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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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October File Withdraw From Prong Tour

October File have issued the following statement regarding their withdrawal from the European tour in support of Prong:

"Due to illness and with deep regret and disappointment we have had to cancel our participation in the Prong tour. Steve our bassist contracted an ear infection over Christmas, which aggravated what was previously only very mild Tinnitus. Steve sought immediate treatment and advice during the Xmas break and we had hoped it would clear up in time for him to participate in the tour. After rehearsal on Sunday just prior to the tour his condition got much worse to the extend he was in severe pain."

"The doctors have advised him that he cannot until after seeing specialist advice and getting the correct ear protection continue to be exposed to loud noise. We had hoped Steve’s infection would clear up enough so that he could get proper protection fitted in time to do the tour but they cannot fit these plugs for him until his infection has cleared, which unfortunately for him his infection and severe Tinnitus is still on-going."

"We cannot express the disappointment we feel at this time, we were so looking forward to this tour and we know a lot of people were looking forward to seeing us. We can only hope Steve gets well enough to continue and we hope that soon we can announce new dates. We wish Prong the very best for the dates."

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Prong Post 'The Banishment' Video Online

PRONG's video for the song "The Banishment" can be viewed here. The track comes off the group's latest CD, "Power of the Damager", which sold 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. According to a press release, the album "maintains the razor-sharp signature riffs band founder Tommy Victor has perfected over the last 20 years while harkening back to the rawness of PRONG's pioneering years as industrial metal's native son. Most notable is the record's in-your-face production, which came courtesy of Victor himself."

Joining Victor in the PRONG trio is bassist Monte Pittman, a PRONG veteran who does double-duty as tour guitarist for none other than MADONNA, and drummer Aaron Rossi.

"Power of the Damager" is PRONG's first release for MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records, a relationship that was kindled while Victor played with Jourgensen in MINISTRY. More...

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Amen Dedicates UK Tour To Paul Raven

AMEN frontman Casey Chaos has issued the following statement:

"Paul Raven [legendary bassist for such bands as MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH and MOB RESEARCH] was someone I looked up to as a child, for his music, his unique style, inspiration, and I was fortunate enough to call him one of my best friends over the last 10 years. If not for Paul Raven, AMEN would probably not even exist. Paul was the first person to put his money where is mouth was and produce the first AMEN album, and even take AMEN out on tour to open for KILLING JOKE in America in 2004.

"To commemorate Paul's life, AMEN will be dedicating our Halloween appearance at London's Underworld [tomorrow night] (Wednesday, October 31) and the remaining dates of our impromptu UK tour to him, in celebration of a punk legend. More...

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Ministry Bassists' Brother Talks Of Passing

Daniel Jon Raven has issued the following statement regarding the passing of his brother, legendary bassist Paul Raven (MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH, MOB RESEARCH):

"The expression 'one of a kind' has lost its value but my beautiful brother, Paul Vincent Raven, redefined it. He was a one-man army, as intelligent, funny, loving and singularly angry a man as I have ever known. His life was truly his own, from its beginning to this awful, tragic end. He was a born saint and an unbelievable asshole.

"This family's heart is bleeding and it will never stop. To know that we will never hear his voice and see his face again is a wound that nothing will heal.

"We would like to thank Paul's friends and comrades for their invaluable support at this impossible time."

Paul Raven was found dead on Saturday (October 20) in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border after suffering an apparent heart attack. Raven was in Geneva working with French recording artists TREPONEM PAL on their new release alongside drummer Ted Parsons (PRONG) and members of THE YOUNG GODS.

Born in Wolverhampton, UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial act KILLING JOKE after he replaced the band's original bassist in 1982, recording and touring with the group throughout its most commercially successful period, performing on "Fire Dances", "Night Time" and "Brighter than a Thousand Suns". Throughout his extensive career, Raven participated in other collaborations, including PRONG, MURDER, INC., PIGFACE and GODFLESH. Most recently, Raven was nominated for a 2006 Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" for his work with MINISTRY's Al Jourgensen, with whom he had begun collaborating in late 2005 on the MINISTRY release "Rio Grande Blood". After a 2006 world tour with the group, Raven helped Jourgensen and PRONG's Tommy Victor pen the latest MINISTRY CD, "The Last Sucker", which is also the band's final studio release.

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Ministry Bassist Paul Raven Found Dead at 46

Ministry's bassist Paul Raven was found dead today [October 20th] in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border. Initial reports indicate Raven's passing was due to a heart attack. Raven (known also for his work with Killing Joke, Prong) was in Geneva working with French recording artists Treponem Pal on their new release, with Marco Neves, Ted Parsons (Prong) and members of The Young Gods.

