Prong X: No Absolutes on 180g 2LP + CD
After a self-prescribed hiatus, 2012 saw Prong blow the hinges off the door with the release of Carved Into Stone. Seemingly out of nowhere, Tommy Victor and company managed to combine all the previous elements of the band‘s formula: thrash, hard-core, industrial metal, etc. with a new urgency and angst that struck a deep nerve with the band's loyal fan-base and beyond.
The band marched onwards with 2014's highly acclaimed Ruining Lives which spawned a number of instant classics like "Turno-ver," "The Barriers" and the title cut. Recorded over the summer of 2014 and released in early 2015, Prong's cover album Songs From The Black Hole was loved by fans and critics alike. Always game to make the unexpected move, the album featured songs from artists as diverse as Hüsker Dü, The Bad Brains, Black Flag, The Sisters Of Mercy and Neil Young.
After yet another headline tour, it was straight back to the studio for another studio album. X: No Absolutes is Prong at their very best. The sheer intensity and ferocity of the album's opening triumvirate "Ultimate Authority," "Sense Of Ease" and "Without Words" leaves the listener gasping for air while the title track is crunchy and catchy at the same time. "Do Nothing" may be as close as you will ever hear Prong get to a ballad and shows the enormous progress and confidence Victor has made vocally. It is hard to find a weak spot here, and Victor mentions that, "sequencing the album was a difficult task; every song is so strong in it's own way."
Again produced by Tommy Victor, this time with trusted collaborator Chris Collier as co-producer and engineer, X: No Absolutes also broadens the horizon sonically. 180g 2LP-set with CD version in a paper sleeve.