A dictionary entry describes a Prong as “each of the separate parts of an attack or operation, typically approaching a place or subject from different positions.” The reference is almost a perfect definition of the above named New York metallers in that they combine many different metallic stylings to come together as somewhat of an unstoppable musical force.
A little history on the band ; starting out in the late 80’s hardcore scene, Prong were led by the uncompromising vision of frontman Tommy Victor and after signing a major label deal at the tail end of the decade, moved slowly away from the sound which they had become known for. Landmark release, 1994’s Cleansing saw the band hit upon industrial metal sounds, leading to tours with titans such as Pantera and Sepultura. Having succeeded in morphing their sound throughout the next few decades, Prong arrive in 2017 with latest release Zero Days.
Almost bursting at the seams with fury, However it May End revels in Slipknot-esque riffery, calling on Victor’s ferocious bellowed vocals to drive the opening track. The band’s crossover thrash leanings come into play throughout the record also with Forced into Tolerance letting rip with full throttle drumming ; underpinning both the faster and groove-based sections of the song.
It’s refreshing to hear that, aside from the all out thrash, the band incorporate melody into their sound too, coming across as more technical Fear Factory at times and providing standout moments such as Blood Out Of Stone which feels closer to the nu-metal sound that they helped forge in the mid-90’s.
The consistent nature of the record helps tie everything together too. Whether it be the more commercial sound of anthem Divide & Conquer, the winding groove of Self Righteous Indignation or combining both on the excellent Interbeing – Zero Days manages to sound completely fluid without coming across as one dimensional.
For the already initiated, Zero Days will come as no surprise and picks up almost exactly where last years X-No Absolutes left off. This is no bad thing though, as the record has enough identity and topical subject matter to stand alone as one of the band’s better later-day releases. A fine example of a band who haven’t let up despite passing musical trends, Zero Days has plenty for metallers around the globe to enjoy.