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Album Review

On their ninth studio album, and fourth since reuniting in 2000, Prong continue to keep the crossover train rolling with Ruining Lives. While the album leans heavily on the thrash side of the band's sound, Tommy Victor and his crew bring in plenty of other sounds, continuing the kind of subgenre-agnostic sound that helped make the band such an influential force in the '90s. And while that sound might not be the revelation that it was a couple of decades ago, the band is still full of energy, making Ruining Lives an album that won't ruin the days of any fans looking for a Prong fix.

Customer Reviews

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Best song. Prong has never sounded better. Tommy has done a few new things here and I like it. As usual he says what needs to be heard.


Album sounds like a totally revitalized band!!! Songs sound fresh and full of energy!! A most def buy!!!


Having been a huge Prong fan ever since 'Primative Origins' and 'Force Fed', I was unexpectedly knocked flat on my duff by 'Ruining Lives'. The lineup may be ever changing (and this one is excellent, respect to Kirkman and Parsons + following members), but today's Tommy-V & Co have created a truly phenominal piece here. Intricate, 'mathy', blistering-fast thrash sections, mature lyrics and savage percussion hammering like a machine gun battle.
Yes, you DO need this album!


Formed: 1985 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Rising out of the expansive early-'90s thrash metal landscape, New York's Prong carved a niche all their own with their minimalist urban take on the genre. After years working as a soundman at New York's CBGB, Tommy Victor (vocals/guitars) drafted doorman Mike Kirkland (bass) and ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons to form Prong in the mid-'80s. The trio's early independent releases — Primitive Origins and Force Fed — were extremely raw and betrayed their hardcore roots. By the time the group...
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