Born in Wolverhampton UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial group Killing Joke when, in 1982 he replaced the original bassist for the band, recording and touring with the group throughout its most commercially successful period, performing on Fire Dances, Night Time and Brighter than a Thousand Suns. Throughout his extensive career, Raven participated in other collaborations including Prong, Murder, Inc., Pigface, Godflesh. More...

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October File To Support Prong On European Tour

UK hardcore act OCTOBER FILE has been confirmed as the support act for PRONG on their upcoming European tour in January.

For a complete list of currently confirmed dates, visit PRONG's official MySpace page.

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Warbringer Records Debut Album

The buzz surrounding LA thrashers Warbringer is simply astounding following a slew of high-profile shows alongside the legendary Exodus and overwhelmingly positive reactions to the group's self-released EP. Upon signing a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, the quintet entered the studio with acclaimed producer Bill Metoyer, who helped shape legendary albums from the likes of Slayer, D.R.I. and Sacred Reich, among a slew of others.

John Kevill (vocals) states: "So far the recording's gone very well. Everything is now tracked, and mixing is currently in full swing. Everyone's pretty happy with how it's shaping up, and we all feel it's a huge step up for us. Working with Bill has been awesome. It's been very laid back, and we've received a lot of good feedback and input from him. Counting bonus material and everything, we did a total of 14 tracks. The cover art is also looking pretty bad-ass. The whole thing will be done in a couple of weeks, and we can't wait to unleash it upon the masses."

While Warbringer has built a rabid local fan base playing with others in the LA thrash revival scene, they're set to join Exodus, Arsis and Goatwhore on a national tour in January. This tour will be preceded by a number of warm-up dates opening for Suffocation/Immolation and Prong throughout the CA area this month. Having already completed a West Coast tour with Daath, in addition to the several shows with Exodus, these young thrash warriors (4 out of the 5 aren't even of legal drinking age) are prepared to bring their definitive brand of violent combat thrash to audiences nationwide.

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Prong Announce European Tour Dates

PRONG, who have just released their new album, Power Of The Damager, via 13th Planet Records, have scheduled a string of European tour dates in January, 2008.

Upcoming Prong dates currently include:

October
12 - Bakersfield, CA - Fish Lips
13 - San Marcos, CA - Jumping Turtle
14 - West Hollywood, CA - Whiskey-A-Go-Go
16 - Flagstaff, AR - Orpheum Theatre
17 - The Rock, AR - The Rock
18 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
19 - Ok City, OK - The Conservatory
20 - Austin, TX - Emo's Alternative Lounging
21 - Houston, TX - The Meridian
23 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
24 - Covington, KY - The Mad Hatter
25 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
26 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
27 - Bedford, NH - Mark's Showplace
28 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
29 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Cafe
30 - Toronto, ON - Funhaus
31 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's

November
1 - Detroit, MI - I-Rock
2 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
3 - Cudahy, WI - Vnuk's Lounge
4 - Maplewood, MN - The Rock
5 - Cedar Falls, IA - Reverb
6 - Topeka, KS - Static Bar
7 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
9 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
11 - Bend, OR - Domino Room
12 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat Music House and Lounge
17 - Coeur D'Alene, ID - The Grail

January
9 - London, England - Underworld
10 - Paris, France - Locomotive
11- Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Loo
12 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
13 - Milan, Italy - Transsilvania
15 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
16 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
17 - Stuttgart, Germany - Röhre
18 - Essen, Germany - Turock
19 - Hellendoorn, Germany - TBA
20 - Den Bosch, Germany - Willem 2
22 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
23 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Roxy
24 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof

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Prong Mainman Schedules In Store Appearance

PRONG founder and mainman Tommy Victor will pay a visit to Vintage Vinyl in Fords, N.J., on October 2, the day of the release of his band's brand new album, "Power of the Damager".

Victor will be at the store from 7 p.m., signing copies of "Power of the Damager" and celebrating its release. Before heading to Vintage Vinyl, Victor will stop by the WSOU studios at 4 p.m. for an on-air interview.

Vintage Vinyl is located at 51 Lafayette Road in Fords, NJ.

