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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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...
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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
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.
Speaking exclusively to Metal Hammer UK, Ministry mainman Al JourgensenÂ’s 13th Planet Records has revealed that legendary crossover metal pioneers Prong are set to tour Europe this January in support of the bandÂ’s upcoming Â‘Power Of The DamagerÂ’ album, due for release on October 5th. The album, the follow-up to 2003Â’s Â‘Scorpio RisingÂ’, is the bandÂ’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.Â” 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 SaarbrÃ¼cken Roxy
24.01.2008 D Wiesbaden Schlachthof
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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'.
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...
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)
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.
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...
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.
Prong has set the tentative track listing for its new album, tentatively due in October 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.
Check out pictures from the recording studio at this location.
Prong's new album is expected to include the following tracks:
02. Messages Inside of Me
03. Spirit Guide
04. Pure Ether
05. Worst of It
06. Idealistic Types
07. Changing Ending Troubling Times
08. No Justice
09. Power of the Damager
10. Looking for Them
11. Can't Stop the Bleeding
12. Third Option
13. Taking Its Toll
14. The Banishment
Victor was recently nominated for a Grammy with Jourgensen for the Ministry track "Lieslieslies" from "Rio Grande Blood", released by the 13th Planet imprint in May 2006. After completing a 56-city U.s. tour and 30-city European tour with Ministry in 2006, the Jourgensen/Victor team immediately set to penning the upcoming Ministry release "The Last Sucker", also scheduled for release in October.
Says Jourgensen: "Tommy's like stepping on a piece of gum. I tried like hell to get rid of him, but he kept coming back...looks like we're stuck together...again."
Prong's last Cd, 2004's "Scorpio Rising", was released after a long hiatus from the rock scene. "i had to do something, no matter what it was," stated Tommy Victor. "Looking back, I don't feel like it was an appropriate release under the Prong moniker. I still feel like the best is yet to come."
Prong will embark on a five-week U.s. tour in October and November, with a follow-up tour of Europe slated for January 2008.
Prong has been confirmed for the Texas Hellfest, set to take place July 22 at The Rockyard in Ft. Worth, Texas.
PRONG have lined up the following North American tour dates for later this year:
June 28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
October 15 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
October 21 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian
October 23 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
October 24 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
October 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
October 28 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
October 29 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
October 30 - Toronto, ON @ The Funhaus
October 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
November 1 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
November 2 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
November 3 - Cudahy, WI @ Vnuk’s Lounge
November 4 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
November 5 - Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
November 6 - Topeka, KS @ Static Bar
November 7 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
November 9 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
November 10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Former PRONG guitarist Atron (RORSCHACH TEST, TAD) has joined SOCIETY 1 as a temporary replacement for regular axeman Sin, who is currently on tour with REVOLTING COCKS. Atron was asked by SOCIETY 1 to take on touring and recording duties in the vacant guitar slot so they could continue working while Sin is away.
Atron has toured with numerous bands since the mid-Nineties and is no stranger to the rigorous demands of traveling and recording. Atron had this to say: "SOCIETY 1 is a band that takes their work seriously without taking themselves too serious. It's a fuck-load of fun, and I can't wait to take it to the stage!"
In related news, SOCIETY 1 will be featured on the nationally syndicated TV show "Inside Edition", airing on Monday, May 15. The band will be featured in a segment on the significance of the number "666" and the approaching date 06/06/06 (June 6, 2006).
SOCIETY 1's only U.S. performance of the year will take place on June 5 in Los Angeles headlining the "Satan's Rockin' Eve" event. The show will be hosted by radiofreesatan.com, and will feature many great industrial, metal, and punk acts from around the world.
SOCIETY 1 have set "The Years of Spiritual Dissent" as the title for their first release through Crash Music, Inc. The set is a collection of material featured on SOCIETY 1's first two albums — "Slacker Jesus" and "Words as Carriers" — plus two cover songs, a brand new track entitled "This Is The End", and a bonus DVD. A July 25 release is expected. You can see Atron with SOCIETY 1 in their new video "This Is The End."
Old-school thrashers SPEED\KILL/HATE have tapped PRONG bassist Mike Longworth for their upcoming Metal Crusaders Tour, which is scheduled to begin May 26 in Montreal, Quebec. Longworth will be filling in for regular SPEED\KILL/HATE bassist Derek Tailer, who is unable to do the tour due to "personal reasons." Drumming duties on the tour will be handled by former SINDROME skinsman Tony Ochoa, who has now been named a "full-time member" of the group.
In addition to SPEED\KILL/HATE, Metal Crusaders Tour will feature performances by VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE.
SPEED\KILL/HATE recently signed a deal with Escapi Music. The band's debut album, "Acts of Insanity", which is scheduled for release in the U.S. on June 6, features current OVERKILL axeman Dave Linsk and Mario Frasca on vocals (of note, OVERKILL drummer Tim Mallare and OVERKILL guitarist Derek Tailer play on the album as well).
"Acts of Insanity" was originally released in Europe in February 2005 via Listenable Records. A video for the song "Face the Pain" was filmed on April 6, 2005 with director Anthony M. Bongiovi of TBJ Entertainment, Inc., who has previously worked with SLAYER ("War at the Warfield" DVD), MARILYN MANSON ("Guns, God & Government" DVD), AC/DC and GODSMACK, among others.