Back in the day Prong were the trend setters and genre defining band for the thrash/industrial cross over movement. Formed by New Yorker and CBGB's sound engineer Tommy Victor the bands sound was a refreshing change to what was being churned out by a stagnant scene at the time. Albums Beg to Differ and Cleansing garnered world wide critical acclaim, brought the band mainstream attention and grew their fan by drastically.
After going on a five year hiatus from the late 90's, the band came back stronger than ever. Live shows were raucous affairs a magnificent meld of sounds, energy and crowd participation. The albums have slowly regained their momentum too, with Carved into Stone (2012) and Ruining Lives (2014) standing out as possibly the best material Tommy and his band-mates have ever written.
Tommy, ever present in the band as its figure head has of late set about writing the latest offering from the Prong brand. Zero Days is due for release via Steamhammer on July 28th and a UK tour will kick off a few weeks earlier, no doubt showcasing this new material alongside the classics.
Zero Days opens as the previous album left off; How It May End is the fast passed track you would expect wrong Victors writing. Strong, energetic riffs with a hint of that industrial influence. A real anthem to start off the new album.
Title track Zero Days gets it's billing as the second track on the album which is by now showing a particularly strong start. Aggressive vocals from the start seem almost more fitting to a Slipknot album, but the song's angst comes through and the vocals meld well, different to your usual Prong number but so good all the same.
The whole album has a sound resonating with that of the original Prong mantra, it could quite easily fit as a follow up to Beg to Differ and you wouldn't be able to tell they were recorded 17 years apart. Yet the recording is also fitting of the modern day, and Victor states he has put a lot of work into this album; merging the two eras of the bands work into one definitive sound. This is particularly evident in both Off the Grid and Divide and Conquer; both fitting both era's equally well.
Interbeing has one of the best intros on the album; throbbing riffs but highlighting talents of Art Cruz on drums, now a long serving member of the band and really cementing his place in the fold with the performance on this album.
In contrast Blood out of Stone has a radio friendly feeling to it, making it incredibly accessible. A slow building drum beat and accompanying softer vocal line making it surely the one track of the album that will get heavy air play, no doubt expanding that ever growing fan base.
Overall, Zero Days really hits the spot for the ever faithful Prong fanbase. The direction heading back to the old school sound, but bring in those elements from the latter releases. Quite possibly the most well rounded album the band has produced to date, if this is anything to go by the upcoming UK tour is going to be killer!
Prong European Tour 2017
16.06.B-Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
18.06.F-Clisson - Hellfest
13.07.D-Hamburg - Hafenklang
14.07.D-Münster - Sputnikhalle
15.07.NL-Eindhoven - Dynamo Metal Fest
18.07.GB-Glasgow - Audio
19.07.GB-Belfast - Voodoo
20.07.IE-Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
21.07.GB-Manchester - Rebellion
22.07.GB-London - Underworld
26.07.D-Munich - Free&Easy Festival
27.07.D-Stuttgart - Keller Klub
28.07.D-Weinheim - Cafe Central
29.07.D-Essen - Nord Open Air
30.07.D-Siegen - Vortex
02.08.D-Potsdam - Waschhaus
03.08.PL-Kostrzyn - Woodstock Open Air
04.08.D-Wacken - Wacken Open Air
05.08.D-Veltheim - Festival Kult
06.08.D-Cologne - Rheinriot
09.08.D-Regensburg - Eventhall Airport
10.08.A-Graz - Explosiv
11.08.A-Vienna - Viper Room
12.08.CZ-Josefov - Brutal Assault Festival
25.08.D-Sulingen - ReLoad Festival