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Prong Announce European Tour Dates

Speaking exclusively to Metal Hammer UK, Ministry mainman Al Jourgensen’s 13th Planet Records has revealed that legendary crossover metal pioneers Prong are set to tour Europe this January in support of the band’s upcoming ‘Power Of The Damager’ album, due for release on October 5th. The album, the follow-up to 2003’s ‘Scorpio Rising’, is the band’s first release on 13th Planet and their ninth since forming in 1986. "Tommy is En Fuego!" said Jourgensen. "I love this guy! We're like two grumpy been-there-done-that bastards, but when it comes to songwriting, performing, Tommy is the shit.” The dates are as follow:

09.01.2008 UK London Underworld
10.01.2008 F Paris Locomotive
11.01.2008 B Antwerp Hof Ter Loo
12.01.2008 CH Pratteln Z7
13.01.2008 I Milan Transsilvania
15.01.2008 D Munich Backstage
16.01.2008 A Graz Orpheum
17.01.2008 D Stuttgart Rohre
18.01.2008 D Essen Turock
19.01.2008 NL Hellendoorn Lantaarn
20.01.2008 NL Den Bosch Willem 2
22.01.2008 D Hamburg Markthalle
23.01.2008 D Saarbrücken Roxy
24.01.2008 D Wiesbaden Schlachthof

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Skumlove Solidifies Lineup, Plans New Releases

Los Angeles based industrial metal band Skumlove has solidified his new line up. This time Skum Love searched locally for young "unknown" musicians to help further a more new and heavier sound. With Rattan(drums) & DB(bass) from Heroes of the F.E.D.E.R.A.T.I.O.N, Skitch on Guitar and Gina on Lead Guitar, the band is writing a full length album titled "Songs of Lust and Corrosion" to be released early 2008 on their own label Devils Union Records as well as a split E.P. with electro/industrial band Acetylene Haze covering songs by Prong, T-Rex, Ministry, Thrill Kill Kult and more to be released on Future Wax Records.

They will also be flying out to select cities and countries to headline shows starting with Toronto Canada on November 9th and Montreal Canada on November 10th with a full U.S. tour in the spring.

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Ministry Frontmans Cover Album To Surface In April

Al Jourgensen's band MINISTRY may be releasing their final studio album — "The Last Sucker" — on September 18 on 13th Planet/Megaforce Records, but that doesn't mean Jourgensen is saying good-bye to the inside of a recording studio. As a matter of fact, Jourgensen plans to spend significantly more time in the studio doing what he loves best — collaborating. And collaboration is at the root of "Cover Up", a soon-to-be-released album of some of Al's personal favorite songs being recorded by MINISTRY & CO-CONSPIRATORS in his El Paso, TX compound, 13th Planet Studios. MINISTRY & CO-CONSPIRATORS' "Cover Up" is expected to street in April 2008.

In addition to core MINISTRY members guitarist Sin Quirin (REVOLTING COCKS) and bassist Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE, PRONG, MOB RESEARCH), Jourgensen enlisted an impressive group of co-conspirators for "Cover Up" — FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell (also of ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS) sings on THE ROLLING STONES' "Under My Thumb", Tony Campos (bass) and Wayne Static (vocals) from STATIC-X are on THE BEATLES' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", and PRONG's Tommy Victor (vocals) and MOUNTAIN's Leslie West (guitar) do justice to MOUNTAIN's classic "Mississippi Queen". "Cover Up" will also include MINISTRY's cover of THE DOORS' "Roadhouse Blues" (which can also be found on "The Last Sucker"), as well as RAM JAM's "Black Betty", DEEP PURPLE's "Space Truckin'", LOUIS ARMSTRONG's "Wonderful World" and "Radar Love" by GOLDEN EARRING. Additional featured artists, including CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander (vocals) and Rick Nielsen (guitar), and tracks are in the works.

"It's a work in progress," states Jourgensen, "based on who's on tour and comin' through town. It keeps everything spontaneous. By now, everyone knows if they're droppin' by the studio, I'm gonna put them to work. I've got a few more surprises up my sleeve for this one.

"I'm just waiting on a few more return calls," laughs Jourgensen, "Seems like lately if you visit the 13th Planet compound, you'll end up on 'Cover Up' or I'll end up signing you to my label — or both," sites Jourgensen in reference to 13th Planet Records recent signing of Victor's PRONG and Bell's ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS).

After 10 albums and 27 years (including a 2006 Grammy nomination for "Lieslieslies" from the "Rio Grande Blood" album, and a Grammy nod in 2005 for "The Great Satan" from "Rantology", Jourgensen has decided that the MINISTRY garage is ready to close its doors, but the revolving 13th Planet Studio doors remain open for Jourgensen's collaborations and also for upcoming new signings for his 13th Planet imprint. "The Last Sucker" is MINISTRY's 11th — and absolutely final — studio offering. "The Last Sucker" is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical CD trilogy aimed at exposing the plethora of foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the George W. Bush administration.

