the bands forthcoming tour of North America. Prong recently finished touring as the special guests to Max Cavalera's Soulfly and Fear Factory will be touring in support of their latest album, "Mechanize."

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