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New York City, New York, US (1986 – 1997, 2003 – present)

Prong is a band from New York City, New York, US, formed in 1986. Prong had two independent releases, Primitive Origins and Force Fed. The albums attracted the attention of Epic Records, which signed the trio in 1989. The group disbanded in 1997 after the Rude Awakening tour, but re-formed in 2003. A pioneer of the scene, Prong is fronted by Tommy Victor.

Prong was founded in 1986 by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor (then a soundman at New York City’s renowned CBGB’s). With bassist Mike Kirkland (formely of NYHC band Damage and doorman at CBGB’s) and ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons, Prong released two independent CDs that were noted for their brutal hardcore sound.

Epic Records saw the band’s potential and signed them in 1989. Prong’s major label debut album Beg to Differ, was released in 1990.

In the following year, Kirkland left the band and was replaced by Ex-Flotsam and Jetsam bassist Troy Gregory. Prong issued their fourth release Prove You Wrong which saw the band experiment with programming and electronic samples while still retaining an aggressive yet melodic sensibility.

By 1994, Troy Gregory was out of the band and was replaced by Paul Raven (bassist) and John Bechdel (keyboard), both from Killing Joke and Murder, Inc. The new line up released Cleansing (Prong’s 5th major release).

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  • Frozen_Corpse

    Rude Awakening is an awesome CD, not sure how I missed it back in the day.

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Zach216

    Remove, Separate Self is getting (close to) as many plays as Snap Your Fingers? Pleasantly surprising...

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Phyllobius

    "Unleashed in the West" is highly recommended, too!

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Meloku666

    Prong is just an "ok band", they always have missing something to be a top band. But most of their 90's stuff and Carved Into Stone are interesting albums.

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • vongelb

    Best album since Beg to Differ / Prove you Wrong era!

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • DaiTheFlu_

    just listening to some songs.. it's a mystery why they aren't huge ..

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Chirurg666

    Totally satisfied with Ruining Lives.

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • EuanDemonStorm

    Fucking great new album.

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • gulizaah

    the new one slays.

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Zach216

    With Carved into Stone and this new one... Ruining Lives. Prong just sounds like really good... modern metal basically. It's like they had their career in the early-mid 90s & now the present one in the 2010s... pretty bizarre yet awesome at the same time!

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Zach216

    @vividserenity Give it a rest! The only commonalities between Prong and Pantera were their use of solid-state amps & Terry Date produced both bands... vocal not alike really at all... nobody in the world has ever played guitar like Dimebag & drum-wise Prong (up until recently) kept it much more straight-forward as far as the beats and tempos.

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Liberations

    their early oeuvre is the best

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • vividserenity

    This is cool for people who want the sound of Pantera but don't want to support a confederate-flag-worshiping band.

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • YeAuldMetaller

    http://prong.bandcamp.com/album/unleashed-in-the-west-official-bootleg

    16 Mar 2014 Reply
  • LiamVIII

    Prove You Wrong!

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • masteroforion

    dude why is this band so underrated? classic early 90s kick-ass crossover band in my opinion

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • starbearer-

    I beg to differ!

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ikd-sj

    =beg to differ= GOOD (՞ټ՞ )

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • heithfield

    http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Crash - Korean band, sounds similar to Prong.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    Cleansing is their best album in my eyes. Tommy Victor's guitar tone is simply beautiful and it just crushes.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
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