"The Last Sucker" was produced and recorded this past spring by Jourgensen at his 13th Planet compound and sees the return of "Rio Grande Blood" musicians Victor on guitars, Raven on bass, with newcomer guitarist Quirin. Jourgensen and his engineer John "Bixby" Bilberry handled all the drum programming. In addition, Bell makes a vocal appearance on "Die In A Crash", as well as the album's final two songs, "End of Days" Parts One and Two.

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Prong Mainman Pays Tribute To CBGBs Founder

PRONG mainman Tommy Victor has posted the following bulletin on the band's MySpace page:

"Raven [former PRONG and current MINISTRY bassist Paul Raven] just let me know that Hilly Krystal, owner of CBGB, is gone. He was my boss from 1986 to '90. He was a tough guy to work for, but that's what he was: a tough guy. If it wasn't for him there would be no PRONG. There probably wouldn't be the RAMONES, SUICIDE, New York hardcore and countless other influential music styles and artists.

"Thanks Hilly, you won't be forgotten."

Kristal died on Tuesday (August 28) due to complications from lung cancer. He was 75.

According to Billboard.com, Kristal founded CBGB in 1973 to showcase bluegrass and country acts, but it quickly became known as a breeding ground for experimental and punk music. Throughout the 1970s and '80s, the club served as a launching pad for BLONDIE, THE TALKING HEADS, TELEVISION, LIVING COLOUR, PATTI SMITH and the RAMONES, among many others.

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Prong's Tommy Victor Talks About New Album

PRONG returns this October 2nd with a new album and a renewed attitude, aptly reflected in the record’s title, Power Of The Damager.

The hard-hitting record - the band’s first studio release since 2003’s Scorpio Rising - is easily Prong’s finest. Power Of The Damager maintains the razor-sharp signature riffs band founder Tommy Victor has perfected over the last 20 years while harkening back to the rawness of Prong’s pioneering years as Industrial Metal’s native son.

Most notable is the record's in-your-face production, which came courtesy of Victor himself.

"It's no frills," said Victor. "There's two loud crunchy stereo guitars, rumbling growling bass, and real slamming natural drums. I kept any vocal effects to a minimum. We felt that if the vocal couldn't hold its own ! dry and decipherable, it probably wasn't any good."

Joining Victor in the Prong trio is bassist Monte Pittman, a Prong veteran who does double-duty as tour guitarist for none other than Madonna, and drummer Aaron Rossi. Though Prong has made a career of changing with each release, the common thread in each is reality, and that carries through on Power Of The Damager.

"Everything is to the point, Victor said. "There are no disguises. It's all about experience. It's about relating to what others feel and what they may be concerned about. I think people will relate to the themes encrypted on this record do, even if they ar! e guarded and don't let them surface. A lot of the r! ecord is about denial and how we come to grips with it. I know people, if they get honest, will relate."

The mammoth record weighs in with a dozen tracks, highlighted by the title track, which Victor began writing during a crazed, manic night alone in Prong's rehearsal space. "I was trying to review and write riffs, but I was too preoccupied," said Victor. "I was all bottled up, experiencing a good amount of pain, anxiety, fear, and general disgust about everything." He quickly scrawled a lyric on a nearby used envelope and shoved it in his pocket, carrying it around for days. "Even though it had a self destructive, violent, and nihilistic theme, I felt philosophical, accepting, and maybe even spiritual about the state of mind I was in," he said. "I knew it was good. I threw the riffs I was reviewing on that dark night up on my computer put it to a 203bpm click track, did some programmi! ng for the demo, screamed the lyric over it, and it all fit perfectly. From all that negative crap in me came something really cool that I enjoyed doing and helped me get through. It had to be the title track."

Power Of The Damager is Prong’s first release for MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen’s 13th Planet Records, a relationship that was kindled while Victor played with Jourgensen in Ministry.

“Tommy is En Fuego!" said Jourgensen. "I love this guy! We’re like two grumpy been-there-done-that bastards, but when it comes to songwriting, performing, Tommy is the shit. Not only do I love working in the studio and touring with the guy on Ministry, I’m totally honored and proud to have Prong on the 13th Planet roster. Power Of The Damager is top-notch Prong at its very best. Way to kick ass, Tommy. Good job.”

