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Prong was founded in 1986 by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor who was a sound man for the famous club CBGB and bassist Mike Kirkland (doorman at CBGB’s). Ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons joined a few month's later. Prong released two independent albums that were noted for their brutal hardcore punk sound. The recordings were released on Southern Records in the U.K. in the late 1980's.

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 ...read more

Prong was founded in 1986 by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor who was a sound man for the famous club CBGB and bassist Mike Kirkland (doorman at CBGB’s). Ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons joined a few month's later. Prong released two independent albums that were noted for their brutal hardcore punk sound. The recordings were released on Southern Records in the U.K. in the late 1980's.

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). With a strong industrial sound that still managed to be hard and heavy, Cleansing contained songs that are still considered Prong classics ("Broken Peace" and "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck") and is Prong’s most successful release to date. The videos for these two songs became staples of MTV’s legendary Headbangers Ball.

Prong's sixth album Rude Awakening was released in 1996. The album was not as successful as the last three albums. Shortly thereafter Parsons left the band to join Godflesh. Tommy Victor left New York and moved to Los Angeles. Prong toured in the fall of 1997 with a new lineup that included Dan Laudo (drums) Riggs (guitar) Frank Cavanaugh from Filter (bass) and Bill Rettie (keyboard). The band dissolved after a six week US tour. As the band Prong sat idle, Tommy Victor worked with legends of the rock world, including Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Glenn Danzig.

In 2002, Victor re-formed Prong with bassist Brian Perry, drummer Dan Laudo and touring guitarist Monte Pittman. After the success of a 42-show American tour that was recorded for a live CD (100% Live, Locomotive Music) Prong entered the studio and recorded a new CD, Scorpio Rising.

Tommy Victor has quit Danzig and drummer Dan Laudo has left the band to form Big On Mars (Kooklavu Records). The band announced a new drummer named Aaron Rossi who used to be in the bands Strife, Shelter, and Medication. The band has left Locomotive Music and is writing a new album that is scheduled to be released in 2007. A new track that is expected to appear on the new album has been posted on their MySpace web page called "Looking for Them".

In 2005, the Christian Metalcore band Demon Hunter released a cover of "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" on their album The Triptych.

In 2005, the Prong fanclub released a Music Video Compilation DVD.

Along with Paul Raven, Tommy Victor appears on Al Jourgensen's new Ministry album titled Rio Grande Blood (2006). « hide

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LPs
Ruining Lives
2014

3.5
12 Votes
Carved Into Stone
04/24/2012

3.6
25 Votes
Power Of The Damn MiXXXer
2009

3
5 Votes
Power of the Damager
2007

3.4
31 Votes
Scorpio Rising
2004

3
25 Votes
Rude Awakening
1995

3.9
48 Votes
Cleansing
1994

3.7
102 Votes
Prove You Wrong
1992

3.7
33 Votes
Beg to Differ
1990

3.8
52 Votes
Force Fed
1988

3.8
12 Votes
EPs
Face Value
1996

2.5
2 Votes
Whose Fist is It Anyway?
1992

3.7
5 Votes
The Peel Sessions
1990

4.8
2 Votes
Primitive Origins
1987

3.6
8 Votes
Live Albums
100% Live
2002

3.8
9 Votes

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