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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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  • 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.

    Yesterday 5:30am Reply
  • Liberations

    their early oeuvre is the best

    30 Mar 7:19pm 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 5:30pm Reply
  • YeAuldMetaller

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

    16 Mar 9:09pm Reply
  • LiamVIII

    Prove You Wrong!

    11 Feb 10:55am 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
  • stefcio007

    can't stop listening to Rude Awakening.

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ZOObass

    Rude Awakening

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • rusty_ronin

    another rude awakening

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Good new album 4/5

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • buslertq

    Call me crazy, but Prong can sometimes sound like a more metallic Helmet to me... I hear some Page Hamilton in Tommy's vox. Throw in the riff-centric approach to songwriting... ~Aftertaste / Cleansing~.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Chirurg666

    I was thinking that the new album is going to be bad, but then I was bitch-slapped by its awesomeness! Now I cant stop listening to it.

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • total_holocaust

    where the lower case???

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • storm2k8

    new album... i jizz in my headset

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • storm2k8

    still like Rude Awakening most.

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Zach216

    It all starts with Prove You Wrong for me... my 2 favorites are probably Carved into Stone and Scorpio Rising. They got better as time went on (with Power of the Damager being an exception, poor effort.) but toss-up for Cleansing and Rude Awakening - both have outstanding production by Terry Date (if you don't know who that is; don't wanna know ya) either of those albums would be 3rd/4th for me...

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
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