Posts Tagged ‘Tommy Victor’

Review by Jeff Maki
The past year has been a celebration of all things Glenn Danzig. Last September, the legendary horror punk band The Misfits—featuring bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle, with help from guitarist Acey Slade and drummer Dave Lombardo—finally reunited live with Danzig on vocals for the first time in 33 years. 2017 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Danzig classic (and my favorite of his albums) Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, and a subsequent celebratory tour also was announced. Finally, Danzig recently hosted a two-day festival version of “Blackest of the Black” (formerly a tour) May 26 and 27 in Silverado, California, that featured Danzig headlining a lineup that featured Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Vamps, Marduk, Suicide Silence and many more. Got all that? Just as the past six months have celebrated the living legend, his 11th studio album, Black Laden Crown, makes the strongest attempt of a Danzig album in years to do the same.


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…)

danzig-skeletons-coverReview by Jeff Maki
Skeletons is the long-awaited covers album from the one and only former Misfits/Samhain frontman, Glenn Danzig. Of course, his own band, Danzig, has recorded 10 studio albums, while Danzig himself became one of the most recognizable names and voices in rock and metal since the band formed in 1987. (more…)


Glenn Danzig

You know it’s Danzig the moment you hear him. It’s not just that inimitable voice either. It’s the thick airy guitars, bluesy swagger, and “come hither” evil that placed him at the forefront of a number of musical revolutions. His work has indelibly impacted the landscape of extreme music, fortifying the crossroads between heavy riffs and occult imagery so prevalent these days. Moreover, you can consistently feel his presence throughout pop culture which expands further with his successful Verotik Comics and forthcoming feature film directorial debut. However,Danzig wants to show you where it started with his tenth full-length album and first since 2010’s Deth Red SaboathSkeletons. Due out on November 27 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment/Evilive Records the album is now will be available for pre-order. Be sure to check out Nuclear Blast’s teaser trailer for the release 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.

soulfly-omenSoulfly mastermind Max Cavalera has always been one of metal’s true chameleons, someone that has been able to reinvent himself over the years.

From his thrash days with Sepultura through the nu-metalish phase of the first two Soulfly albums —culminating in Max rapping on “In Memory of…” from 2000’s Primitive —and back to his heavy roots with 2008’s Conquer, Cavalera always has been a guy who has marched to the beat of his own tribal drummer with his take on “world metal.”

That long-winded explanation sets up the surprise of Soulfly’s newest album, Omen. Cavalera plays it conservative here, not trying to reinvent the wheel and just trying to crank out the heaviness.  (more…)