Posts Tagged ‘Prong’

Chuck Billy of Testament

LIVE PHOTOS: Testament, Sepultura
Review by Jeff Maki
It’s been 30 years since the formation of Bay Area thrashers, Testament—30 years since it released its debut album, The Legacy. The band’s current label, Nuclear Blast Records,also is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. And let’s not forget the fantastic new album, The Brotherhood of the Snake (read review). It was the perfect storm for Testament—forever in the shadows of “The Big Four”—to showcase its own impressive discography and different eras of the band. After 30 years and thousands of live shows, this one could have been its last—it was that good! (more…)


Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament, will launch a massive North American tour starting next April, in support of their chart topping Brotherhood Of The Snake release (read review). Joining them are legendary Brazilian death/thrashers Sepultura and genre defying stalwarts Prong.

“After 4 successful tours through Europe over the last 6 months, we are looking forward to touring across North America.” comments vocalist Chuck Billy. “We’ll have a new headlining set list with tracks from Brotherhood of the Snake, and how cool is it that we will be sharing the stage with our brothers in metal Sepultura and Prong?! See ya’ in the PIT!”

View tour dates and ticket info inside. (more…)


Prong, 2015

Prong has released their cover of the Bad Brains classic “Banned in D.C.” off their forthcoming covers LP, Songs From The Black Hole (read review) due out March 31st via eOne Music. The release will be in tandem with SPV/Steamhammer special CD and LP edition available in Scandinavia on March 25, in Germany on March 27, and the rest of Europe on March 30. “PRONG is very excited about the upcoming release of our new record, ‘Songs From The Black Hole,'” says frontman Tommy Victor. “We are equally excited about the artwork and packaging.”

The band has also announced a full U.S tour for the fall, a tour poster with dates can be seen inside. Click here for all touring info.  (more…)


Review by Jeff Maki
It’s almost an unwritten rule for bands that have been in existence for 10 or more years to release a covers album. Prong is coming up on its astounding 30-year anniversary, and though they’ve had enough lineups to form about six Prongs, the constant has been vocalist/guitarist Tommy Victor. And when speaking about Songs from the Blackhole, he said the “record explores Prong’s roots musically and geographically.” So yeah—Tommy’s roots. Contrary to what you might think, his roots aren’t in industrial music or really any metal at all—it’s hardcore, plus a cover of a Neil Young song. (more…)

Prong has a new album? It looks like they do and the official lyric video for the new song “Turnover” can be seen inside. The track is taken from the band’s latest album, Ruining Lives, which was released through Steamhammer/SPV in Scandinavia on April 23, in Germany on April 25, in the rest of Europe on April 28 and will be made available in the U.S./Canada on May 13. It was issued as a limited digipak version including one bonus track and poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version including one bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard version and download. (more…)

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Headbanger's Ball Breakthrough Bands

10. Prong – “Beg to Differ”

Already a band since 1986, the Brooklyn-based Prong, led by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor (who was a sound man for the famous club CBGB), bassist Mike Kirkland (doorman at CBGB’s) and ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons, released its major label debut album, Beg to Differ, in 1990. The lead track and video served as an introduction to fans, and Prong’s music  later was sampled in the intro of Headbanger’s Ball. After a long period of inactivity, the band is active again today,  releasing Carved into Stone in 2012.

Silent Civilian

Silent Civilian

Silent Civilian: Scary stories to tell in the dark

It has not been easy, but Jonny Santos has persevered. Though he is the only remaining original member, Silent Civilian is going stronger than ever, with an amazing new album, Ghost Stories, in stores and, for the first time, an apparently stable lineup. He’s also completed a new Spineshank album that should be released in the fall. The rest of 2010 should include plenty of time on tour with both Silent Civilian and Spineshank. For now, though, his attention is fully on Silent Civilian, wrapping up a tour with Fear Factory and Prong, then playing a few weeks of headlining dates. At a recent tour stop at Jaxx in Springfield, Va., Santos sat down before the show with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

Max Cavalera: "Fulfilling the Prophecy"

Max Cavalera: “Fulfilling the Prophecy”

If there was ever a prophecy written that one man would arise from Brazil to lead two bands into the metal promised land, then Max Cavalera has fulfilled it.

Not to take anything away from Soulfly, but I’ll always remember Max Cavalera as the guitarist/frontman for the Brazilian metal band Sepultura. Beneath the Remains was one of the first death metal records I ever heard, and I became a huge fan of the band. During their long run, thanks to albums like Arise and Chaos A.D., Sepultura became one of the most popular and well-known metal acts of the ’90s. Of course, all good things must end, so after the groundbreaking Roots album, Max had a controversial split from Sepultura and then formed his new primitive, tribal-metal-machine, Soulfly. In 1997, Soulfly picked up where Roots left off and Max has since traveled the world for music and inspiration, taking the aggression and tribal world fusion to all new territories over the course of six Soulfly releases. The last two Soulfly albums have seen even more of a return to Max’s thrash metal roots, and as Soulfly VII is in its early stages of development, fans expect heavier still.

During a fall 2009 tour with Cattle Decapitation and Prong,’s Jeff Maki boarded Soulfly’s tour bus at the Recher Theatre in Towson, Md., for an interview with Cavalera. Max talks about his metal legacy, the history of Sepultura and Soulfly, and his other projects, Nailbomb and Cavalera Conspiracy. (more…)