The tracklist for Power Of The Damager is as follows: 'Looking For Them', 'No Justice', 'Third Option', 'Pure Ether', 'Power Of The Damager', 'The Banishment', 'Worst Of It', 'Spirit Guide', 'Messages Inside Of Me', 'Can't Stop The Bleeding', 'Bad Fall', 'Changing Ending Troubling Times'.

As previously reported, Prong have lined up the following live dates in support of their upcoming release:

October
14 - West Hollywood, CA at Whiskey-A-Go-Go
16 - Flagstaff, AR at Orpheum Theatre
17 - The Rock, AR at The Rock
18 - Albuquerque, NM at Launch Pad
19 - Ok City, OK at The Conservatory
20 - Austin, TX at Emo's Alternative Lounging
21 - Houston, TX at The Meridian
23 - Nashville, TN at The Muse
24 - Covington, KY at The Mad Hatter
25 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx
26 - Poughkeepsie, NY at The Loft
27 - Bedford, NH at Mark's Showplace
28 - New York, NY at Highline Ballroom
29 - Allentown, PA at Crocodile Rock Cafe
30 - Toronto, ON at Funhaus
31 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody's

November
1 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
2 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room
3 - Cudahy, WI at Vnuk's Lounge
4 - Maplewood, MN at The Rock
5 - Cedar Falls, IA at Reverb
6 - Topeka, KS at Static Bar
7 - Denver, CO at Larimer Lounge
9 - Seattle, WA at Studio Seven
10 - Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theater
11 - Bend, OR at Domino Room
12 - Modesto, CA at Fat Cat Music House and Lounge
17 - Coeur D'Alene, ID at The Grail

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Prong's Final Track Listing Confirmed

Los Angeles-based industrial metallers PRONG will release their new album, Power Of The Damager, on October 2nd through 13th Planet Records.

The band check in with the following update:

"There is a price to pay for being the first at anything. Prong has been forging their own brutal route since their inception only to see their sound borrowed, perverted or outright stolen. Power Of The Damager is not so much a return to form as it is an aggressive "Call To Arms". A battle cry in which Prong takes on all comers and reclaims their rightful seat at the head of the table.

The latest incarnation of Prong seems to have given new life to Tommy Victor, who rips into every track with the ferocity of a man who has nothing left to prove.

Words drip with an intensity conjured from the depths of the soul, when wisdom and life experience are of little comfort in a world of indifference and suffering. Guitars viciously slice like a razor's edge carving through your insides. There is a sense of focus and intensity on Power Of The Damager solidifying who is the "Student" and who is the "Master".

Monte Pittman (bass) and Aaron Rossi (drums) rise to the occasion and deliver the most punishing rhythm section to ever record under the Prong moniker.

Prong has returned to doing what they do best, and yet somehow it feels like something brand new all over again.

The new album will be out October 2nd, 2007 on 13th Planet - Megaforce Records.

The tracklist for Power Of The Damager is as follows: 'Looking For Them', 'No Justice', 'Third Option', 'Pure Ether', 'Power Of The Damager', 'The Banishment', 'Worst Of It', 'Spirit Guide', 'Messages Inside Of Me', 'Can't Stop The Bleeding', 'Bad Fall', 'Changing Ending Troubling Times'.

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Prong Schedule Tour Dates

Long-running Los Angeles industrial metallers Prong have scheduled the following tour dates:

10/14 - Whisky A Go-Go, Hollywood, CA
10/16 - Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff, AZ
10/17 - The Rock, The Rock, AZ
10/18 - Launch Pad, Alberquerque, NM
10/19 - The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK
10/20 - Emo's Alternative Lounge, Austin, TX
10/21 - Meridian, Houston, TX
10/23 - The Muse, Nashville, TN
10/24 - The Mad Hatter, Covington, KY
10/25 - Jaxx, West Springfield, VA
10/26 - The Loft, Poughskeepsie, NY
10/27 - Mark's Place, Bedford, NH
10/28 - Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
10/29 - Crocodile Rock Cafe, Allentown, PA
10/30 - The Funhaus, Toronto, ON
10/31 - Peabody's, Cleveland, OH
11/01 - I-Rock, Detroit, MI
11/02 - The Pearl Room, Mokena, IL
11/03 - Vnuk's Lounge, Milwaukee, WI
11/04 - The Rock, Maplewood, MN
11/05 - Reverb, Cedar Falls, IA
11/06 - Static Bar, Topeka, KS
11/07 - Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
11/09 - Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
11/10 - Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
11/11 - Domino Room, Bend, OR
11/12 - Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, Modesto, CA
11/17 - The Grail, Coeur D'Alene, ID

Prong has set "Power of the Damager" as the title of its new album, due on October 2 via Ministry mainman Al Jourgenson's 13th Planet Records label.

