Prong Ruining Lives on Colored 180g 2LP + CD
First Pressing on Colored Vinyl
By the time Prong had signed to Epic Records in 1989, the New York City post-metal triumvirate had already accomplished a lot. The band, formed by guitarist and vocalist Tommy Victor, soundman at the legendary club CBGB’s along with the club’s doorman Mike Kirkland and ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons had already released two independent records: the Primitive Origins EP (1987) and Force Fed (1988). A show at the old Ritz in New York with New York hardcore legends Cro-Mags and German thrashers Destruction was what sealed a deal with Epic Records.
1990’s Beg To Differ became an instant genre classic. Songs like the epic title track or the tightly disciplined and sonically dynamic “Lost and Found” further carved out the band’s innovative deconstruction of metal’s excesses. Over the course of their next three major label releases: Prove You Wrong (1991) Cleansing (1994) and Rude Awakening (1996), Prong charted an innovative course. It was actually the Whose Fist Is This Anyway? EP that ushered in Prong’s best-known era.
The EP was comprised of five remixes from the Prove You Wrong album: introducing a heavier groove and experiments in electronics that gave rise to their best known and best selling work: Cleansing. With keyboardist John Bechdel and former Killing Joke bassist Paul Raven, Cleansing cemented Prong’s position as a mainstream metal mainstay. The album’s single “Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck” has been up there in the top 100 riffs ever in Kerrang! After years of toiling on the fringes – propelled by touring with the likes of White Zombie and Pantera – Prong had arrived.
Rude Awakening was a natural follow-up. Informed by classic post-punk influences like Killing Joke and like-minded Brits Head of David, it showcased Prong’s continued move into more industrial territory. From the jarring lead song “Controller” to the sweeping chords of the title track, it was Prong’s most mature and fulfilled work to date. It was also to be Prong’s last for epic. The band and label parted ways just weeks after the album’s release.
Ruining Lives is the follow-up to the acclaimed 2012 release Carved Into Stone and continues to show the band on an upward trajectory, proving that despite having a long, illustrious career Prong can still make records that matter and re-invent themselves without negating their roots. With Tommy Victor in the producer’s chair and Steve Evetts once again coming in to put his trademark shine on the record, Ruining Lives has turned out to be a monster of an album.
From the first riff-assault of the opener “Turnover”, the album takes you on an angst-filled roller coaster ride that marries some very old school, “Beg To Differ” - elements with post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash, all the while retaining a modern and current feel. Fans of the bands legendary, genre-defining Cleansing-era and new fans alike will be thrilled.
"This is the fastest written and recorded Prong-album ever and it has more great songs than any previous Prong-record. I am particularly proud of the vocal performance and I think we captured some outstanding sounds on this album. There’s a little bit of a throwback element here. "Ruining Lives" is almost a “Force Fed” type of song. The album is a hybrid between NY Hardcore and some very modern, song oriented work. You will find some Rude Awakening but also some solid, crushing riffs. I feel we have captured the best elements of Prong on this album.
"Come To Realize" is something new – we have never approached this kind of time-signature. It really is math-metal meets pure hardcore with a crazy-ass riff. What’s exciting about the whole album is you have your hooks, your riffs and something innovative that makes the album very current. This qualifies as the hybrid nature of Prong: marrying post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash and modern elements — all of that with hooks and not just a bunch of screaming.” - Tommy Victor
Prong Ruining Lives Track Listing:
2. The Barriers
3. Windows Shut
4. Remove, Separate Self
5. Ruining Lives
6. Absence Of Light
1. The Book Of Change
2. Self Will Run Riot
3. Come To Realize
4. Chamber Of Thought
5. Limitations And Validations
6. Retreat (Bonus Track)