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Prong

Rising out of the expansive early-'90s thrash metal landscape, New York's Prong carved a niche all their own with their minimalist urban take on the genre. After years working as a soundman at New York's CBGB, Tommy Victor (vocals/guitars) drafted doorman Mike Kirkland (bass) and ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons to form Prong in the mid-'80s. The trio's early independent releases -- Primitive Origins and Force Fed -- were extremely raw and betrayed their hardcore roots. By the time the group signed with Epic for 1990's Beg to Differ, though, Victor and company had transformed into a highly technical thrash metal outfit, shelling out clinical staccato riffs and start-stop rhythms peppered with subtle melodies and occasional bursts of speed. The album's title track was a minor hit, helping to put the band on the map once it received regular exposure on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.

Ex-Flotsam and Jetsam bassist Troy Gregory replaced Kirkland for 1991's Prove You Wrong, which featured another strong single in "Unconditional," but was essentially a creative holding pattern and lost some of the band's momentum. Gregory was soon ousted and supplanted by two ex-Killing Joke and Murder Inc. members in bassist Paul Raven and keyboard player John Bechdel for 1994's Cleansing. Containing arguably their best work, the album saw a slight change of direction toward a more industrial sound, with Victor's precise riffing making way for a greater sense of groove and melody. It did little to increase the group's commercial appeal, however. Prong would disband following 1996's less inspired Rude Awakening. Parsons then went on to join British industrialists Godflesh while Victor toured with goth punks Danzig, but rumors persisted of an eventual Prong reunion.

Prong re-formed in 2000, and after releasing a live album, 100% Live, the bandmembers went back into the studio to write their first studio album in six years, 2003's Scorpio Rising. Signed to Al Jourgensen's 13th Planet label, Prong released their seventh album, Power of the Damager, in 2007. A remix album, Power of the Damn Mixxxer, followed in 2009 before the band returned three years later with Carved into Stone. Their ninth album, the thrash-heavy Ruining Lives, appeared in May of 2014. The all-covers album Songs from the Black Hole followed in 2015 and featured songs from influences like Bad Brains ("Banned in D.C."), Neil Young ("Cortez the Killer"), and Sisters of Mercy ("Vision Thing"). ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Good s**t!
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alabastervil l i s 0
prong is great. very different in a good way
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I remember first hearing these guys. They turned I on to the industrial metal scene. It's a shame they still haven't gotten a lot of recognition.
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New Prong is out and its tight!!! Tommy plays in Danzig, Prong, Ministry and is one of the truest musicians ive ever met. They just finished their over seas tour with Tommy as the only original in Prong. The new drummer & bassist Phuckin rip it up too. Thanks for being down to earth. We had fun. Catch ya on the flip side.
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they put on a killer show. I saw them with Pantera and White Zombie. whats a SHOW! Diamond Darrel gave me a pick and I still have it
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Victor jumps from band to band cuz hes respected in the industry.. Saw em with Danzig, then months later as the only OG in Prong.. Genuinely a good dude..
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Tommy V.. One of the greats and still has it!! If you're here you know your music.
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Prong..Limel i g h t . . NYC a long time ago..
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One of the best live shows I have ever seen.
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Damn it been along time since I heard PRONG
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Prong is the s**t!!
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scoshewolf7
=)
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\m/ \m/ - a very under appreciated band PRONG kicks a**! Snap your fingers....
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nicko252008
haters Get punched in the face
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Saw them a few weeks back. My ears are still ringing.
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LOVE THE NEW ALBUM!
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not sure about any of prongs other material, but that song may be the saddest excuse for music i have ever heard.... miley cyrus (b**ch should die burning in a tire fire) > that song.
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Sweet.
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Prong equal hornzzzzzzzz z z z z z z z z z z z z
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An underrated & under appreciated metal band that was ahead of the curve in the 80's. If only they would've caught on!
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Prove you wrong should be added it was a great album
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pharris1466
Idiot haters, too young to know Prong was so far ahead of their time it is not funny, riff's to rival metalica while they were still stringing thier guitars and learning cords... get the facts right!
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These f**kers really sux
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t.antley12 is right..I've had that setup for a year or more..183,32 0 adblocks so far
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classick !!! Hails Tommy !!
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mikesrichpor t
You want heavy f**kers? Check "in my Veins" on Primitive Origins... They were NEVER that heavy again... Always good s**t though!
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T H O N G !
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P R O N G!
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Tommy victor= evil genius!!!
Prong= incredible
HORNS UP!! \m/
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Loves me some Prong! Singer's voice reminds me of Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke. Thats a good thing!
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They are talentless hacks. Get offa my Pandora losers
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j.adams000
n.y. 518 in da house!!!! WHAT?
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Kicking @$$ after all these years!
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Yeah missing Prove You Wrong in Discography. Get it on there some kick a** tunes on that album
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Too mellow for me 20 years ago, but kinda digging the simplicity of it nowadays.
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Always though this song was a little different than Demon Hunter's normal stuff, now I know why XD
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M.10.maybe chaos a.d. but far beyond driven? Do your homework child.
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Tommy victor rips.
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Had the best breaks in their songs.. still jamming them 23 years later!!!
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Prong is some cool beans.
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I remember them opening for Ozzy. They were pissed after that show, everyone was there for Ozzy!
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riverman172
Snap your fingers snap your neck!!!!!!!
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killer sh*t. Huge influence on me. Prong was/is a key influence in what we hear today. Cleansing / Chaos AD / Far Beyond Driven ironically laid the path for the NU metal sound, even though none of those bands ever went down the path. Rock ON MuthaFuggas!
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TeeVee n me were pounding Metaxa in Bali & we did th plus and minus thing and hammered out the birth of Carved. Hooah, Tommy~~

never say never
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ryanwiehl
Who the f**k calls Prong sucky hack music? F**k you, bobonnit. Go bob on my dick, fuckface.
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