The band — whose lineup consists of Tommy Victor (vocals, guitar), Monte Pittman (bass) and Aaron Rossi (drums) — recorded the new CD at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas.

Prong's new album is expected to include the following tracks: More...

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Ministry To Be Joined By Megadeth Members

MINISTRY mastermind and industrial metal pioneer Al Jourgensen has revealed the band's lineup for its final tour, which is expected to kick off early next year. It is as follows:

Al Jourgensen - Vocals
Jimmy DeGrasso (MEGADETH, Y&T, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) - Drums
David Ellefson (MEGADETH, F5, TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY) - Bass
Tommy Victor (PRONG) - Guitar
Sin Quirin (THE REVOLTING COCKS) - Guitar
John Bechdel (FEAR FACTORY, KILLING JOKE) - Keyboards

In a recent interview with Germany's Rock Hard magazine, Jourgensen said, "We're tourng pretty extensively – we're doing like the CHER farewell tour. [Laughs] It's gonna be, like, 20 weeks of mayhem around the world, and then we're done."

After 27 years, 11 studio albums, four Grammy nominations, and plenty of pain, MINISTRY will release its final album, "The Last Sucker", on September 18. This will give Jourgensen plenty of time to devote himself to expanding his borderland compound, 13th Planet Records.

"I've got a lot of side-projects and new projects I want to focus on," explained Jourgensen. "We have our our own label, 13th Planet Records, we're building, and I want to sign, produce and collaborate with other artists. Being in the studio writing, recording and collaborating is my favorite part of this snake-oil industry. I'd rather be behind the console than behind the mic. Plus, I kinda like the synchronicity of Dubya and MINISTRY riding off into the sunset hand in hand."

"The Last Sucker" is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical trilogy aimed at exposing the foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the George W. Bush administration. The CD, which follows 2004's "Houses of the Molé" and last year's "Rio Grande Blood", is the final nail in the Dubya coffin. The album was produced and recorded by Jourgensen himself at his 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX, with musicians Thomas Victor (PRONG) on guitars, Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE, PRONG) on bass and guitarist Sin Quirin (THE REVOLTING COCKS). In addition, Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY) makes a vocal appearance on "Die In A Crash", as well as the album's final two songs, "End of Days" parts One and Two.

"The Last Sucker" track listing:

01. Let's Go
02. Watch Yourself
03. Life Is Good
04. The Dick Song
05. The Last Sucker
06. No Glory
07. Death & Destruction
08. Roadhouse Blues
09. Die In a Crash
10. End of Days (Pt. 1)
11. End of Days (Pt. 2)

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Unexpect Announce More Upcoming Shows

Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:

August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis

The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Jourgensen To Join Cheap Trick In Beatles Tribute

Ministry's AL JOURGENSEN has been confirmed to special guest with Cheap Trick when they perform The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" from start to finish in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the landmark album. Jourgensen will join Cheap Trick onstage in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl on August 10 and 11 to perform the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," considered to be one of the most complex songs ever recorded by the Fab Four.

At the specific request of Cheap Trick's Rick Nielson and Robin Zander, the Ministry guitarist/vocalist has re-arranged the song and made it "bent, in the Al Jourgensen way." Ministry/RevCo guitarist Sin Quirin will join Jourgensen and Cheap Trick onstage for the performance.

"'Sgt. Pepper's' is certainly one of the greatest pieces of art ever created, so to be asked to participate in this momentous occasion is a great honor," commented Jourgensen.

Jourgensen will see Ministry's final studio album, "The Last Sucker," released on September 18 (13th Planet/Megaforce). The album is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical CD trilogy aimed at exposing the plethora of foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the George W. Bush Administration.

"The Last Sucker" was produced and recorded this past Spring by Jourgensen at his 13th Planet compound just outside of El Paso, TX, and sees the return of "Rio Grande Blood" musicians "Thomas Victor (Prong) on guitars, Paul Raven (Killing Joke/Prong) on bass, with newcomer guitarist Sin Quirin from The Revolting Cocks 2006 touring line-up. Jourgensen and his engineer John "Bixby" Bilberry handled all the drum programming. In addition, Burton C. Bell from Fear Factory makes a vocal appearance on "Die In A Crash," as well as the album's final two songs, "End of Days" parts One and Two.

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